It’s easy to fall in love with a city like Copenhagen. It’s small and easy to get around, yet packed with attractions, history, art, great food and shopping. The cobbled bike friendly streets, Nordic buildings will make you feel euphoric.
in 2016 I spent two days in Copenhagen for a stopover. While it didn’t quite feel long enough, it was enough to make a decent dint in the city. Here are my suggestions of activities if you are limited to 48 hours in Copenhagen.
The Rundetaarn, or Rundetårn, is a 17th-century tower located in central Copenhagen. It is one of the many architectural projects of Christian IV built in Copenhagen. The tower was built as an astronomical observatory, so as you can imagine, the view of the city is amazing. To get up to the top you need to walk the spiral walk around the core of the meeting which is about 209 meters to get to the top! (even though the tower is only 36 meters tall) Even though it will feel like a workout, the views are worth it.
Amalienborg Palace is the Winter residence of the Danish Royal Family. Amalienborg is not just one palace, it consist of four separate palaces on each side of the square. Get the complete royal experience by seeing the changing of the The Royal Danish Life Guards every day at noon.
Another one of Christain IV architectural project is the beautiful 400 year old Rosenborg Castle. Located in the King’s garden, Rosenborg Castle holds the crown Jewels and the Danish Crown Regalia. It also holds a fascinating museum of cultural history.
The little mermaid
The Little Mermaid has become one of the top tourist attractions in Copenhagen and an icon of Denmark. Sculptor Edvard Eriksen’s crafted his masterpiece based on H.C Anderson’s fairy tale. (later made into the Disney movie) Like many statues before, the Little Mermaid has had her fair share of vandalism, along with some decapitated. But alas, in 2013 the statue turned 100 years old and is still one of the most photographed attractions in Denmark.
Originally Nyhaven was a busy commercial port, today beautiful old houses have been renovated and classy restaurants dominate the old port. It’s easy to see why this is such a tourist hotspot, it’s just so damn pretty! Food is obviously quite pricey along the dock of Nyhaven but I would suggest you stop by for a coffee.