Hello friends! Sorry for my blog absence again – I have been a little preoccupied these days with work so the blog took a bit of a back seat. I have a few fun posts in store for you, though, inspired by my recent trip to Copenhagen!
During the fall holidays, S and I made a 4-day trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. Neither he nor I had ever been there before and we had always wanted to go. When we found affordable flights to Copenhagen during the first week of November, we finally decided to make it happen. Now, early November may not seem like a great time to visit a chilly Scandinavian country, but we enjoyed ourselves immensely. The city wasn’t too crowded with tourists and we packed scarves, hats, and gloves to stay warm. We prepared for some hygge and that’s what we got.
Also! I got a new camera. I’d been eyeing a few models since February and finally took the plunge in honour of this trip. I’m still learning all the features, but hopefully the quality of the photos will be a bit better.
I’ve put together a summary of the top sights we visited in the city that I can recommend to you.
Sightseeing in Copenhagen
Nyhavn is a colourful 17th-century waterfront canal that was originally a prosperous commercial port. Today it is a top sightseeing attraction and entertainment district. Distinguished by the colourful buildings, bobbing boats, and pricey restaurants, Nyhavn is a must visit spot in Copenhagen, if only for the quintessential snapshot of the city.
Rosenborg Castle is a Danish renaissance castle built by Christian IV in the early 17th century. Originally a summer palace, today the museum inside houses art collections, Denmark’s Crown Jewels, and Royal Regalia. Tip: The museum has limited opening hours in the winter (10am-2pm), so plan ahead. You can also stroll through the beautiful gardens for free, which is what we did. Apparently the castle garden is gorgeous in the summertime.
Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park and garden in central Copenhagen. The second oldest amusement park in the world, Tivoli is a great place to spend an afternoon reliving your childhood. The park was all done up for Halloween with pumpkins and decorations everywhere. Truly enchanting! Tip: The ticket price is cheaper if you go from Monday-Thursday. You can buy entrance tickets online in advance to avoid waiting in line to get in. Note: The gardens are currently closed until November 18, 2017 while they prepare the Christmas decor inside.
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Strøget is a pedestrian-only, car-free shopping area in the centre of Copenhagen. As one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets, it’s a great place for a bit of shopping, people watching, and leisurely strolling. Pop into a cafe to warm up or simply enjoy the buzz of the city all around you.
Christiansborg Palace was the former residence of the Danish Royal family. Today, it houses the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State. You can go up to the top of the tower for free for a sweeping view of the city (but be prepared to wait in line – we did for 1 hour :I). Tip: The view from the Rundetaarn (Round Tower) was also recommended to us, but you have to pay to go up there.
The current residence of the Danish Royal Family, Amalienborg Palace is actually a collection of 4 buildings, each used for a different part of the Royal Family. Did you know that Denmark has the world’s oldest monarchy? I didn’t either until right now when researching the palace. If you’re into a bit of pomp, check out the changing of the guards at 12pm.
(By the way, the photo above isn’t mine (if the blue sky isn’t a giveaway already). When we visited Amalienborg Palace, it was already too dark to take good photos. So please enjoy this copyright free stock photo. )
The Little Mermaid
The classic Little Mermaid statue was the last sight we saw before leaving Copenhagen and the last photo I captured on my camera before my battery died; I did take close to 700 photos on this 4-day trip, so I don’t blame the battery for giving out. At Langelinje Pier, The Little Mermaid is one of Copenhagen’s top sights. The statue was given as a gift to the City of Copenhagen by Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen (son of the inventor of the Carlsberg brewery). The statue is in fact quite little, so keep your expectations in check. She really is quite lovely, though, don’t you think?
There’s more to see in Copenhagen, of course, including colourful, alternative Freetown Christiania, the National Museum of Denmark, Visit Carlsberg (the location of the first Carlsberg brewery), and more. I plan to talk about the famous food hall Torvehallerne and Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island in a future post about places to eat in the city – don’t worry, I didn’t miss out on these spots!
I’ve included a map below of my recommended sights to help you plan your own sightseeing in Copenhagen.
What are your top sights in Copenhagen? Which sights should I make sure to see during my next visit?
P.P.S. I’m sharing photos of our trip to Copenhagen on IG – check out our scandi holiday on Instagram @kaffeeundkuchenblog!