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48 hours in Copenhagen

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HOUR BY HOUR

Copenhagen has a wealth of wonderful experiences and treats, some obvious and others well hidden, We have made a brief 48 hour, hour by hour guide to a selection of these gems in various city districts.

DAY 1

10:00 hrs: Christianshavn, arguably one of the city’s most laid back quarters, is only a 20-minute walk from the hotel across the new bridge from Nyhavn to Holmen. Soak up the atmosphere of the oddly named street Ovengade Oven Vandet, where houseboats line the quay and there is a buzz to the colourful life here. Just a stone’s throw away is the Church of our Saviour where, if you have the energy, you can climb the 90m high spire

13:00 hrs: The Garden of the Royal Library is one of the hidden gems, an oasis in the city centre tucked away behind Christiansborg Palace. From Christianshavn, it is a pleasant walk along Stadsgraven, once a part of the city fortifications, or by just hopping on a bus. The Royal Library Garden has a great variety of flowers, bushes and trees, which surround a pool with a fountain in the garden’s centre.

14:00 hrs: Just around the corner from the garden, you will find Denmark’s National Museum – the largest cultural-historic collection in Denmark. The museum has permanent historical collections, including the Golden Horns and the Sun Wagon, both of which have considerable historical significance for Denmark. The museum offers guided tours to a selection of current activities.

17:00 hrs: From the museum, walk back to Christiansborg Palace and take a trip up the Christiansborg Tower – Copenhagen’s highest – to close the day with a bird’s eye view of the city.

Photographer: Carl Lund

DAY 2
10:00 hrs:
Copenhagen’s Zoological Gardens are located west of the city, at the top of Valby Hill. Since the turn of the century, the Zoo has undergone major refurbishments resulting in vastly improved conditions for the elephants, giraffes and polar bears. You can of course, just browse the gardens at your leisure but it is also possible to join a tour, which will take you behind the scenes.

13:00 hrs: The Zoo is just a short distance from the Vesterbro district of Copenhagen. Vesterbro has traditionally been one of the city’s live-wire districts with hundreds of small, specialised shops and boutiques offering goods of every description. Two of the best-known streets are Værnedamsvej and Istedgade but there are other streets well worth exploring.

16:00 hrs: The Tycho Brahe Planetarium makes no secret of its existence – architecturally it is hard to miss. Here you can experience simulated space travel, films on astronomy and space exploration and experience the stars and planets of the universe as we know it today. All shows and events are in Danish but it is possible to purchase headsets with English speech.