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5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Copenhagen

5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Copenhagen

5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Copenhagen

1.)

Contrary to what some people think, Danish food is not all about the herring. In fact, you won’t find a single person walking down Strøget Street saying “show me the herring.” Danish food is quite delicious and ranges from smørrebrød (open face sandwiches) to Danish meatballs (yes, Sweden doesn’t get all the claim to fame where meatballs are concerned) to a vast array of  bakery goods. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone if you spend all of your kroner at the nearest bageri (bakery). And if you’re ever traveling with grumpy travelers, just take them inside Torvehallerne, an indoor food market that is a truly amazing  culinary sensory treat for the eyes and nose.

5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Copenhagen

2.)

Lest you think Amsterdam is the most bike friendly city in Europe, think again. Copenhagen has a huge bicycling culture which starts for its citizens at a very young age;  riding in a basket in the back of mom or dad’s bike is very much the norm. Unlike in the United States, where bicycling is more of a hobby or a fitness pursuit, in Copenhagen it’s the standard mode of transportation for many people, since owning a car there is akin to finding a reasonably priced apartment to rent in San Francisco.

5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Copenhagen

3.)

England’s and Monaco’s monarchy are what you constantly hear about but Denmark has its own beloved monarchy too and is  one of the oldest in the world. Its current queen Margrethe II is beloved by the Danish people and it’s hard  to go anywhere in Copenhagen and not see some reminder of the monarchy. A personal favorite is the HDMY Dannebrog which is the royal yacht of the Danish monarchy. To me it even resembles the royal yacht seen at the end of the Disney animated film The Little Mermaid, which isn’t too surprising considering the Little Mermaid (Den lille havfrue) was created by Hans Christen Andersen, a Danish writer after all.

5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Copenhagen

4.)

To many people, a river is the only body of water they live by. But in Copenhagen, the city is replete with a series of canals. And  this reason alone  makes Copenhagen a most magical  place. For the best canal views (albeit, the most touristy and crowded too) head to Nyhavn (pronounced Newhaven). Here you’ll be able to capture picture perfect photographs of boats in all shapes and sizes and see the colorful buildings that make Copenhagen such a picturesque place.

5.)

There is no shortage of fun things to see and do while in the Danish capital. Options range from taking a canal boat tour to touring a royal castle (my vote is for Rosenberg) to choosing which building to climb, the Round Tower or the Church of Our Saviour. And then of course there’s Tivoli, the second oldest operating amusement park in the world that’s located right in the city center, making it extremely easy to get to.

5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Copenhagen

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Bridget
    June 5, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Oh goodness I didn’t know that was how you pronounced Nyvhan. That would have been so embarrassing! You are getting me so excited – I need to start my research this month!

    • Reply
      Julie
      June 6, 2019 at 11:32 am

      Don’t feel bad, I only learned the correct pronunciation on my most recent trip there! I always thought it was some hard Danish pronunciation and yet it was a clear case of making things harder than they should be 🙂 You will absolutely fall in love with Copenhagen, and September is probably such a perfect time to visit too!

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