This is going to sound a bit odd, but I’ve been slightly avoiding writing this post. I didn’t really want to look through the hundreds of photos we took in Copenhagen, but not because I wanted to avoid looking them. The real reason I was delaying sorting through all of our holiday snaps is that I loved Copenhagen so much, I’ve done nothing but ache for the city since I got back.
After such a strong statement, you won’t be surprised to hear that I don’t have a bad word to say about Denmark’s capital. It’s beautiful, it’s clean, the people are friendly, there’s style as far as the eye can see and the food scene is incredible. In short, it had all of the qualities of the perfect city to live in. I could easily see why this nation is regularly voted the happiest on earth.
We flew into Copenhagen directly from Edinburgh with easyJet. From the airport, we took the train, which only takes 15 minutes to get into the city centre. Two single tickets cost around £8.00, so it was a pretty economical, not to mention speedy way to get into town.
Our hotel was based in the Latin quarter, really close to Tivoli Gardens. I’ll cover our hotel in a separate post, but as for Tivoli, we went at the perfect time; Halloween. I’m not normally a huge fan of amusement parks, but this one was a lot of fun. There were hundreds of lit and carved pumpkins all over the park, Halloween songs were playing and there were entertainers dressed up in Halloween guises. It was quite a place.
If you’ve never been to Copenhagen before, you might not be aware that everyone rides bikes. Rob was really keen to hire a bike, as it’s a great way to get around the city. There was a slight problem with this; I hadn’t ridden a bike since I was about 12 years old and, as it turns out, it’s not quite as easy as riding a bike. It took me a while to get used to it – the bikes we hired were electric, so a little heavy – but in a city as flat and bike-friendly as Copenhagen, it made perfect sense to travel by bike. The electric bikes also come with built in sat nav screens, making navigating the city even easier.
The shopping in Copenhagen was amazing. There was one huge long shopping street, where we spent a lot of time and far too much money, on the way to Nyhavn. One of Copenhagen’s most recognisable districts, Nyhavn is picture-postcard perfect. Although it was a cold day in late October, all of the bars and restaurants in Nyhavn had outdoor seating. But they were equipped for the colder weather with blankets and outdoor heaters. We sat snuggled under two huge blankets with mugs of hot chocolate, watching the world go by and didn’t even notice the temperatures plummeting.
Before I end this post, I must thank you for making me look through my memories of Copenhagen. It didn’t, as I thought, make me sad, but it has confirmed my desire to return, sooner rather than later.
I’ll be sharing more from my Copenhagen adventures, including where we stayed and where we ate, in upcoming posts.2 likes