If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I recently went on a last minute break to Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark!
Copenhagen has been on my wish list for a few years now, so when I found myself with some time off work I finally saw a chance to visit it, and I wasn’t disappointed; I loved it so much that I wanted to write a couple of posts about it.
The bulk of my first day was spent travelling and waiting to check in, followed by a little bit of evening wandering. I arrived in Copenhagen airport (Københavns Lufthavn in Danish) at around midday and stayed for 4 days near the city centre.
Travel from the airport to the city centre is simple
You can take a train from inside the airport straight to the city centre in roughly 20 minutes, and getting a ticket is really simple. Before my flight there, I downloaded the DOT Mobilbilletter app that allows you to buy a train ticket on your phone; this came in really handy when I was rushing to get the train for my flight home! As I wasn’t in too much of a hurry to get to my hotel, I bought a paper ticket from the ticket machines.
The nearest train stop to my hostel was the Forum, but as my hostel checkin time was 3pm I spent a couple of hours walking around and taking in the local sights, such as the lakes (a row of three rectangular lakes on the western side of the city centre) and various buildings, roads and parks I liked the look of.
I spent a while walking around Ørsteds Park, a gorgeous park on the west side of the city centre with beautiful monuments and verdigris green statues spread about it, all with a backdrop of gorgeous autumn colours:
The hostel I stayed in was pretty central
I stayed in the Steel House Copenhagen, a clean and trendy hostel where you have the option of staying in a 6 bed, 4 bed, twin or private room, either mixed or girls only. I went for the cheapest option, a 6 bed room. The hostel itself is fantastic: in the room you obviously get your own bed (with added privacy in the form of a wide panel at the head of the bed – it feels like you’re sleeping in a cosy pod!), and two european plug sockets at the head of each bed to charge your phone as you sleep.
You also get your own locker in the room, which you need to bring a big padlock for (not just one of those small ones you use for your suitcase), and it’s big enough to fit a moderately sized suitcase. In each room, they’ve managed to fit a small shower room and separate toilet room too. The hostel itself is affordable, and was perfect for me as it’s within short walking distance from everything I wanted to see in the city centre. All that, and you can use your phone as your room key!
Please don’t judge too harshly on these photos – I took these as I was rushing to get my plane back in the early hours! It was actually a lot brighter, and the bed was of course a lot neater when I arrived.
There was plenty to see in the evenings
After I checked in and sorted my room and locker, it was around 4pm and starting to get dark, so I ventured out for some food and a general wander. I managed to stumble across so much just from wandering around, all of which were freshly decorated for the lead up to Christmas: the famous Tivoli gardens, and the Dragon Fountain outside Copenhagen City Hall, the glittering Nyhavn harbour and some gorgeous Christmas markets dotted around.
Here are a few photos (excuse the poor quality, they were taken on my phone!):
I wasn’t expecting to see as much as I did so by the time I got back to my hotel, I was smiling myself to sleep! Copenhagen has a lot of gorgeous sights packed close together, which is great if you only have a couple of days to explore it.
Where have you travelled recently?