What comes to your mind when you think of Copenhagen? Of course you think of the colourful houses, the cycling crowds, Danish beer and Scandinavian architecture. Copenhagen is that and much more!
Earlier this year, I came across a splendid opportunity to travel to the beautiful city of Copenhagen and got to explore the city all by myself. Since I had about 5 days in hand, I made sure to go around and see as much as I could and also made it a point to walk to most places; as they say, Copenhagen can be best explored on foot.
You would not be disappointed when you come across sweet little lanes and corners that are so pretty and eye-catching, and of course Instagram-worthy! The best part about my travel was definitely the weather. That week of August was cool and breezy, just with the right amount of sun (and thank the good Lords, there was not one drop of the unexpected, cold and windy European rainfall).
Here’s a list of places I visited and what I liked most about them.
- The Boat Tour:
If you love exploring cities on water then this is something that would surely interest you. The boat ride shows you a part of Copenhagen that you would not be able to see otherwise. The guided tour lasts about an hour and takes you through different neighborhoods of the city.
Those colourful houses and cool boats you see every time you search for Copenhagen online is this splendid harbour called Nyhavn. No amount of pictures I took could match up to what the place looked in reality. Bustling with life and with amazing options for foods, Nyhavn should definitely be on everyone’s list of places to visit in Copenhagen.
- Carlsberg Beer Museum:
If you’re a beer fanatic and are interested in learning about how your favourite brew came into existence then this is the place to go. Post the museum tour, you can spend your afternoon eating at the café outside the museum while you chug on some cold beer.
- Tivoli Gardens:
This is Copenhagen’s most famous and entertaining amusement park catering to people of all ages. Just a few minutes’ walk away from the City Hall and the Copenhagen Central Station, visit Tivoli for a thrilling experience. Tivoli hosts multiple sorts of events everyday – musicals, ballets, concerts, etc.. Since I’m not the ‘oh let’s ride all these roller coasters’ kinda girl, I settled for an appetizing dinner at Restaurant Grøften and a walk around Tivoli while it was all lit up; I also got to see the Cinderella ballet, which was fabulous!
This is an art museum founded by Carl Jacobsen boasting ancient and modern arts in a very pleasant architectural surrounding. From modern Danish paintings to over 3500 years old of Egyptian, Greek and Roman sculptures, Glyptoteket is ideal for an art lover. Take a breather between your long strolls through the museum at the beautiful Winter Gardens.
- Rosenborg Castle Gardens & Kongen Have:
For someone who loves flowers more than anything, a stroll around this alluring garden was just what I needed after a tiring afternoon walking around the Rosenborg Castle. After seeing the flower display, head straight to Kongens Have Park (The King’s Garden) to get away from the bustle of the city. Inside the park, you’ll also find statues of people from the past and play areas for children. Post this, you could explore the posh neighbourhood of Krusemyntegade to soothe your eyes and of course, to get some pics for the gram!
- Freetown Christiania & Amager Beach Park: Want to step away from that city life and just let go? These are the places to be. The controversial town of Christiania is famous for their wall murals and the free trade of cannabis whereas Amager is famous for the 4km long stretch of man-made beach. Wanting to bathe in the sun? Here is where you must go.
Out of the many places I got to visit, I thought these were worth spending time at. If you’re not the kind to walk around, you could hire a bicycle and be a local (but don’t forget to follow road safety and rules while you do so)!
If you have more time on your hands, I would highly recommend looking for the Forgotten Giants. Here’s a link to know more: http://thomasdambo.com/works/forgotten-giants/
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