Disclaimer; I'm no travel guide expert, but Copenhagen was just too beautiful (and sooo instagrammable!) not to dedicate an entire post to this incredible city. If there are any specific questions/recommendations that you want to know, please feel free to comment on this post or email me directly!
Ok, so firstly, I've wanted to visit Scandinavia my entire life. As a child I was obsessed with all things Scandi; manily Ikea and Abba...but also the Vikings and the magical tales from Hans Christian Andersen. I was obviously hoping to run in to Prince Eric whilst over there, pretty awkward considering I went with my lovely husband! We decided on CPH as it's only a 20 minute bridge ride away from Sweden, which enabled us to tick off two countries on one trip! Our first stop when planning a holiday, especially a city break, is AirBnB. If you've not heard of it, it's a fantastic website where people can rent out their property (or even just a room) to guests, making it not only cheaper than a hotel, but you also really get into the culture of the place and 'live like a local' We stayed at the most beautiful top floor apartment, which was in the heart of the Vesterbro area of the city. The apartment itself was a dream; I must admit, how it looked on IG was definitely a contributing factor for choosing it...but hey, it worked out fine so everyone is happy!
As you can see, the place was just stunning. It was also really practical as we could cook, which is definitely a bonus as we were there for 5 nights, and eating out for 3 meals a day would be rather expensive! The area of Vesterbro is the old red light district, turned hipster central. It's very comparable to the Northern Quarter in Manchester, very chilled out, quiet, but full of culture. It was a 30 minute walk to the city centre, which may seem long, but when you're exploring a new city, it's so wonderful to get out there and discover new places on foot. The architecture is incredible all over the city; typically European stone town houses and quaint little town squares. It reminded me of Basel and Zurich in Switzerland, so clean and very organised.
Our biggest tip, and actually the one were told by countless people before we went, was to hire a bike. CPH is renowned for it's excellent cycle culture, and we knew it would be an inevitability, what we didn't realise was that bikes have priority over cars and people, so it's basically the only way to get around. Our lovely airbnb host gave us loads of info before she left us, so we went to a great little local bike hire shop called ReCycles. It was £10 for 24 hours, which is slightly cheaper than the official tourist bike hire (they're white and similar to the London bikes) which we found really heavy and difficult to use. I was really nervous about cycling in a city. From previous experience in this country, I've very nearly died on numerous occasions, but this was completely different. You have a pavement size cycle path, your own set of traffic lights and very easy to follow road signs. Everyone cycles, parents have their children in the front on a trailer and business men and women are wearing their suits and on hands free phones; very strange for us Brits, but the norm for the Danish. We cycled or walked everywhere; you become very fit in CPH, but again, this is just part of daily life over there, even the local Mall had a 'cycle park' instead of a car park.
We were frequently asked if we were over for the weekend, as a lot of people just visit for a few nights. We were initially worried that we would be bored and not have enough to do, well we couldn't have been more wrong. Yes, I think it is possible to visit for a weekend. You could quite easily visit Nyhavn (colourful houses), The Little Mermaid and a few other touristy bits in 2 days. For us personally, we found 5 nights to be the perfect amount of time, although we could have easily stayed an entire week. We loved cycling around the city, stopping for lunch, shopping, people watching and also squeezing in the main attractions. The Little Mermaid and Nyhavn being the most popular, and definitely worth a visit! The Little Mermaid it situated about a 20 minute walk along from Nyhavn, so you could fit them in together, and take a stroll along the beautiful, if not slightly industrial harbour.
Shopping in CPH was amazing; Cos, & other stories and H&M were the highlight for me. We had been warned that it was a very expensive city, we honestly did not find that to be true. To be fair, living in Manchester, we're used to city prices, but overall, the shopping was the same (Cos was about 15% cheaper!) and food and groceries were only slightly more than the UK. The Little Mermaid and Nyhavn are free, and the Royal Palaces and the Zoo are all under £20 per person. We wanted to visit the Botanical Gardens, but unfortunately we ran out of time! We took a trip to Sweden on the Monday, which included a trip across the famous Oresund bridge, which if you've watched The Killing or The Bridge, you'll know all about. Its absolutely incredible! We saw it when we landed and size of it is just mind blowing. It's a 4km tunnel, which turns into an 8km bridge, and it was a highlight of my trip. As a massive nordic-noir fan, I'd watched the Bridge on programmes for years, and it was amazing to actually cross it. The only negative was the price. This was the one activity that cost an awful lot, nearly £100 for the toll there and back. However, we got to visit Sweden! Malmo to be more precise, which is a nice little town 5 minutes off the bridge. It's not as picturesque as CPH, but its a great place for lunch. We even had time to visit Ikea, which was a dream...I need to get out more.
Overall, we found Copenhagen to be one of our favourite city breaks so far. It has everything you could possibly want from a holiday, probably not the weather in April, but the people, the sight seeing and shopping was incredible. The Scandinavian lifestyle is much more relaxed than over here, and it everywhere had such a great warm and friendly atmosphere. We've not got kids, but it's definitely a child centred lifestyle over there. Kids are a priority, and there's play areas everywhere!
One last thing, was to praise Easy Jet! We got our flights, including 20kg baggage for £125 per person, which you could actually get cheaper depending on the day. Both flights were on time and took just 1hr 35mins from Manchester. We had great service on both flights and just loved the ease and accessibility of the journey. Definitely check them out if you're heading over!