Hello! It’s been awhile. But I have returned and am now gently easing back into the swing of things. It feels great to be writing again!
Throughout August and September, my mother was visiting us. We had a great time just catching up and generally causing trouble in London.
We decided to take a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, at the beginning of September. It was a fantastic way to end the summer holidays. The weather was mostly a mix of clouds and sun with mild temperatures but I was told they had rain the week before we arrived. We got lucky with the weather, once again. To be honest, all of our holidays this summer have been nothing short of perfect in terms of weather…except one crazy, out-of-nowhere storm we experienced while we were visiting Lake Como, Italy. Fingers crossed the beautiful weather continues to favor us when we travel!
This particular trip was more about spending time with family so I didn’t get as many pictures as I normally would but I hope you enjoy what I did manage to capture. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I have to say that Copenhagen is definitely a place that I would wholeheartedly welcome the opportunity to go back again.
Things to See and Do in Copenhagen, Denmark
Tivoli Gardens was a fun way to spend a day together. There are rides, food and drink and its all set in an unusually pretty environment…for a theme park.
But as much as I enjoyed the actual park I was completely taken with the gorgeous dahlias that were planted throughout in all different sizes and colors.
Water Taxi Tour
Swanning around on a boat was a fun and relaxing way to see some of the highlights of Copenhagen. There was quite a bit to see and we thought it was interesting to view it from the perspective of the water.
The Little Mermaid
Even though you can see The Little Mermaid from the boat on nearly all of the water taxi tours it is worth making the brief trip out of the way to see her in person. And though she be but little, she is fierce. This mermaid has survived a good bit over the years. She’s lost her head twice and she’s even traveled to China.
Probably the most iconic collection of colorful buildings in Copenhagen, Nyhavn is the quintessential area to stroll along the water as well as get a bite to eat with an instagrammable backdrop. When we were there is was extremely crowded as the weather was perfect for being outside.
Rosenborg Castle – Parkmuseerne
Located in King’s Park, Rosenborg Castle is a beautiful treasure trove that celebrates over 400 years of Denmark’s Royal history. From works of art to crown jewels, the castle is a visual feast. The grounds surrounding the castle are really nice, too. We found people sprawled all over the place soaking up the warm weather like they do in London when the sun is shining.
The Royal Danish Opera House
This unique and contemporary opera house brought back memories of Oslo, Norway, for me the moment I saw it. We were only in Copenhagen for a few days and I’m disappointed that we didn’t get the opportunity to tour the building or take in a performance like we’ve done in the past in cities we’ve visited. There’s something special about the opera houses in Europe and I can’t help but fall in love with them.
The old Stock Exchange building is one of the oldest in Copenhagen and is quite impressive in size. Constructed in the 17th century, it is now used as the Chamber of Commerce. If you look very closely you can see that the building’s spire is designed to look like four dragon tails intertwined.
Christianborg Palace is the multi-tasking home of the seat of Danish Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court of Denmark. And like everywhere else in Europe it seems, there is construction going on right in front of it. I haven’t toured a city that didn’t have a skyline dotted with cranes or streets torn up. I’m sure its a never ending effort to maintain these beautiful, old cities.
The palace was closed on the day we were in the area so we didn’t go in to visit but there are areas of the palace that are open to the public.
Amalienborg is home to the Danish Royal Family. Built in the 17th century, it wasn’t the first home of the family but became so in 1794 when there was a fire at Christianborg Palace, their original home, and they were displaced. They’ve remained at Amalienborg ever since.
The property actually consists of four palaces named for Christian VII, Christian VIII, Christian IX and Frederick VIII.
Very much like Buckingham Palace in London, it is guarded 24 hours a day by Royal Life Guards. They also have a daily guard change.
Also known as The Marble Church, it is located across the street from Amalienborg. The building of this church started in 1749 but it ended up sitting incomplete for almost 150 years before construction was resumed. It finally opened in 1894.
Things to Eat and Drink in Copenhagen, Denmark
Although photographs are allowed (from what I found in my online research) I was not at all comfortable taking them while visiting Freetown. If you’re not familiar with this area of Copenhagen, it was originally an experimental community that started in abandoned military buildings in the late 1970’s. Marajuana is openly sold there and I didn’t want to potentially upset anyone. The community is quite a sight to see. There are murals everywhere and music playing. The scent of pot fills the air and there is a relaxed vibe. I can’t imagine why!
We went there one evening to have dinner. Yes, just dinner, I promise! We went to Cafe Nemoland and to our great surprise the food was really good. I imagine there’s no better place to go when you have the munchies, though!
The meatpacking district has been revitalized and repurposed into a trendy area with lots of restaurants.
We saw everything being offered from whole roast pigs and barbecue to hot dogs. As we previously discovered when we visited Reykjavik, Iceland, Copenhagen is also known to have good hotdogs (of all things). We ended up eating at John’s Hotdog Deli one night and it was amazing. I’m not usually a huge fan of hotdogs but these were incredible.
But to be fair, the dogs in Reykjavik and Copenhagen are nothing like an American hotdog…they’re more like sausage. And they’re so, so much better.
Although it is not as as interactive as the Guinness or Heineken breweries, the Carlsberg brewery is still interesting and worth a trip to see.
Upon entering the property you can instantly smell the hops wafting through the air. It also has an interesting collation of thousands of beer bottles from all over the world that I found really interesting.
The day we visited there were 22,627 bottles in the collection. There is also a nice outside seating area to enjoy a beer or two once finished touring the old brewery.
There are many cafes and bakeries throughout Copenhagen, but the pastries at La Glace and Sankt Peder’s Bakery were hands down our favorite. In fact, Sankt Peder’s Bakery sells 4,000 cinnamon buns every Wednesday. And they are worth every single calorie.
Where to Find the Best Shopping in Copenhagen (In My Opinion)
Copenhagen has a fantastic street called Strøget that’s filled with shops ranging from souvenir shops to department stores to luxury shops such as Hermès (no, I didn’t go in. I forced myself to stay out of trouble but I’ll tell you it wasn’t easy).
There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants in the area to refuel after a long day of spending money.
Copenhagen ended up being one of those places where I feel like I needed more time because there was still more that I wanted to do. Have you been to Copenhagen or other areas of Denmark? I’d love for you to share your experiences with me in the comments area below.
Thanks for reading!