University of Lincoln student, Theo Osborn, talks us through one of his favourite travel trips.
BY THEO OSBORN
“What the hell are we doing here for our summer holiday?”, my friends asked as rain poured down on the plane that was hurtling into the third busiest airport in Northern Europe. Although not exactly the sunniest location in Europe for a July break, those words would soon be taken back.
An easy transit from the airport got us straight into the heart of the city, and our hotel was about a 3-minute walk from Tivoli Gardens. After settling into the Grand Hotel we ventured out to the Little Mermaid statue and then on a pub crawl that we’d booked through TripAdvisor, that started off quite quiet and turned into a crowded affair. The nightlife in Copenhagen was better than expected, with the city bustling and plenty of places to go.
I won’t mention everything we did because it would be a novel but I’ll describe the best. On our second day, we went on a free walking tour of the city, full of facts and a humorous guide, visiting the Amalienborg Palace and the City Hall among many other places. We then visited Christiania which is a must-visit little town whose residents claim they are a free state separate from Denmark. From there, on we went to the best food market in Europe on Paper Island. The lemon cheesecake is a personal recommendation, but the prices can be high for a small portion so choose wisely.
Our final full day was jam-packed. A Copenhagen Card will cost you about $60 but gives you free entry to most of the attractions inside and outside of the city. With the card in hand, we made as much out of the money as we possibly could. First, we visited the Christianborg Palaces and the huge church. Then we went on a boat tour from Nyhavn around the beautiful canals in the city. A short train ride away was the Carlsberg Museum with a free pint and tour with your card as well as the Copenhagen zoo, with polar bears, elephants, tigers and a huge grizzly bear to name just some. Our train ride home was just in time to get to Tivoli Gardens, where we thought we’d ride some roller coasters. However, the park itself was shut and a huge concert was taking place, with the likes of Anne-Marie, Martin Jensen and Rita Ora performing free-of-charge with our Copenhagen Card.
We topped our night off visiting the Culture Box, which has been rated Europe’s best small club, although we didn’t see the appeal of it too much. Back home and to the airport the next day, where we managed to fit in a trip to the Aquarium located about 5 minutes away from the airport. Copenhagen can be hugely expensive, but shouldn’t be too bad if you plan; spending $30 on a steak every night is going to be costly but there’s plenty of all-you-can-eat buffets charging around $10, which is cheap as chips, really.