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24 hours in copenhagen guide
Apologies for my fourth post on my trip to Copenhagen. Possibly a little overkill but it is such a wonderful city, one post wouldn’t have given everything justice. If you’re interested, you can see my posts on Torvehallerne Food Market, Freetown Christiania here and Nyhavn Christmas Market.

Another apology has to be the sheer amount of doors I took photos of when I was in Denmark. I don’t ever pass on the opportunity to take a photo of a pretty door when I’m in London. Copenhagen wouldn’t be any different!

24 hours in copenhagen guide
24 hours in copenhagen guide

 Islands Brygge

We picked an AirBnb for our trip, and we stayed in Islands Brygge. If we’re completely honest it isn’t the most interesting area of Copenhagen. However, it was pretty convenient and a perfectly lovely place to stay. It was really easy to walk into town. During the summer, Islands Brygge gets flooded by Danes off to do some bathing in the harbour, which I would have loved to have tried. But, it was winter and it was freezing enough packed into my coat. We had dinner at a place called Cafe Alma.  It has mixed reviews, but I loved it and would 100% recommend. It was cosy, the service was good and it wasn’t extortionate. 

24 hours in copenhagen guide
 24 hours in copenhagen guide

Walking round in Copenhagen

We basically only had one full day in Copenhagen so we had to fit in as much as possible. I thought one of the best ways to do this would be to go on a walking tour. We took a gamble and tried Copenhagen Free Walking tours, something I’d never done before.

I have to admit that the fact it was free was a big plus. They operate on a tip based system so you pay what you think it’s worth. We went on the Classical Tour of Copenhagen, which was fantastic. I think we paid around £10 each. Other were paying much more and some less. We managed to see the Cathedral, the round tower and then the Rosenborg Palace. Our guide pointed out lots of random little details along the way and I think when you only have such a short time to go around a city, these kinds of tours are invaluable in making sure you fit in as much as possible.

At the end of the tour, we were dropped off in Torvehallerne Food Market. We stuffed our faces with Smørrebrød, soup, wraps and warm drinks.

24 hours in copenhagen guide


Afterwards, we headed down to Nyhavn where we visited the Christmas Market which was on at the time. There’s more to Nyhavn than a Christmas market though, it’s full of history and colourful buildings and one of the most famous Danes, Hans Christian Andersen, lived there for a little time. During the summer, the Danes head down to Nyhavn to sit along the harbour with some drinks. Unfortunately, we didn’t see that side of it because it was pretty chilly while we were there.

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Then we headed to Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania, which is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood. It’s a place which is completely different to the rest of Copenhagen – they have their own rules, weed is tolerated, they have their own flag and their own system of property ownership. It was such an unusual place to be in. I’m still, even now, not completely sure how I felt about being there. It felt like a bit of a dump to me. Maybe I’m just not cool enough to be down with the squatters?


24 hours in copenhagen guide

That’s about all we had time for while we were there. It started to get freezing and we had to run off to PB Chokolade for one of the best mochas I’ve had for a long time! But I had such a great time – I’m a complete convert to free walking tours and will definitely be trying them out in a different city soon. I’d love to head back to Copenhagen soon. Maybe when it’s a bit warmer. Maybe when I’ve got a little bit more cash in my pocket.

Has anyone got any recommendations for where to head next?

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