Copenhagen you expensive little part of the world you. It’s just as well my Berlin expenses came in under expected as I more than made up for any saving’s made to date in Denmark.
By now I had become familiar with the Euro so I no longer converted everything back to the Australian Dollar. Unfortunately this left me completely lost in Copenhagen. You see these crafty folk still hang onto the Danish Krone as their currency which was worth a crazy 5 Krone to 1 Aussie Dollar when I was there. All this proved far too difficult to do math on and as such my budget went right out the window.
I always knew it was going to be more expensive here so should have been extra cautious but when I was catching up with Cailin from travelyourself.ca it was really hard to stick to a tighter budget. She was just visiting for a few days so wanted to make the most of the stay before going back to a job while I continued to travel on. The merger of two very different travel budgets, long term vs short term definitely don’t mix as well as you would like.
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Getting around in Copenhagen is all about the Bus unless your fancy hiring a bike. Having been treated to train travel everywhere else I was so not ready to deal with bus tickets and working out the pickup/drop off points. My hostel wasn’t too much of a walk from town but when your out late or going off to explore other parts of town the bus was very much required.
At 140 Krone a night ($28 AUD) except the first night which was 180 as it was a Saturday the hostel was certainly pricey. What did I get for that extra expense you ask? Well weak shower pressure and only 4 showers shared between a good 50-70 people. Add in a couple of toilets and your really starting to get the picture.
Honestly thought I met some great folk there and as I spent most of the time out exploring the 14 bed dorm that was back to back wonky double beds became a little less depressing.
I covered just about every possible base while here I think. It started with drinks and entering a club (60 Krone) the first night with a couple of Dutch folk and an American. Right on through to seeing The Copenhagen Zoo (95 Krone), Climbing the Round Tower (25 Krone), Tivoli Amusement Park (95 Krone) and the Rosenborg Castle (95 Krone which included photo privileges).
With Cailin to travel with I broke all of my food budgets. Eating out at nice restaurants sure was heaven to my taste buds but golly gosh was it expensive. One night we spent a good 30 minutes walking up and down Nyhavn Street trying to find a slightly cheap restaurant and I still ended up paying 280 Krone ($56 AUD). In Saying that the place was great and rather fun as we chatted to the staff and Cailin tried to learn to count in Bulgarian from memory.
You can get fairly cheap Kebabs (25 Krone) but as soon as you add a drink or some extra to go with it your quickly adding to the bill.
It was a bit of a mixture but mainly beer again. The first night I got caught up drinking with hostel folk at a street festival the lead to a club visit. I grabbed a souvenir and then drank lots more beer. I really should just rename this category the beer category at this rate as I know its only going to get worse.
Total Cost for Copenhagen
Four days in Copenhagen came in at a total of 2452.15 Danish Krone or 490.43 AUD (at an exchange rate of 5 Krone = 1 AUD). The average was just on 613 Krone a day which completely exploded by budget I mean $122 AUD a day eek. All along I knew I was spending up big but I was having too much fun to want to stop. Travelling was to be for fun and new adventures, had I stopped myself well I’d have missed some great sights and been a big downer on Cailin’s visit as well.
To compare the costs to today’s exchange rate, leaving Australia now (November 2014) it would cost you $470.84 AUD with the current rate of 5.20 Krone = 1 AUD.
Copenhagen was a lot of fun, mostly as I had someone to travel with that was happy enough to explore as well. The weather wasn’t perfect but neither was it pouring with rain like Amsterdam did. Having come from touristy major cities like Paris and Berlin for example I was shocked getting to Copenhagen.
It just didn’t feel as setup for the tourist like other places had been. There was no great choice of what tours to take in the hostel and everything was just that little bit harder to find. Overall with everything I had seen and done, I left the city feeling like I had missed seeing the real Copenhagen.
I’d really like to go back again with less newbie goggles on to get a second impression but only after I’ve seen more of Europe. That higher cost is still going to be there and I have too many other places to see and even others I’d like a second helping from.
Note: Some costs for the first day were converted from Euro’s for uniform pricing.