I’ve been away from the blog for a little while, but that’s because I’ve been going on some super fun adventures! I took a lovely trip over to Copenhagen, which is a place I’ve wanted to visit for so many years, mainly because of my Little Mermaid obsession. It’s always struck me as such a beautiful place to visit, but a little on the expensive side. Fortunately I managed to score me some return flights for only £50, so I basically couldn’t say no this time!
If you’re planning a wee trip there yourself, here are my top picks, but my advice is to expect spending more money than you think; food and drink in Denmark is very expensive ( it cost me £2 for a glass of tap water!!), so defo save your pennies before you go. If you’re visiting for more than a couple of days, a great way to save is to invest in a Copenhagen City Card – it not only covers transport tickets, but lets you into a crazy amount of attractions, tourist hotspots and museums too. Worth every penny!!
Tivoli Gardens is a great little fun fair right in the centre of Copenhagen. There’s rides, fun fair games, shows, lots of little shops and about a million places to eat. I visited here in the evening a few times because it looks particularly beautiful lit up at night and a great way to end the day. If you’re into all things kitsch and a little bit on the tacky side you will not be disappointed. My top recommendation for all you retro pin up gals is to hitch a ride on Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘Storybook Adventure’. It’s pretty slow, but if you love the Mary Blair design of ‘It’s A Small World’ in Disney, you’re gonna LOVE this. I actually ended up sweet talking the gentleman running it to let me go around a second time. Make of that what you will!!
Den Bla Planet is the best aquarium I’ve been to in years. They have a humongous tank full of sharks, stingrays and fishies which was totally incredible. It’s like standing in front of a giant screen saver! This has to be my favourite place to chill out and get some peace and quiet at. The blue glow is super calming, they have a great tunnel to wander through and be surrounded by sea life, plus they have a touch tank where you can hold starfish (YAY!) You can easily spend a great day here, but if you had to, even popping in for a couple of hours will be worth the trip.
Design Museum If you’re as fascinated by vintage design as much as me, visiting the Design Museum is a great way to get yourself some home and outfit inspiration! Currently they have an amazing Japanese exhibition, a totally brilliant fashion and textiles exhibition that spans many decades and does the 1950’s some true justice, and let’s not forget the most perfect design and crafts exhibition too. It’s bustin’ full of awesome chairs, genius light fixtures and some absolutely mesmerising posters and prints. It’s not possible to visit here and not want to refresh your digs as soon as you get home!
If you’ve got the time, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is completely worth the train ride out of town. You’ll need the whole day to do this trip properly though; it may look small from the outside but it’s like a Tardis inside – it goes on for forever!! Being the main gallery space there is a great amount of permanent artworks, but check out who’s got a big show on before you get there. I was extremely lucky to see Yayoi Kusama’s retrospective, which has to be one of the greatest show’s I’ve ever been to. If you love polka dots, you’ll want to see my next fashion blog post because this is where I shot it! Just so you’re aware, they have an amazing cafe and a seriously good gift shop, so you’ll have no problems filling the day there if you get tired feet.
Last, but certainly not least, if you’re going all the way to Copenhagen, visiting our pal the Little Mermaid is simply a must. The locals are not so hot about this Hans Christian Andersen tribute; most people I spoke to were like ‘Oh really? You want to see that?’ like there is something wrong with it. They have a bit of an issue with her size, which I think is terrible – because at 5ft, she’s the same height as me!! But what do I know – in Edinburgh we have a very famous statue of a small dog that we always go on about. Maybe we just appreciate the little things a lot more! You can walk from the city centre to see her, but it’s much easier to hop on a bus and walk through the park to find her. She’s remarkably close to the shore line, so on a still day you could venture right up to her if you were feeling brave enough. Try going on a clear day – it was a little overcast for my big moment, but as you can tell from the first snap I genuinely didn’t even care. I’m just so happy I finally got out to visit her!!
Overall, I had a total blast on my trip, and I can honestly tell you I’d go back to Denmark (and especially Copenhagen!) in a heartbeat. But for those of you wondering what my top 3 worst things to do were (because we all want to know the downsides to any place!), then I’m not going to let you down! Should be lucky enough to visit, here are thing’s I suggest giving a swerve; they were a bit of a disappointment in my eyes, and I certainly wouldn’t rate them to my besties. This is just my opinion based on my experiences – that doesn’t mean everyone would agree of course!
1. The Boat Trip Around The City. Any boat trip. Ok, this would have been a lot better had we actually been able to do half of the trip. Due to high waters and low bridges, ours got cut dramatically short. Check with the box office if the weather is good before you do this. And for the love of God, don’t pay attention to anyone who tells you that you can ‘Totally see the little mermaid doing that!’ because in a nutshell, no you can’t. You can see her butt from a distance. No way worth it if it’s a murky day!
2. The Planetarium. I have no shame in sharing that I am a space nut. The idea of seeing how the Danish did this seemed like a good shout, but it was the most run down and disappointing experience ever. Even though they have an IMAX! I know. Let’s put it this way, if Poundland (or, dear American friends, Dollar General) opened a planetarium, this is basically be what they came up with. Only less fun.
3. Ok, ok, I take it back. THE WORST THING TO DO IN COPENHAGEN: The World of Hans Christian Anderson. It is so many levels of embarrassingly bad that I don’t even know where to start. It’s cheap, it’s cheesy, and you don’t really learn anything about Han’s or his stories worthwhile at all… I find it funny that the locals are so anti the mermaid statue, but have left this sorry sight open to the public! I can’t even compare it to something funny, it’s just crap. Save your money and have a second go on that ride at Tivoli, then buy yourself a beer. You’re welcome.
But let’s leave on a high note (because although these things were awful, we sure did have a laugh at how awful they were!) One last recommendation for your trip: MY FAVOURITE SHOP! that’s right, if I could only pick one store to visit in the city, it would be Akimbo, home to all great things kitsch and wonderful, and the best place in town to by Kewpie dolls and Sonny Angel’s. If I could live in here I would!! It’s just so happy!
If you’ve already visited Copenhagen and have some other suggestions for readers please leave them a note with your tips and tricks!