Even though it’s been almost 2.5 months of living in Denmark, I haven’t had the opportunity to explore Copenhagen outside of the airport and train station. Danish students have an autumn break this week – and break = travel opportunity.
My friends and I decided to make use of living north to travel even more north – to Norway and Iceland. We stopped by Copenhagen for a day and enjoy a full day in the city!
My life in a series of unpacking and packing, packing and unpacking. Right after returning from another trip I quickly threw all my clothes in the wash, went to classes, then repacked and left once again.
I quickly threw all my clothes in the wash, went to classes for the week, then repacked and left once again. We departed Kolding early in the morning, catching a 8:00am train.
There are two main ways to travel from Kolding to Copenhagen, either by bus or by train. The bus is convenient and set 120 DKK for students, but the drawback is that it takes slightly longer and the times are much more limited. The train is also convenient but tickets range from reasonable to completely-not-within-student-budget. If you book a train ticket early enough you can find a deal for 99 DKK.
Snaregade and Magstræde are two of the oldest streets in the Old Town of Copenhagen, Denmark.
It’s nice being in the city, you see many different faces and streets. There’s a different energy to each city and Copenhagen felt like a mix of old and new European cities with many signs of Scandinavia.
We decided to make the most of our time here and join a free walking tour. I’ve been to several free walking tours in different European cities and I highly recommend them. You get a feel of the city and country’s history coupled with fun facts.
We ended the tour here, at the palaces of Copenhagen. Then we began our hunt for the mermaid, the mermaid. Numerous times, from different people we were reminded – don’t have high expectations, don’t have any expectations – it’s just a mermaid.
When we were close we asked a Dane, “can you help us?” And he said, “let me guess, are you looking for something in the sea?” I supposed you go to Copenhagen to see two things, the postcard picture of the habour and the mermaid.
Even though it really was just a mermaid statue it was still neat to see it in person!
We were lucky because the day we arrived, it just so happend to be ‘Culture Night‘ in the city. An annual event that showcases art and design around Copenhagen. The 14th of October was also the opening day for Tivoli Gardens‘ (second oldest amusement park in the world) opening night for their Halloween decorations. In the end, we didn’t participate in either event because we hadn’t planned for it, but it made the city at night much more vibrant and alive.
And we didn’t have dinner at Noma…
…but we had incredible food at the Copenhagen Street Food, still in the city centre, but across the harbour on Papirøen (Paper Island). I’ve had enough Danish smørrebrød (open-face rye bread sandwich), so instead I enjoyed Korean food!
In the evening we went to Christiania – an area quite well-known internationally, characterised by an alternative, controversial, and hippie culture and people. This area in 1971 was an abounded military site, which was then taken over by squatters. It’s worth seeing because it’s a very different face of the city.
In the end of the night we enjoyed a stroll passed the brightly lit and festive Tivoli Gardens before finding our way back to our hostel and calling it a night.
Stay: Urban House Copenhagen Copenhagen – highly recommend! It was convenient, and service was good. The design was neat and practically it was just all around well-thought out.
Off to Oslo (via bus!) at 6:00am!