Greetings from Copenhagen! (it sounds like I’m about to give the UK nil points from Denmark…!).
After months of waiting, ‘The Grand Tour’ finally started with us safely arriving in Copenhagen Airport! We got our luggage and somehow managed to work out how to use the ticket machine to buy metro tickets in order to get to the centre of Copenhagen. However, despite getting instructions from our AirBnb host on how to get to his place in Gentofte, we still managed to get ourselves lost…😌! We got the metro in the wrong direction (even after speaking to a friendly and helpful member of security staff in the train station who gave us directions and showed us how to buy tickets). Once we got on the metro which took us in the wrong direction, we realised we couldn’t turn around and get back to Copenhagen centre because of rail works! So…. we had to ask some MORE people for help! They told us to get a free bus to a place called Hellerup, and then get a train to Gentofte.
Eventually, after a further 2 mile walk and a climb up 4 flights of stairs in the wrong building, we made it to the AirBnb! Needless to say we were exhausted! However our AirBnb host was really nice and welcoming!
After sorting ourselves out, we got a bus into Copenhagen centre (the correct one this time). The first thing we found was a really cool street food market called ‘Torvehallerne’ tucked around a corner in Norrebro, selling all sorts of foods, coffees and pastries. We then headed to Nyhaven, a must see in Copenhagen! It was absolutely beautiful and we would recommend it to anyone visiting Copenhagen; with it’s colourful buildings, al fresco dining (where all the restaurants supply blankets!!) and the peaceful street drinking. While in Nyhaven, we even saw the Japanese Prime Minister in his car with police escorts (someone thought it was Donald Trump)!
After some more exploration, we decided to call it a day.
For dinner we decided it was easier to just buy pizzas from Aldi and have a quiet evening in the AirBnb. Although, despite being a geography student, on our way back, I did manage to get us lost trying to find the bus stop…definitely not my smartest moment! So after walking 12 miles in total, and eating 3 pizzas between us, it was definitely bed time!
So Day 2…we got the correct bus again today (miracle!) to Norrebro. We decided to go back to Torvehallerne and ordered coffees and mini pastries (they were absolutely adorable)! However, Alfie thought he had ordered a Chocolate roule pastry, but was left disappointed when he bit into it and realised it was date and cherry….😂. Turns out they had labelled the pastries wrong (he didnt find it too funny)…!
By recomendation of my grandma (and her threat to Alfie telling him to take me there…), we decided to find ‘The Little Mermaid’. On the way to ‘The Little Mermaid’, we found a park called Rosenborg Castle Gardens which featured a beautiful castle and a Hans Christian Andersen statue…..as well as lots of topless men and women in bikinis despite the weather not being particulary hot! Whilst I was taking photos of the statue, a foreign guy asked me where the Hans Chrisitan Andersen burial is, so I must either look Danish or full of knowledge!
We left these gardens and discovered the Royal Palace which was absolutely beautiful and surrounded by tourists! I did question why cars were allowed so close to the palace; although I wasnt complaining too much as one of them was a red Ferrari! Opposite was Amaliehaven, a really small but beautiful garden, featuring a big waterfall by the waterside.
Carrying on we found the Gefion Fountain, the largest monument in Copenhagen, followed by ‘The Little Mermaid’ itself, surrounded by way too many tourists. I must admit, despite now being able to say I’ve seen it, it wasn’t quite as special as I expected it to be. After stopping for a picnic in the sun on our way back to the city centre, we sat and had a drink (an expensive one) at the Royal Theatre, where we sat on deck chairs by the water looking out over the Copenhagen Opera House.
From there we headed to Freetown Christiania. However, we decided this wasn’t the right place for us! After we realised it was known for it’s selling of weed, and a worker warning Alfie not to film anything as some of the other workers would get angry (incase any selling of cannabis was seen), we swiftly left.
After, we found a square that had some Jazz musicians playing as part of the Jazz music festival, so we sat and took in the atmosphere whilst Alfie rested a painful foot. From here we found dinner in a nice restaurant and were served by a smiley, friendly woman…confirming to us why Denmark is one of the happiest countries! The meal even worked out super cheap as we hadn’t realised it was 2 for 1 on meals on a Tuesday!
Getting the bus back to our AirBnb, the bus driver lady thought that 32 DK (danish kroner) was 72 due to a language barrier buying our bus tickets, however was very apologetic about it when she realised her mistake.
Once again our day has ended watching English and American TV ready for our journey to Gothenburg tomorrow evening. (Written 11th July)