Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is probably not at the top of your European must-see list. It certainly wasn’t on mine. But one day, when I was living in London, an unbeatable Easy Jet deal and a “why not” attitude made me hop on a plane for a weekend in the cool and trendy Scandinavian hot spot.
And it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with everything it had to offer! (I fall in love with places pretty easily, so don’t judge)
Copenhagen isn’t really a backpacker destination. It won’t take you off the beaten path or give you that challenging travel experience you might love. Copenhagen is clean, it’s organized, it’s safe, it’s chic, and just ridiculously good looking! Your love affair with Copenhagen will begin as soon as you step off the plane and start making your way into the city…
10 Steps to Falling in Love with Copenhagen
Step 1: Experience quick and efficient transportation system
Getting into the city from Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport is a joy. It only take 12 minutes to get from Kastrup Station just outside the airport to the Central Station (København H).
Step 2: Be taken aback by awe-inspiring views of the city from the top of Rundetårn
Originally built as an astronomical observatory, this17th century tower, located in the city centre, is now mostly known for its equestrian staircase, a 7.5 turn corridor leading to the observation deck. Here you can get a bird’s eye view of the city and admire the red rooftops of the old part of Copenhagen.
Step 3: Become intrigued by Copenhagen’s artsy side
Copenhagen is no stranger when it comes to art. With a wide selection of national galleries and museums, like the Danish National Gallery, the city has always been a destination for art lovers. But you don’t have to be a Picasso expert to appreciate the unique designs in every day life of Copenhagen, or to admire the well known sculptures scattered around the city.
Step 4: Indulge in an evening in Copenhagen’s romanticised Nyhavn
Translated as New Harbour, this entertainment district in Copenhagen is lined with vibrant 17th century buildings, converted into bars, cafes, clubs, and restaurants. This won’t be your cheapest date with Copenhagen, but it’ll be one to remember.
Step 5: Let Copenhagen look after you the morning after
Danish breakfast is an incredible affair! It consists of baked goods such as Danish pastries, croissants, French baguettes, and other types of bread with topping to suit the pickiest eaters: from cheeses and jams to pate and meats. Then of course there is the option of adding eggs, and bacon, and yogurt and …well pretty much anything you can think of. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then the Danes are certainly on the right path.
Step 6: Be tempted by Copenhagen’s gifts…
No visit to Copenhagen is complete without a trip down Strøget, the longest shopping street in Europe. With hundreds of boutiques, department stores, galleries, and great restaurants, this is a place that will keep you entertained for hours. Be prepared, your wallet can get quite a bit of a work out though.
Step 7: Free your inner child and enjoy a day at Tivoli Gardens
Who said amusement parks are just for kids? This famous Copenhagen’s amusement park is the 2nd oldest park in the world and with over 4 million visitors per year it surely attracts more than just the Brandy Bunch. The park offers a magical mix of rides, dining, theatrical performances, and hosts plenty of festivals and concerts throughout the year.
Step 8: Imagine yourself as royalty while exploring Amalienborg Palace
Amelienborg Palace, the official winter residence of the Danish Royal Family, is open to the public and is guarded by a ceremonial Royal Guard. Just a short walk away is the Rosenborg Palace, a renaissance palace surrounded by a beautiful King’s Garden.
Step 9: Feel like a local and discover Copenhagen’s less touristy side
Step outside the tourist zone and get to know the real Copenhagen. You’ll quickly find out that it’s no less beautiful and no less perfect…
Step 10: It’s love at first sight when you visit at Christmas…
Imagine all of the above plus more! Holidays in Copenhagen are especially romantic. From cozy nights with mulled wine and blanket covers, to impeccably decorated city streets, shops, and Christmas markets at Tivoli, the city is alive and beaming with love!