The land where the happiest people on earth supposedly live, where basically everyone cycles and Scandinavian design takes centre stage. Welcome to the capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen! I’ve always wanted to visit this country as my paternal ancestors lived here many generations ago. I visited Copenhagen in the winter month of January for a working holiday so I didn’t get around to seeing everything I wanted to. This simply means I will have to go back someday.
The statue of the little mermaid, based on the fairtyle written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, is one of the top attractions. I expected the mermaid to be a lot bigger than she actually is though.
Nyhavn or The New Harbour is famous for the coloured houses and restaurants along the canal.
Scandinavian style, minimalist decor, lots of light and simplicity - many a Pinterest board contains images encompassing these elements. When you're in Copenhagen, you'll have to hold your credit card very tightly or there will be big trouble! Take a deep breath and walk around Illums Bolighus in the shopping street of Strøget (1,1 km long).
Christiana, the autonomous, alternative district where hippies lie in the sun and some smoke cannabis was a bit of a let-down for me. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a refreshing day outing if you want a break from the city centre. Another popular art museum is the Glyptoteket. Amalienborg Palace and Museum provides you with a proper glimpse into the lives of the Danish royal family.
Where to stay
Denmark is not the cheapest country to visit. I visited Copenhagen on an internship and rented a room, Airbnb style. When my sister came to visit for a weekend we stayed at the Generator Hostel which offers everything you need in a modern and clean setting.
Where to eat and drink
- If you're in the mood for brunch, definitely check out Cafe Europa in the Strøget shopping street.
- I never had time to go, but there's a place called Grød where porridge is the star of the show. Weird, but wonderful don't you think?
- Make sure you eat the typical Danish open sandwich, Smørrebrod.
Also on my list...
- Tivoli Gardens is a massive, magical theme park which was closed during the winter month of January. Check your dates and plan your visit so that you'll be able to enter this wonderland.
- Apparently the Church of Our Saviour provides some of the best views in te city.
- Kronborg Castle is the castle in which Shakespeare's Hamlet is set. It's not often that you can visit a location like that!