Copenhagen (København) is Denmark’s capital city and has a long and rich history. It is home to many palaces, historic buildings and cultural relics.
Before people visit Copenhagen, the image that usually pops to mind is multicoloured buildings set aside the canal, perfectly clean streets and attractions flocked with tourists. This is exactly what you will find.
Things to do:
A visit here wouldn’t be complete without strolling along the picturesque Nyhavn. This is where you will find the canal system and the multi-coloured buildings, synonymous with Copenhagen. Neatly lined cafes filled with wealthy Danes sipping coffee and eating frikadella, whilst beautiful wooden boats make their way into the harbour.
If you want to be more adventurous, visit Christiania. This place was once a commercial centre in the 1920’s, now it’s for alternative thinking where anything goes. It is basically cut off from the rest of the city with its own set of rules. But don’t visit for that reason, visit for the independent small shops, unique food and because it is a must-see in Copenhagen.
A canal tour is a great way to see the city in a different view. Starting at the Nyhavn dock you will pass most major landmarks and learn a lot about the city from the helpful guides on board the boats. One notable place you will see is the Black Diamond Royal Library, where it was constructed to tilt towards the water so it glittered in the sunlight. If you want to do something a bit more active, you can rent kayaks for free if you collect rubbish on your way!
Hopping over to Sweden may sound strange, but because Malmö is so close to Copenhagen, it is definitely worth visiting. Not just because Malmö is a cool place to visit, but because of the journey there will be worth it! Take the train across the famous Oresund Bridge (and the undersea tunnel) and you will see stunning views of the coastlines of Denmark and Norway.
The most photographed thing in Copenhagen is The Little Mermaid, quite literally. It is very small and strangely underwhelming, but for some strange reason, it is something that every tourist flocks to see! If you do want to visit, take a boat out and do it a more unique way rather than being crowded out by the masses on the shore.
Where to eat:
Copenhagen has grown into a gastronomic metropolis with foods sampled from all over the world. One place not to be missed is Market Torvehallerne, this modern market has different food counters where you can pick from the Danish speciality of Frikadella (meatballs) and smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches). You will also find fresh ingredients and many different options for meals.
If you want to fine dine, then Copenhagen has a lot to offer. Hooked Seafood Kitchen is a must for seafood lovers. This place is very simple but the food is fresh and extremely tasty. If you’re after a meal with a view, then book a table at La Banchina. It has the best water views in the city. If you want to eat like a Scandinavian, then Höst is definitely worth going to. They make good quality dishes made using seasonal regional produce.
What to wear in Copenhagen?
This depends on what time of year you are travelling to Copenhagen. Like many places in Scandinavia, it can be very warm in summer and it is the perfect time to take advantage of the area’s waterfront and coastline. In winter it can reach minus temperatures very easily. It is a stylish city and you’ve got to keep up…