Welcome to a rainy and windy Copenhagen!
I love it here, it’s hub of scandi art and culture. It’s the home of the fashionable
hygge concept and was voted the most bike friendly city in Europe. It feels like home.
That feeling where you can’t describe why… but the vibrancy of the people, and the coziness
of culture…its just a place you won’t forget in a hurry!
Coming up we’re gonna help you get around the city, learn some of the basic lingo, try
some Danish delicacies, and give you some useful tourist tips but first of all we’re
starting at the airport Copenhagen airport is the largest in Scandinavia.
It’s clean, modern and super efficient. From here the best ways to get into town are
to take the metro or a taxi. Metro platforms are at terminal three and
all trains go into town, so no need to worry about getting the wrong one. Ticket machines
only accept cards or coins, not notes – so watch out for that. Taxis are available outside arrivals, costing
around £35 and it takes about 20 minutes to get into town. Copenhagen is one of the most bike friendly
cities in Europe. So, grab a bike from one of the many places you can rent them here,
get in the cycle lane, and go and tour the city in one of the most authentic ways possible. We found a rather fantastic app while in Copenhagen.
Donkey Republic allows you to hire a bike right from your phone almost anywhere in the
city. Each bike is unlocked with bluetooth, so just select your location, find your numbered
bike and away you go. If riding a bike isn’t your cuppa tea, then
fear not we’ve got a few other options to help you get around the city. There is a metro system in Copenhagen but
there’s only two lines that run across town, so it’s not always the most efficient way
to get around. We’ll come back to it later, but first we’re going to talk about local
Uber equivalent – Taxa 4×35. …all you do is you download the app, and
then you go onto it, you then put in your location and it comes up with like a really
handy pin, so it says what street i’m on. Then, I put in my end destination, and then
it asks you if you want like a regular car, a station car or a car for six people, there’s
only three of us so that’s a regular car. Time, as soon as possible, any extra add ons
or a note to driver so we’ll put in the hotel’s name, and then we choose the payment
booking so we’ll pay in the taxi. As for the metro, there are two lines that
run from east to west across town with a new circular line due to open in 2019. Our tip
is to pay for your tickets with this mobile app as it’ll work out your fare for you
and some stations do not have ticket machines. Staff check tickets on the train and will
issue fines to those caught without a valid pass. If cycling is your thing, and you want to
explore Copenhagen the authentically Danish way then book a bike tour with Copenhagen
bike adventures. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun it was, and how cool it was
to see the city from that level. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on
the ground, then a group walking tour with Daniel from Copenhagen guides will see you
learn all about the city’s history. Pop by Amalienborg Palace at midday to see
the changing of the guard! This epic ceremony happens daily, and is definitely something
to witness! Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park in the
heart of the city, it opened in 1843 and later was the inspiration behind Disneyland. The
park is full of rides, games and stalls – including my favourite; Gallopen. It’s especially
beautiful in winter at halloween and Christmas. Take a peek into Freetown Christiania, it’s
an autonomous district of about 900 people where many of the normal rules do not apply.
It’s a fascinating experiment in anarchism where residents to not own their own homes
and some even openly sell substances that may not exactly be legal. One word of warning,
put your camera away, locals do not like being filmed here as we were quick to find out.
Go visit the famous Little Mermaid statue by Edvard Eriksen. She’s displayed on a
rock by the waterside and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about
a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land.
And another thing, lots of the museums are shut on Mondays. While on the group walking tour with Daniel
from Copenhagen Guides we stopped to try some Danish sweet food.
“…so you’re having a kanadesnipe….” We met up
with Soren and Fredrik from Copenhagen bike adventures
to not only cycle around the city but they also took some time out to try and teach me
some danish! So the first one!
Hello – Hej How are you? – Hvordan gar det?
What’s up? – Hvad sa? One – En
Two – To Three – Tre
Four – Fire Five – Fem
Thank You – Tusinde Tak Goodbye – Farvel Yeah, Danish is one of the most difficult
languages in the while world, but we like to try and get people to say some Danish,
so they know at least the basics. It’s nice! Yeah it’s been really fun! Well thank you
so much guys! Thank you! As I’m a bit of fan girl for Danish culture,
I managed to sweet talk Daniel into having a coffee with me to humour my interest in
hygge.. One of my colleagues says if Star Wars was
Danish, Hygge would be the force. It’s that thing that binds us, and unites us, it’s
what we’re all striving for every single day!
When I say something is Hygge or Hyggelit, that could be everything from if it’s a
warm sunny day, and you’re out having a picnic in the park and everything with your
friends and family… that would be hygge! Denmark uses the Danish Krone, not Euros!
You can of course use all debit and credit cards here just remember to tell your bank
before you travel. Now, Copenhagen’s known for being a little bit on the pricey side
so we’ve taken a look back at our costs so you know what to plan for: Return flights were £130 per person
Our hotel was £260 for 3 nights per room Travel Insurance was £18.75 for Standard
cover with Holiday Extras This Latte was 35krone, and this Danish was
27krone This Burger meal was 109krone
Entrance to Tivoli was around £14, and then for the unlimited ride ticket it’s around
£34 per adult Service staff in Denmark are paid quite well.
So tipping really isn’t a thing here, however if you’re feeling generous and the service
has been pretty awesome then leave some extra money! As always if you want to know the conversion
rates, we recommend using XE.com or downloading the app!
And even though we’re almost done in Copenhagen remember to subscribe because we have loads
more awesome travel content to come! So that’s it for my time here, i’ve absolutely
loved Copenhagen from the people, the danish food, culture – they’ve really got it sorted
here. And even though it’s been a bit rainy over the last few days it doesn’t ruin the
vibrancy of this small, compact, perfect city, and, do you know what? I just don’t want
to go! I don’t wanna go, I’m gonna go on the ride instead 😉