How to enjoy Copenhagen in 3 days on a budget

by - 2/22/2017 07:31:00 pm

If you're here for the short and simple answer, here it is - walk. everywhere. The only way to truly experience it as a solo or duo traveller is to just wander. I truly believe you will find more and enjoy more than if you just set certain destinations and catch a metro.
So if you read my last blog post you'll know that on Friday me and my sister, Beth -who you can read more about here - embarked on our trip to Copenhagen in Denmark. We arrived on Friday night and after a short metro and walk arrived at the Airbnb which was phenomenal (thank you Pia!). It was the setting for our first lesson.

 Be careful what milk you buy because you do not want to put buttermilk in your tea.

On Saturday morning our trip began. The real reason I’m such an advocate for walking everywhere is because you can stumble across the most wonderful things. On route to the Botanical Gardens we found Hans Christian Anderson's grave which we hadn't even thought about looking for! The Botanical Gardens were mostly shut, I think due to lack of staffing and current climate, but we had a good tour of the huge palm house and park around it. We saw a red squirrel and got super excited but apparently they're the common type here?


Then we rooted out The Little Mermaid which according to most guides is a serious tourist must see but to be honest I think most people are disappointed - I'm not posting a photo because you should still go and see it! The next stop was a highlight of the trip, the Design museum, it’s amazing how modern and ahead of time Danish designs from the 1900s were. Most of them are things that we consider to be modern now!


We didn't really have a set point for our next walk but we managed to stumble past some really beautiful locations and architecture including a really stunning church. I think the thing that most astounds me about Copenhagen is that even the most run down areas still have an element of beauty in them.We walked through Amalienborg and ended up at Nyhaven, the home of the famous coloured houses. Then we grabbed our first Danish pastries of the trip - Cinnamon Swirls - alongside some tea. Quick hop back to the flat and then out to see what sort of grub the Danish offer, turns out pretty good. 

Copenhagen tea is expensive, and you have to pay extra for milk.


On Sunday (the real story is that I woke up with a horrendous cold that lasted the rest of the holiday but we won't talk about that), we thought about finding a church but remembered that we wouldn't even be able to understand the sermon! So we took a morning stroll to the Frederiksborg gardens and palace which are connected to a severely overpriced zoo.We walked on past Copenhagen City Hall to head for the long-awaited Tivoli Gardens but were gutted to find out that they're closed till April! So we moseyed on to the Glyptoteket - the first attraction we actually paid for (50kr) but the sculptures and architecture make it so worth it so I would fully recommend paying the fair entrance fee. A really chilled out lunch at the Copenhagen equivalent of Wagamama (which ironically we did pass earlier) then on to the David Samling collection of Islamic Art. The colours are stunning, reds, greens, blues and yellows that even after thousands of years retain their vivid colours and startling impact. This was free so if you get a moment it's a great side stop on the way to the Rosenborg slot and castle. Then it was more expensive tea and our second pastry - Pain Au Raisins (admittedly French but still made in Copenhagen).

Prices are higher in Denmark, sometimes you need to let yourself spend a bit extra than planned.


So Monday was an interesting last day, it rained on and off all day which we had actually planned for. We started off by getting the metro to Christiania because so many people and websites recommended it, only to find out that it's actually a green light district and a place for safely trading cannabis. As pretty as all the colours and graffiti were we didn't really want to stick around too long! Think it's more of a summer festival hang out so not so good for a winter visit. We decided to hit the museums a bit harder only to find out that 90% of them are actually shut on Mondays. The other design museum is currently permanently shut while they rebuild in a new location, and the National Museum of Denmark was closed as was the Christiansborg slot. So we headed to the round tower to get our first full view of the city, this was 25 kroner each to get in but the view is really breath-taking.

The lesson here is to do your research!


We had lunch in order to regroup (it was a paleo place and we had these amazing omelettes filled with salmon or pork, like wraps) deciding to head for The Workers’ Museum which was 55 kroner each to enter but we had a pretty fun time especially as it kept us out of the rain! The walk home led us into Norrebro which is known as the 'hipster district' where we had our last pastries, we weren't entirely sure what they were but they were so good. The streets were packed with vintage shops and pretty signs but most of them were closed due to it being a Monday.
Overall, it was a great experience and it really taught us how to tour a city when the weather isn't on your side. The general recommendation is to rent bikes but I don't think you really need to once you're in the city because you'd constantly be locking them up. Walking gives you the freedom to flow between areas and pop in and out of shops. The whole holiday only cost us about £280 each for the full three days’ activities, food and travel. So get saving(or not!) and go!

A final note, don't listen to everything you read or hear. Make your own experience!

What are your biggest travelling lessons? Favourite things about Copenhagen if you're lucky enough to have been? Best budgeting tips?
Hope you enjoyed reading about our little trip!
Kate x

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24 comments

  1. I've never been here and before reading this post I had no desire to go here, but these pictures are gorgeous!

    Lauren x Huggled

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    1. Ohh definitely put it on your travel list! Even if it's just a day on the way to somewhere else. Thanks for reading! xx

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  2. Beautiful pictures nice photography honey
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  3. I love this post! You've taken so beautiful pictures Kate!!

    Darriyan xo
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    1. Aw thanks Darriyan! Don't think they do the city justice though. xx

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  4. Such an amazing post! I love your photos.

    Gemma x
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  5. Thanks for sharing this. I haven't been to Copenhagen before, but I surely want to visit some day. Looks like a place to play tourist for few days. Ha!

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    1. Oh totally, and everyone completely knows you're a tourist as well. But there are a few little nooks we found that general tourists don't visit!
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  6. Thank you for sharing this. I've been thinking for a while now to visit Copenhagen and it sounds like a wonderful city to travel to. Thanks for all the tips and lessons! :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Thank you for reading it haha! Yes yes yes, go! Honestly it's the best city break i've been on even though the weather was awful.

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  7. Although I like planning a few locations but mostly I like to roam a new city and discover it's hidden gems!

    XoXo,

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  8. Your photography is so nice! I'd definitely love to visit Copenhagen one day!

    Reine | Sincerely Reine

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  9. I loved Copenhagen! It is such a gorgeous city. We definitely walked everywhere too - much cheaper and easier. We ate in the meatpacking district which was amazing - cheaper than in the city too!

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. Ohhh we were going to go there but it was pelting it down with rain! x

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  10. This looks so gorgeous... I've been meaning to go for so long but have never managed to organise with the fam! Thanks for this -- I've bookmarked it just in case I ever go <3
    x Sofia
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    1. Thanks for reading! Hope you get to go, you'll love it! x

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  11. I love Copenhagen! Went last summer and had the best time eating at markets, visiting design museums, and drinking at the bars by the water. Gorgeous photos!

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    1. Thanks so much! Ooo Copenhagen in summer sounds even better. x

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  12. Copenhagen looks so cool! Your photos of the streets make it look like such a nice place to visit, deff going to get over there for a weekend this Summer.

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    1. Yeah really do! And I decided to photograph the streets because there are already so many photos of the sights around. To really experience Copenhagen you've gotta find the side alleys!

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  13. I'm heading to Copenhagen (this day next month actually!) & this post has got me super excited! Lovely photos.

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    1. You are going to love it. I need to go again just to see Tivoli open!

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