After having a very delayed flight (6 hours and it was my birthday!) from Iceland, I made it to the next stop of my trip - Copenhagen, Denmark. My sister joined me here which was great since she had been studying abroad in Brighton for the past few months. Unlike my Iceland trip I didn’t have much planned out, but I was beyond excited to explore! We started our adventures by taking a walking tour of Copenhagen (which is my favorite thing to do in any city), this was a great way to learn more about the city and get familiarized with the different areas. I highly recommend the Copenhagen Free Walking Tours company, it’s free (just make sure to leave a tip) and the tour guide we had was hilarious, full of knowledge, and gave great recommendations. This was also very helpful in organizing our itinerary since we did not do this before we arrived.
Copenhagen like many European cities is an absolute beauty; filled with impressive architecture and quaint streets, all while providing breathtaking views. It’s also very easy to navigate, especially if you rent a bike which my sister and I didn’t do since we don’t know how to ride (I know it’s odd, but I’m a very good at rollerskating if that counts!). It’s also very walkable if that’s what you’re into, it’s mainly how we got around – I think we only took the bus once. There were many places worth mentioning, but Christiansborg Palace was definitely one of my favorites. Since the United States does not have a royal family, royal palaces have always intrigued me and this one was no exception. Christiansborg Palace is stunning, my favorite rooms were the banquet hall and the library that was literally breathtaking. And of course we also did a bit of shopping, you can’t miss the shopping street here; Strøget is one of the longest pedestrians shopping streets in Europe. It’s like a maze filled with hundreds of shops and cafes, a shoppers dream!
Strolling through the Nyhavn waterfront was definitely a surreal experience; I’ve had a photo of Nyhavn as the wallpaper on my work desktop for over a year. With it’s brightly colored buildings and picturesque boats it make this area in Copenhagen must-see. We also did a canal tour which is a great way to view things that are further away from the city’s center. For our last outing we went to Tivoli Gardens which is one of the most popular amusement parks in Europe and during the holiday season is must-visit location. The entire amusement park was lit up and filled with people having an amazing time. We went on the rides, admired the extensive holiday lighting and decor, ate danish hot dogs while drinking mulled wine, marveled at the fountain light show, and ended with an amazing fireworks show – great way to end our trip!
Though the weather was not the best when I visited, very cold and rainy, it didn’t take away from the city’s beauty. If you’re big on walking or bike riding this would be a great city to visit! Enjoy a few snapshots from my trip:
P.S: Brighton and Paris photo diaries coming soon!