Copenhagen; the capital city of Denmark and the doorway to Scandinavia, this delightful city is located an 8 hour drive from Berlin and sits in a natural harbour. With Denmark always ranked as one of the happiest places to live in the world, its no surprise that Copenhagen is often rated as one of the best places to live. With happy people, this city is a buzz of chilled out cafes, harbour side restaurants and a harmonious vibe.
The best time to visit would be in the summer months, here the days are long and while it can still be a bit chilly at night, typically a shirt and jeans will be enough to keep you warm.
The Danish have their own currency called Krones, however if you have a travel card that offers free conversions, almost every place has Eftpos and the need for cash is minimal.
Where to stay: Copenhagen has a decent public transport system, however if you stay close to the harbour in the neighborhoods of Kobenhaven K or Norrebro then all of the old town and monuments are within walking distance.
What to see:
- The little mermaid; Hans Christian Anderson’s influence on the town is obvious, with numerous statues and plaques dedicated to the writer. However the most famous one would be the little mermaid statue. This small figure sits perched atop a rock, overlooking the harbour and is the most popular tourist stop in the city.
- Tivoli; the second oldest amusement park in the world and a great way to spend the day. You will have to pay an entrance fee to get in, and then if you can decide if you want to get an unlimited ride pass or buy tokens for a pay as you go system. Typically if you are going to do more then three rides, it works out better to get the unlimited pass. With roller coasters, giant drops and a plane ride that does loops and spins at a crazy speed there is enough for the adrenaline junkie and with a host of different eateries and exhibits dotting the park, you can easily spend an entire day here.
- Food markets; Located on the north east side of the harbour, an old meat packing factory has been transformed into an amazing food market. Here you can try pulled duck burgers, epic hotdogs, Brazilian BBQ and much, much more. If its a sunny day you can get your food and sit outside and watch ships cruise up and down the harbour.
- Christiana; When the Danish army left an old barracks in Copenhagen, they didn’t think that squatters would take up permanent residency there. But 46 years on, this place has become famous the world over for its uniqueness. Here you will find no running water, power lines or cars. The area is grimy and as you get closer to the center, a large amount of stalls are set up, however you will not find you traditional brick-a-brac, instead marijuana and smoking paraphernalia are these merchants choice of wares. This is not a place for children and not a place that I would personally venture to at night. But it is certainly an interesting experience and dependent on your tastes, I can see how it would be thoroughly enjoyable.
What to wear:
For the guys; During the summer days a tee and some Levi slim fit jeans are enough to keep warm. However a good tin waterproof jacket such as the North Face Resolve Jacket will protect you from the wind and rain without over heating you.
For the girls; Long maxi dresses in a light colour or with floral designs like this Vivicastle design where the day time choice, and where also a popular option at night with a cardigan shawl or off the shoulder coat such as this Ilishop Women’s Knitted Cashmere Cardigans Sweater
- History – 5/10
- Vibe – 9.5/10
- Things to do – 7/10
- How cheap – 3/10
- Transportation – 8/10
Total Score – 6.5/10
The Conclusion; An amazing city, whose only downfall is the cost. This is not a cheap place to venture to, but if you are looking for a 3-5day getaway or stop on your European travels, and you enjoy chilled out locations, happy people and a beautiful harbour, this is certainly a place to check out.