Thursday, 3 August 2017

Copenhagen #FIVE {Top 10 Things To Do}

Gosh it feels like I have been writing about CPH for an age but I guess when there is so much to get down you just have to split it up. This is my 5th and final post about our trip over there and probably really the most important as I simply want to share with you our top 10 things to do. Nowadays all travel journals have some kind of tick list for things you need to see and having read a few before we left and actually while we were there we felt that even though we saw much more than what is on this list, these were the absolutes I would suggest to people touring. And these you could easily achieve even if you were only there over a weekend. If you want some in depth posts check out #ONE#TWO#THREE and #FOUR but this post is the culmination of our trip and where I would suggest going.

With that all said I also just want to mention Copenhagen Card which is a tourist influenced discount card. This is set at a pay per day kind of rate. You prepay for the amount of days you want and then it covers a range of costs like public transport, museum entries, discounted access, free boat rides, etc. and by the end of the trip we found they were totally worth it. We got a three day one by the way!


This was up there as my favourite place to go. Not only is it beautiful, cultural, full of flowers and entertainment but this is also a theme park {yep, right in the centre of town} and one of the most beautiful parks I have ever been in. Sheepskin throws on sun loungers, live ballet and fairy lights a plenty; this park is a must see!


As far as churches go, I've seen a few but actually none which have made me stare in so much wonder. Not only is this church incredibly peaceful even with tourists but it is truly incredible. From the outside it's huge dome {the biggest in Europe} is seen across the city and from the inside its dark stone teamed with beautiful art across the ceiling and around the alter all forms a truly stunning spectacle that must be seen.


I spoke about this place in a previous post but it made it into our top 10. It's all about food here and it is incredible so you simply must go. Really, we even met a gentleman who had come from Helsinki as a food designer {I might have made that up} as CPH was the place to come for finding amazing food and Paper Island was THE place to go. 
It is actually an island but it is really easy to get to and it gives a great view of the city from the other side of the river. 
It is an amazing abandoned warehouse that has been converted into a huge street food market and offers a huge range of food. If you like eating? Get here!


This list isn't done in any particular order. I found it too hard to order our experiences and make one better than the other. Nyhavn would have been up there in the top though if it was. This was on my personal ticklist; the canal with all the pretty houses? Yep, that is right here and it is beautiful. A picture perfect destination full of boats and eateries and the perfect places to stop for lunch or dinner and really soak up the beautiful atmosphere!


The second church to appear on this list but this one is also worth a visit due to the spectacular views. You climb the 400 steps up the spire, a 90 meter above the ground climb and when you get to the top the views are so worth it. Every step up the old wooden staircase then outside round the spiral are worth it and this was a fantastic thing to do.



If you are going to visit CPH there are certainly things you must do. Taking a trip out to see The Little Mermaid is one of them. This surprised me at how perfect this was. She is so small, just like the size of a child and she is just perfectly sat at the waters edge being looked upon by many tourists all trying to get the perfect selfie with her. Forgetting all of them though you see a character which is so prominent in many of our lives through the recreation by Disney. This statue really is an attraction for the tourists but seriously, you would be a fool if you purposefully missed out on seeing it!



I haven't a link for this one but in Nyhavn there are loads of tour operators offering boat tours around the canals. If you get a Copenhagen card you actually get one included in the price of the card but you must go to that specific vendor. I would highly recommend this to anyone. It was an hour long and done in English but it was a fantastic insight to some of the main parts of the city and seeing it from the water gave you such an amazing view. Even if you don't get the CPH cards you must make sure you do one; a great way to spend an hour in the city.


Now this place was on my personal 'to do' list. I wrote about it more in depth in my #THREE post {Plants & Flowers} but in a nutshell it is a stunning greenhouse home to some fantastic plants within a huge public park. It is beautifully set out and super simple, but a brilliant thing to see right in the heart of the city.


This was our most random stop of the trip. Rob had read about this crazy underground old reservoir which was empty and open for public viewing. It seemed totally random to me but it was something Rob wanted to do so on our last day, with about two hours to spare we hopped on a bus and headed to see them. When we went there was also a huge art installation on but this is an old underground reservoir which used to be a main source to getting water to the city. Now unused it is open and, like I said, have different art exhibitions in them. The one we saw was by SAMBUICHI and called 'The Water'. It was really interesting and he had created a wooden walkway around them. They closed all the drains and allowed water to naturally flow back into the cisterns. There is no real outdoor light and the use of mirrors helps reflect the small amount around the huge space. You walk around with a lantern and really just experience the space. It was quite eerie but ever so clever and even without this installation in would be worth going to see. It is also opposite the zoo so a good area to be in.


So as you would imagine there are some amazing museums and galleries all around CPH. It is hard to pick just one to talk about but I thought I would share The Carlsberg Glyptoteket; the personal collection of statues from Carl Jacobson {Mr Carlsberg}. I think that he basically had so many that he founded the collection and gave it to the city and since then it has been an ever growing collection of art. It is a really beautiful place and the centre of it has a botanical courtyard. The food here is also meant to be top notch, not that we got to try it, but the setting of the restaurant was beautiful. I think both of us enjoyed this one the most. There is something quite amazing about sculpture and the dating of some of the artifacts were ridiculous and I was so pleased to have seen some of the pieces. 

So that's it, my top ten things to do in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. I feel actually quite emotional writing this post; it's almost like I have now finished it all and that means the trip is officially over; I am not ready for it to be. I yearn to be there still and found very much that it truly has become a part of me. The beauty of travel hey.


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