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How to spend 36 hours in Copenhagen

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Any bustling city like Copenhagen has more than enough to offer its visitors, which is why I barely did any research for our itinerary before heading there. If you’re way more organised and need some inspiration for your trip, see what I accomplished with my 36 hours in Copenhagen!

Here is how we spent 36 hours in Copenhagen!

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This was pretty underwhelming, but thought it was something to tick off the Copenhagen list anyway. We met two groups of tourists within the 30 minutes we were there for.

A group that took pictures with the Little Mermaid, without a care of who stood in their background. And another that all took photos of the Little Mermaid, and left quickly after. Us? We stood and waited for them to finish before doing both hahaha.

It’s pretty secluded though. If you intend to pass, know that you’re not missing out on much.

Little Mermaid
Langelinie, 2100 København Ø, Denmark
Admission: Free!
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I included this into our list because it was barely a 10 minute walk from the Little Mermaid. The Kastellet, founded in 1626, is one of the best preserved star-shaped fortresses in Northern Europe, and still functions today as military barracks and offices. The area is open to the public though, with military personnel walking about. It’s pretty interesting to see actually.

There was also a public monument located there, the Monument for Denmark’s International Effort, that acknowledges the many Danes who were deployed to international missions since 1948. Names carved on the walls, and even an eternal flame to commemorate those sacrifices.

kastellet
Gl. Hovedvagt, Kastellet 1, 2100 København, Denmark
Opening hours: 0600 – 2200
Admission: Free!
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Containers, wooden benches, and chalk boards. This is for anyone who wants to soak up the hipster vibe. There’s a variety of cuisine available there, but a warning: The food isn’t cheap. I’ve also written a full post on the place, so read more below!

Some stalls close at 2000 on Sundays. The bars are open till late on Thu – Sat!

Copenhagen Street Food
Papirøen (The Paper Island), Warehouse 7 & 8, Trangravsvej 14, 1436 Copenhagen K
Opening hours: (Sun-Wed) 1200 – 2100; (Thu-Sat) 1200 – 2200
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A random bakery we visited for breakfast turned out to be one of the city’s favourite spot. We did enjoy the Danish pastries very much – they offer many options!

When we visited it was only located opposite the Central Station, but since then it has relocated further from the city centre. Click on the name to see the Google Maps location!

Andersen Bakery
Thorshavnsgade 26, 2300 København S, Denmark
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 0630 – 1900; (Sat-Sun) 0630 – 1800
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It looks pretty spectacular, so there’s no way you’ll miss the city square. That’s where Copenhagen’s City Hall is located, which is open to the public, and a significant building in the city since 1902.

It’s also where the shopping street Strøget begins! Road signs and directions to the tourists destinations in the city are located everywhere around the square so you shouldn’t be lost.

City Hall Square
Rådhuspladsen, 1550 København V
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This is one of the longest pedestrian, car-free shopping streets in Europe – it runs for about 1.1km! We didn’t spend a lot of time shopping, but we did walk a whole stretch of the street.

Plenty of local and international brands are located here, and it looks so pretty from every view. Be careful doing window shopping here though. There are so many amazing Scandinavian design stores, and trust me, you can’t resist but to walk in. If I could bring those furniture back with me, I WOULD.

Strøget
Frederiksberggade, 1459 København K
Opening hours (Shops): (Mon-Fri) 1000 – 1900; (sat) 0900 – 1500
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By far one of the most iconic sights in Copenhagen, you can’t miss this when you’re there. It looks better than the postcards and photos. You might want to visit this place on a weekday to avoid the crowds, but the lively atmosphere on the weekends is how you should experience the place.

I put up an entire photo post on this, so read more to see the Nyhavn Harbour in all its glory!

Nyhavn Harbour
Nyhavn 17, 1051 København K
Opening hours (Shops): (Mon-Fri) 1000 – 1900; (sat) 0900 – 1500
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I’ve posted plenty of photos on my Instagram, hell I even put up an entire photo diary. This place is how I imagine spending a sunny day under cooler temperatures. Frolicking in the sun. Having a picnic on the grass. Feeding the ducks in the pond. Perfect.

University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden
Øster Farimagsgade 2C, 1353 København K, Denmark
Opening hours: (APR-SEP) 0830 – 1800; (OCT-MAR) 0830 – 1600
Admission fees: FREE (cept special events)
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I love me some royal history, especially with one of the world’s oldest monarchy. The Danish royal family still reside in this palace, which is made up of four identical buildings. Just like at the Buckingham Palace, you can watch the changing of the guard at noon everyday!

You can visit the Amalienborg Museum, where you can find out about the Danish royal history, and how they lived. I would have loved to visit the museum, except we didn’t have the time… Please visit it and tell me how it was!!

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We also made a quick visit to the Frederiks Kirke (‘Marble Church’) which was nearby – it’s open to the public for free!

Amalienborg
Amalienborg Slotsplads 5, 1257 København K, Denmark
Opening hours: 1000 – 1700 (Depends on season)
Admission fees: (Adults) DKK 95/sgd 20; (Students) DKK 65/sgd 14; (0-17 years old) FREE
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This was recommended to me by a friend, but we didn’t intend to go there until we coincidentally walked past the market place on our way to the Round Tower.

It’s right outside Nørreport Station, and holds over 80 stalls! You can find sandwiches, lunch options, and fresh local produce here. We would’ve bought something if we didn’t just have lunch hahaha.

Torvehallerne
Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København K
Opening hours: (Mon-Thu) 1000-1900; (Fri) 1000-2000;
(Sat) 1000-1800; (Sun & PH) 1100-1700
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You’ll be glad to know that instead of climbing the steps, it’s a spiral slope up to the top of the 36-metre tall Round Tower (a 639m walk). It gives you a bird’s eye view of the city. Spoiler alert: It looks amazing from above!

Built as an astronomical observatory in the 17th century, the tower is now the oldest functioning observatory in Europe (wow). Occasionally, there are also exhibitions held related to art, culture, history, or science. Take your time to enjoy your experience there.

Round Tower
Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København, Denmark
Opening hours: (MAY-SEP) 1000 – 2000; (OCT-APR) 1000 – 1800 (until 2100 on TUE & WED)
Admission fees: (Adults) DKK 25/sgd 5; (5-15 years old) DKK 5/sgd 1
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I’ve heard about Tivoli Gardens before even visiting Copenhagen. In fact, I had more than one recommendation from my friends that the old theme park is a must-visit in the city.

It’s located just a short walk from the City Hall Square, and it stays open till 11pm! In fact, you can enter the Tivoli Gardens with just a visitor ticket (without the rides). Read my earlier post to find out what the park can offer!

Tivoli Gardens
Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V, Denmark
Opening hours: (Summer) 1100 – 2300 (Depends on season)
Admission fees: Find prices here!
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I’ve been to many cities, and I think Copenhagen is easily one of my favourites after this trip.

What do you love most about Copenhagen? Or if you’ve never been, where do you want to visit the most?

With love,
jtwong


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