A Day in Copenhagen, Denmark
I had Denmark on my mind for a while. Something about the country reminds me of peace and tranquility. As my final stop of my Baltic Sea tour, I decided to visit Copenhagen, Denmark and it didn’t disappoint.
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How to Get to Copenhagen From Riga:
I purchased a ticket from Riga to Copenhagen on Air Baltic. My bird for the day was the Q400.
I took bus 22 from my hostel to Riga Airport for €2. I paid on the bus by dropping my coin in the tiny door. Once the bus stops, the driver prints out a little receipt. The bus ride was about 25 minutes.
Going through security was quick in the late morning. I took the 12:30pm flight that puts me in Copenhagen around 1:15pm. The flight was only 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Our plane wasn’t attached to a jetbridge (obviously). We had to walk out to the plane and up the stairs in the cold. Dress warmly in the winters.
The flight was a little different than most of my flights. There were 3 flight attendants on board, one was training. This was a buy on board only flight. No free drinks or snacks.
Unlike most of the countries I have visited during my Baltic Sea tour, Copenhagen takes the Danish Krone instead of the Euro. Cards are accepted in most places. $1USD is about $6.19 Danish Krone (DKK).
When I arrived at Copenhagen’s airport, I went straight to the metro kiosk to purchase my ticket to Copenhagen City Center. It costs 36DKK ($6). Purchasing the tickets on the kiosk is self explanatory. There is an option that says City Center. There are agents nearby to assist. The metro runs every 5 minutes during the day and 15-20 minutes in the evening. It will take about 15 minutes to reach the city center.
Where to Stay:
I booked a 4bed female dorm room at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel for 125DKK ($21). There are tons of restaurants nearby and even an outdoor mall. The check in process is a little different. There are two doors, the first door is dedicated to rooms and elevator and the second door is the bar. The check in counter is located inside the bar. I arrived during the start of check in time (2pm) so it was chaotic! There were travelers picking up their bags from the storage room behind the counter, travelers sitting around waiting for their rooms to be clean, and the line of people waiting to check in.
Lucky for me, I booked a female room so my room was ready. The room wasn’t as spacious as Riga but we had our own sinks in the room. Showers and toilets were down the hall. The hostel also gives a generous discount on drinks at the downstairs bar.
Things To Do:
There are tons of city tours in Copenhagen. I stumbled upon a free Christiania Tour while on my way to purchasing the Hop On Hop Off Bus ticket. I would much rather do the Hop On Hop Off Bus but the tour was still interesting and informative.
Christiania is a free-spirited community in Copenhagen. The area was once occupied by military but once they moved out, drug users and the homeless started inhabiting the area. Christiania is the 4th largest attraction in Copenhagen. They’re known for their public cannabis vendors. Do reframe from taking photos inside Christiania.
Self Guided Tour
I had a few hours to spare before leaving for the airport to go back to the States. I decided to do a quick self-guided tour in the rain. Oh was it pouring!
This is Amalienborg Palace, home of the Danish royal family.
Where To Eat:
Zirup | Læderstræde 32, 1201 København K, Denmark
I had dinner at Zirup. I was craving a pizza and this was one of the only restaurants on the street that served any sort of pizzas.
Zirup was a relaxing dim lit restaurant. On the menu were nachos, pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches.