The Ultimate Guide To 2 Days In Copenhagen Itinerary

2 Days In Copenhagen Itinerary

The Ultimate Guide To 2 Days In Copenhagen Itinerary – Yes, Copenhagen is as impressively beautiful as they tell you. Taken – almost – directly from a story (later I will explain the irony of this statement), the capital of Denmark is as charming as you imagine. Its streets full of history are perfectly maintained, its canals and homes are reminiscent of a cleaner and less chaotic Amsterdam, and its friendly locals will stroll with a smile on their faces practically at all hours of the day.

It doesn’t matter what the weather is. Not in vain, Danes are supposed to be the happiest in the world. Or so the studies carried out on the matter say. Copenhagen is not very big. If you have some time I recommend exploring it on foot, it is the best way to discover a destination. You will see several contrasts from one neighborhood to another, they certainly surprised me! However, if you have a tighter timing, I recommend buying the Copenhagen Card, which includes entry to various attractions in the city (I will mention several in this post) as well as all trips by public transport (subway, bus and even boat). .

The Ultimate Guide To 2 Days In Copenhagen Itinerary

Find one of the circuits through Denmark and get a complete experience and an unforgettable memory from which you will probably remember the most beautiful European country you have ever visited.

The Tivoli

The Tivoli

Next to the  Central Train Station  (main direct entry point from the airport about 15 minutes from each other) is  the Tivoli , an urban amusement park.

Yes, Copenhagen has among its streets a leisure area full of attractions, roller coaster and shuttle included! In addition, it is  one of the oldest amusement parks in the world  and one of the favorite spaces of all Danes. Notice how true this is: the day I went to visit it was pouring rain and it was packed to the brim, including the attractions that did not stop working at any time, and I can tell you that those who rode them were not foreign…

It is open only seven months a year (from April to September and from October 13 to November 5 for the Halloween season), which is when it is fully operational. The Halloween decorations are spectacular, the entire park is filled with pumpkins and sinister motifs characteristic of such a holiday. Personally I was very impressed with the detail and care with how everything was presented.

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If your trip does not coincide during these months, don’t worry, you can still enter, you will find some stores open and also the restaurants. Likewise, during the Christmas season there are usually markets inside, so you can visit it perfectly if you happen to be passing by. And another advantage is that it is located almost in the heart of the city, so you will not have to take special transportation separately.

Town Hall Square

Town Hall Square in Copenhagen

Town Hall Square, also known as  Rådhuspladsen  (literal translation from Danish), is located just behind the Tivoli, just a few minutes walk away.

Inside the square we can find several sculptures, such as the  Dragon Fountain ;  the “weather girl”  – now obsolete – but which in the past marked the weather in the city, if it was a sunny day a golden doll would come out riding a bicycle, on the other hand, if it rained, she would come out with an umbrella, Today you can see both figures at the same time on top of the building;  two musicians playing the laurel  at the top of a column; the figure of  Hans Christian Andersen ; and  a museum dedicated to his life  where, in addition, all the children’s stories that he has written are exhibited with animated representations that have nothing to do with the ” light ” versions that Disney made years later…

As a curiosity, the current City Hall is the  fourth in the city . Room! In Denmark they have a problem with fire, and the first two burned completely, the third was built to be a Town Hall and Court, finally the current one was inaugurated in 1905 and serves only as a Town Hall, while the third Town Hall was It remained solely as the seat of the Court.

On the other hand, the Town Hall houses the popular  astronomical clock by Jens Olsen  where you can see the calendar for the next 500,000 years. Yes, you read it right. 500,000. Years. Weddings are also celebrated and art galleries are exhibited, among other social activities.

In this square begins the commercial street par excellence of Copenhagen:  Strøget , which extends to our next stop…

Nyhavn

Nyhavn in Copenhagen

Do you know those beautiful and colorful  little houses  that decorate all the postcards of Copenhagen? They sound familiar to you, don’t they?

They are located in the  Nyhavn area , also known as  Puerto Nuevo . On both sides of the long canal are the characteristic houses with striking colors, whose ground floors are dedicated to hospitality where you can try typical Danish dishes. However, they are places that are a little more expensive than usual (within the price range). It’s already Copenhagen), but if you want to try authentic Danish cuisine, this is your place.

The canal is full of boats and becomes a very pleasant walk at any time of the day. If you are lucky, the sun will even come out and you will be able to take very nice photos of the facades of the houses. Houses in which, of course, people currently live and were even once the home of illustrious personalities such as Hans Christian Andersen, where he wrote his popular work “ The Princess and the Pea .”

At the end of the walk there is a bridge that leads to the  Christianshavn area , once you cross it, to the left are the impressive  Opera and Copenhagen Street Food , a street food market that is quite affordable and very curious, there is food of everything! guy! All this in a modern and hipster atmosphere – personally, this place was one of the great discoveries of our trip and one that I highly recommend visiting – and on the right is the independent city of  Christiania .

Christiania

Christiania

The  Free City of Christiania  is, perhaps, one of the most interesting points in all of Copenhagen.

Every year it attracts more and more tourists, and no wonder, Christiania proclaimed itself independent from Denmark, it has its own government and its own rules, rules that do not correspond to the European Union either, in fact, when you leave the City there is a sign that indicates “ you are now entering the EU ”, in Spanish “ now you are entering the European Union ”.

What most attracts the attention of residents and foreigners about the place, in addition to the impressive street art that is displayed on all its walls, is that marijuana is legal and of course, this causes a lot of headaches for the Danish police. By having their rules and government, they do not respond to them and have perfectly visible stalls in their streets and squares for sale and consumption.

Chistiania can be visited with organized tours or on your own, however, if you choose the second option, you must keep in mind the community rules before entering, for example that taking photographs is prohibited. You can imagine the reason.

Its inhabitants are friendly, at least we didn’t have any problems, but you must be respectful of their rules at all times. In summer there are always open-air concerts and things are cheaper than in the rest of Copenhagen because their shops are tax-free, in case you want to buy a souvenir.

The little Mermaid

The little Mermaid in Copenhagen

The quintessential symbol of Copenhagen is located on one of the edges of  Langelinie Park  , which, curiously, is shaped like a star if you see it from the sky.

The sculpture attracts attention due to  its size , many are disappointed when they reach the shore and find a Little Mermaid much smaller than they thought. Let’s be realistic, it’s not  that  tiny either, it’s the average size of a person.

The monument is built to represent the original story of “The Little Mermaid” written by the aforementioned Hans Christian Andersen, but it has little to do with the beautiful story that Disney adapted, the end of Andersen’s story – like the rest of the popular stories written by him – is cruel and unpleasant, let’s say that the Little Mermaid does not kill the prince, but, instead, commits suicide amidst terrible suffering, previously agreed upon with the Sea Witch, while she watches how Eric abandons her for other. The Disney ending is much better, right?

The sculpture is not surrounded by any fence, which has caused the Danes a lot of trouble over the years, vandalism, graffiti, beheadings… yes, yes, what you read, the Mermaid was left without a head more than once, twice and three times …

However, the statue is world famous, not in vain has it become the undisputed symbol of Copenhagen. There are many who come to see how it looks languidly towards the sea perched on a rock, but be careful, precisely being so accessible has its “dire” consequences. It is not the first time that a person falls into the water by trying to get closer than they should. We saw up to three people rush into the algae  in less than 5 minutes … you have been warned!

Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace

We speak of “Palace” in the singular but actually the complex is made up of 4 different ones:

Brockdorff Palace where the prince currently lives with his family.

Moltke Palace is used for royal galas and is open to the public.

Levetzau Palace serves as a temporary residence for royal relatives and also houses a museum dedicated to the history of Danish royalty that can be visited by the public.

Lastly,  Schack Palace is the residence of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Much loved by the Danish people, she is surprised that both her palace and the other three lack protective fences. Don’t expect to see a kind of Buckingham Palace, because the Danish royalty is very different, they live a completely normal life and integrate with the other residents of Copenhagen. You can see the heir to the throne going to play sports in  Langelinie Park,  or his wife going out to buy bread without escorts in total normality.

As a curiosity, the people’s affection for the Queen is such that it is a tradition for all the inhabitants of Copenhagen to go to the square to congratulate her every April 16 on her birthday.

Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen Itinerary

Like the Town Hall,  Christiansborg Palace  also suffered from the Danish fires, it was rebuilt several times until the current one, erected in 1928.

Today, this palace serves as  Parliament  and has a tower from which you can see the best views of the city, weather permitting of course.

The interior visit to the palace is 100% recommended, it has impressive tapestries, a library that will delight those who love reading and a lot of details that will take you back to all those palace movies that you watch on Sunday afternoons on Antena3. In addition to being able to see first-hand how the Danish royalty of yesteryear lived.

The only thing that is not very worth it are the ruins under the main building, if you have the Copenhagen Card you can take a look because the entrance is included, but if not, our recommendation is that you go directly to see the palace inside. You don’t miss much.

On the other hand, to continue taking advantage of the Copenhagen Card, Christiansborg Palace is next to the  National Museum  so you can take advantage if you want to learn pieces of the city’s historical past, the Viking era, its prehistoric life, see real fossils of people, how they lived, utensils they used, etc.

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