While researching Stockholm for our trip, I remembered that Copenhagen was just a short plane ride away. After weighing the pros and cons, we decided to spend 2 days in Copenhagen, to get a feel for the city. Also, to be quite honest, Copenhagen is very expensive and we were definitely balking a bit at the prices.
We stayed at the Hotel Christian IV, which was across the street from Rosenborg Castle Gardens. This was a wonderful location because we were only a 10-15 minute away from major metro stations and walking distance to a lot of attractions.
To make the most out of our time in Copenhagen, we purchased the Copenhagen Card, which offers unlimited public transportation and visits to 87 attractions as well as discounts all over the city. We had the 48 hour pass, which was perfect because it covered our ride to/from the airport on the metro. After doing the math, we ended up saving about $15. In addition, the convenience of being able to just scan your pass on your phone was a real selling point.
We spent the first day wandering the Rosenborg Castle Gardens. Established in the early 17th century as the private gardens of King Christian IV’s Rosenborg Castle, it is the oldest park in central Copenhagen. The park was beautiful and it was a treat walking through it several times a day. I bet it’s absolutely stunning in the spring and summer.
We then toured Rosenborg Castle, which was used by Danish regents as a royal residence until around 1710. Originally, it was meant to be a summerhouse for the Danish royal family, but they ended up living there for about 100 years. We spent about a total of two hours exploring the Castle. I really liked how the Castle exhibits are numbered and match the brochure, which offer a brief description.
Particularly interesting are the Crown Jewels and the Danish Crown Regalia.
We also enjoyed being able to see the Coronation Thrones as well as the Coronation Red Carpet.
After taking a brief break in our hotel room, we checked out the Designmuseum Danmark, or the Danish Museum of Art & Design.
Designmuseum Danmark was founded in 1890 and aims to display the uniqueness of Danish design and industrial products. The Museum exhibits all sorts of design, including fashion, household items, architecture, porcelain, furniture.
One of our favorite exhibits The Danish Chair – An International Affair, features a tunnel of 110 chairs.
The Designmuseum also has a really cool exhibit on disco and the Danish influence on discos. They had this interactive exhibit featuring the various kinds of music that were played in the discos.
Since we had a bit of time before dinner, we wandered over to Strøget, a pedestrian-only shopping area in the heart of Copenhagen and did some window-shopping. I picked up a few bits and bobs, including some amazing tea from Illums Bolighus. If you’re looking for a great spot to do some serious shopping, I highly recommend strolling through Strøget.
Make sure you stay tuned to see what we did on Day 2 in Copenhagen!