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Travel: How to spend 48 hours in… Danish delight Copenhagen

Tourists biking at Nyhavn, Copenhagen
Tourists biking at Nyhavn, Copenhagen

 

Stay

Copenhagen is divided into very different, yet equally loveable, neighbourhoods, each with their own distinct vibes and looks. From gritty and industrial Refshaleøen to posh and classy Frederiksberg, Copenhagen has something for everyone. The stylish Hotel Alexandra, 200 yards from Copenhagen’s Town Hall Square and Tivoli Gardens, is the perfect base and great value, starting at just £79 per night.

Do

Copenhagen is best explored on two wheels. The locals are all practically born on bikes and they have a sixth sense when it comes to navigating the cycle ways but if it’s your first time make sure you study the rules of the road before you saddle up. Hire a bike from Copenhagen Bicycles, located in beautiful Nyhavn harbour. They also offer three-hour bike tours taking in the city’s famous waterways and historic sights.

Put on your birthday suit (or a swimsuit) and join the locals for a saunagus (sauna)at Sjællandsgadebadet – a beautiful, old, communal bathhouse that’s been around for more than 100 years.

See

November is a wonderful eclectic month in the city. Join the locals sitting outside the pavement cafes, under blankets and heating lamps, while the Christmas markets mark the transition into winter as they start to open all over town – filling the streets with twinkling lights and hygge. From now until February the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art is showing a Pablo Picasso’s best works in the exhibition Beloved By Picasso, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints.

Eat

It’s known for it’s Michelin star restaurants, but Copenhagan is also a foodie-friendly destination for budget travellers. Try Copenhagen’s most hyped burger joint, Gasoline Grill. This former gas station made it into Bloomberg’s top 27 best burgers in the world. Open 11am till sold out. For seafood head to Hooked. Here, you can indulge in a seriously good lobster roll, fish burgers, fish and chips. It’s the perfect first stop on a fun night out to the surrounding bars and clubs in Nørrebro’s buzzing nightlife.