I visited Copenhagen in the end of September 2016, and I stayed there 3D2N. In this post, I’m going to share oh-so-colorful photos and some information about the cool places I’ve been there… and guess what? I explored the city only by foot!
One does not simply visit Copenhagen without going to Nyhavn! Well, you’ve probably clicked on this blog post because of the featured image I set for this post – yep, that’s right, baby, that’s Nyhavn. Was once a busy commercial port, Nyhavn today is full of renovated classic houses, nice restaurants, and people enjoying the atmosphere – mostly by sitting by the river and eating ice cream!
This government building is a place for you to see Copenhagen city view! Unfortunately, I went there on Monday, exactly the day when the tower is closed 😦 so I didn’t get to go up and enjoy the view. If you go there any other day, the tower will be open for visitors from 11AM to 9PM. You may note that there’s a free admission to visit the tower, but if you wish to enter some rooms that are regularly used by Danish Royal Family for functions, some fees might apply.
Strøget is the main shopping street in Copenhagen, and it’s also one of the longest ones in Europe: 1.1KM. In regards of the shops, nothing was so special for me. You know, the place just offers a combination of high-end and regular brands, from local to international ones… just like many other shopping streets in the world, I guess. However, you can find quite a number of interesting street performers and even Guinness World Records Museum here!
Gothersgade is a major street, too, which is the extension of Nyhavn – with Kongens Nytorv (King’s New Square) between them. There’s a lot of small bars and ‘indie’ kind of restaurants in this street. What I like the most is the random graffiti painted in many corners of the area.
This one’s probably my favorite spot in Copenhagen! I really love the vibe of this indoor-outdoor foodcourt – plus, it’s on the riverside, so you can picture it right? You get a lot of great options for food and beverages which are sold in decorated food trucks/stalls. Not only Danish food, you can find international cuisine as well. By the way, Papirøen means ‘Paper Island’ in Danish, and it is, indeed, a small island across Nyhavn!
Christianshavn is a unique neighborhood which is separated from the city center as it is located on a different island. It’s mostly a residential area with several canals running through – creating a nautical atmosphere around it. One of the attractions in Christianshavn is Church of Our Saviour, a baroque church which is famous for its helix spire. Urban legend says that the architect of this spiral spire committed suicide by jumping from the top of it. Wew – thrilling.
Christiania, located inside Christianshavn, is Denmark’s semi-autonomous area where the hippie community lives. Weed is tolerated here in this particular neighborhood only. Christiania is full of organic eateries, music venues, and art galleries. You’ll see a lot of murals here, and of course, people smoking weed 🙂 The cannabis shops are open 24 hours and they sell many types of hash. This place is definitely one-of-a-kind, man.
If I visit Copenhagen again someday, I’d like to visit:
- Tivoli Gardens
It’s a charming amusement park and a pleasure garden in the heart of Copenhagen. Beside for the rides, Tivoli Gardens is also known for its art and cultural venues. You can watch shows like ballet, pantomime, etc.
It’s a 2-star Michelin restaurant run by a Danish chef, René Redzepi. This restaurant has won the award of the Best Restaurant in The World several times. They’re one of the main factors why Copenhagen is famous for its food scene now.
- The Little Mermaid
It’s a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid. The name of this sculpture might remind you of The Little Mermaid, a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. Am I right?
- H.C. Andersen Fairy-Tale House
So the famous Hans Christian Andersen is actually a Danish! He’s originally from Odense, but Copenhagen has this Fairy-Tale House of his in town. I believe it’ll be worth the visit! And did you know that Frozen movie was based on one of his works: The Snow Queen? Well, now you know 🙂
Speaking about movies, I missed out on this one. Nyboder is one of the filming locations of Danish Girl. It is a historic row house district that features terraced houses with yellow colour and infinite repetitions.
- Gay House
Denmark is the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Located in Christiania, Gay House is a meeting place for homosexual people in Copenhagen, and it’s also used for cultural projects, exhibitions, musical performances, parties, etc.
Don’t have enough of Copenhagen just yet? I have shared my experiences in my other post: copenhagen – i hate u, i love u. Feel free to read it if you’re interested in ‘personal story’ as well! Thanks for reading, guys! xxx