Last summer, before traveling to the Faroe Islands, we were lucky to spend a few days in Copenhagen. We were there for only three days, but for Copenhagen it was quite enough to become one of our favorite European cities.
Copenhagen greeted us with rain and wind, but the sky cleared up quickly and the rest of the time the weather was great, so we could walk for fun, drink delicious coffee and enjoy the life of this wonderful city. We decided to make a small guide of things to do in Copenhagen at the weekend:
1) Take a bike around the city. How not to ride a bike in a place, where the city center filled with cyclists more than with cars! Everything here is appealing – a lot of bike lanes and traffic-free streets. No wonder that a third of the locals prefer to get to work on a bike! Add to this totally free public bike rentals and you’ll know why one shouldn’t miss the opportunity.
2) Visit Nyhavn Canal. Big fans of the sea and ships, we could not help walking the famous canal! One of the main attractions of the city with many restaurants, cafes and tourist shops, it also used to be one of the seediest districts! We advise you to go there in the daytime, as the place is very popular and crowded in the evenings.
3) Climb the Round Tower (Rundetårn). A wonderful view over Copenhagen opens from the viewing platform of the tower on the Stroget Street. The tower is not the highest point for the sightseeing, but it has a perfect view over the historical part of the city. An interesting fact is that the tower does not have the staircase – you’ll have to climb on a sloping road that goes in a spiral almost to the roof. More of that, there is still functioning observatory, so if you're lucky enough with the weather, you can sign up for a tour and look at the starry sky.
4) Take a walk through the Botanical Garden. We try to visit gardens and parks in every city we travel, so we couldn’t miss the chance to walk through the famous University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden. The garden is very big and beautiful; the area of 10 hectares expands the largest collection of living plants, there are many old greenhouses (built in 1874!), so this is the perfect place to escape from the city haste. Besides, in the summer you can attend a workshop on drawing up the herbarium and take away a piece of the garden with you. Isn’t it a great memory from the journey? Therefore, we highly recommend you to go there! The main thing is to visit the garden in the first half of the day, as in summer it is open before 6 p.m. and in winter – before 4p.m.
5) Have a picnic in the Copenhagen Royal Garden. And that is the place of evening visits. Here you can gaze the sunset sitting comfortably right on the grass. By the way, it is very popular among locals, for that is exactly what they do after working day :)
6) Drink coffee in Paludan cafe. This is a great place with wonderful coffee and refined interior with the old library stylization. The University of Copenhagen is nearby and Paludan is always filled with students, so the atmosphere is just calling to take the book into your hands (which you don’t necessary have to bring with you – you can just reach out to the nearby bookshelf).
That is what Copenhagen was for us. Of course, having only 3 days we did not have time to explore the city the way it is worth doing, and its map is still full of white spots for us. But the city is so interesting that even a couple of days is enough to pick up its mood, and we hope our tips will help you with this. For sure, even after a short trip to Copenhagen, you'll want to come back here and reveal more of its secrets with every coming day.