A Postcard from Copenhagen

It’s possible not many people noticed – because I was gone for a short while, I didn’t really mention it, and I kept pretty up to date on posts and comments – but I was in Copenhagen this weekend for a short city break.

Copenhagen is a beautiful city, and I’m sure no matter what time of the year you go it’s the same story, but in the run up to Christmas exploring the city and seeing the sights is a completely different experience. There are Christmas markets on every corner selling arts and crafts alongside mulled wine and hot chocolate with Bailey’s, every shop window and storefront is decorated for Christmas with fairy lights and snow. There’s ice skating if you’re brave enough and warm cosy cafes if you’re not.

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The first thing me and my sister did when we arrived in Copenhagen, after checking into our hotel and freshening up, was head to Tivoli Gardens. It’s similar to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park but bigger, better, and even more Christmassy if you can imagine. We both had a wonderful time walking through the market seeing the decorations that had been set up for the occasion, riding all the rollercoaster’s we could find until we felt physically ill, and seeing the lights come on when the sun went down that evening.

Aside from Tivoli there are plenty of other sights you need to see if you’re in Copenhagen for the weekend; there’s the Little Mermaid sculpture which is a popular tourist destination, as well as plenty of castles, churches and parks you can spend whole mornings or afternoons exploring. My favourite part of Copenhagen though was Nyhavn, the waterfront port and probably one of the most picturesque parts of the city. If you search for Copenhagen on Google images Nyhavn is probably one of the first image that will appear.

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And of course in terms of Christmas shopping Copenhagen cannot be beat. Whether you’re walking down the main strip where all the well-known high street stores and souvenirs shops are, or wandering around one of the many Christmas markets, you can find something for everyone on your Christmas list.

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Advice (a.k.a. learn from my mistakes)

  • It’s cold, but not that cold…Granted I was there in November and not December/January time but a warm coat and a hat were all I really needed. Plus after walking around most of the day I felt I could have taken off my coat and just worn my thick jumper.
  • You can walk across the whole city…There is public transport but I didn’t use it once. The city itself is quite small and you can walk the length of it quite quickly, so if you have a good pair of shoes you won’t need to waste money on public transport at all.
  • If you go to Tivoli, go on a weekday…Me and my sister were lucky enough that we went on the Friday when we arrived in Copenhagen, because the queues we saw on the Saturday and Sunday were insane. So if you’re going to go go on a weekday when the kids are at school and the adults at work.

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You can go to Copenhagen any time of the year, and I’d definitely recommend going there if you have the opportunity, but for me one of the best parts of the whole holiday was seeing the city in the run up to Christmas; exploring the Christmas markets, drinking mulled wine on the waterfront, and falling over more than once trying to ice skate.


Also to celebrate reaching my one year blogiversary I am hosting a giveaway and Q&A. The chance to enter and ask me any questions ends in less than a week, on the 1st of December at midnight GMT. For more information you can check out my original post here.

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58 thoughts on “A Postcard from Copenhagen

    1. Thanks Stephanie, and that’s all right. I know you’ve been busy with school and your finals and that obviously has to come before blogging doesn’t it?
      That actually is me. My hair has grown quite a bit this year and I think I look a little different in every photo I taken in 2016! 🙂 The profile pic I use does need changing though, that’s something on my to-do list! 😀

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    1. I have got to see some amazing cities so far, but there are still plenty I want to visit so there will be more of these posts from me next year as well!
      Copenhagen was such a beautiful city, the architecture was stunning and so was pretty much everything we saw! 😀
      Thanks Lauren. ❤

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  1. Beautiful photos! (As always.) ❤ I'm glad to see that you enjoyed yourself. Copenhagen looks really pretty and I would definitely like to visit it one day as well. I think I would definitely go now, or some time in December (well, if I was going that is) as the Christmas decoration looks gorgeous! 😀

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    1. Thanks so much Anna! ❤ Yeah it was an amazing weekend and I had a brilliant time out there. Copenhagen is a gorgeous city and somewhere I'd highly recommend going if you get a chance, especially in December because yeah the decorations are gorgeous and the Christmas markets can't be beat! 😀

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  2. Gah your photos are so beautiful I want to go there now! If it was up to me I’d travel everywhere! I’m glad you had a good time! I recently just went to the Toronto Christmas Market & I had a ball, I’ve never been to a Christmas Market before so I had a lot to take in! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Meghan! 😀 Copenhagen is such a gorgeous city, and definitely worth visiting if you ever get a chance to. I had a brilliant time, and wow that Christmas market sounds pretty amazing as well. I think no matter where you are no matter what Christmas market you go to you’re bound to have a great time right?

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  3. Ohhh Beth! These are beautiful pictures, And you look gorgeous as always 🙂
    Copenhagen is on my bucket list -I actually wrote TBR….. and erased it. Okay, how DEEP am I in this blogging thing, I ask you haha. I’d love to go there someday, I especially love the architecture there. I bet it must have been a bit cold, but around Christmas it must be SO lovely there! So glad you had such a great time, thank you for sharing this! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much Marie ❤ Copenhagen is such a beautiful country, honestly my pictures don't do it justice!
      I've done that a couple of times, everything is now a TBR list to me!
      I'd highly recommend going to Copenhagen if you have a chance, I think you'd love it over there.
      Oh it was definitely cold, and really windy too, but the atmosphere with all the Christmas markets and decorations more than made up for that!
      That's all right, I'm glad you enjoyed my post! 😀

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      1. hmm… good question re Iceland… i don’t actually know if they’re Scandi… must google that 😂 but they’re cold there as well and in the general area so… 😂
        have you travelled much? what’s your favorite foreign country? and more importantly, have you ever been to Estonia? 😁 that’s my home country so a bit of shameless advertisement here!

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      2. They’re North, that’s about all I know. I’ve been to Iceland twice though so I’m not so worried about that one! 😀
        I’ve travelled a fair bit but there are always more placed on my to-visit list. My favourite place was actually Amsterdam, but New York and San Francisco are a close joint second place. Ohh, I’ve never been to Estonia before but that’s on my to-visit list, which is about as long as my to-read list is. How about you, where’s your favourite place you’ve been to so far?

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      3. Ah, how cool… you’ve been to Iceland twice… and Amsterdam has been on my to visit list for the past 2-3 years but never actually got around to going… my… I need a kick up my bum to get up and just go…
        Hmmm… I haven’t travelled a whole pile in my life… I did do a truck trip through Europe from Estonia to Greece so any country we drove through got a pitstop… not the most ideal but Bulgaria and Romania were interesting… I still haven’t been to Spain or Italy… I’d like to go to Austr1a and Germany… as for favorite though? I think Scandi countries stand out, I love the nature there… islands, lakes, forests, etc… when I have time off from work I actually always choose to visit Estonia over any other country just to see family and enjoy my homecountry as well… so boring, I know! 😀

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      4. Yeah it’s an amazing country, and there’s so many things to see and do there I’d actually love to go again if the opportunity came up. You definitely need to go to Amsterdam, honestly it’s a beautiful city!
        That does sound amazing, and you must have seen a fair bit of Europe on your truck trip. I haven’t been to Bulgaria or Romania so I’d love to visit them, and the rest of the Scandi countries are on my list as well. Italy is amazing, next favourite country after Amsterdam, New York and San Fran.
        Honestly there are just so many gorgeous places out there to visit! I want to see them all. 😀

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  4. Ahhh thanks for sharing, Beth! Super jealous as always that you get to make these cool weekend trips around Europe, and it sounds really, really worth it from your post (and the pictures too!). Wonder why the mermaid sculpture is a popular tourist destination? Is it bigger than pictured? 🤔

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    1. That’s all right, and yeah that’s one of the best parts of living in Europe, making trips like these. Although I don’t take as much advantage of it as I probably should. 🙂
      Copenhagen was a beautiful city, I’m so glad I got the opportunity to go, and seeing it at Christmas with all the decorations just made it even better.
      Honestly I’m not sure. I think the statue is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen and The Little Mermaid but I’m not sure on that. I wouldn’t say it’s much bigger than pictured, I guess the mermaid is about the size of an actual person.

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      1. Can I ask if it’s expensive to do these trips? Like, can you go on all weekends in the month and still afford it nicely? I don’t remember what it was like when I lived in the UK. 😰

        Oooh, I see. Haha, all these little things that drive tourists absolutely nuts can be really funny. When I was in Brussels with my friends we tried to look SO HARD for Manneken Pis as it was under a “top tourist destination” list, and the real thing was SO disappointing. 😂

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      2. Copenhagen – and this is including the hotel, flights, travel insurance and spending money – cost less than £500. So not too bad I guess but I wouldn’t be able to afford it every weekend on my current salary.
        I think I’ve been to Brussels but I can’t remember seeing the Manneken Pis, I guess if I ever go again it’s something I can miss right?

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      3. No not bad at all when you think about it. I imagine it would be cheaper if you lived in the main part of Europe and could get trains/cars across the border. In England we’re kind of limited to planes for a lot of places. We were there for two nights, we arrived early on the Friday and left late afternoon on the Sunday.
        No doesn’t sound like it. If I went to Brussels, which I’m thinking I may have, I probably walked past it without realising.

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      4. Yeah, I can imagine. It’s SO awesome to be so close to many different countries at once, though – where I live I’m close to maybe two or three countries, but everything’s mostly a plane trip away.

        I remember the statue being kind of in a secluded place (i.e. have to search for it), but it’s possible!

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      5. Yeah I can’t imagine that, the shortest plane ride I’ve been on was half an hour and that took me all the way to Amsterdam. I imagine if you wanted to go to another country it would be a much longer flight.
        I feel like I’ve possibly seen it but it could just be an odd memory of it in someone else’s holiday photos.

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  5. I remember you mentioning to me that you were going on holiday soon. It sounds like you had a great time. Copenhagen looks so gorgeous and seems like another place I’ll have to add to my ‘I’ll travel here one day’ list 😍. It definitely seems like the perfect place to visit during the holidays and I love the Christmasy pictures you included. Also, the architecture! I have a weakness for gorgeous architecture like that. I’m glad you had a great time, Beth! 😊

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    1. Yep, it was to Copenhagen. Only for the weekend but it was nice to get away from England and work a little. Holidays always are like that.
      It’s an amazing city, I won’t say it’s my favourite place I’ve been to so far but it’s definitely up there. I’d highly recommend visiting if you ever get a chance to, especially during Christmas because yeah they do go all out for the holiday.
      Thanks Melissa, yeah it was a brilliant weekend. Struggling to adjust back to work now though. :/

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      1. I bet! I wouldn’t mind getting away myself at the moment.
        I love places that go all out for the holidays. My sister is way into Christmas, more than me, so one year we looked up Santa village type places and there is one in Finland that I want to visit so bad. I’ve seen pictures and it’s gorgeous!
        You’re welcome, Beth. Awww I hope things start getting easier and you’re able to get back into things. It’s always tough getting back into a routine. 💕

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      2. Going away on a holiday always to help if you’re feeling stressed or down a little.
        Copenhagen is definitely one of those places but I imagine Finland is even more so. I didn’t see any Santa Village places in Copenhagen but there could have been some we just didn’t see. Honestly I went there for the ice skating and the Christmas markets! 😀
        The more time I spend at the work the more I get used to being back and it feels like I never went away. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

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      3. From your post both seemed to be so much fun! It’s so neat that they have a Christmas market. What kinds of things did they have in the Christmas market?
        I’ve only ever been ice skating once in my life and that was last year and I loved it. I’m trying to convince my family that it’s a great idea for all of us to go this year but they’re not so enthusiastic about the idea. 😂
        I think it could be a bit of both. 😊

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      4. Definitely! 😀
        There was a lot of arts and craft type things, jewellery and Christmas trinkets. Little things you could get as either souvenirs or presents. There was food as well; hot chocolate with baileys, mulled wine, pastries. Basically a little of everything.
        I used to be pretty god at ice skating, but at Copenhagen I was terrible. I crashed into the side and fell flat on my back, my hat went flying off that’s how hard I landed. Not nice at all but I’ve been blaming the rink rather than my skating skills.
        Ahh, I think that would be a really nice trip for you and your family! 😀

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      5. Awww I love the sound of that market! I would probably buy so many Christmas trinkets. They’re my weakness whenever I’m at the store and near the Christmas isle.
        I’ve never had hot chocolate with baileys but I’ve had cheesecake with it. 🙈
        I might have to see if I can find some and try it this year!
        Ouch! That had to hurt a lot. The one time I went ice skating I only fell once and it’s because I decided I could try to be like the professional figure skaters and crashed into my friend. Yeah never trying that again 😂.

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      6. I didn’t buy any Christmas trinkets but I brought a few little gifts for people back home. I love looking at Christmas trinkets though, we have some amazing ones where I work and it’s tempting to buy loads and loads.
        Hot chocolate with Baileys is amazing! If you can find some definitely definitely try it.
        Yeah it wasn’t my finest moment. In fact my leg still hurts a little where I hit the side but hopefully that goes soon! My friend refuses to stop telling the story of how I pushed her over while we were ice skating. She’s never gone with me since! 🙂

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