So after 8 long (but awesome) days in Iceland, driving around the entire country, we have arrived at Copenhagen, Denmark! We stayed here for 3 days, not too long, not too short. Due to the fact that we completely blew our hotel budget in Iceland, I decided to cheap out and just use my points at the Marriott hotel. The hotel itself was standard (just like any other Marriott) but the location was pretty good. Close to central train station and most of the activities we wanted to do, so that worked out pretty well.
This is really a half day since the first half was spent on travel. The flight from Iceland to Copenhagen was only 3 hours, but it feels like 5 due to the waiting time at the airport and the time zone difference. When we arrived, we cabbed straight to the hotel (if you want to save money, take the metro, it’s very easy). We decided to cab because we were in a rush to see a Lindsay Stirling concert. Originally we wanted to see her in Toronto, but it conflicted with some other important day. The concert was awesome, she’s a very talented girl, what can i say? go go go! After the concert everything was closed so… we had cup noodles. (A Carson trademark).
Quick Tip: Everyone in Denmark is really freaking tall. Alison being I dunno 4 foot 10 or something, felt like 4 inches and 10 mm. So she didn’t see the concert, she just saw a bunch of heads. So if you’re around this height, get to the front or you’re screwed.
We did two major things, Carlsberg museum, and the Tivoli. Getting around on day 2 we opted to take the train/metro because the museum was a little far from where we were staying, and we didn’t feel like walking. (Yes I know we can bike, we did that day 3).
Before heading there, we headed to the famous Strøget street, which is basically like the pedestrian-only street that branches into little shopping nooks of the city. It’s got plenty of coffee shops, shopping, street musicians, you name it. Nothing really interesting in terms of pictures, but this bakery did catch my eye.
Otherwise, the central area is just another high end place for asian tourists to get a lot of LV bags. Yes, I do look out for that.
We took the metro to get there, which was super straight forward. I forgot to take a picture of the train, but the only worth mentioning is that they have a giant space for bikes. (Copenhagen has the highest number of bikers in the world, if not the most). Very organized, very cool i love it.
Okay so we get off the train. At first I thought the Carlsberg Museum was just a museum, and in a way it is. But the interesting thing about Carlsberg in Copenhagen is it’s more like an “area” or a small town (think Liberty Village). Everything in the area is named after Carlsberg, from schools, to buildings, parking lots, you name it. According to some of the flyers, in the next 5 years, the Carlsberg area plans to expand its residential capacity to accommodate at least 20,000 more people (or was it 200,000…)
I personally feel like this is a MUST GO for anybody visiting Copenhagen around my age (26). I mean if you hate beer, fine don’t go, but if you even remotely like it, it’s a very fun and interesting experience. The tour itself is very affordable (like 20 bucks or something), it comes with 2 free drink vouchers, and it’s great to see how beer is made! Best yet, it’s a self guided tour! At least I like that, I have such a short attention span, I can’t listen to someone for 60 minutes.
The museum starts at the gift shop, and then brings you right to the bar! (that’s right, they don’t screw around, drink first, education afterwards) The tour walks you through the origin of Carlsberg, his father, expansion of business and how the beer you and I drink became what it is today. The coolest area is actually near the end, where they have a bottle of every Carlsberg bottle every made! (Alison and I decided to be a little silly)
The tour ends at the gift shop again. So although they claim all of their products are online, it’s not! (Grrr we missed some cool stuff). Most of the t-shirts and cups are available online (they ship world wide), but some of the special offers + track wear were available there only. It’s not cheap but, but we flew all the way there, and it felt a little sucky to go back home without a real souvenir for ourselves.
Alright next stop the great Tivoli. This is sorta like the Six Flags (USA) or Wonderland (Canada) of Copenhagen. It’s a theme park where the rides are mainly for kids. But they have plenty of shops and other games that are of great entertainment for any age group. During October, they decorate the entire park for Halloween and even open up a special ride called “Hotel Spooky”. The rides themselves are for children so it wasn’t that great, but still fun nonetheless!
Okay so onto the final day. The highlight of this day is actually going to Restaurant Noma, but I’ll have a separate post for that. Today was more or less the last day in Copenhagen, and like any other fun-loving citizen we wanted to experience life cycling around the city. It was pretty cheap, if i recall correctly like $10 bucks a day.
Biking around is really fun. There are a lot of cyclists in this city and you can expect each street to have a dedicated biking lane and a biking light. It was a little intimidating though because we weren’t sure of all the biking laws, and everyone bikes fast. I’m talking about everyone: kids, teens, adults, grand parents, homeless people. Everyone. We made our way back to the heart of Stroget, and then decided to park our bikes and walk the rest of the way. Along the way we found the “Happy Wall“. It’s just a giant wall of blocks maybe 500 by 50, and you can turn each block for 1 color.
Our next main stop is the famous Nyhavn. (It’s the place on every Copenhagen post card.) This is definitely the place to go if you want good food. There’s a bunch of restaurants on the entire street, and all the tourists are just sitting by the boats having a great time. This area did not disappoint. I didn’t take the greatest picture in the world, but i just had a 20 course meal and biked for like 15 minutes, can you blame me?
Well that’s it! That is Copenhagen in a nutshell. We did some other touristy things like, eat hog dogs, visit the little mermaid, but there’s nothing really interesting about that other than just doing it. I definitely recommend going to Copenhagen. It’s not too expensive, and it’s a beautiful city. Hope you get a chance to visit!
Fun Last Story: On our final night after dinner we were just walking around downtown. We saw a couple of strip clubs and thought nothing of it, but decided to walk down a particular street with a bunch of night clubs just to check it out. The next minute I feared for my life. The street was filled with prostitutes, drunk guys negotiating rates with them, and it was just fishy altogether. Even the “normal” couple we stayed really close to, ended up turning into a stag shop at the end of the street (I think they owned it). So yeah, if you see a strip club in Copenhagen and it’s like 11pm, walk by it sure, but if you see prostitutes, turn back, it’s about to get a little awkward.