Copenhagen it has many facets, it is solemn in its own royal palaces, at the same time fun with its amusement garden Tivoli . Copenhagen paints itself in a thousand rebellious colors a Christiania , where an independent community lives, but it is disciplined , rigid and clean in the rest of the territory. We like to see Copenhagen like this, modern and conservative at the same time.
If you have del limited time to spend in Copenhagen or you just want to do a touch and escape in this city, here is an itinerary to be able to visit Copenhagen in 1 day and a half.
The itinerary will include the following stages:
- Copenhagen Round Tower
- Rosenborg Castle
- Rosenborg Gardens
- Kastellet fortress
- The little Mermaid
- Gefion Fountain
- Church of Sant’Albano
- Tivoli Gardens
Before starting, however, it is better to be prepared on the type of most comfortable means to get around the city and on ticket prices.
Copenhagen City Pass
You can buy a City Pass if you don’t want to worry about zones, it allows unlimited travel in zones 1 to 4. The duration of the City pass is from 24 to 72 hours. It is validated as soon as it is used and is valid for the next 24-72 hours.
The ticket from 24 hours costs (DKK 130) 17.39 Euro and covers all areas, including the airport. For more information you can find them on the official website Copenaghencitypass.
By purchasing the Copenhagen card you have free access to all public transport, which circulate from zone 1 to zone 99. There is also a series of discounts on restaurants, attractions and entertainment, which card holders can take advantage of.
The 24-hour Copenhagen Card costs DKK 389.00 equal to approximately 53.00 Euros .
The 48-hour Copenhagen Card: costs DKK 549.00 equal to 74.00 Euros approx.
24 hour ticket
24-hour ticket is for all areas, you can travel indefinitely on buses, trains, metro and boats in all areas of the capital region. The cost of the ticket for an adult is equal to DKK 135 equal to approximately 18 Euros , but it must be said that each adult can accompany two minors under 12 years for free.
The regular ticket is valid for a single journey, and must include the cost for each zone crossed during the journey, up to the arrival at the destination. Tickets covering 2 and 3 zones are valid for 1 hour , those including 4, 5 or 6 zones are valid for 1 hour and a half while tickets for zones 7, 8 and 9 are valid for 2 hours . Costs vary: from 3 euros for a ticket for two zones up to 14.50 euros for a ticket that covers all areas.
As a personal opinion, Copenhagen is a city that lends itself very well to be explored on foot . The historic center can be easily explored on foot and the tourist attractions with the most important points to visit are concentrated in a small area.
With its distinctive spiral ramp, the Round Tower is one of the best known and most visited buildings in Denmark. It was built as a structure for the university observatory and has been the center for astronomy in Denmark for centuries. From the platform at the top of the tower you can enjoy a fascinating 360 degree view of the city.
- from 1 May to 30 September, every day from 10.00 to 20.00.
- from 1 October to 30 April, every day from 10.00 to 18.00.
Price: 25 DKK – 3.35 Euro .
Rosenborg was built as a place of pleasure by Christian IV in the early 1600s and soon became the king’s favorite residence. Inside the castle it is possible to take pictures anywhere, even with a flash. The structure includes the ground floor; first floor; second floor; basement and treasure room. In every angle and perspective there are many fascinating things to see, by far one of the most historically rich castles I have ever seen.
- From January to June 15 – From 11.00 to 14.00, while the occasional exhibitions remain open from 11.00 to 16.00.
- From June 16th to August 31st – Every day from 9.00 to 17.00.
- From September 1st to October 31st – Every day from 10.00 to 16.00.
Price: 105 DKK – 14.00 Euro.
Just adjacent to Rosenborg Castle we find the beautiful garden, the oldest park in Copenhagen , ideal for walking, relaxing and enjoying a lot of relaxation. In spring, many flowers bloom inside, which fills the marvelous with colors Kongens Have (royal gardens).
Kastellet is a military fortification dating back to the seventeenth century. It has a pentagonal or star shape and is surrounded by water. Admission is free. In 1807 it was used as a defense against the British and during the Second World War it was occupied by the Germans. It is currently a military establishment with red barracks and surrounded by a beautiful park. Near the fortress is the famous statue of Andersen’s Little Mermaid.
The little Mermaid
One of the most famous tourist attractions in Denmark, without a doubt my favorite. Since 1913 it has been welcoming travelers to the port of Copenhagen . The bronze statue refers to the protagonist of the famous fable written in 1837 by the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen .
From the statue of the little mermaid, continue until you meet a majestic fountain called the Gefion Fountain . The Gefion Fountain represents the Goddess Gefion at the command of four oxen, his sons. According to the legend, in fact, the Goddess Gefion transformed her children into oxen to plow the land over which she would have reigned, Zeeland (the island on which Copenhagen stands).
Church of Sant’Albano
Just adjacent to the marvelous Gefion fountain, we find the church of Sant’Albano, consecrated in 1887, it is the only Anglican church of Denmark.
The church takes its name from Sant’Albano, the first English martyr (around 303 AD). Albano
he was a Roman soldier who had offered refuge to a priest during the persecutions.
Albano was so impressed by the teachings of the religious that when the soldiers came
to capture him, he put on his clothes and surrendered himself in his place. Sentenced to death
he declared, “I pray and worship the one true living God, who created all things.” Even the priest
he was arrested, inspired by Albano’s faith and courage. According to legend, the remains
di Albano were brought to the Church of Santa Maria and Sant’Albano in Odense, in
Denmark, where the saint is still venerated today.
Though “Nyhavn “means”new port “the canal was built by King Christian V of Denmark between 1670 and 1673 and it is a real passage from the sea to the old city in Kongens Nytorv (King’s square), where fishermen’s ships could find refuge was known mainly for beer, sailors, and prostitution. The northern side of Nyhavn is lined with brightly painted row houses. Between 1845 and 1864, Hans Christian Andersen lived at number 67, where a commemorative plaque now stands. Along the row of colorful houses there are bars and restaurants, where you can taste typical dishes of the region.
Christiania is a unique experience; a set of warehouses, shacks, houses, street art, colorful murals. Tourists can stroll through its streets free to stop for food and drink in the bars in the area. In 1971, a group of hippies occupied the area by deciding to live in that space by giving itself autonomous laws. They defined themselves as a ” free city ” in which Danish laws were no longer valid and instead, coexistence was based on a new model of life that refused the use of motor vehicles, firearms, violence, hard drugs. While, marijuana and hashish I could move around without problems. On Pusher Street the usual rules are: no cars, no cell phones, no photos and no running. If you don’t like street art, particular and unsafe environments, Christiania is not for you.
If there is a space of time left, at the end of your itinerary you could take a trip to the Tivoli gardens, the famous amusement park in Copenhagen, second to Disneyland Paris by turnout. A mixture of a baroque garden full of fountains and a playground suitable for children and adults, in Tivoli you can find fun with various shows and entertainments and many rides. In the park there are as well 35 restaurants of the most varied international cuisines and often important events take place in the numerous and immense green spaces of the park cultural events.
The price for adults is
- 120 DKK – 16.00 Euros, from Friday to Sunday
- 110 DKK from Monday to Thursday
ATTENTION prices vary depending on the time of year so you can check them on the official website of the Tivoli Gardens . Furthermore, you may happen to receive discount coupons depending on the tourist activity you will be doing.
Enjoy the trip to Copenhagen.