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*I spent 4 days in Copenhagen in July 2013 and I loved it! In this blog post, I am going to give you an overview of the city, and provide travel tips and recommendations for things like culture, attractions, food, nightlife and more. Everything you read is based off my own experiences.
Copenhagen is just awesome. Add it to your bucket list on your next Eurotrip!
I actually almost studied abroad in Copenhagen when I was at University, but I ended up choosing Prague instead. Regardless, I’m glad that I had the opportunity to visit and explore this beautiful city.
Copenhagen sort of reminded me of a fusion between Prague (architecturally) and Amsterdam (culturally). It related to Prague with the old architectural buildings and similar street corners around the city. It was similar to Amsterdam in the sense that everyone rides bikes to get around, and the people were very welcoming and friendly.
What I loved about Copenhagen was the lack of tourists on the streets. The tourists seemed to blend in well with the local Danes, and it made me feel more immersed in Danish culture without an obnoxious amount of foreigners.
All around Copenhagen, you’ll find nice cafes, restaurants, shopping areas, gourmet street food, beautiful streets and lively bars. Copenhagen is also picture-perfect and clean. I didn’t see any garbage on the ground and the ambiance in the air was so fresh. Additionally, the city is very well kept and everyone seems to follows the rules. It gives the city a nice and inviting atmosphere.
Okay, now let’s dive into come quick facts!
– Currency: Danish Krone (DKK)
– Language: Danish
– Population: 1.2 million (city), 2 million (metro)
– Copenhagen is the largest city in Scandinavia
– Copenhagen was originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th Century
– Copenhagen has the most bikers per capita in Europe and over 340km of bike lanes
– From Copenhagen, you can take a 20 minute train ride to Malmo, Sweden
– In recent years, Copenhagen was voted the world’s happiest city (2007) and world’s 4th most expensive city (2009)
– The population is expected to grow by 100,000 people every year until 2025
– The legal drinking age in Denmark is 16…
Culture & People
Danish people are easygoing, friendly and helpful.
A few times, my friend and I got lost in the city when we were riding out bikes. But the second I whipped out a map, some locals approached me assisted me on directions. They proceeded to give us other recommendations for where to eat and hang out during the day.
In addition to being friendly, Danish people are incredibly beautiful.
In my opinion, they were on par with Swedes and Norwegians. Tall, skinny, blonde hair and blue eyes is seen all over the streets of Copenhagen. I don’t understand how everyone in one place can be so attractive, but it’s a reality in Copenhagen. All you have to do is say “hello” and smile at them, and they will be open to get to know you.
The summertime is the best time to visit Copenhagen, because when the sun is shining, Danish people love to relax and enjoy the day. Many of the parks around the city are filled with young adults having a picnic, drinking beer, and hanging out with their friends. Danes all speak perfect English, so you can approach people without worrying about a language barrier.
I couldn’t help buy have a smile on my face at all times. Everyone appears to be so content and living the happiest life of anyone in the world. Enjoy the blissful ambiance that is found all over Copenhagen.
I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and make some new local friends! Click this link to learn the Top 10 Danish Words to keep in your back pocket 😉
What to Do?
There are loads of things to do and see in Copenhagen!
First on the list is to check out Nyhavn– originally a busy commercial port for ships but now the most picturesque street in Copenhagen with colorful houses and classy restaurants (shown in pic).
Next, I advise you to take a stroll down Strøget Street– Copenhagen’s largest shopping area in the heart of the city. Also, you should spend an afternoon at Tivoli, the second oldest amusement park in the world. And finally, when you want some chill time, relax for a few hours at The King’s Garden Park.
For transportation, the #1 thing that I can recommend is to rent a bike! Most, if not all, hostels in Copenhagen have a bike rental service for something like €10/day. It’s a great way to explore Copenhagen and pretty much everyone rides a bike to get around town. Copenhagen is actually considered to be the most “biker friendly” city in Europe. You’ll see a surprising amount of people utilizing the massive bike lanes during all times of the day. Jump on in and be one with the culture!
The best kept hidden secret in Europe is in Copenhagen – it’s called Christiania.
It’s a free/hippie area of the city where you can legally buy and consume marijuana. Everyone is so chilled and friendly, and it’s absolutely amazing. If you want to know more about it, then read about it in my post: “The Magical Wonders of Christiania.”
For a more complete list on this do to, check out my post on 10 Things to do in Copenhagen.
Danish Food consists of lots of meat and fresh seafood. They are famous for their open-faced sandwiches called smørrebrød, which are very common for lunch and found all over the city.
The cheapest street food that I found were the hot dogs (shown in pic). They are called Pølsevogn in Danish, and you can find them all over the city from booth-style street vendors.
Danes also take pride in their beer drinking- especially the local brews of Carlsberg and Tuborg. These two beers are fantastic if you haven’t tried them before and are sold in every bar and restaurant.
To learn more about the best foods, please enjoy my post on 5 Danish Foods to Try.
The nightlife in Copenhagen is lively and thriving with young energy.
Given that the drinking age is 16 (and not really enforced), Danish people start partying at a very young age. Therefore, many bars and clubs around town are packed with beautiful youngsters and it’s difficult to tell how old they are. So be careful!
The most vibrant and trendiest nightlife activity happens in the Meat Packing District– between Central Station and Sønder Blvd. Here you will find a very attractive young bunch partying at the best clubs in town. If you are in Copenhagen on a weekend, then it’s your best bet to head to this district where the fun never ends. If nightclubs aren’t your thing, then don’t worry because there are hundreds of awesome bars scattered around this area and throughout the city.
If you couldn’t already tell, Copenhagen is one of my favorite cities in the world and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
For a complete list of where to party, check out my Ultimate Guide to the Nightlife in Copenhagen.
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