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6 Reasons Why I Love Copenhagen

by Katie Sorene

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Smoked your way through Amsterdam? Snow ploughed through Switzerland? Let me tell you why Copenhagen should be the next target on your European hit list.

A recent trip to the TBEX (Travel Bloggers’ Exchange) European Conference, brought me to Copenhagen.

I met hoards of travel bloggers from around the world, all doing what they love  – traveling and writing about it.

I managed to get a snap shot of the city and it was a pretty picture.

Here are 6 reasons why I love Copenhagen!

1) ROBOTIC FUNCTIONALITY

White-washed walls, mechanical precision and functionality. Things work in Copenhagen. But there’s also an edgy vibe about the place – a bit like stepping into A Clockwork Orange. Kinda cool.

Here’s my space-saving hotel room at Wake up Copenhagen:

Everything you need perfectly arranged into a small square. And the room-rate of $100 a night, was not bad at all for this very pricey city.

2) AN EMPHASIS ON CAKE

Here’s a Danish Pastry (wienerbrød):

A cinnamon wienerbrød and coffee cost me the price of a small car in Illums department store but it was tasty nonetheless.

And of course there were more pastries:

And cupcakes:

And macaroons:

I could go on but we’ll leave it there.

3) COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Here’s a wiener wagon (pølsevogn):

There are hundreds of scattered them across the city. The idea is to grab a hot dog and have some idle chit-chat with the strangers hanging around the sausage stand.

Also, bikes are free in Copenhagen. Just grab one, put in a 20Kr coin, return it to a bike stand when you’re done and you’ll get your money back.

The concept of community has been pushed to extremes in Christiana – a self-governing “free town” set up on the site of old military barracks. Since 1971 the community has offered an alternative to mainstream culture in Copenhagen.


Pusher Street, Christiana: soft drugs permitted, photos prohibited

4) A FAIRY TALE PAST

Danish author Hans Christian Andersen brought The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and Thumbelina into our lives.

The home of such a fairy tale heavyweight is bound to exude some magic. You can feel it here:

And of course here:

The Little Mermaid Statue in Østerbro (currently on loan to the Chinese).

5) A PASSION FOR FOOD

Best restaurant in the world, Noma put Copenhagen firmly on the world’s gastronomic map.

Chef Claus Meyer is a front-runner of the New Nordic Cuisine movement.

But irrespective of this nouveau food movement, people take eating very seriously.

This nice chap from the famous Meyers Bakery told us he “never gets tired of bread”.

There’s an adventurous food spirit in the air, this Australian restaurant Reef n’ Beef served up:

Kangaroo Wellington:

Crocodile Won Ton:

And Emu Carpaccio:

And the Danish diners piled in not blinking an eye-lid at the menu that read like a Sydney zoo.

6) A PARTY CITY

Beer rules. Mikkeller Bar in Vesterbro has 15 beers on tap at any one time. Tuborg revealed their Christmas beer on J Day whilst I was there. Santa Claus delivery girls and foam parties in the streets – it was a BIG DEAL.


Cosy drinkers

Dylan, the Travelling Editor, and I at Mikkeller Bar.

Were you at TBEX? Been to Copenhagen – What was your take? Post up your comments and let us know!

If you liked this you might also like: 12 Tacky but Terrific Things to do in London.

Photo credits: Little Mermaid Statue by Kj, Christiana by Steffen Hillebran.

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16 comments… read them below or Add a Comment

Carol and Victor Smith

How can you not mention Tivoli?? I was fortunate to be there for Hans Christian Anderson’s 100th birthday celebration parade where full costumed groups representing all his stories came down the street to the entrance of the Park. The park itself still has good food and fun events.

Katie

Unfortunately Tivoli was closed when I was there – getting ready for Christmas? The Hans Christian Anderson parade sounds fabulous!

Marion

Nice blog post Katie! There are so many reasons to love Copenhagen, but Danish pastries and the city’s cozy ambiance are definitely at the top of the list! ;-)
Too bad that Tivoli was closed. I love the festive atmosphere of the park during the Christmas season and when concerts are held in the open-air theater in the summer!

Andrew Murray

Wow Copenhagen looks like a dessert lovers paradise! Really hope to make it to one of these TBEX events myself one day soon :)

Travelogged

I wish I had gotten to go TBEX — enjoyed seeing your photos! Hope to make to Copenhagen one day, but I don’t think I’ll sample crocodile…

Si Salter

It almost feels like I was there! Especially when you see your dinner again. Great feature, great city and great company at TBEX.

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Kelsi

I think I love Copenhagen too.

ryan

The things that you can eat there! Looks like a foodie heaven! I am not too much for stepping outside of my comfort zone when it comes to food, but that Kangaroo Wellington looks reallllllllllllllllllly good.

Jealous of your travels!
Cheers
ryan

Melody Moser

I enjoyed your article, Katie. I love Copenhagen, too, for many of the same reasons. I was there with you at TBEX, and it was a pleasure meeting you and all of the other travel bloggers. Now if I can just get back to Copenhagen to see all of the things I missed!

Helle Buchardt Boyd

Please be aware that not all bikes are free; most of the bikes you see are actually privately owned, and so are those that you photographed.

Free city bikes are on loan from specific stands, and you can recognize those bikes on the ads that they carry, and that they have a deposit device for the 20 kr, just like a supermarket cart.

I met a tourist at Strøget who was about to grab a privately owned bike in the conviction that “all bikes are free” and she asked me how to use it, because it was obviously locked. So I had to explain to her that she was about to steal a private bike, which is a most serious offense.

Also, the free bikes are only available from spring though fall and may only be used in the inner city. However, rental bikes are available all year round and may be brought whereever you want to go. You can even take it on the S-train and have a nice bike ride in a forest or around a lake.

Linda Jacobson

Love your blog, I´m Danish myself, and I live and work in Copenhagen. It´s a wonderful city!
Perhaps you should mention though, that its not all bicycles in the city you can rent! : )

Hotel Daniel

Big fan of street food and Copenhagen is perhaps the one place in the world I would buy a hot dog from a street vendor, as a NYer that is very difficult to admit! Danish hot dogs are sinfully a delish.

Alden

I have never visited copenhagen, but after reading your post I surly want to go there. I really love to eat and this post of your is making me hungry :)

Travelex

Oh my god the pastries there kick arse and yes I did stay for 2 days near Christiania in Christianhavn and the people- so friendly and nice. Copenhagen is my idealistic city to live in- well Sydney’s not bad either and I live there!

T. A. Hendriksen

Great story, but why mention Reef ‘n’ Beef? It hasn’t much to do with Copenhagen and the Danish lifestyle, great food I suppose though.

There is only one “problem” with (my) our beautiful city, the weather, when it’s great it’s the true Eden on earth, but when it’s windy, grey, dark and cold it’s horrible! Remember, on the shortest day of the year, the day length is only nearly 7 hours! But on the other hand it’s more than 17 hours long around the 22nd of June. It’s VERY typical Danish to complain about the weather, but we do appreciate the good weather when it’s there ;-).

As a free-minded guy around the age of 30 I can really recommend Christiania. On a sunny day you should take a hike around this wonderful place to see all the “alternative” way of life styles, funny homemade houses, funny bikes, hand crafters from around the world who sell everything from ear rings to art and clothes, the wonderful nature surrounding the area called “Volden”, and much more.

On your way to Christiania, you should walk the steps to the top of “Vor Frelser Kirke” (Church of Our Savior), located on Christianshavn close to Christiania. From the top you’ll get a great view of most of Copenhagen, and on a bright day you can even see our neighbours, Sweden, and Øresundsbroen (The Oeresund Bridge). You can also see the paddern of “Volden” which surround Christianshavn, it was built as a defence zone to protect Copenhagen from especially Swedish and German army’s in the old days. In 1853 the city expanded dramatically when the defence zone was closed down and the population raised from 100 000 to 500 000 within 50 years.

Take a boat ride, there are tour boats in Nyhavn which by the way also is a very nice place to hang around, even if you’re on a tight budget, just buy some cheap beers in a kiosk or super market and sit on the edge of the quay, many people do that and it’s fully accepted. As mentioned in other texts, most of the Danes don’t mind drinking in public, and it’s not illegal anywhere as long as you behave appropriately.

There are several beautiful parks around our city, Kongens Have (The King’s Garden) not far away from Nyhavn, Ørstedsparken which is known for being a cruising place for gay men during night just to warn you, Kastellet and Grønningen on your way to the little mermaid, which is a classic but she is small ;-), and many more.

On Nørrebro there isn’t that many parks but Assistens Kirkegård (Assistens Cemetary) where many famous Danes are buried are widely used as so, with respect for the graves of course, but it’s common to picnic and even sunbathe here.

Tivoli is a wonderful place to go, especially if you got small children, it’s so cozy, and it’s widely considered, among Danes, to be very Danish. Don’t miss that even if it’s a little pricy!

And I could go on for a long time, there are so many things to do here.

Come and visit our beloved city, you will not regret it..

Best regards

T.A. Hendriksen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Ken

Nice post, Katie. I really hope that can attend TBEX in Girona on September but due to I am not a full time blogger therefore it’s bit hard for me to apply leave and travel there.

Back to your post, Copenhagen is really good and peaceful place. I been there twice and hope that can come back again

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