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Two Days in Paris: First Timers Guide To Paris

For some reason, Paris has never been top of my Bucket-List. Sure it’s adored by thousands and so close to the UK that it’s basically within touching distance, but mixed reviews from friends and fellow Travel Bloggers left me feeling a bit ‘meh’ about the city of love…

two days in paris itinerary - the louvre

This said when two friends I meet in Bali arrived in the UK, wanting to explore Europe, it seemed silly for me not to join them on a whirlwind two days in Paris.

I’m so glad I did because my lack of expectations for the city meant I well and truly fell in love with its charm. Here’s my first timers guide to Paris:

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Getting To Paris – 

Flights to Paris arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport which is about a 50-minute train ride from the city centre. However, if you’re travelling from the UK, the Eurostar is a far better option since it stops right in the heart of Paris. Whats more, once you factor in airport security and check-in delays, the Eurostar is also quicker.

Tickets start at just £35 each way. However, to get these prices you have to book AT LEAST 120 days in advance. Following this, the closer you get to the departure date, the more expensive tickets get.

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Gare Du Nord train station

As usual, I left buying my ticket to the last minute, meaning a return ticket to London cost me about £170 (shout out to my parents for covering the cost as a late birthday present).


Day One In Paris – 

Arriving in Paris late Friday night and departing Sunday evening, gave us practically two full days to explore the city! The Itinerary for our first day was as followed:

1) The Louvre Museum –

Keen to see as much as Paris as possible, we woke up early on Saturday morning and got the Metro straight from our Air BnB to one of the top attractions in Paris: The Louvre Museum.

Before actually heading into the Museum, my friends and I stopped to take pictures with the famous glass pyramids which, in this day and age is practically obligatory. 😉

Visiting Paris - the louvre

From here it was easy to access the main entrance to the Louvre (which is actually through its famous pyramid). Visiting in February meant there was no queue for us. However, buying our tickets in advance online still saved time! This is definitely a must if you’re thinking of visiting Paris in peak season, as the line to buy tickets on the day can be at least three hours long!!

Spending only two days in Paris meant we didn’t have time to allocate a whole day to exploring the Louvre – which is recommended. You’d actually need 100 days to study every exhibit in the museum! In this way, I’d highly recommend having a plan of the things you want to see… of course, the Mona Lisa should be top of that list.

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2) Walk through the Jardin Des Tuileries –

After spending a solid 3 hours in the Louvre Museum, it was good to get back into the fresh Parisian air. Next, we opted to walk through the ‘Jardin Des Tuileries’, a fabulous public garden which links the Louvre and the Place De La Concorde (our next Paris attraction).

Although admittedly a little bleak in winter, the park/garden would be a beautiful spot in summer! Walking along I couldn’t help but picture myself returning in warmer weather to relax on one of the garden’s deck-chairs.

3) Admire the Luxor Obelisk –

Our walk through the Jardin Des Tuileries brought us to the ‘Luxor Obelisk’, a 22.5-meter high Egyptian obelisk, originally from the Luxor temple in Egypt (hence the name).

The Luxor Obelisk was gifted to the French in 1833 and has stood in the centre of the Place De La Concorde ever since.  Nowadays it looks a little out of place in the middle of one of the busiest traffic circles in the world! But, as with any Egyptian artefact, it was truly fascinating to look at.

4) Eat Macarons at the ‘Ladurée’ –

When in Paris there’s nothing better to have for ‘lunch’ than the ‘best maccaron’s in the world’. Thus, the next stop on our two days in Paris itinerary was the Ladurée Maccaron shop, which is located on the Rue Royale, a side street off the Place De Las Concorde.

two days in paris - Ladurée Maccaron shop

Although expensive, the maccaron’s here were simply to die for! I only wish I’d bought more. 🙁

5) A walk down Av. des Champs-Élysées to the Arc De Triomphe –

After filling up on Maccaaron’s we were ready to partake in one of the top things to do in Paris: shop!

Av. Des Champs-Élysées is often described as the ‘worlds most beautiful avenue’. It stretches from the Place De Las Concorde to the Arc De Triomphe. Its symmetrical landscaping and sheer scale perfectly sums up the Parisian ‘vibe’.

More than this though, the Avenue is lined with luxury stores such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Mont-Blanc. Although these are great for window shopping there’s also plenty of stores for the average earner… Including a Sephora (which London is in desperate need of).

things to see in paris, arc de triomphe

Anyway, I digress, our main reason for walking down the Av. des Champs-Élysées, was to reach the famous Arc De Triomphe. I have to admit that it was slightly further away than I had anticipated, it almost felt like the Arc was a mirage that got further away the closer we got!! However, when we finally reached the Arc it was more than worth the walk. For me, it’s simply not done justice in photos.

I’d love to have taken in the views from the top of the Arc De Triomphe. However. we didn’t book tickets in advance and waiting in the queue would have wasted the rest of our day.

6) Explore Montmartre –

Rather than wait in the queue to buy ticket’s for the Arc De Triomphe, we made an executive decision to instead take an uber to probably the most beautiful area of Paris: Montmartre. This is an area you really don’t want to miss when travelling to Paris! Picture, quiet stairways, narrow alleys and ivy-clad houses.

Other than the beautiful streets, Montmartre is home to the Sacré-Cœur church which, is without a doubt, one of the best attractions in Paris. The architecture of this ‘basilica’ is like nothing I’ve seen in Europe before. It resembles the Taj Mahal more than any Christian church.

The stairs leading up the Sacré-Cœur were packed when we arrived in the late evening. We quickly found out that this was for a very good reason. The church’s location on top of a 133m high hill provides the perfect outlook over Paris, which is even more breath-taking come sunset.

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7) Visit the Eiffel tower at night –

Although part of me never wanted to leave Montmartre, a ‘two days in Paris itinerary’ is simply not complete without a visit to the Eiffel tower at night.

The best place to view the tower (day or night) is from the ‘Champ de Mars’ lawns. We sat on our coats here to watch the towers light display which occurs every hour, on the hour for five minutes. A man even came over to sell us beer and champagne! Although this type of thing normally annoys me, on this occasion, a drink was the perfect way to end the day!

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Day Two in Paris – 

The second of our two days in Paris was more relaxed. After squeezing so much into our first day, we were ready for a more relaxed pace!

1) Start the day with Brunch –

In this way, we planned to start the day with a leisurely brunch at the Australian ran ‘LouLou friendly diner’. Amazing reviews online inspired us to take the metro to the other side of the city. Sadly, we made the rookie error of not checking the opening times, meaning it was closed on our arrival.

It turns out that its quite common in Paris (especially in the ‘off’ season) for restaurants/cafes to close on a Sunday, so make sure you don’t make the same mistake as us!

2) Tour the Eiffel Tower –

Luckily, our spirits weren’t dampened by our failed brunch because our second day in Paris centred around the cities most famous landmark – the Eiffel Tower!

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Tickets to the top floor are as cheap as €6.30 for students (€25 for adults) on the towers official website! But, as usual, I left buying tickets too late (I really should learn) meaning these were all sold out.

Instead, I bought tickets through getyourguide.com for around £50. Although a lot more expensive, this actually turned out to be a great option as our guide was super lovely and gave us some really fun facts about the Eiffel Tower.

Sadly the weather was not great for our visit but the experience was still amazing!

Something I’d definitely recommend is stopping for lunch at the Effiel Towers 58 Restaurant. Here fine dining meets fantastic views as the restaurant is based on the first floor of the tower. Despite its prime location, the lunch menu is relatively affordable: two courses for €18 or three for €24.

Granted the portion sizes are a little small, but considering you’re eating ON the Eiffel tower I’d say its pretty good value for money.

3) End the Day with a River Cruise –

Some people say that a river cruise is one of the best ways to see Paris. Seeing as a cruise was included with our Eiffel Tower tickets, we decided to end our time in Paris by cruising down the Seine.

Sadly, apart from getting a glimpse of the Pont Alexandre III bridge, the cruise didn’t take us to any new attractions in Paris, it simply went to the Louvre and then turned around. I suppose for a free-add on it was a good way to get another perspective of the city, but honestly, it was one thing on our ‘two days in Paris itinerary’ that I would have been happy to miss.

Pont Alexandre III

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 Following my two days in Paris, I truly fell in love with the city! To be captured by its charm I think you simply have to travel to Paris without unmeetable expectations, keep an open mind and I’m sure you’ll be as captivated as I now am!

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What to see in Notting Hill London, Notting Hill Guide

‘I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her’… Well no not really, but how else was I meant to start a post about what to see in Notting Hill London? 😉

What to see in Notting Hill London

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How to get to Notting Hill (Notting Hill station)  – 

Before we delve into all the amazing things to see in Notting Hill, I’ll start my Notting Hill guide by explaining how best to reach the London Neighbourhood. Thankfully its very easy to do as the Central Line stops inches away from the main Notting Hill attractions at the Notting Hill Gate station. 

Another Notting Hill tube station worth using (if it’s easier to travel on either the Circle or Hammersmith lines) is Ladbroke Grove station which is only about a 10minute walk away from Notting Hills centre.


Where To Eat In Notting Hill – 

A Notting Hill guide wouldn’t be complete without suggestions of where to eat, and since I’d been exploring the nearby ‘Kensington Palace’ on the morning of my own visit to Notting Hill, I arrived in the area around midday with one thing on my mind – food! Thankfully I quickly learnt that the Notting hill food scene has a lot to offer!

READ MY ULTIMATE GUIDE TO VISITING KENSINGTON PALACE HERE 

Westbourne Grove is home to some of the best restaurants in Notting Hill. I opted to have lunch at the 202 café on my own visit here which is linked to a boutique clothing store. This means you can eat and shop at the same time… and what’s better than that? Although a tad expensive, the food was to die for!

best restaurants in Notting Hill

TOP TIP: If you visit on a Saturday, Notting Hill Portobello market comes alive with many hot food stores that serve delicious treats! There’s even a section where you can sit down and enjoy the spoils, making it the perfect place to eat in Notting Hill. 🙂 


Things To Do in Notting Hill  –

Shop at Portobello Market –

Out of all the things to do in Notting Hill, a trip to Portobello Market is top of everyone’s list… As I mentioned briefly above, every Saturday the bright and vibrant Portobello road comes alive with an antique’s market, which happens to be the biggest in the world. The so-called ‘Portobello Market’ is undoubtedly the most famous of Notting Hill attractions and is the perfect place to find one of a kind antiques and vintage clothes.

Things to do in Notting Hill - Notting hill portobello market

Visting in the week, I missed the market, but a visit to Portobello Road is still one of the top things to do in Notting Hill, whatever the day! I enjoyed browsing the plentiful shops that permanently line the street. Moreover, as the ‘backbone’ of Notting Hill, it’s a fantastic place to take in the ‘vibe’ of the neighbourhood

Visit a vintage Cinema –

A more unique suggestion of what to see in Notting Hill is the Electic Cinema, one of the oldest working cinemas in Britain. This provides the opportunity to watch the latest blockbuster films in unparalleled comfort. This is thanks to the cinemas vintage leather armchairs and footstools. There are even double beds available for couples!

Bear in mind you’ll need to book online in advance and tickets start at £20 per person.

Drown your sorrows at ‘The Distillery’ –

Slightly further up Portobello road, the famous street has even more to offer in the form of  ‘The Distillery‘.

Home to the internationally renowned ‘portobello road gin’, this working distillery has a quirky cocktail bar (with an extensive gin menu). I opted for the ‘Gin Mare’ Cocktail on a visit here which was certainly a very strong (but tasty) afternoon ‘pick me up’. 😉

In this way, I’d certainly suggest a visit to The Distillery to anyone asking me where to go in Notting Hill for a drink.

Notting Hill guide the distillery

Gaze at colourful houses –

What I personally enjoyed the most about Notting Hill London, was its endless rows of colourful houses. The fabulous hues around every corner could brighten even the most overcast London day!

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Highlights of what to see in Notting Hill include Lancaster Road (found at the top of Portobello Road) which features a rainbow of brightly coloured houses. Painted, red, purple and even green, these homes are certainly bold!

what to see in notting hill visit Lancaster Road

However, my favourite street in Notting Hill is actually the less famous Denbigh Terrace which has a more subdued feel, as pretty pastels hold rank.

While I can’t help but feel a little sorry for the homeowners whose houses are on everyone’s list of what to see in Notting Hill, I couldn’t help but stop for a little ‘Instagram shoot’ on this picture perfect street…

Explore Timeless Mews –

If Lancaster road and the Denbigh terraces weren’t enough to make you envious of anyone living in Notting Hill London, another of my top places to see in Notting Hill are the areas labyrinth of hidden Mew’s.

St Lukes Mews (near to Lancaster road) is certainly Instagram-worthy with its ivy-covered houses and white painted doors.

what to see in Notting Hill St Lukes mews

Colville Mews also deserves an honourable mention in my Notting Hill guide, although I did not personally have time to explore what it has to offer.

Finish the day with Gelato –

Exploring Notting Hill in summer can make you pretty hot! Therefore my final suggestion of what to do in Notting Hill is to grab some Gelato on Portobello Road, which has some of the best Gelato stores in the UK.

Notting Hill attractions

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To summarise my Notting Hill guide, the area offers the perfect mix of everything I love about London: adorable cafes, beautiful streets and unique shopping experiences. It also has a unique charm and vibrancy that can only be appreciated by visiting.

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Spending One Day In Cambridge

Despite living my whole life just an hour away from the University town of Cambridge, I’m ashamed to say that I only recently made time to visit with a friend… But boy was it worth the wait! Its classical stone architecture easily makes it one of the prettiest towns in England, moreover, with over 1,000 years of history, there’s plenty of things to see/do. I’d highly recommend a visit, thus here’s how you can spend one day in Cambridge:

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Travelling to Cambridge – 

Just an hour away from London, Cambridge is the perfect place to visit on a day trip from the capital. Although easy to reach by train, my friend and I chose to drive… Parking in the city centre is a nightmare but, Cambridge Park and Ride provide’s the perfect solution – Located just outside the town, you can park and catch the bus into the centre for just £5.

CHECK OUT MY GUIDE FOR A FIRST TIME VISIT TO LONDON 


Top Things To Do In Cambridge – 

Take A Punting Tour –

When you visit Cambridge you’ll quickly notice that the town perfectly blends modern life with tradition. One traditional activity you’d be a fool to miss is a punting tour along the beautiful river Cam.

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There are several different companies that offer the opportunity to hire your own  ‘punt’ for the day. However, since everyone we saw on the river seemed to be having trouble controlling their boats, my friend and I decided to save ourselves the stress and opted for a guided group tour with the Scudamore Punting Company. 

Booking online in advance, our tickets were only £15 each which, for a 45minute tour is a pretty good deal. If you’re looking for something a little more private/romantic Scudamore also offers private tours for £30!

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Cruising along the river is such a relaxing and charming experience, it also allows a unique look at the University of Cambridge’s famous colleges including Kings, Trinity, Clares and St Johns. Having a guide also meant we got to learn a great deal about the university’s fascinating history, like the fact that the founder of St Johns murdered the founder of Trinity. As a result, the two (understandably) are still fierce rivals today.

Visit King’s College Chapel –

Without a doubt, the most famous of the attractions in Cambridge is Kings College Chapel. Taking over a century a build, it has the largest fan vault ceiling in the world. pair this with gorgeous stain glass windows and intricate carvings, and its really no surprise that the capel is said to be one of the best things to see in Cambridge!

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Sadly on my own ‘one day in Cambridge’, I made the rookie error of not checking when the chapel grounds close (3pm for those that are wondering). My friend and I, therefore, missed the opportunity to tour the chapel. 🙁

Climb Great St Mary’s Church Tower –

Despite not being able to visit the inside of Kings College Chapel, we were still able to appreciate its beauty thanks too Great St Mary’s Chruchwhich sites opposite.

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Although its chapel is quite pretty, it’s the Church’s Tower which makes Great St Mary’s a must visit on your ‘One Day In Cambridge’… For £4 (£3.50 for students) you can climb to the top of the tower and experience panoramic views over all of the famous Cambridge Sights (including Kings College Chapel).

Tour The University Colleges –

You can’t visit Cambridge without taking the time to explore one or more of its university colleges on foot! During our Punting tour, St John’s was the college which (thanks to its amazingly grand building) called to me most.

However, we realised that it costs £6 to visit the grounds of St Johns… Short on time (and money as students) My friend and I decided to instead tour the beautiful courtyards of the lesser known colleges which you can enter for free!

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NOTE: Kings College Chapel and the rest of its grounds also cost £7 to enter.

Gaze at the Towns Many Bridges –

Since Cambridge grew from a small settlement that surrounded the first bridge over the river Cam, it’s no surprise that the town is now full of beautiful and unique bridges. Its most intricate is arguably the ‘bridge of sighs’ which is best seen from the river.

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Wonder around Market Square –

End your ‘One Day In Cambridge’ by exploring the many stalls at the centrally located Market Square. The market sells anything from fresh flowers and fruit to souvenirs and sweets, making it the perfect place to do some unique shopping in Cambridge.


Where To Eat When You Visit Cambridge – 

A short walk away from Market Square, Regent Street offers a great variety of bars and international restaurants. Venturing down the side streets leading off from here you’ll find many more independent restaurants and cafes.

We opted to eat at Honest Burger (located just off Trumpington Street). The burgers here were just heavingly and perfect for any meat and cheese lover… They even accidentally gave me a double, which I courageously managed to eat. 😉

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My one day in Cambridge was magical and I left with the feeling of wanting to return as soon as possible!

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Which Copenhagen Castle to visit

The Danish Monarchy is one of the oldest in the world. Thus, it’s no surprise that Denmark’s capital city: Copenhagen, is stuffed full of castles and palaces. However if you have limited time in the city you may be wondering which is the best Copenhagen castle to visit…

Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle and Christiansborg Palace are all worth your time and I’ve reviewed each below:

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Christiansborg Palace – 

The tiny island of Slotsholmen has been home to a Copenhagen castle or palace for over 800 years. The modern-day Christiansborg Palace was constructed in 1907 after a horrific fire burnt down its predecessor.

Although the Danish royal family relocation to Amalienborg Palace in 1794, reception rooms at Christiansborg Palace still provide the backdrop for many royal functions and events. More than this, the palace has been home to the Danish Parliment and the countries Supreme Court since the early 1800’s.

copenhagen palace - Christiansborg palace

Because of this, Christiansborg Palace is perhaps the royal attraction that has the most things to see. A combination ticket, priced at 150 DKK (€20), will grant you entry to the Royal Reception rooms, ruins, kitchen and stables.

As a horse owner/lover, the lure of being able to tour the Royal stables meant that Christiansborg was the royal attraction I was most excited to visit. However, upon my arrival, I was disappointed…

Despite the advertised opening hours (which I triple checked online) BOTH times I visited Christiansborg, it was closed!! There wasn’t even anyone around to tell me when the palace would actually be open. For this reason, I’d perhaps avoid pinning your hopes on a Christiansborg palace tour, especially if visiting in winter as I did!

(Although I did get to see some Royal Horses training outside the palace, so my trip to the palace wasn’t a complete waste)!

copenhagen palace - Christiansborg palace, Royal Stables

Find out more about Christiansborg Palace on the VisitCopenhagen Website 


Amalienborg Palace –

As mentioned above, Amalienborg Palace Cophenhagen is the current official residence of the Danish Royal family. Totally unique to most other European palaces, Amalienborg Palace is actually made up of four identical buildings that surround an octagonal courtyard, the centrepiece of which is a statue of King Frederik V.

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The classical facades of the buildings are simply beautiful. Whatsmore, there’s something magical about the symmetry and repetition of Amalienborg Palace, it certainly left me speechless!

In terms of things to see, two of the four buildings at Amalienborg Palace are open to visitors. They confusingly have very similar names:

1) Christian VIII palace –

This building is home to the Amalienborg museum (Amalienborgmuseet) which can be toured for the very reasonable price of 75 DKK (€10). It comprises mostly of reproduced studies of the more recent Danish Kings. In this way, the museum is rather unique as it recreates the personal living spaces of Danish monarchs and shows off more recent decorative styles.

amalienborg palace copenhagen

Personally, however, I found the small rooms to be a little too crammed with artefacts. At times I didn’t quite know where to look! None the less, the museum is very interesting to visit, and its small size is great if you’re short on time in Copenhagen!

2) Christian VII palace –

If you’re more prepared than I, you can book in advance to tour representation rooms in the ‘Christian VII’ building. This Amalienborg palace tour is guided, and thus a little more expensive – prices start at 95 DKK.

None the less, the price is more than worth it as you’ll see the palaces magnificent rococo style staterooms which make Amalienborg perhaps the most beautiful Danish royal palace.

Amalienborg palace tour visit copenhagen

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Rosenborg Castle –

Differing from the other palaces in Copenhagen, Rosenborg Castle gives an insight into Denmark’s period of ‘Absolute Monarchy’ between the 17th and 19th century. Built in the early 1600’s, by Christian IV, Rosenborg Castle is a fantastic display of Dutch Renaissance architecture, meaning its exterior very much reminded me of a Disney castle!

Rosenborg Castle

The Rosenborg Castle entrance fee is 110 DKK. For this price you can tour the castles well-preserved royal rooms that are a celebration of the pomp and pageantry of the period – even if they are a little too overpowering for my taste! Among the main attractions is the Knights’ Hall (which contains the coronation thrones and three life-size silver lions).

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The Rosenborg Castle gardens are also beautiful and the perfect place to stop for a picnic in summer months, or to simply walk through. In this way, if you’re looking for a Unique Copenhagen Castle, then I think Rosenborg takes the edge!

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I hope my quick analysis of Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle Copenhagen, helps you choose which of Copenhagen’s Castles to visit!

Personally, I’d put Amalienborg palace forward as the top Copenhagen Castle. As it has the most impressive rooms, plus it’s not every day you get to visit a Royal home still in use. This said, you’d be silly not to take a quick walk past the stunning Rosenborg castle, even if just to take in its fairy-tale exterior.

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A Guide To Visiting Copenhagen In Winter

Although I usually prefer to travel to warmer climates in the winter months, I spotted return flights to Copenhagen in Ryanair’s flash winter sale for just £15!! Since this was a deal too good to miss I packed my bags for Denmark’s capital in December and found it to be a truly magical destination. Thus, here’s my ‘Guide To Visiting Copenhagen In Winter’:

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Copenhagen’s Winter Weather – 

As I briefly mentioned above, Copenhagen in winter is chilly! Temperatures average around 2°C meaning you’ll want to wrap up warm. My gloves, hat and scarf were certainly my best friends during my time in the city.

guide to visiting copenhagen in winter

More than this, you can almost guarantee that rain will be forecast for when you visit Copenhagen, even if you’re just visiting for a day. After all, Copenhagen is one of the ‘rainiest’ cities in Europe. Therefore you’ll also want to bring a waterproof/umbrella.

This said, in my experience, the rain passed quickly and actually provided the perfect excuse to stop for a coffee in one of the cities adorable cafés.


Beware Of Attraction Closures – 

One downside of visiting Copenhagen in winter is the fact that several of the cities ‘main attractions’ close down or have shorter opening hours. Although this is common practice in most destinations, I found that some of the opening hours advertised in Copenhagen were not accurate. This said I still found plenty of things to do in Copenhagen…


Things To Do in Copenhagen in winter – 

1) Christmas Markets –

If you visit Copenhagen in December then you’re in for a real treat as the city has some of the best Christmas markets in Europe! Picture gorgeous wooden stalls, lined with festive foliage, selling everything from fudge and mulled wine to Christmas ornaments.

Copenhagen in December

In this way, the following Christmas markets are all Copenhagen highlights and a visit to one is all you’ll need to get into the festive spirit:

1) The Christmas market in Nyhavn harbour (my personal favourite)

2) Freetown Christiania Christmas market

3) the Strøget Christmas market

4) Tivoli Gardens at Christmas

2) Trivoli Gardens – 

Christmas market aside, a trip to Tivoli Gardens is one of the best things to do in Copenhagen in winter.

Thought to be the oldest theme park in the world, Tivoli Gardens is packed full of fun rides, restaurants and attractions and although its open all year round, I found that the lights that decorate the park in winter make the whole place a lot more magical and heartwarming.

Things to do in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens

I will say however that a trip to Trivoli can get quite expensive. This is because you have to pay for each ride on-top of the £15 entry fee. This means a visit might not be top of your list of ‘what to do in Copenhagen’ if you’re visiting the city on a budget…

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3) Nyhavn (New Harbour) – 

You haven’t been to Copenhagen if you don’t visit the iconic Nyhavn area. This colourful waterfront is what most people picture when they think of the city! Although touristy, its the part of Copenhagen I found most beautiful. Thus, its somewhere you really don’t want to miss, even in the cold!

What to do in Copenhagen, visit Nyhavn

4) The Strøget – 

If you’re anything like me and love to do a bit of shopping, then another of Copenhagen’s attractions worth visiting is ‘The Strøget‘ – one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe.

Copenhagen attractions the Strøget

Filled with a vast variety of shops, from cheap independent stores to some of the world’s most expensive brands, I found it to be the perfect place to do some Christmas shopping and escape the cities cold winter weather.

5) The Royal Palaces/Castles – 

Denmark has one of the oldest Monarchies in the world, thus it’s no surprise that some of the top things to see in Copenhagen are castles and palaces. The most notable of which are: Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle and Christainborg Palace. I’ve written about each of these in a detailed post on ‘which Copenhagen castle to visit’ which you can read here. 

Copenhagen points of interest, Castle and palaces

Rosenborg Castle

5) The Round Tower – 

The ‘Rundetaarn’ or round tower is a 17th-century astronomy tower located in the heart of Copenhagen. For the very affordable price of Kr. 25, you can climb the towers spiral core and observe spectacular views of the city from an encircled outdoor platform.

This said, if you’re visiting Copenhagen in winter, the strong winds felt at the top of the tower make the cities cold winter temperatures feel even colder, so you’ll really want to wrap but warm before climbing up!

Things to do in copenhagen in winter - the round tower

None the less, I found that the views are certainly worth the freezing temperatures and would, in fact, say that the Round Tower is one of the top things to see in Copenhagen.

6) Copenhagen’s Many Museums 

Another suggestion of what to do in Copenhagen is to visit one or more of the cities museums. Although I personally didn’t visit any on my trip, they provide the perfect place to keep warm in winter. I’ve heard fantastic reviews about the Museum of Modern Art and The National Gallery of Denmark.

7) The Little Mermaid In Winter –

Many people will say that Copenhagen sightseeing isn’t complete without a visit to the cities most famous attraction, the Little Mermaid statue. However, I’ve left it till last on my own list of what to see in Copenhagen because the statue is actually quite a walk away from the city centre.

Therefore its probably not the best attraction to see in Copenhagen in winter, unless you want to freeze walking to view it! Therefore since I’d also heard many people say that they were underwhelmed by the statue I decided to give it a miss on my own visit to the city.

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All in all was Copenhagen in winter cold and rainy? Yes… But its also pretty magical. 🙂 As a top tip, I would recommend visiting Copenhagen in December for the added bonus of the Christmas Markets because these were simply adorable!

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