• Local guide: 48 hours in Copenhagen

    Local guide: 48 hours in Copenhagen

    Denmark’s beautiful capital is bursting with wonderful sights and plenty of things to do. Even though Copenhagen is a small city, it’s difficult to see everything you want to see, especially during a short break. But, with a straight-forward and well-planned itinerary, you can be up and running around the city in no time. If you’ve only got 48 hours in the capital, our local guide proves that is more than enough time to explore some of the city’s main sights. So, get reading and then set off on your journey as you explore all that the Danish capital has to offer.

    Day one: morning

    It’s time to get the ball rolling with your first day in the capital. The best way to get started is by exploring the city centre. Due to the small size of Copenhagen, one of the best ways to discover the city is on foot. Check out the stunning palaces that the city has on display, like the Christiansborg Palace or examine Bertel Thorvaldsen’s artwork at the Thorvaldsen Museum. If you’re all about the views, make sure you head up to the top of The Round Tower where you can admire Copenhagen from 114 feet up. For those of you who are royal family fans, visit the Amalienborg Palace which is the Danish Royal Family’s residence. If you get there for 12pm you’ll catch a glimpse of the changing of the guard.

    Changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen

    Day one: afternoon

    After you’ve refuelled with a great lunch, you might want to spend the rest of the day exploring Copenhagen’s museums. History buffs and culture vultures will have a great time checking out the city’s past and its famous artists. If you are in fact an art lover, make your way to Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket. There is a combination of sculptures and art collections available to view in the museum including French, Danish and Mediterranean works. Next, head on over to The National Museum of Denmark where you can have a look throughout Danish history with the help of fascinating artefacts. Finally, end the night off with a lovely dinner and a couple of beers at one of Copenhagen’s top bars.

    Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket sculptures

    Day two: morning

    Kick off day two of your Copenhagen city break by checking out the city from a different angle. You could hop on a bike and cycle around the capital, but we recommend going on a boat tour where you can travel down the city’s scenic canals. Start off at Nyhavn, one of Copenhagen’s top attractions, where you can have a walk around before you board the boat. Then, you’ll be able to see many of Copenhagen’s main attractions including, the Little Mermaid, Amaliehaven, the Opera and Our Saviour’s Church.

    Nyhavn in Copenhagen

    Day two: afternoon

    Look for somewhere to eat in the Freetown Christiania, full of tiny cafes and restaurants, it’s easy to find some of the more local Danish cuisine in this area. Often described as the hippy district of Copenhagen, there are plenty of colourful houses dotted around adding a sense of life and fun to the area. Many of these places showcase art and live music as well as local eateries. On top of that, you’ll also come across wonderful spaces of nature in Freetown Christiania such as lakes and lush greenery. Once you’ve had your fun there, its time to explore even more of Copenhagen’s lovely outdoors areas. Have a relaxing stroll in Frederiksberg Garden or Østerbro as you wind down your short break in Copenhagen. Just before it’s time to hit the sack, why not enjoy the ballet or opera? There are plenty of shows on offer to top off your Copenhagen city break.

    Entrance of Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen

    Photo credit: artofthemooc.org

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