Last weekend I went away for another snappy city break and this time chose to spend four days in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The city has always been on my to visit list but it was chosen this time because it was so cheap to fly to. My return Easyjet flight with a checked in bag was about £80 which was a bargain compared to other places on the same weekend.
We chose to stay at WakeUp Copenhagen which was a budget hotel, costing £30 each a night (based on two sharing) and it was a 10 minute walk/ one train ride away from the central train station. It was basic in design but was perfect for what we needed; it was comfortable, clean and in an excellent location.
I had little idea of what to expect but had done my research on what I wanted to do (but more about that later). Here are the main things I noticed about the city:
- The number of cyclists far outweighs the number of motorists. There are cycle lanes everywhere, and unlike London where cyclists don’t tend to abide by the rules of the road they were all following everything to a T. I’d certainly recommend hiring a bike while out there if you want to avoid getting too many trains.
- The trains run all night and spot on time. In our whole four days we did not encounter any delays or issues with the transport and it ran like clockwork (take note London). And there are train services which run all the way throughout the night.
- Buildings – even those which aren’t for anything special – are beautiful. The architecture is stunning and it really pays to look up when you’re walking around.
- Not everywhere is open on a Monday so be careful to tailor your plans if you’re there on a Monday. This includes some shops, a lot of the attractions, galleries, etc. I have no idea what is so special about a Monday but be warned.
- There is artwork everywhere. Sculptures line pretty much every corner, and the sides of buildings are covered with painting after painting. You don’t need to head to the art galleries to see some beautiful works of artwork.
- When you look at a map things look so far apart but actually everything is pretty close together. We could easily walk between some of the attractions and places we wanted to visit even though they looked like they were miles apart on the map.
I wasn’t expecting it to be but Copenhagen is now one of my favourite cities, and I will definitely be making a return trip at some point soon. Keep an eye out for more posts about the city over the next week where I talk about the best places to eat and what to spend your days doing.