Back in January we headed to Copenhagen for a couple of days to relax after the long festive period. Working in hospitality means that you don’t really get much of Christmas break but luckily the time you do take off is usually off-peak so travelling is a lot cheaper. We actually picked up flights for £10 each way during one of the Ryanair Winter break sales so we spent a little more on a hotel and settled on the First Hotel Mayflower for our two night stay at just over £100 a night. The hotel is less than ten minutes from Copenhagen central station and located in the inner Vesterbro district which was the ideal place for a short visit to the city.
After a ridiculously early flight we left our bags at the hotel and headed off to City Hall Square (which was only 15 minutes walk from the hotel – bonus). The only plan we had for the first day was a walking tour and then dinner but because of the minus temperatures and the snow we only lasted for half of the tour before heading back to the hotel for a recharge and to warm up. We headed out in the evening and just grabbed a burger from Vesterbros Originale Burgerrestaurant which was round the corner from our hotel. The food was reasonably priced and filled a whole although I wouldn’t head back in a hurry. We headed back for an early night ready for our only full day in the city, full of hope that the weather would warm up slightly for our second day.
For the second day we headed out bright and early and were very pleased to see the sunshine had made an appearance and the snow had mostly disappeared overnight. We wandered around the city checking out a lot of the sites as we went including the Little Mermaid statue, Amalienborg Palace, Christianborg Palace, Christiana Freetown, Tarnet tower, the Round tower and Rosenborg palace. We barely made a dent in the city but considering we only had one full day I think we managed to cram quite a lot in. In the evening we headed to Honey for dinner which turned out to be a complete hidden gem – but more on that in my next post. Bellies full we headed back to the hotel to make our final decision about what to do on our last day.
On Friday we headed to MAD Diner for brunch before heading off to explore the Town Hall Square and the Botanical Gardens. We did want to visit Tivoli Gardens but unfortunately this was closed during our trip but that just means we will have to head back another time. We visited the Hans Christian Anderson Fairytale House which was an experience. A great idea if you have children with you as this was definitely aimed at a lower age group but we did enjoy reading some of Christian’s less known stories and finding out the real Little Mermaid tale. We grabbed a quick bite to eat at Torvehallerne before heading back to collect our bags ready for our early evening flight home.
I really enjoyed our short break to the Danish capital and found the prices weren’t as eye watering as it’s Scandinavian cousins Norway and Sweden. The incredible architecture, delicious food and historical landmarks greeted you at every corner and I would have loved to have spent longer exploring this wonderful city. Copenhagen is pretty high on my list of places I want to revisit so for now I’ll leave you with 15 photos to inspire you to book a trip to this beautiful city.