Copenhagen, I have really fallen under your spell! What a charming and beautiful city the Danish capital is. Copenhagen’s dimensions are perfect for exploration on foot or bicycle (Believe me, I’ve never seen more bicycles than cars on the streets) to explore the historic buildings, cool cafés, lovely restaurants and trendy people. It’s a perfect destination for a short relaxing break. The atmosphere of Copenhagen is very smooth and laid-back, no rush at all. This might be of the rather small size of the city or just because of the friendly locals spreading these happy vibes. If you love a fantastic café shop culture, wide range of restaurants and beautiful sites you must add Copenhagen to your list!
What to do:
Rent a bicycle – Literally, everyone cycles so it’s a must to rent a bicycle. Along the streets huge biking paths are set up. That way you are fast and on the loose to explore the sites and it leaves you more time for shopping sprees. (What a huge benefit, yay!)
Little Mermaid – This statue of the Little Mermaid sitting on a pile of rocks has become the ‘must-see’ sight of Copenhagen, but prepare yourself for how small she is (I would actually say tiny). It is an attractive walk from Nyhavn though along the harbour edge and through the Kastellet gardens.
Nyhavn – This is the Copenhagen you probably have seen in travel books, postcards, and on everyone’s Instagram account. Two streets run parallel to an inlet of water where there are many boat tours you can take to get a stunning view of the harbor. The beautifully colored buildings along the waterfront won’t need a filter when taking photographs. The many restaurants and shops along Nyhavn are overpriced and I would suggest going a few streets away so you do not overspend on any souvenirs.
Christiansborg Palace – The Palace is located on a small island in central Copenhagen, it is still used by the royal family for receptions and as their royal chapel and stables but it is now primarily the seat of the Danish Parliament, Supreme Court and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Town Hall – The Radhus or Town Hall is a magnificent building on Radhus Square where the zero kilometer stone is located. At this granite stone you are in the exact center of the city.
Amalienborg Palace – This large palace complex is the Danish royals’ winter home. Four identical palaces face onto an open courtyard where visitors can stand and gaze at the beautiful buildings, it is also where the changing of the guard takes place and where you can see a statue of King Frederik V.
Marble Church – Frederiks Kirke, also known as Marble Church, is one of Copenhagen’s most famous and impressive architectural assets with a grandiose dome measuring 31m in diameter, which can be climbed on weekends.
Freetown Christiania – It’s a green and car-free neighbourhood in Copenhagen, best known for its autonomous inhabitants’ different way of life. It was established in 1971 by a group of hippies who occupied some abandoned military barracks on the site and developed their own set of society rules, completely independent of the Danish government.
Where to shop:
Strøget – Copenhagen’s pedestrian-only shopping street, Strøget, is the home of some wonderful stores. If you want to do some shopping in Copenhagen, the Strøget is a must-see. It stretches from the city square (Radhusplasn) to Nyhavn (Kongens Nytorv) and is lined by shops, cafes, department stores and restaurants.
Where to eat lunch:
Streetfood Copenhagen – Located in a warehouse on ‘Paper Island’ just accross Nyhavn, it’s mission is to offer fresh, healthy and tasty meals and snacks from around the globe. The location on the harbour is a major bonus, making it the perfect spot for an outdoor lunch in the sun.
Of course there are also many amazing spots to have dinner, I will write a separate post about one fantastic place.
My favourite cafés:
Original Coffee – On top of the Illum department store next to Amagertorv you get a breathtaking view over Strøget. Sit, relax, drink coffee and enjoy this amazing spot.
Østergade 52, 1001 København K
Flax and Beets – you get served organic food, we actually couldn’t resist those delicious smoothies.
Toldbodgade 14, 1253 København K
Have you ever been to Copenhagen? Thanks for leaving your thoughts.