Taking frequent city breaks allows you to refresh and recharge your batteries, and still make multiple trips each year even if you don’t get much holiday time. For those living in Europe, were lucky to have so many amazing destinations right on our doorstep, and one of the best places for a great city break is Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.
This is a city which has so much to see that unless you do some planning you may feel slightly overwhelmed. If you can get a Friday or Monday off of work and take a three day weekend you could fly out after work and really make the most of the time you’ll have to explore this gorgeous city.
Here are some things to do for those who are planning Copenhagen city breaks:
Take a Free Walking Tour
Theres nothing better than getting something for free, and the Copenhagen Free Walking Tour offers you a free tour of the city, running every day of the year. Meet at Copenhagen City Hall at 11am, and youll visit major attractions such as Nyhavn, Amalienborg Palace, Tivoli and Stroget. Tours are in English and if you love it feel free to tip your guide. This is a great idea for your first morning in the city so you can get your bearings and understand where everything is, while seeing all the best sites with an experienced and knowledgeable guide.
Visit the National Museum
Denmark’s National Museum is located in Copenhagen, and you’ll find exhibitions from Modern life, the Renaissance, the Middle Ages, the Viking Age and even the Stone Age. The museum is located in the Princes Palace, and you’ll definitely need to take a good look at the elegant and beautiful Great Hall. If you’re bringing the kids they’ll love The Children’s Museum which is located within the main museum, or you can take a self-guided tour in English.
Visit The Little Mermaid
This gorgeous sculpture is made of granite and bronze and was gifted to the City of Copenhagen by Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersens fairy tale, the mermaid has been the victim of vandalism over the years, losing her head twice and an arm once, but keeps getting restored and rescued so she can once more sit by the water.
See the Rosenborg Castle
Located in the Kings Garden in the middle of Copenhagen, you’ll find 400 years of royal art treasures such as the Royal Regalia and Crown Jewels. One of the biggest attractions is the Knights Hall which has coronation thrones and even three life-sized lions which stand guard. This is truly a journey through time, and you’ll see the kings bathroom and private writing cabinet, and portraits of royals through the years.
Most impressively the crown jewels are kept in vaults in the castle and you’ll be able to see the diamond set, pearl set and ruby set, with an emerald set featuring some of the finest emeralds in the world.