What do I recommend you do while you’re in Copenhagen?
#1 thing: Bike the City This gives you a unique perspective of the city, all while exercising and feeling great (yay endorphins!). There are a lot of bikers here so remember a couple of rules: Use your hand signals to signal going right, left, or stopping.
Stay as far right in the bike lane as possible and only get on the left side to turn or pass someone.
Don’t turn right on red.
Don’t get into the street to make a left. Instead, cross the street and wait for the light to change to green going the cross direction.
I used the Bycyklen to bike around the city, it is a bike sharing system. I would suggest buying a monthly subscription only for 70 kr (~$10.75) and that gets you unlimited 30-minute bike rides. If you go over the 30 minute limit it charges you 6 k (~$1) per hour. If my ride was going to be over 30 minutes, I would just check my bike into a station to get the timer to reset and then take it out again and go alone. I like these bikes because they have an electric motor which help you bike, as the bike is quite clunky and heavy, and also because they have a screen that gives you information. It is connected to wifi and a service network and tells you where the nearest return stations are, how to navigate places, how long your trip has been. Don’t forget to cancel the monthly subscription after you leave Copenhagen.
Den blå planet – If you like looking at fish, this place is for you. This is the national Denmark Aquarium. The map makes it look rather large, but it’s a bit smaller than it looks. There were several presentations I attended throughout the day like a squid direction, and sea otter feeding. The only issue was the shows were conducted in Danish, so I asked a couple of questions in English afterwards. They had some Dory-fish and some nemo-fish , sharks and sea otters. I love aquariums so I still had fun, but there is only so much fun to be done when looking at fish alone. I would recommend going with your favorite fish buddy. Check out Den Blå Planet here.
Carlsberg -“Probably the best beer in the world.” This brewing company has been around since 1847 and is sold all over the world. Visit Carlsberg is a tourist spot featuring the original brewhouse. It talks about the history of Carlsberg beer and how beer is made. They have carriage rides and you get 2 free drinks with purchase. I paid 70 kr (~$10) as a student, but adult tickets are 85kr (~$12.75). Check it out here.
Tivoli Gardens – This is a beautiful amusement park. The rides are fun, but the atmosphere is what is so great about the park. They have several fountains, a duck pond, birds roaming around, a cute lawnmower roomba (dressed like a rabbit), and a bunch of restaurants for you to choose from. They have several free shows throughout the day, as well as having several paid concerts/events throughout the year (tiesto for instance played in march). For more on Tivoli check out my blog post and the official tivoli website. Entrance 80 kr (~$12). Unlimited rides pass 220 kr (~$33).
Copenhagen beach – If you’re lucky and you get a sunny day, check out Amager beach. It’s not the nicest beach, there’s some kelp, and the sand is on the darker side of yellow-beige, but if you like the beach it should make for a relaxing day. If it’s not nice out, don’t go. The atmosphere will be a little on the gloomy side. Don’t forget sunscreen!!
Eat a hot dog – Just do it. They are so good. Cost around 25 kr (~$3.80).
Canal tour – I didn’t learn that much on the ride, but it was a nice relaxing boat ride around the canal. Cost between 40 and 60 kr depending on the company you go with (~$6-9). Check out here.
Copenhagen Zoo – I hear there is a zoo. I didn’t go, but I’m sure it’s fun. They have over 3,000 animals, so a lot for you to look at. Check it out here.
How much does Copenhagen transit cost?
Copenhagen is rather expensive as a tourist. If you’re a local, you get perks and deals that make transit cheap for you. As a tourist though, transportation can be confusing and expensive. The city is divided up into zones and the price of your ticket depends on how many zones you are traveling through. I believe each zone is 12 kr (~$2) and the minimum is 2 zones. This cost adds up!! Which is why I recommend renting the bike and biking through the city.
How much does Copenhagen cost in other ways?
I stayed with a friend, so I saved on housing. Hostels cost around the average of $20-40 a night and a hotel may cost anywhere as low as $100 a night to an average of $250 per night.
We also bought a bunch of grocery and saved money on food. You’ll pay on average around 30-50 kr (~$5-8) on a lunch and at least 70 kr (~$10-11) for a decent dinner meal. We ordered domino’s delivery one night and payed almost 300 kr (we payed around $40) for 3 medium pizzas, 2 lava cakes, and delivery. This lasted me for 3 meals and him for 2 so that was a good deal.
What is Copenhagen culture like?
To be blunt: Very white. I would say between 85-90% of people there are white, and that is shocking! As an American (in Texas), I’m used to some diversity.
My grandma told me not to wear my short shorts in Europe, but I saw quite a few people dressed in some simple Jean shorts and a casual blouse of some sort. Athleisure-wear can be seen around Copenhagen, but a lot of people do bike in their business suits and work clothes. I would say they are more stylish and diverse in their fashion taste than Americans.
Hearing people speak Danish was a surprise to me. Of course I was expecting it, but I couldn’t imagine what it’s like to not understand everyone around me. Danish is a very harsh language with some very hard-to-pronounce words. I couldn’t even say the street names, so I ended up just making up an English equivalent to it. For example, the street Godthåbsvej, I called it “Gods thibby say.” Not correct at all, but it gave the street some meaning to me.
Danish food is quite bland. Coming from Texas where all we eat is tacos with salsa, the food wasn’t all too exciting. Danish pastries are delicious, although most sugary foods taste great to me. My favorite food in Denmark was definitely the hot dogs. I’ve mentioned them above, again I highly recommend eating hot dogs. If you’re vegan, find a vegan hot dog stand with a tofu dog. They exist I promise. We went to a Mexican restaurant one night and while the salsa had some kick to it, the food was still a little bit bland. Needed more peppers.
Danish alcohol, primarily Carlsberg and Tuboug (also owned by Carlsberg) are the popular “commercial” beers of the country. Unlike American “commercial” beers, these beers don’t suck, and actually taste rather nice.The drinking age is 16, but most places won’t serve alcohol to those under 18.