Our time in Copenhagen flew by – quite unfortunately. With the exception of one day (exhaustion took over), we crammed as much as we could in six days. This is where the Copenhagen Card came in handy.
When we were settled into our hostel in Copenhagen, Kevin started looking at the best way to get around the city. We weren’t aware how walkable the city was at first, so we assumed we would use the metro a fair amount. In his searching, he came across the Copenhagen Card. I believe a fair amount of cities in Europe have these now. They’re essentially passes you purchase for a designated amount of time and they give you free or discounted access to attractions and public transit.
We ended up purchasing the 72 hour card for 212.71 USD (174 EUR, 1295.83 DKK) from the hostel for a small discount (4.89 USD, 4 EUR, 29.79 DKK). We went to six attractions which would have been 141.08 USD (115.50 EUR, 860 DKK) without the card. We did ride the metro a decent amount the last half of our trip because our AirBnB was a few stops outside of the city. Admittedly, we did not save any money (probably lost some truly) – but this was because the last full day we were in Copenhagen we were exhausted.
All in all, the Copenhagen Card seems like a worthy investment if you want to go to a lot of attractions and use public transit. We’ll certainly look into using more city cards in other cities we go to that have them – this website lists them out, there are a good amount. Of course, it does take a bit of work to ensure that your purchase will be worth it. The Copenhagen Card website has a feature that allows you to favorite attractions that interest you and gives you your expected savings, so that’s helpful. The cards also give you discounts on food and some tours. Be careful though, we looked at the places that we would have gotten discounts with the Copenhagen Card and their starting prices were still very high – even with the discount, it would have been too pricey to eat at the majority of the restaurants provided.
Let us know if you’ve ever used a city card and what your experiences have been!
Below are the places we went with a bit of summary.
(25 DKK) One of the highest points in Copenhagen. It’s a 209m walk to the top, but thankfully it’s just a slope and not stairs you have to climb (à la the Bunker Hill Monument). It was very windy when we reached the top, but the view was spectacular. Definitely worth the walk, though you should take it slow if you’re prone to dizziness.
(110 DKK) This was the first castle Kevin had ever been in. I have only ever been in a handful, so I’m still impressed by all the details in each and every corner. I was most impressed with the “Mirror Room” – which was, exactly what it sounds like. It was floor to ceiling decked out in mirrors. We were provided a map with small details in each room, however I believe there is also an app one could download that would also guide you through the castle.
(60 DKK) This was the attraction that I enjoyed the most. There are currently two exhibits being presented: “Hit by the City” until 28 February and “Future Hospitals – Healing Architecture” until 29 April. Both were massively different exhibits, but equally as interesting. “Hit by the City” is a series of photos (both professional and from Instagram) that depicts the interactions occurring every day within cities. “Future Hospitals” gives examples on how new technology will help improve healthcare.
(50 DKK) Copenhagen has burned multiple times throughout the centuries. The current Christiansborg Palace is the third rebuilding, and it rests on ruins dating back to the 12th century. It was a tad creepy when we visited – we were the only ones down there – but all most interesting than I assumed ruins would be. Reading about the ruins in front of us while standing under the current palace was a bit surreal.
(60 DKK) This was an interesting viewpoint into Danish Jews and their lives before, during, and after World War II. Architect Daniel Libeskind designed this museum after the Hebrew word “Mitzvah” and your footsteps trace the inside of the word. Definitely a worthwhile stop to learn more about a specific group of Jews and how they were, generally, accepted into Danish culture and how the majority were spared Nazi persecution.
(85 DKK) This is a huge museum. Multiple floors and extremely detailed exhibits led to us calling it quits after the first floor (Old Age). I was a bit bored by constantly reading about bronze and burial rituals (it’s interesting until your fifth room), but I imagine I would have been more enraptured with the more medieval and modern-day exhibits. We arrived at the museum at 14:30 and barely had enough time to go through the first floor – so I suggest planning on spending the majority of the day if you want to experience the entirety of the museum.