Copenhagen has been on my travel bucket list for a long time, and I’m glad I can say I’ve ticked it off at last. Lonely Planet has named Copenhagen the #1 city to visit in 2019, and for good reason. From the sights to see and the places to visit, to the food on offer and the incredible range of shops, I could have spent a lot longer than 4 days here. One thing that’s most important for me when travelling as a solo female is that I felt safe wherever I visit, and Copenhagen for me felt no different than being at home in my own city. Read on to find out some of what I got up to on my city break in Copenhagen…
There are many stunning sights to see in Copenhagen, and endless free activities you can do. I didn’t manage to do nearly as many of them as I wanted too, but the ones I did do were a pleasure even on the bad weather days. Nyhavn Harbour has to be the most famous tourist attraction in Copenhagen, and one of the things you kind of have to do when visiting. The street is lined with old colourful houses that have been redecorated on what used to be a commercial shipping port, but is now an area where you can sit back and chill. I visited two very different parks, the Botanical Gardens were picturesque and I felt like I was ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and had fallen down the rabbit hole. And Ørstedsparken is a green oasis located less than a 5-minute walk away from where I stayed, and is the perfect spot to have a picnic or just sit back and relax.
One of the things that surprised me most when in Copenhagen was how much I enjoyed visiting Rosenborg Castle, an early 17th century building commissioned to be built in old Copenhagen. When walking through the castle you can really experience the rich culture and history of Danish kings and queens past, one of my favourite sections was getting to see the Treasury and crown jewels some of which are still worn by H.M. the Queen today (in Denmark only) on special occasions. NY Carlsberg Glyptotek is a museum full of collections from Ancient Rome and Egypt, and theres even a little indoor garden right in the centre. Point to note, its free to visit the museum on Tuesdays. Last but certainly not least The Round Tower is a 17th century tower/observatory and is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. Denmark is quite famous for its achievements in astronomy, and the tower is still used by amateur astronomers today. To get the the top you have to walk up the spiral walkway which is a workout in itself, but once you get to the top the view of Copenhagen is breathtaking.
Hotel SP34 is a boutique hotel in the centre of Copenhagen in the heart of the Latin Quarter, exactly where you want to be if you plan on walking everywhere like I did. Sankt Peders Stræde is a quirky street with an eclectic feel, a mix of tattoo shops/trainers stores and even the infamous ‘Sankt Peders Bageri’ are within a 2minute walk. Even though its so centrally located, its still a peaceful escape from city life. In true Nordic style, the whole atmosphere and vibe of the hotel is chic and sleek. The devils in the detail and all rooms are incredibly stylish, and well worth the price tag. The staff at the hotel couldn’t have been nicer and more accommodating, and the service throughout my stay was impeccable. The rooms could do with speakers where you can connect & charge your iPhone, but on the plus side if you travel with a lot of clothes like me all rooms come with a mini steamer! This was super handy as my suitcases had squashed and crumpled all my clothes, obviously. Hotel SP34 offer an organic buffet breakfast to all guests which is prepared freshly every morning, and with the amount of choice on offer theres no way you could go hungry. If you drink alcohol (I don’t) they have wine hour every day in their hotel lobby/bar from 5-6pm, and theres even a DJ on Fridays. On top of that, they have 3 great restaurants – Vækst, Cocks & Cows, and Din Nye Ven. I ate mouth-watering burger on my first day in Copenhagen at Cocks & Cows, and went to bed fully satisfied.
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