Popular for its laid-back lifestyle, Copenhagen is a popular destination for youth and it’s a bit of an underrated destination. Though the city itself is relatively new at 1000 years old (yes, new) it became the Danish capital in 1443 and now houses some of the best museums and lifestyles I’ve been to.
Be sure to get a Copenhagen Card before heading to the museums as you can save a tonne of money by doing so!
Like any other city, Copenhagen is home to several fine museums including a natural history museum and a gorgeous botanical garden. However my favourite was the National Museum of Denmark because it has a fantastic collection that shows visitors what Denmark is all about, and quite honestly, I didn’t know much about the country before visiting. You can also visit some offbeat museums such as the Workers Museum or the Danish Jewish Museum.
As the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen is also home to several royal residences, which I’ve written more about. Christiansborg Palace is an absolute must, with gorgeous interiors and fantastic views of the city. It also has an arsenal museum on site if you’re into military history. Amalienborg Palace is the current residence of the Danish royal family. However, my favourite place in Copenhagen is Rosenborg Slot, a beautiful Renaissance castle. Even though Frederiksberg is technically its own city, it’s located geographically in Copenhagen and has its own palace which is worth a visit.
I strongly recommend taking a boat tour to see the city as many locals have a boat, live on a boat, or work on a boat. It’s a huge port city so to see it from the water is to see it as many others do.
The most famous part of Copenhagen is Nyhavn, the area with the coloured houses along boat-filled canals.
It’s quite a small area but is still picturesque. You have to go to Christiania/Freetown Christiania because it’s a huge part of Danish modern culture. Note that photography is forbidden in certain areas but even if you don’t smoke the leaf, there’s a tonne of different art you can enjoy, especially street art. Stop in the famous food court Copenhagen Street Food for some food from around the world, or just walk around the area to find some good eats. Copenhagen has a tonne of food dives to check out, including several vegan and vegetarian restaurants. Be sure to try out their local specialty smørrebrød whether it’s with meat or not.
If taking a picture of the “black diamond” isn’t enough, go inside the Skuespilhuset (theatre) to see a show. If being outdoors is more your thing, head over to the Kastellet former military fortress, which is a actually a relaxing place to ride a bike, take a walk, have a picnic or even see a show. It is also in this area that you can see The Little Mermaid statue.
For another good view, you can go to the top of Rundetaarn (round tower) or the Church of our Saviour – the Rundetaarn is a popular destination and there’s no real heavy climbing but the Church requires a bit of knee grease to reach the top.
Alright, now it’s time to examine the word that describes the Danish way of life – hygge. According to Hygge House, it’s “a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.” So was Copenhagen cosy, charming and special?
Copenhagen is definitely a very laid-back city that is huge on nightlife. Even though there’s definitely no shortage of places to go and things to do in Copenhagen, I felt like it was lacking the small things that make a city really cute and cosy, in my humble opinion. The focus is more on nightlife and that’s not really my scene. Because of fires, Copenhagen doesn’t have much of medieval city remains, but the area near the Runetaarn and the Stork Fountain definitely feels the most historic. However the real focus on Copenhagen isn’t so much the architecture but the modern art that makes up the city.
So would I say that Copenhagen gave me hygge? Not really. I’m not into modern art or nightlife so it just didn’t really make me feel cosy. However the people there are very friendly and nice, and this is my opinion alone. Copenhagen has a lot to offer and charms a lot of people, and I’d gladly go back.
Have you ever been to Copenhagen? Did you experience hygge?
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Posted on Friday, June 22, 2018 in Destinations
Tags: copenhagen, denmark, europe