Good afternoon everyone, happy Friday! A few weeks ago, my wife and I decided to book a last minute trip to Europe this summer with stops in Prague (PRG), Copenhagen (CPH), and Amsterdam (AMS). Yesterday, I wrote about The Sites, Smells & Tastes from 3 Days in Prague, Czech Republic. After a great time in Prague, we took a $17 Uber back to the airport and then flew to Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH) on Norwegian Air for $89 / person. We took the 15 minute train ride from the airport to the Copenhagen Central Train Station for $5 / person and then walked a few blocks to the Comfort Hotel Vesterbro, where we stayed for 2 nights for 20,000 Choice Points / night. To be honest, the hotel looked better in photos, but it was in a decent location.
Literally next to the Copenhagen Central Train Station is the world famous Tivoli Gardens, which recently celebrated it’s 180th birthday, making it one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. You can buy entrance only tickets for $22 / person or add on a ride pass for another $25 / person. It’s hard to describe it in words, but it is like a very small version of Disneyland, mixed with a county or state fair. We had a great time walking around the park.
There are many different rides that would appeal to children, teenagers, and adults alike. I enjoyed the blueberry ice cream dessert. There was even a concert near the main entrance that was very popular since about 3/4 of the people in the park watched the concert. Since Tivoli Gardens is only a 15 minute train ride from the airport and you can spend 2-3 hours walking around, I would definitely stop by if I had a long connection in Copenhagen.
The following day, we did the Stromma Grand Canal Tour for $29 / person. Unfortunately, it was pretty rainy that morning, but luckily the boat had a glass top with sliding windows. This tour was about 1.5 hours long and took us all over Copenhagen. There were many low bridges that the captain warned us about every time we approached. Copenhagen has some incredibly modern and sophisticated architecture that you can see from the boat. Last but not least, we passed by the Little Mermaid Statue, emphasis on the world “little” since she is relatively small.
After our boat ride, we walked to Amalienborg Palace (home to the Danish Royals) and then to Rosenborg Castle where we saw the Danish Crown Jewels. Admission to both was $32 / person.
We then did a Copenhagen Free Walking Tour (there are many options to pick from) that showed us around the city and along Nyhavn, the colorful 17th-century waterfront canal.
While we waited out the rain, we went into an Espresso House (chain of coffee shops in Denmark) and had cardamom buns and some drinks. We liked it so much, we went back again for breakfast on our last day in Copenhagen. I love pastries and those cardamom buns were delicious.
Despite the rainy weather, we had a great time in Copenhagen. The architecture is amazing and wandering around Tivoli Gardens was really fun. Laura loves all things royals, so she was excited about the palace, castle, and crown jewels. If you haven’t been to Copenhagen before, add it to your European bucket list of destinations (preferably during spring or summer). If you have been to Copenhagen before, let me know if I missed any of your favorite sites or activities. If you have any questions about Copenhagen, please leave a comment below. Have a great weekend everyone!
P.S. After a short 2 day stay in Copenhagen, we headed back to the airport for our final European city: Amsterdam! Come back in a few days to read about our time in Amsterdam.