20/02/2015

travel: 11 top tips for visiting copenhagen

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 Top Tips for your first visit to Copenhagen

 

Our last day in Copenhagen wasn’t really a day – just a morning. We flew at 4pm, so with travel and check in time, we needed to be heading to the airport around 1pm. For our final few hours, we opted for breakfast at my sisters place – the gorgeous scones above, which come in all different flavours, fresh frothy coffee and fruit, followed by a walk around Frederiksberg with her dog, Bear. The local park was beautiful, home to the Frederiksberg Palace, a fair few heron and the (very weird) Sucker Tree – a place for kids to tie their dummies when they ‘give them up’. Some say sweet, I say gross. As our final day was short, I’ve decided to include my Top Tips here, like I did for our Rome trip. Here goes…

 

– Take the Metro from the airport. It’s got to be the simplest public transport I’ve got from an airport to a city so far – totally not worth getting a taxi at all!

 

– Speaking of the Metro, it’s worth getting a 3 zone ticket when you buy any during your trip. The system can be a little confusing and they’re pretty hot on fines. None of the stations are manned so it’s better to be safe than sorry – it’s not expensive and worth doing!

 

– If you’re looking for the hipster area of town, you’ll want the area called Vesterbro. It’s not far from Frederiksberg where we were staying and has a definite cool vibe.

 

– If you’re into your homeware, you might know about Royal Copenhagen Porcelain. Pretty but pricey, so there’s an outlet in Frederiksberg which is worth knowing about!

 

– Try the scones! You can only get them in a place called Reinh Van Hauen but it’s a chain so you can find them anywhere.

 

– If you’re looking for dinner inspo, the chain of Madklubben restaturants are a good choice  – all different, and all over the city, they’re not too expensive with amazing food.

 

– If you’re into your beauty, try Matas. It’s the Danish Boots with lots of well known brands, as well as some more unique Danish products.

 

– Something worth knowing is how to convert the currency to pounds as Denmark aren’t in the euro. It’s super simple – just add a decimel! If something is 299krone, that’s £29.90.

 

– I didn’t go myself, but my Dad and the other ‘boys’ on the trip thoroughly enjoyed drinking their way around the Carlsberg Brewery tour.

 

– A tip my sister learnt the hard way is that in Copenhagen, they’re very hot on road crossing. If a crossing is present, you can’t walk at all unless the green man is showing – regardless of the traffic. Fines can be had if you don’t obey, and you’ll notice just how obedient all the Danish pedestrians and cyclists are!

 

– Copenhagen isn’t huge, so walking is really one of the best ways to get about, much like we found in Rome. It’s incredibly flat, so it’s not a hard slog and you see so much more. Or if you’re feeling brave, hire a bike! The city is totally decked out for cyclists and is so safe, you can leave your bike all over the place.

 

I’m already plotting my next trip back to Copenhagen, I’d love to see it in the warmer months when I can cycle around the city and eat my way through all the Scandi-chic cafes! I’m sure there’s plenty I’ve missed as it was such a whirlwind trip, but it’s definitely a place I’ll be exploring more.

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