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How To Spend 24 Hours In Copenhagen

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Copenhagen Travel Guide: Day One

On August 7th, my family and I flew from Boston to Copenhagen to kick off our European vacation. We only had 24 hours in Copenhagen!

Nyhavn harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark!

We arrived in Copenhagen on the evening of the 8th and ate dinner at Cocks & Cows, a burger restaurant located one block from the City Hall square. It was DELICIOUS and had really good salt and vinegar fries! Next, we walked to City Hall before returning to our hotel to rest after a long travel day.

Our hotel was conveniently located downtown, but since very few places in Copenhagen use air conditioning (maybe Denmark is a little too green!), we had to keep the windows open. It was quite noisy, so be aware of this if you are visiting!

Copenhagen Travel Guide: Day Two

After breakfast the next morning our first stop was Nyhavn, the oh so Instagrammable colorful harbor that appears on almost every Copenhagen postcard. Nyhavn means “new harbor” and is easily accessible by walking on the Stroget, or pedestrian street, through the city.

Nyhavn harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark

With my family in Nyhavn harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark!

Nyhavn harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark

Our next stop was Christiansborg Palace, a beautiful and historical landmark in Copenhagen where the current seat of government resides. We bought tickets that allowed us to tour the palace, ruins of the old castle, the royal kitchen, and the royal stables.

Royal Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark!

Royal Palace kitchen in Copenhagen, Denmark!

Afterwards, we walked across the street to the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s very unique Danish amusement park. My sister and I rode a rollercoaster, the swings, and played several games. We met up with my parents for lunch at one of the several local restaurants located within the gardens. Such a fun time!

All together we spent about 4 hours here, which wasn’t enough time for all the rides, but it was enough to walk around and experience the park. If you ever come to Copenhagen, a visit to this park is a MUST!

Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Pro-tip: Visit the Tivoli Gardens at night! Everything is lit up and there are nightly shows and attractions. Tivoli is open until 11 pm.

After the gardens we took a taxi to Copenhagen’s cruise ship terminal to board the Norwegian Breakaway for our nine-day cruise around the Baltic Sea. We certainly made the most of our 24 hours in Copenhagen!

Stay tuned for more posts from our cruise! We visited Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Norway!

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24 hours in Copenhagen

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