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PAUSE Travel: 72 hours in Copenhagen

Boarding the plane from London I didn’t know what to expect when I touched down at Copenhagen airport. Flying over, shortly before arrival, I looked out of the window (always bag a window seat!) and gazed out at the stunning views; fragmented land, partitioned by water.  The sun shone down, reflecting on the silky sea below, and that was the moment that I knew it was going to be a great day.

Best way into the city? Take the Metro from the airport to Norreport station, and you’re basically in the centre! Alternatively there is also a main line train that goes into the city centre.  I suggest you invest in a city travel pass – 200DKK for 72 hours – and be on your merry way!

Where to stay?

Absalon Hotel

Helgolandsgade 15, 1653 København V, Denmark

Located about a 3 minute walk from Kobenhaven Station this is a modern boutique hotel. Furnished to a high spec, the colour scheme is bright and trendy, and the atmosphere is relaxing and laid back.  The bedrooms have a homely vibe, a bit like a showroom; so perfect I want to replicate it for myself ! The king size bed is inviting, the mood lights create a spa like harmony and the heated bathroom floor is the icing on the cake!  The hotel lobby is a nice place to unwind with a cup of coffee and a cookie, available to buy in the bar.  Best bit?  The hotel operates a successful concept whereby no matter what time guests check in, they can stay for 24hours!  Bonus!  Fun fact: There are 3 Little Mermaid statues in the world, and 1 is in this hotel; be sure to check it out for a selfie before you leave.

D’Angleterre Copenhagen

Kongens Nytorv 34, Copenhagen, 1050, Denmark

If you have a super budget then this is the best hotel in Copenhagen!  A stones throw away from the canal, this is the perfect ‘photo opportunity’ location.  The hotel is exquisitely plush, and somewhat palatial; you really do feel like royalty walking through the lobby.  The suite I stayed in quite literally was bigger than most London apartments, and even had its own balcony to breathe in the fresh air in the morning!  The walk-in closet of course is a major hit; plenty of space to hang up your looks for the weekend.  The in-room entertainment is to a high standard, with free movies on tap; and good ones at that!  All of the room luxury aside, the hotel offers great facilities, such as a spa area (with pool, steam bath and sauna) for guests to enjoy.  And the food… oh the food was delicious!  Breakfast was one of the best i’ve had; great buffet, but with eggs (and anything you desire!) made to order.  Quite simply, the room (and hotel as a whole) has everything there so you really don’t need, or want, to leave the premises!

Where to shop?

For Vintage – Check out Wasteland, Episode, Kobenhavn K (The best one!)

For High Street – Stroget – Europes longest pedestrian street, and Copenhagen’s largest shopping area; everything from Zara to Gucci.

What to see?

  • Tivoli Gardens – A few minutes walk from the Central Station, perfect for a Spring day.
  • The Little Mermaid – At Langelinje Pier, this is Copenhagen’s most famous tourist attraction.
  • Kronberg Castle – North of Copenhagen this is one of Europe’s finest renaissance castles.
  • Bakken – The world’s oldest amusement park.
  • The Round Tower – The oldest functioning observatory in Europe.
  • SMK, The National Gallery of Denmark – Denmark’s largest art museum.
  • Harbour and Canal tours, Nyhavn – See all the sights from the water!

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