City Guide: 48 hours in Copenhagen

Boy I love city tripping in Europe! A city I’ve wanted to explore for a while was Copenhagen!

We experienced first hand the expensiveness of the city but also the awesomeness.
Known to be a very bike-friendly city, we rented a bike for 2 days and will gladly share with you the (cheap) places we saw below.

48 hours in Copenhagen
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Day 1 in Copenhagen

So first drop your luggages or check in and ask the hotel if they rent bikes. So if you are looking for a hotel, I would suggest one in the center and that rents bikes. Of course you can rent one at the many places they offer in the city.

Before noon

Time to explore Christianshavn and the Freetown of Christiania! After crossing the water we will first stop at a very cool bridge:  The Circle Bridge (Cirkelbroen).

Open from August 2015, this bridge consists of five differently sized circular platforms, each with its own mast. It is designed by world-renowned and award-winning Danish-Islandic Olafur Eliasson.

Biking on in direction of the Freetown, you can pass to see the Church of our Savior. It has a very special looking twisted rooftop tower decorated with golden elements and with a golden ball at the top.

Arriving at the Freetown of Christiania, you will see how different it is from ‘the Outside World”.

Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of Copenhagen, where you will find a hippie heaven: many shop stalls, skating spots, food places, a little festival square “Nemoland” and the Green light district where they sell cannabis. I especially liked the colorful art pieces/grafitti you encounter while walking there.

 

Lunch

We ate at Christiania where they have several food stands in Nemoland.

After noon

After this special town, it is time for famous sightseeing spots of Copenhagen!

Starting by biking north and crossing the canal again to Nyhavn, the “New Harbor” where you find many restaurants and the famous colored houses. You can also have lunch here if you prefer.

Moving more up north now to see The Little Mermaid (Den lille Havfrue). The bronze statue is based on the fairytale of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen and was sculpted by Edvard Eriksen.

We got there and it was very busy. A lot of tourist buses make their stop here. So it really is just a spot to take some pictures of the statue and move on… or get a great Chai Latte in a little mobile coffee shop at the spot.

Did you know Copenhagen has a fortress? Well.. Kastellet is just behind the Little Mermaid and worth visiting! It’s also a cool place to bike. This star-shaped 17th-century fortress has two moats around it! And the houses perfectly match the Danish flag: red.

Day 2 in Copenhagen

Before noon

There is still a bunch to see and to do in Copenhagen, so get up early and hop on the bike! We start today in a more calm and green environment: The Botanical Garden. Good news: it is free to walk around the gardens. You can not forget to visit the big Botanical Greenhouse. You can go up with the stairs and do a little tour on the top. Very nice.

Right across the Botanical Garden is our next stop: Rosenborg Castle. It has a lovely park to walk in. You can visit inside and see many pretty renaissance era decorations, but we decided not to (a matter of saving some money AND avoiding the long line).

Lunch

We actually just grabbed some sandwiches and fresh juices in the 7 eleven to go. Another suggestion is to try the Danish hotdogs. You can find the hotdog stands everywhere.

After noon

After eating, we opted to visit one museum. As the boyfriend is a graphic designer, we thought the Design Museum would be cool. And boy we were right! All types of designs from art, fashion, furnitures,.. from Danish artists were displayed.

The entrance fee though is about 17 euros! So expensive.. fortunately we got lucky that day. As we were about to pay, the lady said their system was down and that entrance was free that day! #savingmoney once again.

 

After the museum we wanted to go to the city center and bike around there. I saw somewhere that Copenhagen has a round tower. Oh oke, nothing special about a tower that is round, I saw many of those. BUT this one does have something unique: it has no stairs… you go up in a spiral, and it is fully white in the inside. The entrance fee isn’t much so we decide to go.. after having one big (must try) CINNAMON BUN that was.

One thing that is still missing at this point is to have a nice view over the city. The best and free one is from Christiansborg Palace Tower. There might be a line for the elevator, but it’s worth waiting.

End of the Bike Tour

Well.. that is about all of the spots we stopped to take a look. There is one more if you have spare time and are into literature… Copenhagen’s Royal Library is a perfect mix of and old library attached to a new one. That new one is called “The black Diamond” and its architecture is as special from the outside as from the inside.

So this is it! Two days passed by so fast, but we managed to see a lot and had a good time in this city!

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Pssst I didn’t tell you the whole story. I actually stayed one day extra. But we spend this day in the famous amusement park Tivoli Gardens! Read all about it in my Top 5 Scariest Rides in Tivoli Gardens post.

5 Replies to “City Guide: 48 hours in Copenhagen”

  1. Such a lovely guide – will come in handy when I’m in Copenhagen next time. I’ve seen most of these places on my last trips (used to live in Denmark for a year) but the Circle Bridge wasn’t even open then, so I need to check that out!

  2. What a great way to spend 48 hours! We visited Copenhagen last year but it was the middle of winter and SO cold, we felt like we were running between buildings to keep warm! I’d love to go back and try everything on your list – especially the cinnamon buns 🙂 Yum yum!

  3. Love this. Heading to Copenhagen next year, this is a great starting point!!!

  4. As a Copenhagener, I approve of this post 🙂 there’s also a great little restaurant in christiania called Morgenstedet which is just so picturesque. Biking is a great, fast and safe way to get around the city. Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Nice! glad it got approved by a local^^ I really enjoyed Copenhagen and the biking there!

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