Charming Copenhagen

Sally-Jo Asser on 28 August 2023
Copenhagen, the vibrant capital of Denmark, is a city that seamlessly blends modern lifestyle with centuries-old history. Known for its stunning architecture, walkable streets, and relaxed atmosphere, it's the perfect destination for a short city break. During my two-night stay at the Scandic Kodbyen, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the city's unique culture, explore iconic landmarks, indulge in local delicacies, and soak up the serene vibe that is Copenhagen.

Hotel Scandic Kodbyen, is a chic and contemporary hotel located in the re-purposed industrial area of Kodbyen. Once functioning as the meat packing district (not so enticing!) is now a popular area known for its trendy dining scene and buzzing nightlife. With its stylish design and comfortable amenities, the hotel provides the perfect base for this 2night city adventure. Its near central location also ensures that you're never far from the city's most captivating attractions, whilst being an affordable option.

I had only a day and half to explore, so I choose a self-guided walking tour…. well researched of course, I don’t know how to do it any other way!!

Day 1: Architectural Marvels and Culinary Delights

The Round Tower: This iconic landmark is nestled in the quaint, cobbled streets of central Copenhagen. As you ascend the internal spiral walkway, the cityscape unfolds, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city, showcasing Copenhagen's unique mix of historic and modern architecture.

Jens Olsens World Clock: A fascinating kinetic sculpture located in City Hall. This intricate astronomical timepiece, 12 years in the making, is set to calculate time, dates and planetary positions for thousands of years to come. An intriguing blend of art and functionality which I found quite mesmerising.

Torvehallern Market: For lunch, head to Torvehallern Market, a foodie paradise where you can savour an array of local and international delicacies. From Danish pastries to smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches), this market is a sensory delight that showcases the city's culinary diversity.

Nyhavn: In the afternoon, stroll along the picturesque Nyhavn waterfront, lined with colourful historic buildings and alfresco dining. This charming canal district is an Instagram-worthy spot.

Day 2: Serenity in Parks and Café Delights

Ørstedsparken and Findt&Orsted Cafe: Start your day with a leisurely walk through Ørstedsparken, a serene urban park. Amidst lush greenery, alongside a small lake I discovered Findt&Orsted, a charming café nestled within the park. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a Danish pastry as you soak in the peaceful atmosphere. I could have spent hours here with a good book :-))

Trattoria Fiat: For lunch, head to Trattoria Fiat, a cozy Italian restaurant that offers a delightful mix of Mediterranean flavours. Indulge in a leisurely meal while planning the rest of your day's explorations.

Bike Rental: Copenhagen is known as one of the world's most bike-friendly cities, and renting a bike is a fantastic way to navigate its streets. With dedicated bike lanes and a flat terrain, cycling offers a unique and efficient way to see the city's attractions.

Transportation and Sightseeing Options:

• Metro from the Airport: Getting to the city centre from the airport is a breeze with Copenhagen's efficient metro system. A direct line connects you to various parts of the city, making your arrival & departure hassle-free.

• Afloat: Experience Copenhagen's beauty from the water with a river boat tour. These tours offer a different perspective of the city's architecture and landmarks, providing unique photo opportunities. You can also rent kayaks / paddleboards.

• Seaplane Sightseeing Trips: For a truly unforgettable experience, consider taking a seaplane sightseeing trip. Soar above the city and its surrounding landscapes, capturing a bird's-eye view of Copenhagen's stunning layout.

Conclusion: A 2-night city break in Copenhagen, while short, is incredibly fulfilling. From the architectural wonders like The Round Tower and Jens Olsens World Clock to the culinary delights of Torvehallern Market and Trattoria Fiat, you'll find yourself immersed in the heart of Danish culture.

The ease of exploration through bike rentals and well-connected public transportation, combined with the relaxation offered by places like Ørstedsparken and Nyhavn, make this getaway an experience to cherish. Copenhagen's blend of history, modernity, and walkability guarantees that every corner you explore will leave you with lasting memories of a captivating city escape.

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