A weekend in Copenhagen: Mermaids, UNESCOs and a Sweden road trip!

by | Feb 17, 2016 | Blog, Copenhagen, Denmark, Latest Posts, Sweden

What do you give a photography obsessed travel blogging husband for Christmas? A weekend in Copenhagen proved to be a winner and I surprised Dave with flights and an awesome 2 day Copenhagen itinerary in the Nordic favourite! With mermaids, castles, UNESCOs and even a jaunt to another country on the agenda we couldn’t wait to check out a cold and snowy Denmark!

Copenhagen: our weekend itinerary!

With only 48 hours to squeeze in the best of Copenhagen we had a jam-packed weekend itinerary! As soon as we arrived we hit the cobbled streets and instantly fell in love with the cool vibes of the city, the restaurants housed in quirky townhouses and the gauntlet of vintage bikes that we navigated as we wandered around!

Copenhagen at night:Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplaygroundBike vibes:Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

The Copenhagen Sights

The Little Mermaid was at the top of our Copenhagen must see list and we were determined to have the lovely lady all to ourselves with a dawn visit to the beautiful statue! The Little Mermaid has been on our travel list forever and the charming statue, symbolic of Copenhagen, didn’t disappoint! This was followed by trip to the Nyhavn district where brightly coloured buildings line the canal and it quickly joined The Little Mermaid as one of our favourite places in the city!

The Little Mermaid:Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplaygroundNyhavn:Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplaygroundLove locks at Nyhavn:Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

The below freezing temperatures meant that it was a little cold for a swim but we still loved The Kastrup Sea Baths, a beautiful outdoor swimming area in Copenhagen. The Snail, as the locals refer to Kastrup, is a stunning construction with awesome views of Sweden.

Kastrup Sea Baths:
Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

The freetown of Christiania is built on the site of a military barracks and is best described as a hippie commune where soft drugs, although still illegal, are freely available. It has some of the best vegan food in the city as well as some awesome graffiti. It’s not really our scene but it was interesting to see Copenhagen from another perspective. We’d love to show you more but photography is understandably forbidden in most of Christiania.

The entrance to Christiania:Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

We stumbled upon the Church of Our Saviour after spotting the winding staircase on the church spire after our trip to Christinia. The spire was closed during our visit in January but outside the winter months it is possible to climb to the top for an incredible view of the city.

The Church of our Saviour:Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

The beautiful Tivoli Gardens are a treat at any time of the year but no more so than at Christmas when the gardens are dressed for the festive season. Hans Christian Andersen was a frequent visitor and his statue now watches over the gardens and serves as a reminder of the amazing fairy tales the Danish native wrote.Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

The canals of Copenhagen are endlessly charming and we enjoyed wandering along the colourful streets and boat lined waters occasionally stopping for some hot chocolate and sweet treats!
Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

A mini UNESCO Copenhagen roadtrip!

With 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within a few hours drive of Copenhagen  (our obsession with UNESCO Sites is well documented!) we rented a car and hit the road!

Our first stop was Stevns Klint which, as well as being a stunning coastal cliff stop, also houses evidence of a meteorite impact that took place around 67 million years ago, and is said to have caused the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs. Absolutely mind blowing!Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

Roskilde Cathedral was next on our list and the imposing 700 year old red brick cathedral is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. The cathedral is the burial place of Danish monarchs and is a maze of burial chapels and a total of 50 altars.Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplaygroundThe burial tombs: Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

It’s not a UNESCO but we couldn’t resist a stop at Frederiksborg Castle, a former royal residence surrounded by stunning gardens which were even more beautiful on a snow covered winter day in January.Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

We were excited for our visit to Kronborg Castle, the setting of the Shakespeare tragedy Hamlet and it didn’t disappoint. The castle was a scene straight from our imaginations and, as well as being the setting of Hamlet, the Castle is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its commanding position on the Sound, a narrow stretch of water between Denmark and Sweden.  Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

Our final stop was the Par Force Hunting Landscape which was our 4th and final UNESCO of the weekend and we had some fun exploring in the snow! The landscape was designed by a Danish King who was inspired by the stunning Palace of Versailles. Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

Sweden: a Malmo jaunt!

A trip to Sweden was inevitable! We couldn’t resist the lure of visiting a new country and travelling across the stunning Oresund Bridge, which connects the two countries, was an added bonus. Malmo was the perfect host for our morning in Sweden and we loved the combination of city and sea.Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

We started our Malmo adventure with a stop at the Knotted Gun, a non violence sculpture which was made as a memorial tribute to John Lennon and the Spectral Self Container, a colourful linked sculpture. Malmo is home to the tallest building in Scandinavia, The Twisted Torso, which is one of the coolest buildings we’ve seen on our travels.

The Knotted Gun:Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

Spectral Self Container Sculpture:Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplaygroundThe Twisted Torso:Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplaygroundIt was time to get local as we took a wander through Lilla Torg, Malmo’s Little Square. The square is full of charming buildings, lots of food options and a giant lamp! Apparently the lamp used to talk to passers by but we didn’t hear it speak!Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplaygroundSt Peter’s Church, the oldest building in Malmo:
Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

Did we mention how cold it was?!Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

Where we Stayed

We stayed at the Marriott Copenhagen which we booked through the hotel booking website booking.com. The Marriott was a great base for our weekend trip and we were able to walk everywhere. Check it out on TripAdvisor for more info!

Getting Around Copenhagen

We wanted to visit Malmo, Sweden and the 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites closest to Copenhagen and decided a rental car was best option for us. We rented a car from Hertz when we touched down at Copenhagen airport and found the driving relatively straightforward. Parking was expensive at the hotel (EUR 30 per night) but we managed to park for free at most of our other stops over the weekend.

Overall

Copenhagen is an amazing place for a weekend break. It’s quirky yet relaxed and there’s lots to see and do and eat and drink! Our highlights were Nyhavn, The Little Mermaid and Kronborg Castle (seriously, Hamlet!). Being able to visit Sweden is an added bonus!

On the downside, the city is very expensive with a standard dinner of 2 mains and a drink each costing around EUR 60 so budget plenty of cash! It also gets super cold during the winter months but it was all part of the fun!

Weekend In Copenhagen ©thewholeworldisaplayground

2 Comments

  1. We go at the start of April so your words and pictures have certainly whetted my appetite! Came believe how much you posted in to 48 hours so will use this as my guide 😀

    • Glad you liked it Emmalene! Copenhagen is a fab city, hope the temperatures are warmer for your visit!

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