Hello all, I’m back with the second part of my Copenhagen travels and my full day of exploring the infamous Danish city and its culture.
Wednesday 24th October
After a fulfilling breakfast, I decided to rent a bike from the hotel I was staying at for 150 DKK for the whole day since all the other bike rental places were shut and I wanted to get a head start on my itinerary. At first, I was quite shaky with stopping and starting but eventually, I eased my way into it. It’s actually quite a thrilling experience and I really felt like a tourist being responsible for my transport. I set off for the Friedieksborg City Hall as that was an alleged attraction to visit however after arriving and looking around for what exactly there is to see to no avail I decided to leave and make my way to Copenhagen Zoo.
I was super excited about going to the zoo in particular because I haven’t been to one in a very long time and I was curious to see the animals that Copenhagen were displaying. I spent approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to visit the different exhibitions at the zoo and I still didn’t see everything that zoo had to offer due to me wanting to press on with my itinerary. From the polar bears to the chimpanzees and variety of pretty birds, the zoo didn’t fail to disappoint in terms of variety and fascination of the different animals from around the globe.
I was then very eager to have a look at Visit Carlsberg, the Danish answer to Amsterdam’s Heineken Experience. Similar to the Heineken experience, Visit Carlsberg is where the first Carlsberg brewery is located takes you through the history of the Carlsberg beer brand from the evolution of the bottle design to the innovation of brewing methods. With an added twist, you are able to see some pieces from the personal art collection of Carl Jacobsen (the founder of Carlsberg). Lastly, you get to go through the stables where the brewer horses are kept. I didn’t visit at a time where a carriage ride is included within the ticket but I was satisfied nonetheless after receiving a free Carlsberg at the bar.
Ripley’s and H.C. Andersen Eventyrhuset
I embarked on a long bike ride back to the centre of Copenhagen to visit both Ripley’s and H.C. Andersen Eventyrhuset which were essentially located in the same building. Ripley’s is based on the weird and wonderful collection of Robert Ripley who travelled around the globe encountering extraordinary people and things. Ripley’s displayed very intriguing but wacky oddities such as toast art and also video clips showing the tallest man ever and also the world’s fattest man. It was mind-boggling, to say the least, but overall part of the exhibition. The H.C. Andersen Eventyrhuset is based on the collection of famous fairytale and stories such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina and the Emperor’s New Clothes written by the famous Danish author of the same name. You get to travel through the life of H.C. Andersen and the pivotal moments during his journey to becoming a well-renowned author. Lastly, you also get to see a visual and audio representation of some of his most iconic stories brought to life in which you have the option of hearing in various languages.
National Museum of Denmark
I made my way to the National Museum to quickly squeeze in a view of the various exhibitions on offer. The exhibitions highlighted various periods of Danish history such as the Stone Age, the Viking Age, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Modern Danish History. I must be honest and say that this attraction will require time to go through everything however I was on a tight schedule so I decided to cut my visit short but overall I enjoyed my stroll through the museum.
The Little Mermaid
It was quite befitting for me to take a ride to the infamous Little Mermaid Statue you cannot say you have been to the Danish capital if you haven’t gone to visit and take a picture of the statue. Don’t get me wrong it’s a quick visit but well worth doing so for the photo opp. I wish I was able to take a picture next to the statue but there will always be another time!
By the time I finished all of this it was 5 pm and many attractions were closing at around 5:30/6. You could say I was speeding on my bike to see if I could visit the Guinness World Records and Mystic Exploratoire however by the time I arrived they had closed up shop. But not to worry I decided to see if I could squeeze in a canal tour but to no avail as I had also missed the last boat. Upon all of that, I decided to make my way back to my hotel to have a well-deserved rest after the long day of bike riding. I also took the opportunity to plan a brief itinerary for before I leave for the airport the following day.
Similar to the previous day, a quick shower and makeup session was in tow got me to go to dinner and enjoy my last evening in Copenhagen. I had my eye on Hard Rock Cafe as I didn’t get to go when I was in Amsterdam and I was also entitled to a discount with my Copenhagen card. I was much more satisfied with the food at Hard Rock Cafe compared to the restaurant from the previous day and boy the Oreo cheesecake was on the generous, hefty but tantalising side. The night was still kind of young at this point so I wanted to see if I can squeeze in a late-night ride in Tivoli Gardens however by the time I arrived the rides were closed so I decided that by fire and by force I will ride at least one ride before I head off for the airport the following day.
Until next time and stay tuned for Part 3