Commercial Break: 24 Hours in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is beautiful to say the least, even when it is cold and rainy. As per my previous posts about Copenhagen, it rained the entire time that I was there and I only spent 24 hours there.  But it was still amazing.  Here are just a few thoughts on what I think were worth checking out there.

When you arrive at the Copenhagen airport, go out past baggage claim and you will find the entrance to the train station.  It’s not hard to miss and there seems to be a steady stream of people walking in and out from it.  The train into the city takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Dependent on where you are staying, you can tailor the following sites based on what is most convenient.

  • Tivoli Gardens – this is an amusement park in Copenhagen that was built in the 1800s.  It sounds terrifying, but it’s a major tourist attraction and even though I didn’t go in, it looked pretty awesome from where I was standing.
  • The canals because obviously.  The beautiful colorful houses all along the canal are a must see.  Even in the cold rain, the colors stood out and you can stop along the water or the bridge to take pictures or even go to one of the cute little restaurants to eat with a picturesque view.
  • If you go to the canals, you can actually take a walking path along the water up to the Little Mermaid statue.  I found this statue underwhelming but the walk up to it is very nice and you walk through a beautiful park with  churches and little nature nooks that really make you forget you’re in a big city.
  • There are occasional festivals and festivities that happen in the park near the Little Mermaid.  While I was there, I got to hang out at the Cherry Blossom Festival in April which was amazing because in the center of the park is a huge mini park full of cherry blossoms.  In April, they are in full bloom and worth a look.
  • There is a shopping area in the middle of Copenhagen which is a great place to spend hours.  When I was there, most everything was closed down but it’s basically a walking neighborhood full of shops.  It’s actually very close to the Tivoli Gardens and there’s a square in the very center of it.  I’ve had friends go there for NYE and loved it because you can set of fireworks in the square.  But, there are a bunch of shops and things to see.  There was even a hot dog vendor because we know I love my European hot dogs.
  • After the square and some shopping, I recommend making a way to Freetown Christiania.  I haven’t had a chance to go because I didn’t plan my time accordingly and I spent more time looking for places that were open on Sunday than checking out key parts of the city.  But Freetown Christiania is a small commune in Copenhagen that operates separate of the rest of the city.
  • If you need some coffee, Baresso Coffee was a great little location to check out.  It’s actually a very popular coffee shop chain in Copenhagen and while I was there it had a tiramisu mocha option that was delicious.  It was probably one of my favorite flavored coffees out there.  Plus it was a great little break from the rain.
  • Stop in the little boutique shops.  I managed to find an adorable clothing shop mixed with a coffee shop and an organic sandwich shop.  It was down a little alley and it was one of the few things that was open while I was there.  It wasn’t your typical coffee shop where you could sit for hours playing on your computer but rather a place where you could order food, shop while you waited, sit by the window and people watch before you moved onto the next phase of your journey.  There were tiny little mix-use storefronts like this all over the city and definitely worth checking out.

Things to note:

  • Things are closed on Sundays there.  Not everything but a large percentage of the city is closed on Sundays.  And the things that were open were only open for a few hours during the day.  The most common open time I saw was noon to 4PM and this included restaurants for the most part.
  • People are very friendly there and you can get by without knowing any Danish.
  • Copenhagen is a biking city. Be very careful of where you walk.  If you find yourself in one of the bike lanes, you could get surprised by a bike coming full speed in your direction.  Sometimes it’s okay to look down when you walk just to make sure you are in the right lane.
  • Public transportation is great and plentiful.  I loved utilizing their public transportation to get back and forth from the airport.

Is there anything else you think should be added to this list if you only have 24 hours in Copenhagen?


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