We were both looking forward to visiting Copenhagen which is the capital of Denmark.
We stayed at a campsite called http://www.bellahoj-camping.dk/ The campsite is run by the city council and opens on the 1st June-31st August each year. A pitch cost approx. £25.00 per night with electric. If you pay cash you get a 10% discount. It worked really well for us as the campsite is located in a park so there was plenty of room to exercise the dogs. The 2A bus stop is within a 5 minute walk and takes about 10 minutes to the centre of Copenhagen, tickets cost 24 DKK (£2.91) single and the buses run every 6 minutes.
Our first stop in the city was the iconic ‘Little Mermaid’. The bronze statue depicting a mermaid becoming a human sits on the waters edge. The statue is based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson and has been a tourist attraction since 1913.
The Little Mermaid is located up towards the cruise ship terminals but quite away from the centre of Copenhagen. So we decided to take the 1A bus up and walk back. The bus dropped us off at the military fort which was a lovely picturesque walk in itself.
We walked back into the centre along the walking route known as the harbour circle. The Opera House looks simply stunning in the evening which is probably a good thing since it is actually one of the most expensive opera houses ever to be built.
After about a 15 minute walk we arrived at Nyhavn. Nyhavn is a waterfront street that is lined with brightly coloured townhouses, bars and restaurants. The canal here also harbours many historical wooden ships.
Another landmark we just couldn’t miss out was Tivoli Gardens. If you haven’t heard of Tivoli it is the second oldest operating amusement park in the world to still be in operation and the one that Sir Walter Disney based Disney World on.
The entrance into the park cost 130 DKK (£15.80) each. If you wish to purchase a ticket giving you access into the park and unlimited rides for the fun fair it costs 405 DKK (£49.18) each.
We decided to just purchase entrance tickets and pay 120 DKK (£14.57) for both of us to go on the wooden roller coaster which is over 100 years old and one of only a few left in the world.
Our intentions were to spend a couple of hours in Tivoli and then go and visit some other tourist sights in the City Centre but we ended up spending all day in Tivoli, in fact we didn’t leave until 9pm. It doesn’t look very big from the perimeter but it really is a tardis and seeing it was built back in 1843 it really has been cleverly thought out.
The gardens are stunning and maintained beautifully.
There are a couple of stages where they have performances and we sat and listened to a band for a while.
There are plenty of food stalls, typical fair stalls and a great selection of rides.
Adjacent to Tivoli is the Tivoli Food Hall with a good selection of eateries. We stopped and had pizza for tea.
We loved Copenhagen and it was a shame that we couldn’t stay any longer than 2 days there is so much to see and do. We both felt that the city has a naturally good vibe and felt very safe. Copenhagen we will be back!