Scandinavia has a big place in my heart, and I love to visit whenever I can. One of my favourite cities is Copenhagen, which is a great city break destination all year round.
Scandinavia has a reputation for being very expensive, but it is possible to see it on a modest budget, and Copenhagen in particular can be seen without breaking the bank.
How To Get There
Firstly, it’s easy to get cheap flights, with 5 airlines flying direct from London. From the airport it’s a quick 10-15 minute train or metro in to the city (for around £3).
Copenhagen hotels can be pricy, so a great option is Air BnB or an apartment rental. Or as Denmark is pretty small, you can stay outside of the city and travel in for the day. The first time I visited Copenhagen I took an early flight in, met friends and spent the day in the city before driving to Aarhus, Denmark’s second city. (Aarhus is a 3 hour drive so you may want to stay a little closer – but it’s also a lovely place to visit in Denmark).
What To Do
Once in Copenhagen, there is lots to explore:
- Spend an afternoon wandering along Strøget – (one of the longest shopping streets in the world) and the surrounding streets, which are full of café’s and restaurants.
- Visit Nyhavn – the harbour with the colourful buildings that you have probably seen in photographs. It’s one of the more touristy areas of Copenhagen, but very beautiful.
- Take a boat tour around Copenhagen. I’ve done it twice and would definitely recommend it. It takes you past Noma (award winning Danish restaurant), the famous mermaid statue and round the waterways of Christianshavn.
- Check out Christiansborg Palace – the Danish Parliament building and Amalienborg, the winter home of the royal family.
- Visit Christiania – the Freetown, which is a car free, hippy neighbourhood, full of colourful buildings and where people openly sell and smoke cannabis.
Where To Stay
The city centre is a good area to stay, as it’s easy to walk to the main tourist attractions, however my favourite neighbourhood is Nørrebro. It’s full of great restaurants and bars and interesting little shops, and while it’s still close to the city centre, it has a more local feel. Vesterbro is also a good option if you want lots of nightlife – its home to the red light district – Istedgade, which has lots of great cocktail bars and is generally cheaper than the city centre for drinks.
You can easily spend a few days wandering around the city without spending a lot of money, and though Copenhagen is well known for Michelin star restaurants, there are lots of affordable places to eat too. I hope you love it as much as I do!