I was in Copenhagen earlier this week for a mini vacation. Being the first time that I ventured into Scandinavia, I had no idea what to expect with the weather, culture, etc. After 4 days there I can honestly say that I fell in love!
We booked a room in a hotel that is located smack in the middle of the city, which ended up being prefect since almost everything was walking distance or the metro was close-by. Before we got there, we ordered the 72-hour Copenhagen cards online which was only €89. This card gives you access to 79 museums and attractions, and free public transport. It was very much worth it for us because at €14 on average entry to museums and attractions that we wanted to go to and us taking the metro multiple times a day, we saved quite a bit of money.
In the 4 days, we visited many different museums and attractions. All of entry costs for these were covered by the card. A tip when planning a trip to Copenhagen, is to check the opening times before, since many things are closed on Mondays or entirely based on the season.
Here are the most memorable for me.
It is a old water reservoir under the Søndermarken park (located in the Frederiksberg district) which was made into an exhibition. Since it is huge underground space, its dark, and extremely humid so skip the flat iron when you visit (I learned the hard way). Its such a Gothic space, resembling catacombs. It has been turned into an art exhibit. From 20 March 2017 until 2 December 2018, the Japanese architect Hiroshi Sambuichi’s installation can be viewed as a celebration of the 150th anniversary of diplomacy between Denmark and Japan.
Design Museum Denmark
This museum houses decorative art and industrial designs from around the world. The building was once the first public hospital in Denmark. This museum hosts many different styles and designers, anything from chairs, posters, paintings, fashion, to medical instruments. It might get a little confusing as you are wondering from room to room, looking for a flow or theme but its well worth it with the beautiful and interesting exhibits.
The National Museum
Denmark’s National Museum in Copenhagen displays exhibits from the Stone Age, the Viking Age, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Modern Danish History. Just like any other National Museum, you will find skulls, mummies, pottery, boats, skeletons, weapons, etc. Its a massive museum so if you decide to venture there, set aside a couple of hours to get through everything.
Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest theme park in Europe, it was founded in 1843. The park is absolutely beautiful with different exotically themed architecture and lush gardens. At night, it turns into something magical! The park is littered with thousands of lights making it something out of a fairy-tale. I was especially ecstatic because during autumn the park is transformed into a Halloween extravaganza. Pumpkins, lanterns, spiders and all things Halloween everywhere. Even with all of this, at night it was still so romantic. We bought mulled wine and sat in the garden watching the lights and fireworks on the water. I was in heaven!
Church of Our Saviour
Our Saviour’s is one of the most famous churches in Denmark. With 400 steps to the top, 90 meters above street level, its not for the faint of heart. Especially since the last 150 steps are on the outside of the church (as pictured above). It was definitely not my favorite thing since I’m not someone who enjoys heights, however, you can take some amazing pictures from the top.
Copenhagen is a truly amazing city in so many ways!
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