Last month I headed to Copenhagen for a long weekend and a catch up with my uni friends. We were originally going to go somewhere in Germany but as I was flying from Edinburgh and they from London, we needed to have fairly similar flight times. Copenhagen was a totally random choice, I didn’t expect much from it and didn’t have much time do do research. Could I have been any more pleasantly surprised? Absolutely not! It was the most amazing, beautiful and fun festive experience of my life (no exaggeration).
When I stepped off the plane I had to make my own way into the city centre to find our hotel and meet my friends from London there (as tehy had arrived in the country 4 hours before me). I have traveled by myself before but I was still a little apprehensive about finding my way around a city when I had no inkling about how to understand the language at all. I had been given some previous tips on what transport to take from the airport to the city centre so off I went. I took a photograph of the metro map, bought a ticket from a machine and within an hour I had navigated my way to my hotel.
Cabinn City Hotel
Our hotel was quite adorable. I used Skyscanner to find a hotel and the Cabinn City Hotel was perfectly central and cheap. The room could not have been smaller. Believe it or not, that is our room pictured below and it sleep three people. There is another bed below the bottom bed but before you pull that out, you had to connect the ladder so the person staying in the top bunk could get into their bed. Once they were up there you take the ladder off, trapping them, and pull out the bottom bed. To be honest, we are such close friends it was all just very funny. The bathroom was basically a shower that had a sink and toilet in it. We were so busy exploring the city, this room was all we need; clean and had all the necessary facilities.
This was my favourite part of the trip. Once we’d settle into out hotel we went to explore Tivoli gardens. It was approx. £12 to get into and once you were in there was so much to explore.
When paying for our tickets in we were recommended to hurry down to the lake to see the light show, which was very pretty.
There were also lots restaurants, pubs and little shops selling Christmas decorations.
Even the rides were amazing. Lots of merry-go-rounds, even one with more exotic animals…
Copenhagen – around the city
On the Saturday we just went walking around the city to explore. It was a beautiful sunny, crisp day which really showed off how beautiful the city is.
Whilst exploring the city we went to see Christiania which has a “unique status in that it is regulated by a special law, the Christiania Law of 1989 which transfers parts of the supervision of the area from the municipality of Copenhagen to the state”. Basically this area is a big hippy commune where Cannabis is legal. It is fantastically interesting and like no where I have been before. Due to its ‘free’ nature, you aren’t allowed to take photos whilst walking around the area, but you can sneak a couple on the outskirts. It is, as expected, super chilled out and pretty friendly. I think it could have been a fair bit better 10 or so years ago and is a little run down and empty now. Still, if you visit Copenhagen you must explore this area.
Bars & restaurants
The food in Copenhagen is fabulous. Lots of tasty Danish pastries (of course), and mulled wine. When we were in Tovoli on our first night, we randomly decided to get some dinner in the restaurant pictured below, Madklubben. Situated right in the middle of this festive wonderland, this restaurant was beautifully decorated with dainty fairy lights and a lovely chilled atmosphere. The staff were incredibly friendly and when our food took over an hour to turn up, we were given two free bottles of lovely red wine. I had a winter stew and it was absolutely delicious. It cost me around £12 which was really good value (especially with free wine) and after hearing horror stories about how expensive the city was, this quickly put me at ease.
Mulled wine (Gløgg), and lots of it.
When walking around the city on Saturday afternoon we found a Christmas market. Here we bought more Christmas decorations, met SANTA(!!) and soaked up the festive atmosphere that I fell in love with.
My tops tips
I would definitely recommend visiting Copenhagen for a long festive weekend. It is cold but the perfect sort of cold, barely any wind and the air is fresh. Just what you need to clear out the cobwebs. Definitely visit Tivoli, it might look slightly tacky in the day time but once it gets dark it turns into a magical winter wonderland. Be prepared to spend a little more than in the UK but it will be worth it. All of the food I had was amazing, mulled wine (Gløgg) is delicious, the local people are all incredibly friendly and speak perfect English. Basically I’d go back tomorrow if I could!