I didn’t think that I would be able to travel to the Scandinavian countries so early in my European tour, but I’m so happy that I was able to do it while completing a big milestone in my life. Denmark was a remarkable place that’s full of rich history and a lively culture. The first couple of days were spent in preparation and execution of our wedding ceremony. Michael and I had spent most of our first day running around making sure that we had everything lined up for the big day, from our cake to our marriage documents. The second day was our BIG DAY! We spent the first half getting married, and then the rest of the afternoon in the City Hall, the Botanical Gardens, and at a restaurant for dinner. We did make it out to have just one drink after our wedding, and then racked out from our big day. We spent the third day driving to Sweden, which was only a 45 minute drive away, but I’ll write about that in a separate blog. The second half of that day, we spent going around Copenhagen eating at Paper Island, it's famous for it’s street food. On our last day, we went all over Copenhagen to see as much as we could. Hopefully this blog helps you plan your trip to the beautiful city of Copenhagen, Denmark
Where we stayed: First Hotel Kong Frederik - Vester Voldgade 25, 1552 København V, Denmark - I was able to book a bundle through Expedia which included this hotel. The location of the hotel was perfect for our wedding because it was only a 5 minute walk to the City Hall. It was also centrally located to the downtown shopping area, and many of the sites that were worth seeing. You could tell that the hotel was dated, but it was very well kept. Our room was fairly well-sized, and we had a view of the Queen’s Garden, which was the courtyard shown in most of the photos on Google. Since the days were very sunny, the courtyard was lit with natural light, allowing it to light our room.
You could tell that the hotel was a little dated, but it wasn't less than what I expected. Taking showers was a really loud ordeal, because you could hear the water going into the pipes or something like that. The tub didn't have a curtain, it had a small glass window that only covered the first fourth of the tub. Water was still spilling over onto the floor, but there was a drain so it wasn't a big deal. The bed was comfortable and the linens were clean. The amenities were shops that were NEAR the hotel, not in the hotel itself. I was able to get my dry cleaning expedited by the people next door. I just dropped it off at the front desk and they were able to get it back to me the same night.
The hotel had a restaurant called “The Italian” attached to it, and breakfast with an additional fee, unless you upgraded your booking online for it to be included. The staff were very pleasant people who helped us as we scurried around the hotel in preparation of our wedding day. They allowed us to keep our flower arrangements and cake in their cooler. They gave great recommendations of what sites to see and where to eat. They even posted a short story about us on their Facebook page!
How we got around: We flew into Denmark on SAS (Scandinavian Airlines). If I were to choose to go back to Denmark, I would try to look for another airline carrier. Not that Scandinavian Airlines was bad, but it ended up becoming very expensive. We had to pay to book our seats because they weren’t included in the initial payment to reserve a SPOT on the aircraft, and we had to pay 70 euro for our check in baggage of 23 kilograms. And like most airlines now, you have to pay for food/snacks that you want on the plane. The only two beverages that were complimentary were coffee and tea; not even water.
We walked most of the time we were in Copenhagen, except for the last day when we took the car to drive to the Little Mermaid and to the harbor. I think that the only con about staying in our hotel was that parking wasn’t included in the price. We were required to park in a garage about two blocks away. The distance of the garage wasn’t bad. We had hoped that there would be closer street parking, but we were out of luck. And the biggest downfall of parking was the price. It was about 280 DKK to park for 24 hours, and if you left your car in the garage for the hourly rate, it would be 40 DKK. If you do the conversion, it’s about $40 per day or $6 per hour. Which may seem like it’s not “too bad”, until you realize your rental cost $80 for 4 days, and your parking cost $160. Long story short – Don’t rent a car if you don’t need one. Also, if you do decide to rent a car, make sure that you stay there long enough to see how much they are going to charge you, and get a final quote face to face. Don’t allow them to say “we’ll send you the invoice at a later time” because then they’ll be able to bill you whatever they find and you’ll be countries away before you can do anything about it.
Where we ate:
Where we visited: I would go into great detail about the places we'd visited, but I'm not, because this blog is already so, so long! So here's a list of where we went instead!
Click here to view our Flickr album of Copenhagen!