An Exciting 3D2N in Copenhagen
May 10, 2017
Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, boasts the oldest monarchy in the world. The city is also known as the happiest place on Earth, offering visitors plentiful sightseeing and entertainment activities. The city is lined with cobbled, bike-friendly streets, making the attractions and shopping facilities easily accessible. My 3D2N itinerary will give you a lesson on Danish history, bring you to majestic castles, as well as, to some great spots for delicious food.
Day 1 – Have Fun at Botanical Garden & Tivoli Garden
Begin your day at Torvehallerne in Copenhagen. This is a local Danish food market where you will find over 60 stalls selling everything from fresh fish and meat to gourmet chocolate, cheese, exotic spices, as well as, small eateries where you can grab a quick bite.
Address: Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 Kobenhavn K
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 10am to 7pm. Fri 10am to 8pm. Sat 10am to 6pm. Sun 11am to 5pm. The timing for different stalls might vary.
You can head to the Botanical Garden spanning an area of 10 hectares which is particularly known for its historical glasshouses. The garden has 27 glasshouses and contains more than 13,000 plant species. The most notable is the old Palm House dating back to 1874 that is 16 metres tall and has a narrow, cast-iron spiral stairs leading to a passageway at the top. My favourite area of this garden is the special air-conditioned greenhouse that recreates an environment suitable for Arctic plants. There are 2 cafes here where you can take a break at.
Botanical Garden Details
Address: Oster Farimagsgade 2B, 1353 Kobenhavn K
1 Jan 2017 to 31 Mar 2017 8.30am to 4pm daily.
1 Apr 2017 to 30 Sep 2017 8.30am to 6pm daily.
1 Oct 2017 to 31 Dec 2017 8.30am to 4pm daily.
You can have lunch at Aamanns, a Michelin Guide recommended restaurant in Copengagen. Danish signature smorrebrod are served here, and the toppings vary according to the seasonal food provided by their local suppliers. Smorrebrod, a type of open sandwich, is typically slathered with butter and topped with meat, fish, or cheese. I enjoyed all the flavours that I tried! There are different outlets, so check their website for more details.
Take a little walk to The Round Tower for panoramic views of the city. This 17th century tower and observatory Rundetaarn is Europe’s oldest functioning observatory. Though the tower is only 36 metres tall, you need to walk up a 209 metres long spiral pathway to get to the top for spectacular views of Copenhagen.
The Round Tower Details
Address: Kobmagergade 52A, 1150 Kobemhavn K
1 Jan 2017 to 30 Apr 2017 Mon, Thu-Sun 10am to 6pm. Tue & Wed 10am to 9pm.
1 May 2017 to 30 Sep 2017 10am to 8pm daily.
1 Oct 2017 to 31 Dec 2017 Mon, Thu-Sun 10am to 6pm. Tue & Wed 10am to 9pm.
Entrance Fees: 25DKK (adult), 5DKK (child between 5-15 years old), Free with Copenhagen Card
Don’t miss out on thrilling activities at Tivoli Garden. I recommend entering this amusement park around late afternoon to try as many rides as you can before watching the park light up beautifully at night. Click here for more information on the rides, park operating hours, and entrance fees. There are also restaurants and cafes where you can have dinner in the park.
Day 2 – Explore Copenhagen on Foot & Feast at Papiroen
Having a strawberry tart for breakfast at Conditori La Glace will sweeten your day up almost instantly. This patisserie offers an extensive selection of delicious cakes. Old-fashioned coffee, tea, and chocolate is always served in a pot, and this tradition has been abided by the employees of Conditori La Glace since Nicolaus Henningsen opened his shop in 1870.
Conditori La Glace Details
Address: Skoubogade 3-5, 1158 Kobenhavn K
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am to 6pm. Sat 9am to 6pm. Sun 10am to 6pm (from October to Palm Sunday)
After breakfast, make your way to Christiansborg Palace that is built on the ruins of an 800-year-old castle. This palace contains the Danish Parliament Folketinget, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State. Parts of the palace are used by the Royal Family for various functions and events. Besides touring around many different rooms, you should also check out the Royal Stables where horses have been living in since 1740.
My favourite part of Christiansborg Palace is the Tårnet. At a height of 44 metres, t’s the highest tower in Copenhagen where you get amazing views of the city and its streets. A visit to the tower is free of charge and it is open every day (except Mondays). More information can be found at taarnet.dk/info.
Address: Prins Jørgens Gård, 1468 Copenhagen K
Please refer to the website for opening hours and ticket pricing as there are many rooms to visit at Christiansborg Palace and you can select the option you desire.
Continue exploring Copenhagen on foot and drop by Nyhavn. The colourful houses lining the quays of Nyhavn and vibrant atmosphere attract huge crowds. It’s a must-see on any visit to Copenhagen. House number 9 is the oldest house in the area dating back to 1681, and amazingly, the design of the house has not been altered since that time.
I would recommend getting tasty churros from Rajissimo, and enjoying it by the quayside. If you prefer savoury bites, just grab a hotdog from any of the hotdog stands lining the quayside. Key in “Nyhavn 1-71, 1051 Kobenhavn K” on your GoogleMap and you’ll get directions to this lovely area! More information can be found at https://www.nyhavn.com/.
You can spend the afternoon walking around the city, and visit hot spots such as The Little Mermaid, Kastellet, Copenhagen Opera House, and many other attractions that are located within walking distance.
After a tiring day of walking around the city, it’s a great idea to end the day with dinner at Papirøen. Opened in 2014 in an old warehouse, you’ll come across both young and old basking on the benches while dining alfresco. There are also indoor seating if you’re afraid of the scorching heat. Then again, it’s actually quite comfortable sitting outside as the air is not as humid as Singapore and the breeze helps cool you down.
Many people would know Papirøen as Paper Island, reason being that the warehouse was originally used for paper storage. This street food market features about 40 unique stalls, with food choices from all over the world such as Turkey, Korea, Mexico, Italy, France, Thailand and many more. Papirøen’s aim is to create a vibrant and colourful platform for the people, where everyone can get tasty meals at an affordable price ranging between DKK 20 ($4.07 SGD) to DKK 100 ($20.37 SGD). With a plethora of food items to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Read my full review here!
Day 3 – Take a Half-Day or Full-Day Tour
You can book a half day tour which brings you out of Copenhagen city to Kronborg Castle, made world-famous after Shakespeare set Hamlet’s plot in this castle back in the 1600s. You’ll also be able to visit Fredensborg Palace and Frederiksborg Castle during the tour. I’ve previously written about my experience here!
For those who are more interested in fairytales, you might have heard of Hans Christian Andersen. He is probably one of the most well-known Dane ever. Andersen might be a prolific writer of plays, novels, and poems, but he is best remembered for his fairy tales such as, “The Little Mermaid”, “Thumbelina”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Ugly Duckling”, and many more. Spend half a day, or even a full day, tracing his footsteps in Copenhagen.
I hope the information I’ve provided will be useful for those who are traveling to Copenhagen soon. Have a wonderful time!