Went from one extreme to the other weather wise with this next one. A quick trip home (and i mean very quick – 16 hours to be precise) and then my next adventure called – Copenhagen.
30 degree temperatures down to a very chilly 3 degrees brrrr.
Used my go to website again for this – Sky Scanner, flights came up at £141 for the 2 of us and it was flying with Ryanair. I tend to always go for flight times that leave England in the morning and leave my destination in the evening so i can maximise my time, this does tend to mean the prices come in slightly more expensive so if you’re not that bothered you can get flights even cheaper.
Also tried out a new airport this time round; as i live in the south-west i tend to try and get my flights from Heathrow or Bristol as they are my closest however they are also more expensive. Went for London Luton for this one and it was great. Used Paige Airport Parking which was only £25! including transfer, what a bargain and they were so efficient.
Things to do in December
- Glyptotek (museum) – they had the Egyptian Pharaoh exhibition on whilst we visited (they change these periodically) which is right up my street.
- Christmas markets – they were everywhere and so pretty, selling all the usual bits and bobs and plenty of mulled wine! fair to say we tried plenty. Even tried some of the Gluhwein, which isn’t to my taste but hey maybe yours?
- Harbour – ever seen that ‘Copenhagen’ photo of all the coloured houses lined up? Well this is where you’ll find it, along with plenty to look at and an abundance of places to eat/drink/relax. You can also get boat tours from here.
- Carlsberg Brewery – we even went the extra mile with this one and tried out the beer tasting, which was not only interesting (did you know you can get beers that are stronger than spirits??) but also a great laugh.
- Tivoli Gardens – this was my favourite part of Copenhagen, it was Christmas themed with lights sparkling everywhere, an abundance of hot drinks and food, an arcade (Jam was in his element), a funfair and so much more. could not recommend it enough.
- Cafe’s, bars, quirky food establishments – Barburrito, Joe & The Juice
There’s so much more and a good travel guide that we used was DK Top 10 Travel Guide. We used this for everything and is a perfect size to put into a small bag.
There are little cafes everywhere in Copenhagen, which is perfect if you need a hot drink to warm you through or a fresh juice to keep you going. Our favourite was MØller Kaffe – so much so that we went there twice on our 4 day trip. Its evident that its popular as both times we had to wait for a table (it was never longer than 10 minutes and so worth it).
Never been much of a user of Airbnb but its becoming more and more of my go to for any accommodation needs. The choices are endless and i like that its a home away from home which gives greater freedom for eating, chilling etc. We booked an apartment just outside of NØrrebro for our sleeping needs, staying in a very modern apartment with everything necessary and a MASSIVE bed which made for a great nights sleep after walking around all day. The location was perfect for us; very quiet, shops and cafes nearby, a bus stop literally 10 seconds walk. Although its not the city centre it made for excellent exploring and i doubt we would have come across our beloved cafe otherwise.
- If you are going in the winter months – November-March – then i would highly recommend packing thermals. I didnt and ended up having tingly thighs on a number of occasions as it was so chilly. You’ll also want a hat, gloves, scarf, warm coat.
- Pack lip balm – the cold can wreak havoc with the lips
- A camera/GoPro is essential (mobiles defo count)
- Wear comfy, warm shoes
- Currency is Danish Kroner – easily remembered by its similar pronunciation to corona, the beer or the band.
Dependant on how much you like walking you can access a lot of Copenhagen on foot, which is what we mostly did. A couple of times we found we’d wandered a lot further than we’d realised so got a bus back to the apartment – a little bit odd when you buy bus tickets, even if you are only going to zone 1, the minimum purchase is 2 zones and 2 and 3 zone tickets are valid for one hour. 4, 5 and 6 zone tickets are valid for an hour and a half. 7, 8 and 9 zone tickets are valid for two hours.
Zone tickets cost between DKK 24 (for 2 zones) and DKK 108 (for all zones). 2 zones will cover most travel in Copenhagen city centre. DKK 24 is just under £3.
There are several options available for travel including the City Pass, the Copenhagen Card, Flex cards or single trip purchases.
If you are into your city breaks then Copenhagen is a wonderful place to visit, albeit it very chilly in winter! I can’t speak for the summer months but Tivoli over the festive period is a sight not to be missed. All in all another successful birthday trip for Jam.