Copenhagen: Beauty of the north
January 1, 1970
by Adriana Danielovicova
The capital of Denmark will take your breath away. I promise.
I would never have thought of Copenhagen as a must-see or as a place ranked high on my bucketlist. But oh, how huge mistake it was! After my study abroad in California, where I have met my Danish boyfriend, I was sure that I will visit this city quite often. And it only took ONE visit to completely fall in love. With Copenhagen of course, I was completely in love with my boyfriend already.
Denmark is considered to be the happiest country in the world. I am not sure yet, if you can see it in the people you meet there, but this city definitely has SOMETHING. A charm, an atmosphere. Maybe it’s because of the beautiful canals crossing the city. Or the breathtaking architecture. Lively colors of buildings in Nyhavn. Or maybe it is the cold Nordic wind followed by the pleasant warmth in your heart.
Copenhagen is located on the Sjælland island, divided from Sweden only by beautiful Øresund bridge, surrounded by the cold Baltic sea. In the early 10th century this city and the part of the world its located in was a home of famous Vikings. Now it is a home of many beautiful landmarks, such as the Little Mermaid Statue, Tivoli gardens or many of its castles and palaces. Its architecture is mix between old and modern, which creates an amazing symbiosis. The only minus this city has is that it is cold. And rainy. I believe that it won’t be cold for everyone though. And it also offers some really nice beaches, which I, unfortunately, did not have a chance to see. Yet. But anyway, when I first went there, I didn’t have any high expectations. And I must admit, I was terribly wrong. I am completely in love with it!
Copenhagen has a lot to offer. Cozy cafés and fancy restaurants. Architecture, parks, water. Many shops to spend your money in. Or, you will spend your money everywhere, Copenhagen is crazy expensive, haha. Let’s take a closer look at the sights I like the most and I am sure, you won’t make a mistake by going there.
Nyhavn is certainly the most photographed spot in Copenhagen. Well, I do understand, it’s beautiful. Both parts of this canal are lined by colorful houses, cafés and people enjoying the sunrays, which are not that common for Denmark. I’ve seen Nyhavn in both rainy and sunny weather and believe me, this is one of the little places that does not lose any of its charm in rain or ugly weather. Some of the oldest houses are from the end of 17th century and also a famous Danish writer, Hans Christian Andersen, used to live here, in a house No. 67.
Kongens Have and the Rosenborg Slot (castle).
This beautiful green place is the country’s oldest royal garden. And the Rosenborg castle is not only amazing, it is also a home for the Danish royal jewels. The lions guarding the entrance to Rosenborg are life-sized! And very very photogenic, haha.
Marmorkirken (Frederik’s church).
I have a passion for churches and this one is definitely the prettiest one in Copenhagen. You can’t miss it when you go to see Amalienborg, the home of the Danish royal family. The picture below also shows two random lovers, who perfectly fit into this romantic atmosphere.
This is a self-proclaimed neighborhood in Copenhagen, considering itself to be different than the rest of the city. And it really is. Christiania is famous for its open cannabis trade. Just go and see. My boyfriend said that it lost its charm, but well, I haven’t seen it before and for me it definitely has the charm! But remember, NO PHOTO on the Pusher street.
Tivoli is an amusement park in the heart of Copenhagen, but it offers a lot more. It is the second oldest still operating amusement park in the world, opened in 1843. For me, the evening date in Tivoli, watching the light show on the water and late night fireworks was one of the best ones ever and I strongly recommend you to do the same! Just walk down the “streets” in this beautiful park and enjoy its wonderful atmosphere.
From most parts of Europe, the flights to this amazing northern city are quite cheap. Go. This lovely city is small enough to walk from one attraction to another, while enjoying its atmosphere. Go and enjoy your hugge, as Danes call warm and cozy atmosphere. Or not, it’s actually impossible to explain. And I think I don’t even understand what it actually is, probably only Danes know. Well, hygge is just hygge. Go and try it! You won’t regret.
If you want to see some more pictures from Copenhagen or any other place I have visited, check my instagram, it is full of pictures from amazing places all around the world! And if you have any question, just leave me a message, I will be happy to respond! Have a nice day, guys!