9 Best Things to do in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. It’s is a small city, you could spend 2-3 days and it would be enough to cover the town. It is a lovely place with a very lively crowd, you’ll find more cycles than cars there. Health is key, everyone there prefers cycling around which makes them extremely fit.
- Cycle Around Town
Copenhagen is one of the most clean, green, sustainable urban cities in the world. They revere simplicity, attention to detail and understated brilliance. Bicycles as a result, are a way of life. They are all over the city and are the best way to get around if your own pace is what you are after! Donkey republic is an ‘all-you-need-to-know” app which helps you find a bicycle easily. It’s the UBER for bicycles. Download it, it’ll indicate the bicycle that is closest to you, reflecting its number and all you need to do is unlock your bicycle ride on. Renting a bicycle is about 100DKK, –it is the best way to get around. And I was quite amused to see a bicycle unlock through an app!
- One Of The Oldest Amusement Parks: Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens is probably the Central Park of Copenhagen. Although not nearly as big, this place still has loads to offer. Dating back as early as 1843, these gardens have been a source of amusements to many in the city. In the evenings this place lights up like a Christmas tree – a vision straight out of a fairy tale book. It is the 2nd oldest Amusement park in the world. There are different entertainment venues where on most weekends you are sure to find performances like the ballet, opera, orchestras and popular musicians.
- Take A Stroll Around The City
Besides the bicycles, exploring the city by foot can hand you a different perception altogether. There are free walking tours that do justice to learning about the cities hidden secrets and off-beat locales and other significant hide-outs! Of course it’s not completely free; you must tip the tour guide like you do in most countries. It definitely is the best way to get your first orientation about the city.
- Take A Canal Tour Around
Join a guided tour around the harbor and through the idyllic canals. The classic, and original tour, departs from Nyhavn or Ved Stranden and passes some of Copenhagen’s best sights and attractions. You could hop on to any of these and see the city from water. I gave this a miss but if you do have time definitely give this a shot.
- Walk Down The Harbour
Take a walk down the harbour, it’s really beautiful. It’s best towards late afternoon where you can enjoy the view of the opera house in the light of the setting sun which makes it doubly beautiful. If you walk further down you will make your way to the Little Mermaid statue which is an iconic piece of art in Copenhagen. The tale goes, that a local brewer fell in love with the fairy tale and the ballet based on it so much that he commissioned sculptor Edvard Eriksen to create the mermaid.
- The Most Iconic Places: Nyhavn
Initially, Nyhavn was a bustling business port where ships from all around the world would dock. The territory was stuffed with mariners, ladies of pleasure, bars and alehouses. Today the excellent old houses have been revamped and eateries rule the old port. Nyhavn is loaded up with individuals appreciating the casual climate by the canal, jazz music and great food. This place is full of pretty bright colored Restaurants and houses and is absolutely gorgeous and instagram worthy. During Christmas, Nyhavn sets the perfectly Christmas-lit setting for your holiday in Copenhagen. The cafés and restaurants offer Danish Christmas delicacies and the annual Christmas market fills the cobbled street with decorated stalls. A classic Christmas experience.
- Gastronomy Delight
Good, sustainable, organic street food is gaining ground in Copenhagen. You can hang out with your friends or family, satisfy your taste buds and drink a glass of wine in the sun, while listening to live music. Torvehallerne food market halls in city centre are open year round and is the modern luxury edition of a food market with groceries, bakeries, coffee, wine, beer, delis and fast food – most of it organic. A trip to one of these famous food markets there is incomplete without this. Definitely visit Torvehallerne food market, Delicacies and fresh produce of the highest quality are what you will find at this market place. You can get everything in here, from fruits, vegetables, alcohol and cakes.
- Try The Most Delicious Smorrebread
These extremely popular open face sandwiches are called Smorrebreads. A truly unique Danish food experience, you can get at lunch time in Copenhagen, when the unique smørrebrød, literally spread bread, or open faced sandwich, is served. Invariably based on rye bread, smørrebrød can have an almost limitless number of different toppings, from herring, to raw beef, seafood and egg.
- Danish Pastry
Be sure to give those sweet teeth a treat with the ever popular Danish pastries or maybe a cream cheese Danish pastry.
- Try The Most Delicious Smorrebread
- Take A Day Trip To Malmo
Hop on a train and in 30 minutes you will be in Sweden. Malmo is a quiet, coastal city in southern Sweden located at the end of the iconic Oresund Bridge – it’s partly over the Baltic and partly under. In Malmo walk around the city center, eat cheese cake at Cafe Pronto; see the Turning Torso which happens to be the tallest building in the whole of Scandinavia. And visit Vastra Hammen from where you get a great view of the Oresund Bridge.
- Visit Christiania For A Different Side Of The City
If you want to see something different, then head to Christiana which was founded by hippies in the 70’s. It’s a laid-back part of town, lined with cute peculiar houses with graffiti art and cheap eateries. A very opposite side of the city.Freetown Christiania, also known as Christiania, is an intentional community and commune of about 850 to 1,000 residents, covering 19 acres in the borough of Christianshavn in the Danish capital city of Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is a great place to party with lots of bars and nice restaurants. One must visit Huset & Bastard cafe: it has a great vibe and is a place where everyone comes together to play board games. There are hundreds of games to choose from.
If you ever do plan a trip there, feel free to contact me about any suggestions you need.
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