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What To Know When Visiting Copenhagen

Denmark’s capital is vibrant, safe and a great place to visit for solo travellers and backpackers. While being on the more expensive side, well, very expensive side, it is a city that needs to be on your bucket list. With Denmark’s intricate and rich history, you can find plenty of things to do while you’re visiting, however this is the perfect 2 day itinerary for ticking off all the main sites! While in Copenhagen I recommend staying at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel. Social, central and with dorms ranging from €10 - €20 a night, it’s affordable too. The best ways to get around the city are either by walking or cycling. You can rent a bike for a day or Copenhagen is small enough that you can walk pretty much anywhere, and it’s incredibly scenic so you can enjoy the stunning architecture and beautiful views as you explore. To start the first day head to the famous Nyhavn, situated right on the water front of Kongens Nytorv. These colourful buildings are the iconic symbol of the city and you will easily fall in love with these multicoloured treasures. Built in the 17th century, these houses consist of different restaurants, souvenir shops and sweet treats like waffles covered in chocolate (yum). Enjoy strolling down the street and don’t forget to snap photos from every angle! The second stop of the day is Amalienborg Palace, home to the Danish Royal family, this Palace consists of four identical classical palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard. The whimsical exterior makes for stunning photos and you can also spot the dome of Frederik’s Church, which sits just down the road from Amalienborg Palace. If you manage to visit at 12pm you can watch the Charging of the Guards before the walk through the centre of Copenhagen to Rosenborg Castle. If you want to watch them, make sure to get there a little early because it does get pretty busy! After you’ve wandered through the Palace take a leisurely stroll towards the famous Little Mermaid statue. As yet another symbol of the city this statue has been through a lot over the years, including its head being cut off, the nose being cut off and multiple graffiti attacks. The walk from Amalienborg Palace to the Little Mermaid is lovely, it takes around 30 minutes, however you can walk along the waterfront and enjoy your surroundings. Once you arrive to the little mermaid there is plenty of outdoor seating and little kiosks you can buy snacks from, as well as a couple of walking paths you can continue strolling down. To start off day two head towards Rosenborg Castle. Built as a country summer house in the 17th century, the exterior is a Dutch Renaissance style, which was unique to the time. Now the castle is a popular tourist attraction, however can be viewed from the outside. The castle sits in King’s Garden, which is wonderful to walk around, even in the colder months. You can also spot the Changing of the Guard here each day. For your second and final afternoon, a trip to Copenhagen wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Christiania. Also known as Freetown Christiania, this is an international community and commune for about 1,000 residents. You can find Freetown is Christianshavn, just over the bridge from København K. This side of the city has a very different feel to the classic and chic side where you would have spent the last day and a half. Here you can find street art around every corner, junk that’s been turned into art and probably the most noticeable difference, the green light district. While it’s not exactly legal, people sell it freely on the street and smoke it in plain sight! It’s a really interesting spot to walk around, although you’re not allowed to take photos inside of the actual Freetown Christiania. If that’s not really your scene Christianshavn has plenty of other spots for you to visit, including climbing Our Saviour’s Church, which has a unique external spiral staircase that allows you to climb up the top of the spire and see 360 degree views of Copenhagen and beyond. As I mentioned before Copenhagen is pretty expensive and you can expect to spend anywhere between £50 - £80 + a day! However, the city is absolutely breathtaking and every corner is a photo worthy stop, so it is a must for visiting!

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