Copenhagen has long been on our “must visit” list, but for a variety of reasons – in hindsight, all ill founded – it’s taken us way too long to get there. Too cold, too near to home, too expensive, too much like home etc etc. How wrong were we?
We were right about how close Copenhagen is to home – just over three hours door to door – but for a short break this is great. Transport in Copenhagen is just superb – very easy to use, exceptionally clean, regular and on time. Bang on time. Every time. We hopped on the train at the airport and three or four stops later were in the heart of the city, at Copenhagen Central Station. And, literally 5 minutes walk away was our hotel – Hotel Axel Guldsmeden (pictured above) and described as a “sustainable boutique hotel”, with green globe certification. It was certainly extremely beautiful & a great choice for exploring Copenhagen, a very compact city. The weather was very much on our side and we did most of the city on foot – although we were outnumbered by cyclists! Copenhagen is definitely a city with cycling at the heart of its infrastructure – take note British cities!
Art & artistry is everywhere – below your feet, above your head, to the side. Keep your eyes peeled at all times and don’t miss out on the beauty around you!
It most definitely wasn’t too cold – we went in March & during the day it was actually warm – and it was definitely not as expensive as we’d expected. Of course, you CAN do expensive. Noma will certainly set you back a pretty penny, but we found eating & drinking to be comparable, certainly with West Didsbury. What was way less expensive was interiors stuff – we managed to pack a fair bit of house kit into hand luggage, but will be doing check in bags next time as far, far cheaper for far, far better quality (and much more design-led) objects to be bought! We spent a very pleasant afternoon in Bolia – there are a couple in Copenhagen – and even did a stop off at one in Malmo.
There are some places you must visit in Copenhagen – which will have a blog of their own – but I’ll leave you with a word of warning about the famous statue of The Little Mermaid. If you’ve harboured a desire to see her since you were a child, entranced by the tales of Hans Christian Andersen, you just need to take a deep breath and be prepared to NOT be disappointed. She’s a LONG walk out of town, and very, very small. Possibly a little bit underwhelming for some people. BUT, she is so worth it. There was something a little bit magical about visiting her at dusk, as the spring sun was setting, with very few people around. I’m glad that I saw her when I did, rather than in the height of summer, with people jostling for a vantage point to take a selfie…