Long Weekend in Copenhagen
I’m officially in love with Denmark! I booked a trip to Copenhagen on a whim because of a 2 for 1 flash sale from Small Luxury Hotels. I was impressed in every way! Copenhagen itself is pristine and gorgeous – brightly colored buildings not just on the Nyhavn, but all over the city, serene water views, acres of botanical gardens and so many castles! I could have Instagrammed hundreds of pictures. I also couldn’t believe the number of juice bars and healthy cafes all over the city.
- A small boutique hotel in a manor/castle on a golf course north of Copenhagen.
- I had no idea that Denmark was preppy! The hotel has a country club vibe with horse stables and a golf course on the property. They host polo matches, weddings and golf events.
- The hotel restaurant and spa are both lovely. I enjoyed the breakfast, wine on the terrace, and relaxing in the lobby bar.
- I can’t wait to go back!
Getting to the Hotel
- Kokkedal Slot is located 25 minutes by train north of Copenhagen by train. Trains run every 10 – 20 minutes depending on the time of day. It is very easy to read the signs and figure out which train to take. I traveled alone and walked from the train station to the hotel several times its less than 15 minutes down a quaint country road, mainly along the golf course.
Saturday | Taking in the sights
- Nyhvan – as far as I can tell, the Nyhvan is the most touristy spot in Copenhagen. Still its worth a visit, and is very picturesque. The canal is lined with cafes, which actually seemed to be full of Danish people and boat tours take off from here, so it is a great central place to start an afternoon of sight seeing
- Rosenborg Castle Gardens – large botanical gardens, ideal for picnicking, people watching, reading, taking pictures and wandering around. There are beautiful houses around the gardens that are nice to look at too.
- Torvehallerne KBH – a multipurpose area with food stalls, coffee shops, mini restaurants, farmers market type stands, and a large outdoor seating space. Fun to explore or for a meal!
- Kastellet – a star shaped fortress that dates back to the 1600 and still serves as an active military complex, but is also a beautiful park with jogging paths, waterways and monuments related to past wars.
- The Little Mermaid – located at the end of the Kastellet, the Little Mermaid really is quite small, but still pretty! Walking down to the mermaid, you pass by Toldbolden, a restaurant / bar and nice spot to stop for a quick meal or drink.
Sunday | Castles all day
Staying at Kokkedal is wonderful for many reasons, including its proximity to Denmark’s beautiful castles! I took the train to Kronborg castle in Helsingør, then onto Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød then retraced my route back to Kokkedal. If you wanted to be aggressive you could also easily stop at Fredensborg Palace which is between the two.
- Kronborg Castle – located in the beautiful town of Helsingør, Kronborg is often known as Elsinore Castle from Hamlet. The castle is beautiful and on the sea so there are outstanding views, and opportunities to spend time outside on the castle grounds. The town of Helsingør is very nice as well. The day I visited there was a ton of activity in town with families, groups of friends, etc out and about! After touring the castle I had coffee and explored town for a bit before taking the train to Frederiksborg Castle.
- Frederiksborg Castle – everything a castle should be! I love Frederiksborg castle. When walking to the castle from the train station it appears out of no where across Slotsøen Lake with swans and ducks completing a picturesque view. The museum serves as Danish Museum of National History so it is full of art and artifacts which makes the tour quite exciting. The grounds are gorgeous botanical gardens.
Monday | Museum hopping
- Rosenborg Castle – Renaissance castle in Copenhagen. It houses the Crown Jewels, as well as other art, recreated historic rooms, thrones, etc. This was the only site I visited in Copenhagen that was even remotely crowded. Definitely a highlight in Copenhagen!
- Christiansborg Palace – a massive palace in the center of Copenhagen that houses Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office, the Danish Supreme Court, and more. It is quite opulent and stunning!
- National Museum of Denmark – I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this free museum. The History of Denmark from 1600 – today was particularly interesting.
- Toldboden – on the water walking from Kastellet to the Little Mermaid
- Breakfast and Snacks
- Big Apple – juice bar with pressed sandwiches. very close to Rosenborg castle and gardens so a nice place for a break
- Malbeck Wine Bar – a cute, quirky wine bar in Copenhagen
Things I missed (…I need to go back)
- Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek – art collection built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen. I missed it on Saturday and it was closed on Monday. So sad!
- Amalienborg Palace – royal palace
- Christianshavn – Freetown