Well, my first adventure of 2016 to København has come and gone.
It was certainly a winter wonderland in the capital city of Denmark. We arrived to beautiful, bright blue skies and bits of snow on the ground. After an evening of strolling around most of the very compact and seemingly sleepy city, the following day was complete with a snowfall all throughout the morning!
Some of the main places we visited included:
This is the main shopping street in Copenhagen. It’s car-free and one of the longest shopping streets in Europe. Many tourists abound this area, naturally, and many flashy advertisements and billboards made it feel very American. (Whether or not that is a good thing is up to your own judgement!)
Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid)
A statue made by Edvard Eriksen, she is based on the story of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson. She has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in Copenhagen since 1913. I personally didn’t find her terribly mesmerising, but she is supposedly the original mermaid statue.
Really cool from above (while looking on Google Maps) as this is a star-shaped fortress, and one of the best preserved in Europe at that, but from the ground, you wouldn’t be able to tell its star formation. Snow covered the “moat” as well around the island, which made the shape harder to tell but made for a peaceful walk.
Tårnet (The Tower)
This is the highest tower in Copenhagen, and sits at Christiansborg Slot (Palace). It is free of charge (yay!), though there can be long queues for the lift to go up and down. We went up the afternoon after it had snowed all morning, so the skies were grey, but from this vantage point, you can see just how flat Copenhagen really is.
This entertainment district felt the most like Amsterdam. It sits on a canal and has many restaurants, bars, and cafes. Although it is an entertainment area, it was oddly quiet as we strolled through on a chilly Friday night.
Rosenborg Slot (Castle)
She is considered a castle, but compared to Edinburgh Castle, Rosenborg Slot is really more like a palace. You are able to walk through a number of floors housing many artifacts, including the Danish Crown Jewels (which you are allowed to take photos of).
Well, this area was something else. Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood, complete with a “Green Light District” (aka Smoke Your Weed) and lots of graffiti. It is pedestrian only and a major tourist attraction. Walking through it, there was a weird feeling in the air that I’m not sure how to describe. Definitely not somewhere to visit alone at nighttime.
That about sums up most of the areas we visited. Now, neither of us are big foodies, but we did go to one of the oldest confectioneries in Denmark called Conditori La Glace. We queued outside for a short while before being seated at a very “hygge” table inside. The cakes are delicious and hot chocolate is served in a pot!
Traveling to Copenhagen was a great experience and a brief peek into the world of Scandanavia. I personally don’t expect a re-visit to Copenhagen but should you decide to visit (which I do recommend), do bring some extra Danish Krone as most of our cash went towards food.
Please visit my portfolio for a few snapshots of the winter wonderland 🙂
Upcoming in February is the Caribbean and Oslo!