We decided to visit Copenhagen after much reccomendation from family and friends. When we arrived the hype did not disappoint. On the eye its not like other major cities across europe, with most having huge skyscrapers towering over, whereas Copenhagen has more of a big town feel which really adds to the appeal of this beautiful city. It has everything you would want from a city and more. It felt like one of safest places we have visited with everyone being so friendly and their citys cycling lanes making riding a bike enjoyable.
We could go on and on about what we liked about Copenhagen, instead we put down 10 favourites that everyone visiting must do.
We hope you get to enjoy them as much as we did.
1. Christiansborg Palace
The Palace is the power capital of Copenhagen with the government and monarch taking residents here. From the front it’s an amazing building with a statue of a past king on horse outside. Time permitting you can have a tour of the whole place.
The famous Nyhavn you always see on pictures didn’t disappoint. Beautiful view of all the vibrant colourful buildings with ships down the Canal. There are many restaurants to choose from and you can have proper Danish beer here too. A relaxing place to take in the views.
This was one of my favourite places we visited. It’s one of the best preserved fortresses in northern Europe. It is constructed in the form of a pentagon with bastions at its corners. There’s a moat that goes all around the grounds which up high looks amazing. We walked all around the grounds, high up with the wind swirling around. On the hill there’s a windmill which adds to the scenery. Bottom of the hill on the grounds is a church and a yellow building which really stands out.
4. Kings New Square
Under construction when we was there, the square includes the Royal Danish Theatre from 1874, the Charlottenborg Palace from 1671 (now the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts), the Thott Palace from 1683 (now the French Embassy), the Hotel D’Angleterre and the Magasin du Nord department store. Night or day it’s a site of grandeur. Once completed I’m sure it will be a highlight of your visit. There’s also a place for fans of Danish girl, I’ve never seen it but Samira loved it.
This is the main high street of shops in Copenhagen. It feels like a never ending strip of shops but if you love shopping come here. It even has a Lego shop and the Guinness world record museum.
Christianshavn, an area of small islands, is known for its hip cafe culture and canals lined with colourful houseboats. Hotspots include Copenhagen Street Food, for international dining, and Freetown Christiania, an alternative community of ramshackle houses, galleries and music venues. The Copenhagen Opera House offers music, dance and theatre performances, plus tours of its unique glass, metal and wood building. Walking down the river, it really stands out. A very modern looking opera house and one of the most expensive ever built. I recommended book tickets in advance.
7. Copenhagen City Hall
Copenhagen City Hall is situated on City Hall Square and was the first building I saw from the train station. It’s huge and has a lovely clock tower known as Jens Olsen’s World Clock, an incredibly intricate piece of timekeeping. Exploring the square, you can discover the Gothic-style Dragon Fountain, the popular statue of Hans Christian Andersen, and the stone pillar marking the former site of Vesterport, the western gate of the wall which used to surround the city.
With easy access by metro, we visited Fisketorvet on our last day, it’s located on the waterfront. As well as shops, there’s plenty of restaurants to abate your different tastes. We had an all you can eat buffet, never normally my favourite but on this occasion the food was of a good standard. You can enjoy a nice walk across the bridge with new homes being built and they look modern and a future place to live we’ve decided.
9. Utterslev moose
Utterslev Mose is a large semi-natural area of lakes, reed beds and parkland located on the border between Copenhagen and Gladsaxe municipalities, approximately six kilometres northwest of central Copenhagen, Denmark. It is surrounded by the neighbourhoods Brønshøj, Tingbjerg, Utterslev, Søborg and Emdrup. It’s a great walk and has plenty of parks for the little ones.
Denmark’s churches are mostly Lutheran, so they are typically understated, with soaring skylights letting in natural light. White is the predominant colour, with accents of gold seen quite often, and there are often impressive, detailed sculptures. Christiansborg Slotskirke has been the site of Royal christenings and funerals for centuries, while The Church of Our Lady has hosted many Royal weddings, most recently that of Crown Prince Frederik and Mary Donaldson in 2004. Overlooking the grounds of Amalienborg Palace, The Marble Church is an impressive domed church built from limestone; it’s the largest of its kind in Scandinavia. This was my second favourite church but our favourite was Church of Our Saviour, seen from a distance away gleaming gold with its helix spire with an external winding staircase that can be climbed to the top, offering extensive views over central Copenhagen is a sight to behold. Inside is worth a look but the real beauty is from the outside with its architecture.
Review of Copenhagen
Of course when you visit a place, you can only guess what it’s like but what everyone says about Copenhagen is true and more.
The people are nice and a respectful people. It has everything you want in the city and even more on the outskirts. You feel you’re in a city but not a city in a really good way. This is definitely a place to come if you’re a traveller, a couple or a family, it’s for everyone.
If you haven’t visited yet, make it your next trip, and if you have been before, make sure you go again. The Smiths love Copenhagen and we hope you’ll love it to.
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