Copenhagen

Copenhagen – a city with colorful houses and architecture. It is a city with a little bit of everything; calm, chaotic, charming, but consistently clean with a breathe of pure, undiluted fresh air. The weather is inconsistent though; one moment its chilly and cold, the next its warm and a bit sunny and then it takes you by surprise when it starts pouring down, raining. Copenhagen is passed through by channels of water, well paved streets lined by shopping malls at the Stroeget, street and finger food, the harbor and the famous sculpture of the little mermaid . Copenhagen is the third most expensive city in Europe but attracts so many tourists partly due to the polite and civil, well mannered nature of the people and a visit is worth every bit of it.

 

 

How to get there and what to visit:


Depending on where you live or coming from, you can reach Copenhagen with the plane, the ferry or the train. Commuting inside Copenhagen can be expensive although the authorities try to make this light by introducing the Copenhagen card and the Travel card.
To travel inside Copenhagen as a tourist, we recommend that you buy the Travel card(Rejsekort) for 80 DKK (around 11€) after which you top up with some credit. Traveling with this card will give you discounts up to 50% and it is especially designed for stays of up to a week or so. You can use one card for more than one person – just note that the credit inside the card always has to be more than 70 DKK (approximately 10€) per person and that you have to change the number of travelers before every trip. With this card always remember to check in before you start your trip at the station and  check out when you finish your trip – if you don‘t do that in 3 hours they will charge you with some penalty. If you change trains you have to check in again at every station but you only have to check out at the end of the whole trip. If you want to use the travel card also outside Copenhagen you have to change the settings. You can return the card at the end of your stay and  get back the credit inside (but not the 80 DKK you bought the card for) or you keep it in case you plan to go to Copenhagen again. The card is valid for five years. You also have the Copenhagen card which is advisable for stays of less than a week. With this card, you can visit museums for free and do boat rides, including free transportation within Copenhagen. If you have to stay more than a week, then go get a bike already haha. And don’t forget to take an umbrella with you.

In Copenhagen there are many places to visit. The center is welcoming with its colorful houses, historical  buildings, like the marble church or Frederiks Kirke, the Copenhagen City Hall, the Danish stock Exchange Building or Børsen, and the beautiful Nyhavn (New Harbor). It is very beautiful to see everything during a boat tour, like the Royal Danish Playhouse, Freetown Christiania, the building with the blue eyes (Maersk’s headquaters) etc. The cheapest company for a boat tour  is Netto with a one hour ticket which costs 50 DKK (around 6€) and they take you around Copenhagen accompanied by a polite, ever smiling  guide who will tell you some interesting information about everything you see during the ride. Here you can see a short impression of our boat trip: https://www.facebook.com/GlocalFootprint/videos/1385217018248794/

Very famous for Copenhagen is the statue of the Little Mermaid – even though it is much smaller than one would expect and  you can only see a reproduction because the little mermaid has become a victim of vandalism too often and to protect it, it  has been exchanged with a copy. Every Sunday some of the museums are free of charge to visit – so have a look! There are also many shops that invite you to do some shopping. In our opinion the British chocolate store „Hotel Chocolat“ which expanded to Denmark is worth a visit – there you find a variety of chocolates, body wash and a bar with wine, beer ,and other alcoholic drinks made out of chocolate. You can also sit there,relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee or cacao with really nice staffs who are  ready to explain to you the idea of the place. Also you can walk straight into the Tivoli Gardens right from the Copenhagen main station and enjoy the  roller-coasters and other amusements.

 

Where to eat:


Copenhagen for sure isn’t the cheapest city for tourists and going to the restaurant means to dig deep into ones pockets. We were happy with cooking for ourselves but we also found some cheap options to eat. One option is the finger-food – for 3 to 4€ you can get a hot dog or a burger from the street stands. For restaurants, our favorite place was the restaurant Samos; where you can eat  buffet as much as you want for 49 DKK (around 6,50€). And the food which is made in Turkish, Greek and Bulgarian style is fresh and very delicious. Note that it‘s a must to buy a drink or a coffee or tea too – but you still get your money‘s worth.

 

Where to stay:


We definitely recommend Airbnb because it mostly comes along with a kitchen which saves you the hassles of having to eat out all the time. In general it might be worth a thought to have a slightly more expensive place close to the center than a cheap one in the periphery because the travel costs for the public transport is quiet expensive. Calculate well before you book something! And also change your currencies at the Copenhagen main train station or along the streets and not at the airport.

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