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Monday, January 28, 2019

The Beautiful City of Copenhagen

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This world is such a beautiful place. If there is one thing I wish for this year, is that you get out more, even if it means around your hometown. 
Out there you see acts of kindness, beauty, wonderful works of nature and wonderful human beings. Out there is where you can smell flowers, and the scent of rain or snow storm coming. Admire the beautiful rainbow too. 


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According to Saint Augustine, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. We may feel safe in our little bubble but it is also boring, that is the primary reason I started traveling some time ago. 

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And I have fallen in love with the thrill of discovery. The world is a beautiful piece of literature that constantly surprises me, and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
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Are you planning a short budget trip to Denmark? Here are a few tips. 
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Denmark is one of my favorite countries in the world and has a beautiful landscape. It is clean, eco friendly and still has a medieval viking charm to it. And the locals love to have a good time, so long as you don't get in the wrong bike lane, they are very welcoming tourists. 
                                                colorline ferry

                                              ferry ride




My trip to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark was a road trip and Ferry ride from Norway. We drove from Telemark County to the Ferry station, Colorline to be precise. It was a comfortable Ferry ride to Sweden.  We got to Sweden and drove all the way from Sweden into Copenhagen. It was a fun road trip.  
stop at Sweden for lunch

tivoli


We arrived Copenhagen in the evening, by almost 7pm. 
It was a short trip so we had no time to hike, but we still had so much fun as we visited Bakkan and Tivoli. 


Copenhagen is the largest city in Denmark and the most expensive, but worth every penny. the architecture is just so beautiful. We didn't have time to cruise the harbor, which is the best way to see most of the city but we visited Tivoli amusement park. 
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bakkan 
                                                                  tivoli
                                               boat restaurant tivoli
                                              tivoli
                                            bakkan
                                                               tivoli
tivoli

Tivoli is an amusement park in the centre of the city, I had a blast here. Admission is 110 DKK during the week days and 120 DKK at weekends. There is unlimited fun in Tivoli, if anything brings you to Copenhagen, make sure you try to see Tivoli. 

                                                 Christiania
                                                             Christiania


Christiania
Then there is this beautiful hippie town called Christiania. This hippie enclave has existed since the 1970s. People come to buy and smoke Cannabis here, if Cannabis isn't your thing, you can still visit anyway, look around the small town, watch people and colorful wall murals and even have some drinks. 

Tips on visiting on a budget
Accommodation - Hostel dorms begin at 200 DKK per night and that usually gets you a 12 person or more dorm room. Smaller dorms are around 240 DKK. Hotels in Denmark aren’t cheap and expect to pay around 685 DKK per night or more for a hotel. Hotels outside major cities start around 450 DKK. Shared rooms on Airbnb can be found for around 325 DKK, while an entire apartment or home will cost closer to 900 DKK. Again, prices will be lower outside of the larger cities. If you’re on a budget, campsites cost between 55-95 DKK per night. To stay at any campsite you will need the Camping Key Europe card. The card costs around 110 DKK. If you only plan to camp one night, you can get a transit card, for 35 DKK.  My suggested hostels are :(Aarhus) Danhostel (The rooms are comfortable enough). You have all the basic things you need for an accommodation.(Copenhagen) Generator hostel is another. Average cost of food – Food in Denmark is pretty expensive. If you are going to eat out in a restaurant, be prepared to pay around 75-115 DKK for a cheap meal during lunch time. Dinner time meals will be closer to 135-205 DKK, which adds up quickly. You can find cheap hot dog vendors for around 25-35 DKK. Kebab and pizza shops will be your cheapest bet when it comes to eating out. As for groceries, expect to spend around 320 DKK per week. We brought our own food along and also had lunch in Tivoli when we visited. 

Danhostel


Transportation costs ( if you aren't road tripping to Denmark) – Train travel across Denmark (Jutland to Copenhagen) costs around 550 DKK. Buses start around 308 DKK. The closer you get to the travel date the higher the cost so be sure to book in advance if you can — it makes a huge difference! The train from the airport to Copenhagen center is 40 DKK. Local trains and buses are 24 DKK for a two-zone ticket. Budget flights to and from Denmark are easy to find as the airport is one of the major hubs in Scandinavia. Buses and trains connect to every nearby country, as well, making it a very easy country to get in and out of.
Or become like a local and get on your bike. Copenhagen has a city bike scheme called Bycyklen, with bike hire for 30 DKK an hour. You just pick them up from one of the docking stations and drop them off at another. Each bike has a touchscreen tablet with built-in GPS marking places of interest. You can create an account in advance on their website or using the tablet. I really love the bicycle culture, it is a great and cheap way to move around and exercise as well. Go orange – The Danish rail system offers cheap tickets via their online website called “Orange tickets.” They are only available online, and you have to print out the ticket before you board the train. These tickets are a third of the cost of what you can buy at the railway station.
Get a city tourism card – If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing and visit a lot of attractions then I highly recommend you get one of the city passes that offer discounts and free admission to museums and attractions. They also come with free transportation, a great bonus.Refill your water bottle – The water in Denmark is safe to drink and is held to very high standards. Skip buying bottled water here and refill your bottle. You’ll save money and help the environment at the same time!Eat on the street – Street stalls, such as hot dogs, sausages, and sandwiches cost only 27-35 DKK and can save you a lot of money on food if you choose not to cook. In fact, they are your best bet at saving money on food outside of kebabs and pizza.Get a Hostelling International card – Danhostel.dk is the national accredited Hostelling International network. They operate 95 hotels throughout the country, and so you’ll want to get an HI card if you plan on staying at hostels during your stay. If purchased in Denmark, HI cards are 160 DKK.                    Things to do in Copenhagen on a budget

For a great introduction to Copenhagen, take a free walking tours of the city, where you just tip your guide. 


As an alternative to the Tivoli Gardens (which starts from 120 DKK entry plus rides), head to Bakkan, the world’s oldest amusement park. It’s a 10 minute-drive north of Copenhagen and has three rollercoasters as well as ferris wheels, drop towers and other rides. It is a folksy version of Tivoli, with numerous cafes, restaurants,  and fun things to do.There’s no entrance fee and you can bring your own food and drinks. A multi-ride ticket costs 269 DKK or 189 DKK for kids, and there’s a 50% discount on Wednesdays if you pay in cash. I had a lovely time at Bakkan. I faced my fears and rode on one of the highest roller coasters, even though my eyes were closed almost the whole time, it was still so much fun. We got there and it began to rain, but I realized that the rain never stops or prevents the Danes from having fun. We got rain coats like everyone else and continued to have fun and explore. 
You can go to the beach to relax, swim or walk, you even have the alternative of going hiking if you want to. 




                                                              the rain could not stop the fun
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                                                               bakkan
                                                    (could barely open my eyes)
bakkan

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