It’s the cobble stone streets, colorful antique buildings, and the buzz of foreign languages in the background that draws me to Europe. The culture, the history, and of course, the aesthetic.
Almost everything about being in Europe makes you feel like you’re in a storybook… except, the crowds!
Having lived in Scandinavia, I realized that it is certainly a lesser traveled corner of the world. Although Copenhagen screams, “trendy hipster”, it’s Instagram worthy scenery is still on the come up among travelers.
Without further a due, here is my guide on how to do the most with 2 Days in Copenhagen.
Where to lay your pretty head…
Brady and I were super lucky and managed to find an adorable hotel with amazing red velvet vintage vibes.
Located in the heart of Copenhagen or as the locals call it, København, First Hotel Twentyseven was the coolest most affordable option for our travel dates.
I was lucky enough to have traveled to Copenhagen when I was living in Norway so I had a good idea of where I wanted to stay and the things I wanted to show Brady.
Copenhagen in Spring 2013 (the first time I went)
Having a hotel that was walking distance from all the stuffs was definitely a top priority. Especially when you are only staying for a couple of days.
Of course I highly recommend the hotel Brady and I stayed in, however- Booking.com has hundreds of hotels around central Copenhagen that are comfortable and affordable.
Click here to check out hotels in Copenhagen.
Of course the beauty of being in a European city is the undeniably amazing public transportation. Fortunately, I have linked above where to find some central hotels so that most of your trekking can be done on foot.
Even though Brady and I walked everywhere we went within the city, the trains came in handy for airport transfers.
Many first time visitors make the mistake of taking a taxi to and from the airport. And- if you know anything about Northern Europe in particular, you know how excruciatingly expensive it is.
Our hotel was conveniently nestled about 3 blocks away from the central train station in Copenhagen, which features express trains running from the main station to the airport about every half hour.
The airport station is just a staircase away from the main terminal and one way tickets cost a mere$5-10 usd. Compare that to a $60 cab fare.
Now that you know where to stay and how to get there, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
Our first day in Copenhagen was spent being Wanderers. We decided to brave the Danish winter in February, but once we bundled up, exploring the city on foot was easy!
The first night we were there, we didn’t want to stray far from the hotel. We decided to try a cool “American” style bar.
After our tummies were filled with bacon burgers and Carlsberg beer, we ventured around the corner where we saw the glowing lights of Tivoli.
If you have never heard of Tivoli and you plan on making your way to Denmark, be sure to add it to your list.
I am an avid theme park lover, but never in my life have I seen such a beautiful and urban theme park! I knew immediately, I had to go.
It didn’t take much convincing for Brady, as he shares my love for roller coasters and general childlike shenanigans. So- we bought our tickets for the following night and made our way back to the hotel for the evening.
Waking up to the cold, crisp, Danish air was amazing in our cozy room. We made our way downstairs where we found a spread of bread rolls, eggs, meats, and cheeses.
For me this was a standard breakfast when I was living in Norway. I think it was a little surprising for Brady but he definitely enjoyed it!
We ate what we could on our jet-lagged stomachs and made our way into central Copenhagen.
The Main Stretch…
I’ve mentioned in a previous post that this trip was the first time Brady had been to Europe.
I loved watching his face as we walked down the streets and he gazed in awe at the extravagant buildings. I myself rekindled a love for the Danish city.
Since the day I stepped foot in Copenhagen for the first time, I knew I loved it.
The people are kind and the food is delicious. But more importantly, it offers an authentic European vibe while being discreet enough to evade the opaque clouds of tourists.
Brady and I made our way down the narrow stone streets towards the shopping center. It didn’t take long before the smell of crepes surrounded us.
All over Copenhagen you can find little stands and cafes serving fresh, piping hot crepes. Something about watching it be made makes it even more delicious!
One of my favorite parts about Copenhagen is the LEGO store. Though, i must reluctantly admit that I myself am not an avid LEGO user; the store is absolutely AMAZING!! It is a must see for everyone.
I jokingly call myself a “hipster”. After all, I do live in the Pacific Northwest. But in all seriousness. If the “hipster/indie” vibes are your thing, Copenhagen is for you. It kinda seems like the kind of place Kurt Cobain would hang out.
Insert pic in front of Graffiti wall here…
The fashion sense of Scandinavians is undeniable. And Copenhagen certainly offers some great inspo. One of my favorite, and in my opinion coolest places in the world is Christiana.
The story behind Christiania is an interesting one, but a story for another time. Its history and significance is quite cool for those politics nerds out there.
Christiania’s incognito location offers a bona fide local feel. The graffiti walls and random sculptures made by local artists line the pathways.
We stumbled upon a small men’s boutique in the heart of Christiania.
After talking to the two shop owners, we learned that they use donations to build skate parks all over the world for underprivileged kids. Some of the locations included; Iraq, India, and several African countries.
The pair seemed to be skateboarders themselves and then it hit me. Christiania is a little community built around a skate park. How amazing!
Despite its “off the beating path” location, it should definitely be at the top of your to-do! I must admit….photos are not technically permitted. But, I took some anyways just for you guys.
On the walk back into the city we became overwhelmingly hungry, and let me tell you, pølse is my JAM!
Scattered about the city you can find little vendor carts selling the most delectable hot dogs you will ever eat
If I’m honest, we ate pølse twice that day. You could say its a weakness.
We stopped at a stand in Nyhavn to satisfy our cravings. Nyhavn is the place you probably imagine when you think of Copenhagen.
It’s tall colorful boathouses line the canal and stand there stoic like a painting.
Floating restaurants bob along the edges of the canal and street performers fill the Nyhavn sky with their music.
After we ate our first round of pølse, we snuck into a small cafe along the canal to grab a hot chocolate. After the hot coco replenished the heat to our bodies we were ready for more sightseeing.
We started back to the hotel around sunset. We looked up to see the rays of light radiating through the clouds like something out of a movie. We stopped on the Inderhavnsbroen bridge to admire the view.
After we got back to our room we kicked our shoes off and watched some Hell’s Kitchen until we braved the chilly streets once again.
We took it easy on the first night, so the second night we had to go big. Tivoli was featuring its Winter Wonderland display and it was a must see.
The “Extreme Scream” ride boasted insane views at the top and we just had to see it.
As we made our way through the illuminated archways into the park, we were met by massive snowmen sculptures with friendly smiles. The giggles of little kids and Christmas music danced through the air as we admired the light displays.
We rode the same roller coaster until we were sick. After we were all rollercoastered out, we went to admire the shimmering ice rink in the middle of the park.
Somehow I managed to get Brady to ice skate with me! In all, Tivoli was the perfect activity for our last night and full day in Copenhagen.
Maybe you can find your inner child there too.
Thank you all for coming back and reading my posts! I hope this helps you all have some wonderful adventures. Xoxo