Apparently The Danes are the happiest people on the planet, yup, the planet!
And if that wasn’t reason enough to visit, Copenhagen offers a wide mix of culture from colourful houses to beautiful palaces and an alternative freetown. I am hugely excited to visit charming Copenhagen this December and have only three days to get festive and get cultured with friends. Here is a top seven list of things I want to visit (in no particular oder)!
Now I know this is ULTRA touristy but surely it would be a massive failure to miss such an iconic landmark. I’ve heard it’s a bit of a let down but I would still like to fight through the crowds to see this 100+ year old Little Mermaid. If only to take some blogger pictures… Sorry I am superficial.
Legendary Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney fell in love with Tivoli’s beautiful gardens and grand architecture, but that isn’t all this 174 year old park has to offer. It also doubles as the second oldest operational theme park in the world. I know?! Every Winter it embarks on a magical Christmas transformation; glittering lights and festive markets here we come.
This is like something out of a sci-fi movie. Seriously, this spaceship is stunning. The Den Blå Planet is actually the largest aquarium in Northern Europe. Water engulfs all sides to give a submerged feeling and it reduces energy consumption by using sea water cooling units. It’s great to hear that they also share marine research and support educational projects.
On my first ever trip to London, I watched the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. It was a real treat and put a proper British stamp on my weekend. So I’m keen to stop off at Palace Square to experience their daily changing of the royal guards. I might just catch a glimpse of the Danish Royal Family who still live in the Palace made up of four identical buildings.
Probably the most well known corner of colourful Copenhagen right? This district will become a festive fairytale on my visit as the Christmas markets twinkle on the cobbled streets. I will have to take a glimpse of Hans Christian Andersen’s house and, weather dependant, catch a boat ride as a novel way to enjoy the scenery.
There are quite a few places to see Copenhagen up high but if I only manage one, I’d like to prioritise the Church of our Saviour. This iconic church involves a daunting 400 step climb to reach its summit, partly on the external spiral staircase. It’s only open on my first day, so it might be my first stop!
No trip would be complete without a visit to Christiania. Established in 1971, this society holds their own set of rules completely independent of Danish government. On one side, it is a hipster dream with organic eateries, homemade houses and art galleries. On the other, they have strict rules with it being an area of organised crime. I think a guided local tour might be the safest way to explore this alternate scene.
There is so much more I want to see, but with only three days we are going to have to be very selective and somewhat stereotypical. If I had more time I would love to go further afield and hire a car to find the six forgotten giants hidden in the suburbs, go North to see the historic Frederiksborg Castle or change countries and explore nearby Malmo in Sweden.
Have you any insider tips for my first visit to Copenhagen?
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