J and I recently embarked on a 4 month trip around Europe and decided to start the journey with a week long stay with friends in Copenhagen, Denmark. Although February isn’t the ideal month to visit (grey skies without the magic of Christmas lights) we had a wonderful time slowly exploring many corners of this stylish city.
Start in the historic Nyhavn and take your time to admire the unique character of each of the canal-side buidlings. The canal tour is a must and leaves from the beginning of Nyhavn.
Afterwards, you can cross the ‘Kiss Bridge’ (as the Copenhagen people have nicknamed it) to Christianshavn and do some more exploring.
Our favourite street in Copenhagen was Magstræde and the ones surrounding it. It was an incredibly cold afternoon when we stumbled upon Magstræde and it was somehow magical as we watched little children taking a stroll with their parents and playing tip. We couldn’t help but think about back home and that no one would dare to even step outside if it was that cold in Australia!
A visit to the lakes area in the city is also worth the walk. A very popular spot for locals on a sunny afternoon!
I had been to Copenhagen in the past and loved delving into the Royal tradition of this country but decided not to subject J to hours of castle visits (we still have months left for that!). We did however watch the changing of the guard at the Amalienborg Palace which is quite a sight. Of the city castles, Rosenborg is the most elaborate and interesting with its Crown Jewel collection and beautiful surrounding gardens.
Copenhagen is a particularly green city with many gardens to wander, whatever time of the year you visit. Frederiksberg garden, with its sprawling lawns and dense trees definitely transports you out of the city.
Close by and definitely worth visiting is the Carlsberg museum (this was the highlight for J). The evolution of this iconic beer company is very interesting (and far further reaching than most would imagine). The horses were a bonus that definitely didn’t go unnoticed by me!
Copenhagen is overflowing with ‘hyggely’ (this a Danish word which cannot be directly translated into English but is essentially a cozy and warm feeling) café’s. At Mad & Kaffe you can build your own ‘big’ or small breakfast and is great as a stop on the way to Carlsberg.
Café Norden is the perfect spot to recharge after some retail therapy (equally to de-frost!) and enjoy an incredible view over Strøget in a beautiful setting. Try the typically Danish Smørrebrød and be warned the serves are generous!
The Torvehallerne market’s are the perfect spot to pick up incredibly fresh and local ingredients for dinner. Make sure you don’t miss the delicious pastries (some were wholemeal, to ease the daily guilt of course!) from Laura’s Bakery and the coffee at The Coffee Collective.
We were lucky enough to be staying at a friends apartment but would suggest staying in an AirBnB within a 5-10 minute walk of the main square, Kongens Nytorv, would give the best access to all the main sights and the real Scandinavian experience.
When basing ourselves in a capital city, we love to get out and do some day trips.
Frederiksborg Castle, north of Copenhagen is known as the 'Versailles of Scandinavia'. The castle itself shares little resemblance to the French masterpiece but has a unique beauty. The chapel was unlike anything we have seen before.
The sculptured gardens on the other hand, do share similarities and are wonderful to explore.
Tip: do not test the thickness/strength of the frozen lakes (J did, and consequently spent the next 20 minutes trying to dry hi boots. The lakes will always win!
Dragor is a much shorter excursion as it is situated on the outskirts of the city. The long jetties and its romantic yellow town buildings are sure to have anyone dreaming of a beachside holiday house.
Make sure you check-in again soon as I will be posting a lot more about our journey through Europe in the coming weeks!
xx The Strawberry Story