A 24 hour city break to Copenhagen, Denmark

In early 2016 I spent just 24 hours exploring the city of Copenhagen in Denmark.

The Danish capital presents a fantastic destination for a short hop getaway from the UK. Denmark welcomes tourists to eat, explore and fall in love with the small but beautifully formed city.

CopenhagenCopenhagen’s main airport, Kastrup, lies five miles south of the centre and is accessible from a range of UK cities. Similar to London and other underground systems, the city operates a zonal transport system. The three-zone trip from the airport to the centre costs just Dkr36 (£4).

With only 24 hours in the city, I wanted to make the most of my exploration before heading out for a salmon dinner at Karla’s and dancing the night away at Club Mambo.

Dinner at Karla, CopenhagenWhilst in Copenhagen, I joined part of a free walking tour led by tour guide, Soren. We had quite a large group and later decided to break away, but the tour provided a good overview of the city which is reasonably easy to cover on foot.

Streets of CopenhagenHighlights of the tour included seeing The City Hall and browsing the city centre whilst learning about the history of the city, something that Soren was very knowledgeable about.

I later went on to browse the city with my friends, stopping for a brief look (and a photo opportunity) at the deserted Thorvaldsen Museum, a single-artist museum dedicated to the art of Danish neoclassicistic sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.

Thorvaldsens Museum, CopenhagenCurrently ruled by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Copenhagen is a major city within the Baltic region offering a wealth of history. 

Today it is known as a culture capital, a place for foodies and a land of fairy tales. Hans Christian Andersen is arguably the most famous Danish person, perhaps most famously known for creations like The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling, to name a few.

At Langelinje Pier visitors can see one of Denmark’s most famous attractions, a bronze statue of The Little Mermaid by Edvard Eriksen. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside and at just 1.25 metres tall and weighing 175 kilograms, is much smaller than expected. It generate a good queue of visitors keen to get their photo with the statue, but be patient and you’re likely to get your photo opportunity too.The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

Like any country, Denmark has its fair share of cuisine that’s specific to the region. So whilst in Copenhagen, I made the most of sampling a Smørrebrød which is basically, an open sandwich. I tried a combination of potato, bacon and salad which was nicely served on rye-bread – a filling lunchtime meal.

Copenhagen open sandwich/ Smørrebrød

Sampling Danish pastries is also a must for any visitor to the city, something which can be done at any of the bakeries scattered around the city.

I was pleasantly surprised by Copenhagen. I hadn’t expected to come across such a worldly city in this country, but I enjoyed the pretty sights of a clean and well maintained city. The nightlife is fun and dancing through the night to reggaeton music was definitely a personal highlight.

Copenhagen also offers an excellent choice of accommodation and restaurants to make it the perfect short break for any traveller, as well as excellent connections to other countries within the Nordic region.

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