Are you planning to go to Copenhagen with your friends this upcoming New Years’ Eve? Are you a student and want to save on money? We have listed a couple of recommendations you must know before travelling!
As you may know, Denmark is quite an expensive country, however you could have a crazy time with your friends if you budget yourself wisely.
So, first of all, spending time with the Danish can be a lot of fun. They are considered the most happiest nation in the world, according to the World Happiness report by the United Nations. Like the Dutch, they also adore cycling and do a lot of their daily activities on bikes.
Right after Christmas time, it is quite a good time to go there; around the 28th of December the flights are not that expensive. If you book prior to November, it is around 2860 CZK, which is about 106 Euro’s. Of course we have researched the cheapest flights as we students always seek the cheapest one.
The cheapest way to stay in the city is to book a hostel or try Couchsurfing. You and your friends will be surprised. It is free of charge plus you get to spend time with the host. The host is supposed to welcome you as guest and provide you with their service. It could time some time to find a good host, but it is worth it. Isn’t this amazing? For more information go to Couchsurfing.com.
Hostels aren’t that cheap, however they are well-located in the center where you can easily go with your friends to explore the nightlife there. When you are looking on Couchsurfing.com you might find something in the center, but you should look in advance to get a good spot. Couchsurfing has the written terms and conditions, so do not worry, as a guest you are safe.
A must-see is the Nyhavn: the historical harbour with ships along the canal. There are many fancy restaurants and bars here sometimes with live music, where locals also spend their time.
For all the hipsters: Hipster Vesterbro is one of the best neighborhoods to visit in Copenhagen. This ancient, red-light district has turned Hipster Vesterbro into one of the most fancy places in the world. To have dinner on a quite low budget, you should go to the Meatpacking district, where you can find plenty of restaurants. You will definitely recognise“Pølsevogn” on the corner of the streets. These are the so-called traditional sausage stands and where you can drink chocolate milk with a hotdog. The nightlife is incredible in Vesterbro, where you can meet national and international people in cool
bars, pubs and nightclubs and dance till the very early morning.
When you want to switch from the crazy nightlife to some cultural activity, try the Slotsholmen neighbourhood and also more in the center of Copenhagen, try the museums and exhibitions. The National museum and the Tivoli garden are also located in the center. For a little bit of romance, you should visit the nicely decorated Tivoli garden, which made especially festive done for Christmas. There is “a Copenhagen Card” which you can purchase, and it has free access to 73 museums and attractions and is usable for public transportation in almost the whole of Copenhagen.
The Danish really value nature in their environment; they are very efficient when it comes to ecology.They love outdoor activities, moreover the majority of families in Denmark are sportive. They spend a lot of their time on sports like football, jogging, golf and in the summer it is common to swim in the sea. Danish people are very friendly. When leaving and arriving, it is common to say “hello” and “goodbye” individually. On occassion it is also expected to be on time. Respect is very important for the Danish.
Danish people love to party, especially students who tend to party from very young age. It is very easy to get close to the Danish and when it comes to socialising in the bar it is common to say “Skal”, which is the Danish word for “cheers.” The Danish have a typical type of humour among each other which you will understand in a while, it comes with time.
Has this given you a good impression of the lifestyle of Copenhagen? Be careful, you might become Danish when applying all these rituals. Just kidding, but do not forget to say “Skal” when you are partying!
This article was written by Selina Nikijuluw.