Last weekend (23rd-26th October) I headed across to Copenhagen for a long weekend and it was such a great few days, I loved every minute of it. If you haven’t read my post on my first impressions on the city then you can read it here.
I always do a lot of research beforehand and I noticed there was something called a Copenhagen Card which you could buy. The card covered all of your bus, metro and train travel which includes travel from the airport through to the city, and it also covers pretty much all of the attractions. Knowing that we wanted to do lots we opted for the 72 hour card which cost us about £60.
You can pick up your cards from the arrivals area of the airport and they are then valid for 72 hours from then, so we got them at 11am on Friday morning so they were valid until 11am on Monday morning. We then did not have to worry when we got on to any train about having to buy a ticket, this did result in us using them a lot so we didn’t tire ourselves out walking too much!
The best thing though was that we saved so much money on attractions. I know when I have been to places before I have to budget the cost for things like this and work out what is viable as it can get really expensive, but I didn’t have to worry.
There are so many attractions and we did not even do half of them but we did do:
Carlsberg Factory. This was really interesting to see how the beer is made and their massive bottle collection is insane. Plus you get 2 free beers (or soft drinks here) so result.
The Zoo. I am a massive fan of zoo’s and I have to admit this hit my number two spot in all time favourites and it is insane. Their selection of animals is amazing and even though we got there mid- late afternoon the animals were all around and easy to spot and not hidden away. I am pretty sure I may have lost an hour just standing there watching the monkeys (oops)
De Blu Planet aka the aquarium. This is the largest aquarium in Northern Europe and it really was great. There are also some beautiful outdoor seating areas so make sure you take a picnic to enjoy if you go.
Hans Christian Anderson museum. I did not realise how many stories I knew were written by Hans C Anderson: Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and The Pea. The museum talked about his life and his stories and it was really lovely if a little short (and difficult to find!)
Planetarium. Space fascinates me and the planetarium only excelled this fascination. There is an Imax theatre there and you can see a show which I highly recommend. We saw ‘Journey To Space’ which was an hour long and it was really interesting. The Planetarium itself was really interesting and quite a few hands on bits which is always fun.
Rundetaarn Observatory. The round tower situated in Central Copenhagen offers beautiful views of the city and means you can see so many of the beautiful palaces/ cathedrals. Be warned though it is all sloped inside so you do walk a long way to get to the top.
Tower in Christina. In Christina right near central Copenhagen sits a beautiful church with a high rising gold and black tower. You can climb the tower to see the amazing views and it is worth it. Before you get to the top though you have to battle narrow single-file stairs which are steep and tricky so getting up (and down) so it’s quite hard but the views are worth it!
Geological museum. We wanted to find the Natural History museum but it was off map so we chose to do the smaller Geological museum which was many consisting of space, and rocks/ gemstones. There was an amazing wildlife photography exhibition on when we were there which was great. The museum led on to the Botanical Gardens which you can visit for free, and it’s definitely worth it!
Experimentum City aka the Science Museum. I am pretty partial to Science Museums as I love the hands on nature of them. This one had loads of stuff you could get active with and play around with which was great, but it will take a lot to beat Gothenburg’s insane centre!
A whole bunch of Palaces’ and Castle’s including Amalienborg Palace and Rosenberg Castle where the crown jewels are kept.
Tivoli. I have certainly saved the best until last. Tivoli is part amusement park, part shopping haven and part gardens. We went during their Halloween season (my favourite) so there were lights and pumpkins and ghouls EVERYWHERE, and they re-dress it constantly. I would love to go back at Christmas and again in the summer. Your entrance allows you in to walk around, see the sights etc, but if you want to go on the rides you have to pay extra for these. We chose to pay for a band which allowed us on all the rides as often as we liked which was well worth it as the rides are insane. They have some of the tallest and best rides around and the park is the second oldest in the world. I am an adrenaline junkie and love rides but normally don’t get scared but a few here were pretty scary which is saying something. To have something this insane and beautiful right in the heart of Copenhagen is amazing, and definitely worth a visit. We actually went back twice, once to explore, and once for the rides as the card allowed us to.
As you can see we did a whole load of things over our four days, and the above are just the things which were made free by our Copenhagen card. Each attraction would have been between £5 and £15 so we definitely got our monies worth.