48hrs in Copenhagen | Things to Do

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Forgetting about all the great places to eat, Copenhagen has many attractions to offer. Considering we were only there for a short time, we managed to cram in quite a bit. Here are a few of my favourites.

Nyhavn

Nyhavn is one of the most iconic ares in Copenhagen. Once a bust port, today the canal is lined with colourful houses, many which have been renovated into vibrant restaurants and bars. The area is often busy, and is the perfect place to grab a beer and take in the views and history. No. 9, is the oldest house in the area dating back to 1681; the design of the house has not changed in that time retaining its traditional features. The famous writer Hans Christian Andersen also used to live in various houses along the canal where he wrote many of his fairy-tales, such as The Little Mermaid.

Talking of The Little Mermaid, the surrounding area is home to The Little Mermaid statue. Hated by the locals and often vandalised, the bronze and granite statue was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City. Based on the tale about a mermaid who longs to be reunited with her Prince on land, The Little Mermaid is perched on her rock in the water, staring towards the shore.

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Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is located in the centre of the City. Covering an area of 10 hectares, the gardens is home to more than 13,000 species and 27 glasshouses. The gardens are open daily to the public and is a nice place to get away from the city for an hour or two.

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Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is said to be the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s Disneyland and it’s easy to see why. Located just outside the city centre in Vesterbrogade, the park is the second oldest amusement park in the world and to this date is still the fourth most visited in the world. Featuring many attractions such as it’s wooden rollercoaster, Rutschebanen, the Dæmonen coaster and The Star Flyer, as well as its buildings and stages (which host the Tivoli Festival every summer) the park caters for all ages.

As soon as you walk into the park, you are transported to a different place. Full of charm and character, it’s clear to see why this park is so popular. The park opens at around 11am, but be prepared for the long queues. Tip: We went around 7pm and walked straight in.

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We also visited The Round Tower and The Blue Planet aquarium during our time, just missing out on the Carlsberg Brewery. But thats a reason to go back, right?

What are your favourite things to do in Copenhagen?

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