I’ve wanted to visit Denmark for a while. Its one of the most stylish places from a design perspective, is a totally different experience from travelling in southern Europe, embraces English as a language and is said to be one of the happiest place to live.
I instagram’ed A LOT while there so let me share with you what I saw, discovered and felt…
The airport – yep, Denmark scores high in the design department, even the airport is stunning.
There are a lot of royal palaces to visit as various ones were built, burnt down or replaced since the 1700’s. The current royal family live in two modest palaces (similar to an English stately home size) protected by Bearskin wearing guards not unlike ours.
The Little Mermaid has to be THE thing to visit while in Copenhagen. It can be reached on foot and is quite amazing to see in real life. Hans Christian Andersons legacy can be seen all around the city and gives it a magical air. I have to say I got quite emotional seeing it in real life. There is also a ‘Big Mermaid’ to visit further up the shores edge where you can also do watersports and sail.
Copenhagen is quite unique as it has a theme park right in the middle of the city. Tivoli Gardens was founded in 1843 and has become one of the cities biggest attractions. Hans Christian Andersen visited many times, as did Walt Disney who was said to of used it as inspiration for Disneyland. Part of Tivoli Gardens’ secret is that there is something for everyone – the scenery is beautiful with exotic architecture, theres fantastic food and drink, it has historic buildings and of course the famous gardens. At night, thousands of coloured lights create a fairy tale atmosphere that is completely unlike anywhere I’ve ever been to. It is quite expensive if you want to go on all the rides and eat dinner but its definitely worth it. I will never forget how magical it was.
For a great view of the city visit the Rundetårn (The Round Tower) which is a 17th-century tower built as an astrological observatory. It is most well known for its corkscrew style path instead of stairs leading to the top, and for the great views over Copenhagen. We liked the glass floor where you could look down and see how high you were plus we got to do one of our holiday traditions of kissing at the highest point we can find in the city!
Denmarks food is fresh, simple and tasty. Copenhagen is expensive to eat and drink so it was great to have a good breakfast at the hotel before we started our day. Hot breakfasts arent really a thing in Denmark so expect boiled eggs, breads, meats to make sandwiches, yoghurt and many types of pastries. Open sandwiches with variations of salt beef, roast beef, fried eggs, beetroot, herring, liver paté and rye bread should definitely be tried for lunch. And for dinner? Well I loved their steaks…
If you picture Copenhagen you will probably picture the postcard prettiness of Nyhavn (New Harbour). Bright coloured buildings line the side of the canal with lots of beautiful boats moored there. Its a great place to eat and drink or take one of the sightseeing boats round the city – we did both. Absolute holiday perfection.
Last year we visited Barcelona and left a engraved padlock there and it has now become a holiday tradition to do so. This years padlock is now happily amongst the others on the bridge at Bryggebroen where you will find hundreds of other peoples padlocks too.
If you don’t know the idea, also seen in many other big cities, it is that couples come and lock their padlocks (decorated with their names, dates and other messages) to the wires of the bridge, then throw the keys to the water below as a sign of unbreakable love. Pretty romantic, eh? See our love lock below…
As well as the old, Copenhagen also has some amazing modern architecture. It really takes your breath away as it is such a stylish place. My favourite was the ‘Black Diamond’ building (seen below with us reflected in it) built to reflect the water all around so ever shimmering like a gem and close second was the Opera House (seen after).
I did some shopping of course! Strøget, the main shopping street in the city is Europe’s longest pedestrianised thoroughfare, running for well over 1,000 yards. The selection of designer homewares is amazing with recognisable Danish brands everywhere plus lots of antique shops. There’s also a real ‘healthy’ feel to shopping with the biggest selection of fitness clothing across different shops that I’ve ever seen including specific departments just for kids. Clothing wise, H&M rules the high street and its not hard to see why. Look out for further blogs on what I bought there! My partner loves Lego and he was not dissapointed either. Made in Denmark its presence is strong in department stores, toy shops and its own stores and it looks great.
Continuing the healthy feel, there are so many people riding bikes. It is a very ‘green’ city and you can hire bikes and park them pretty much anywhere. This leads to a very laid back vibe, with the streets clean and quiet.
We found everything really easy in Copenhagen. You can fly there cheaply (our flights only cost us around £50 each return and that was during the Easter break), the people are very friendly, everyone speaks English and signs/announmcements are all in both languages. The weather in April was warm and not that different to the UK. Its easy to get from the airport to the city centre (about 20 mins on the train) and the city can be navigated easily on foot or by metro/train. It has definitely become one of my favourite places and I would highly recommend a visit.
Its the perfect city break!