48 Hours in Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital with bridges buzzing with cycling commuters, fashion and design, culture and good food which are just some of the reason to head to the Danish capital this year! Coco Lane author, Katie, shares her 48 hours visit to this stunning city with us today.

Afternoon

4pm - We had heard about this amazing cheesecake place just off the main shopping street of Copenhagen, naturally a great stop for sugar after your trip! Bertels Salon has been voted best cake in town three of the last four years- and I can see why! They have so many flavours to choose from, but be warned they aren’t a secret so expect a que and expect to be disappointed that your flavour of choice sells out. 

5pm - The 34.8m high red brick ‘Round Tower’ was built by 1642 on command from King Christian IV for a church, observatory and a library This multi purpose building today is still a church, but the observatory is now open for tourists to view the city. The tower was built with a curved ramp rather than stairs, rumour has is that the king wanted to ride is horse up the tower… not sure how true that is! But today it serves a great purpose to host an annual cycle ride, of course your in Denmark after all. The fastest recorded time is from 1980 when a danish man cycled up and down the tower in 1 minute 48 seconds … on a unicycle! 

Evening

7-9pm - Tivoli Gardens is the World’s second oldest amusement park, open since 1843! The park inspired Mr Walt Disney himself, a visit to the gardens allows you to step back in time. 

The gardens are open from 11am - 11pm most days, and open later some Friday and Saturday nights for certain events. I would recommend heading there from 5pm onwards, take the time to wonder around the park and enjoy the rides if you like. Also get some amazing pictures of all the quirks the park has to offer! Now it's time to stop and fuel up! Now, we ate in Groften, the most famous restaurant in Tivoli gardens, its been there since 1874 and is a popular tourist eatery with its fun decor and non-fussy menu. It was however, the most expensive meal we ate in Copenhagen…I would probably say it's best to head to one of the smaller restaurants or ‘food to go’ stands. The gardens guide has a helpful price guide for the food and drink providers in the park. Take some time to take a walk back through the park in the dark, it's so pretty when illuminated at night!!

Once you’re finished here take a short walk over to the Library bar, yummy selection of cocktails and its right next to the train station. 

Morning

10am - Not many of the tourist guides mention visiting The Church of our Saviour but it has great views over the city. 

Although I feel like this place should have a huge WARNING sign as you buy your tickets, it is not for those with any kind of fear of heights! It may sound a little dramatic but the tiny stairs to the top are barley wide enough for single file, but on these little stairs you have to stop in the creaky bell tower to let people past. With that being said it is definitely a must visit in Copenhagen, different from any churches or historic building you can climb that I’ve done before. You can get some great shots of the city on a clear day, and add a serious amount of steps to your FitBit. 

11am - So whenever you talk about Copenhagen the free town of Christianshavn is always mentioned. It was established by squatters back in 1971 and follows its own regulations. If you take a walk down the famous ‘pusher street’ you’ll be hit by the hash cloud and amazed at the number of marijuana dealers lining the street. DO NOT TAKE PHOTOS HERE. Definitely not my favourite part of the trip, but I guess an experience. I would however say explore the little streets near the metro station, lots of beautiful colourful buildings - a lot quieter than Nyhavn so perfect for photos!

Afternoon

12pm- Amalienborg Palace, home to Denmark's Queen. Changing of the guard takes place daily at 12 noon. We took the time to head in and explore the exhibition but decided that Rosenborg Castle is more interesting - and there is a lot more to see. 

As you leave the palace and head to Nyhavn you get a great view of the Marble Church. I wish we had gone inside, the exterior was so beautiful. 

1pm - Time to head to the famous Nyhavn, every post, article or book on Copenhagen will feature tones of pictures of these colourful houses. Nyhavn, standing for ‘New Harbour’, was built in the 17th century to link the harbour to the city, now the streets are filled with expensive eateries and boutiques and the canal hosts boat tours. 

Amalienborg Palace, home to Denmark's Queen. Changing of the guard takes place daily at 12 noon. We took the time to head in and explore the exhibition but decided that Rosenborg Castle is more interesting - and there is a lot more to see. 

As you leave the palace and head to Nyhavn you get a great view of the Marble Church. I wish we had gone inside, the exterior was so beautiful. 

Time to head to the famous Nyhavn, every post, article or book on Copenhagen will feature tones of pictures of these colourful houses. Nyhavn, standing for ‘New Harbour’, was built in the 17th century to link the harbour to the city, now the streets are filled with expensive eateries and boutiques and the canal hosts boat tours. 

Evening

4:30pm - As you leave the palace and head to Nyhavn you get a great view of the Marble Church. I wish we had gone inside, the exterior was so beautiful. 

8pm - Time to head to the famous Nyhavn, every post, article or book on Copenhagen will feature tones of pictures of these colourful houses. Nyhavn, standing for ‘New Harbour’, was built in the 17th century to link the harbour to the city, now the streets are filled with expensive eateries and boutiques and the canal hosts boat tours. 

Morning

Copenhagen’s Botanical gardens is home to the largest collection of living plants in Denmark. This is one of the FREE attractions, you can wander around the collection of plants outside in the gardens and then head into the huge conservatory. Inside, you can head up the beautiful white spiral stairs and circle the top of the conservatory looking down over the many plants. It is however incredibly hot in here, for obvious reasons, but it is so warm up the top you feel like you could pass out! 

You’re also allowed to take your own food and drink into the park, so if you're visiting in the summer why not head to Torvehallerne, the food market, around the corner and get some snacks to enjoy during your visit. 

There is a small shop in the gardens where you can purchase honey made by the gardens very own bees - unique souvenir.

Afternoon

12pm - To learn more about the history of Copenhagen book into a FREE walking tour - lasting around 90 minutes I recommend the classical tour, you visit: 

• Copenhagen's cathedral 

• Copenhagen’s University 

• Hidden passageway 

• Round tower 

• Rosenborg Palace 

• Torvehallerne - Food market  

http://www.copenhagenfreewalkingtours.dk/index.html#tour-of-christianshavn

1:30pm - The FREE walking tour ends at Torvehallerne - perfect lunch stop. If you are looking at the food market from the park, on Vendersgade street, then the hall to your left is mainly your savoury options and the food hall to the right is mainly sweet options. Everyone has different tastes and there is so much to choose from so explore, but these are some I can recommend: 

• Coffee collective 

• Hija de Sanchez - owned by chef Rosio Sanchez who’s previously worked at Noma!

• Hallerne SmØrrebØd

• Funchs Vinstue - Cheap beer!

3pm - After lunch head over to Rosenborg Palace - home to the crown jewels! Built between 1606 and 1633 as Christian IV’s summer home it was nicknamed the ‘party palace’. In the winter room you’ll see 4 panels in the corners of the room - the king would stomp on these to start up the band hidden in the basement. Head to the park out front for the best photos of the palace. 

Hello, I'm Katie the creative owner of Pitch Boutique organising alternative outdoor events. We offer cosy bell tent hire for all kinds of occasions from bridal bell tents, to glitter filled hen weekend and children's sleepovers. After 4 years working in the events industry I decided I wanted to branch out into providing fun events with a twist, combined with my passion for being outside and exploring Pitch Boutique was born. 

Alongside my business I'm incredibly lucky to see a lot of the world and have developed a bit of an obsession with creating structured travel itineraries to make to most of my 24 hour trips! When I am home you'll find me snuggled up by the fire with my two cocker spaniels, or with my nose buried into a travel guide!