Back in the summer, I managed to bag myself return flights to Copenhagen in the Ryanair sale. It was a spontanious decision, but with flights that cheap I couldn’t say no, so I decided to buy them and figure the rest out later.
Luckily, I did a lot of research and budgeting to make the long weekend possible and so last Thursday I got up at a ridiculous early hour of the morning to get to the airport and catch my flight to Denmark. Here’s what I got up to during my first day there…
After arriving and checking into my hostel, I headed straight back out again to make use of my free canal tour of the city with my Copenhagen Card. The sweet boat tour took us around the candals of Copenhagen, allowing us to spot famous buildings and attractions such as Copenhagen Opera House, Christianshavn and, er, the back of The Little Mermaid.
The relaxing tour was a great alternative way to see the city and help me map out what areas I wanted to visit later on. Christianshavn was particulaly pretty, and I enjoyed seeing all the tourists posing around The Little Mermaid and trying to not fall into the water!
Next I jumped onto the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour because even though it wasn’t covered by my Copenhagen card, it’s tradition for me to do this in every new place. This was similar to the canal tour, but saw us visiting other places such as City Hall Square and Nyhavn.
I also jumped off this tour to visit The Little Mermaid in person and get a quick snap because, well, I couldn’t go to Copenhagen and not get a photo of famous statue, could I?!
After grabbing a quick bite to eat, I walked around for a bit and debated going back to the hostel, but I then got drawn in by the gorgeous Tivoli Gardens. However, these are so stunning that they deserve a block post of their own…so keep your eyes peeled for this upcoming post! Walking around before then was just yet another lovely way to explore the city and it’s pretty buildings.
Isn’t it beautiful? After then spending the evening at Tivoli Gardens I somehow stupidly did something to my hip – DON’T ASK ME WHAT BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW. My left hip just ended up super painful and felt like I had constant cramp in it. I think it’s probably because I walked way too much and overdid it on that first day – I mean I did 23,750 steps on that day alone which seems like a lot but I did more at Boomtown Festival. And it was only my left hip, not my right. Who knows. So I got back to the hostel, hobbled to a local takeaway for some food and got an early night since I’d been up since 4:30am and there wasn’t really anything on in the hostel.
Obverall though, my first impressions of Copenhagen was that it’s so damn pretty! It was also super warm and sunny for the first day and I immediately felt like it was a really welcoming place. I found that the area that I stayed in – Nørrebro – was really laid back and edgy too.
The following day was just as busy – but that deserves another blog post of it’s own. In the meantime, have you ever been to Copenhagen? What did you think of my first day there? Let me know!