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1st time solo female traveler to Copenhagen

Hello all!
I am a female in my 20's embarking on my first solo, and international, adventure. I will be spending 7 nights in Amsterdam/Copenhagen and am grateful for any and all advice you can toss my way. I will be arriving in AMS on Sept. 5th and departing from AMS Sept. 12th. I plan on spending the first 3 nights in AMS and then flying to CPH to spend 2 or 3 nights (haven't decided), then returning to AMS until my flight on the 12th. From what I have read it appears that it is more cost effective to book the flight to CPH in advance, rather than waiting until I arrive, is this accurate? Round trip fares are currently ~ £80. I would love to visit more cities, but I don't want to stretch myself too thin so I will just stick to a couple of day trips from the aforementioned cities, any suggestions? I am a nurse so my budget isn't too tight, but I don't want to break the bank. I'm relatively active, enjoy a good adrenaline rush, being near water, smoking, befriending locals and experiencing their cultures, food, art, architecture, museums to an extent, bars that aren't too busy, and just adventuring in general, especially going off the beaten path. I'm a fan of hole-in-the-wall places and am uncomfortable in crowds. I'm very laid back and open to seeing where this trip may take me, but would like some structure. Thank you for taking the time to read the rambles of a young traveler!

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Well you've picked two great cities for young adults. We've been numerous times to both.
Last year, we stayed at the Absalon Hotel in Copenhagen, and we recommend it since a total overhaul of the rooms. It's just 1 1/2 blocks from the train station and 2 blocks from Tivoli Gardens. And they serve the most incredible free breakfast we've ever experienced.

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I'll be traveling solo to Copenhagen next week! As a female in my 20's as well, this will be my second time traveling solo, as I went to London last year by myself. I've been to Amsterdam before and I can honestly say it's my favorite city. You will love it!

I am taking a day trip from Copenhagen into the Danish countryside to see some castles and visit a small town. I booked that through Viator, but you can definitely do that without a tour. To save some money, I'll be staying in an AirBnB and plan on seeing some sites but mostly wandering through the streets and trying some local food. Once I get back, I will gladly let you know how everything went and offer any advice!

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What cool places to choose. I might be biased since I'm homegrown in Copenhagen, but both cities are very safe and beautiful.

As for flying lowcost in Europe, you'll always want to book as far in advance as possible. Prices only ever go up.

With only three nights in Copenhagen I'd minimise the day tours to one because Copenhagen itself has so much to offer. You might check out the suggested daytrip on this site for Roskilde, or take a day in Helsingør which is a city that really has seen a revival these last years. Another option is to grab your passport and get on the train to Copenhagen M or Malmö as the Swedes prefer to call it. Copenhagen is unique in the sense that it borders another country and the journey across the bridge is amazing.

Spent the rest of the time submerging yourself in Copenhagen, where you'll find the water is never far away. Christianshavn as well as Inner Nørrebro around Sankt Hans Torv offer Danish crowds while you will find yourself off the beaten path in parts of Christiania - leave behind Pusher Street and head for the water.

Museum-wise I always had a fancy for Glyptoteket and Thorvaldsen's Museum simply because they are beautiful and peaceful.

Enjoy!