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? You can drive easily around the city, just make sure you’re insured and you’re good to go. Alternatively, take the Metro from the airport to Norreport station, and you’re basically in the center! 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!

For more information on Copenhagen click here.

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