I loved Copenhagen. I had heard a lot of people say that before I visited, but I thought to myself, “Yeah, it’s a city. It will be nice, but….” Well, it did not disappoint. There is so much to do in and near Copenhagen – some that I did and some that I didn’t have time to do as I was only there 1 ½ days.
I am a cyclist for distance and also enjoy just getting around on two wheels. If you do, too, you’ll love Copenhagen. And a lot of other places in Denmark. Not only are there cheap bike rentals all over the city, as well as bike lanes everywhere, but the cars, and even pedestrians, are always looking out for cyclists. Bicycles really run this city.
You know at a stop light, they have the light for people walking? Well, they even have one for bicycles! And the lights go from red to yellow before hitting green. So, cars put it in gear (because they all drive manuals there), and the cyclists get balanced and start pedaling, everyone taking off as soon as the light turns green. I loved being at a stop light on the bike I rented for the day and having all kinds of other cyclists also stopped with me.
Another great thing about riding a bicycle in Copenhagen, and much of Denmark, is that most places, you can park your bike anywhere. Most of the bikes have a locks attached to the back part of the frame that you can engage and it puts a metal bar through the spokes, stopping the back wheel from moving. And all the bikes have a kickstand, so you just stand it up, engage the lock, and walk away. No bike rack needed.
Sneakers and a Backpack
Everyone, even those dressed up for an event, wear sneakers in Denmark. They aren’t your dirty running sneakers – something a little more stylish, but sneakers nonetheless. I love this style!
Everyone also wears a small backpack. When I am traveling, I always have a small backpack with water, a snack, and a layer, so I fit right in! Less having to be worried that someone will try to steal your pack because you’re not the only one wearing one.
There are lots of places in Copenhagen, and other cities in Denmark, where you will see beautiful, colorful houses lined up. I took lots of pictures of rows of colorful houses because I couldn’t get enough of them. There is one place that many people flock to as it is the most photographed row of colorful houses in Copenhagen. It is even more beautiful because the houses are along a canal with boats and there are cafes and restaurants in the buildings. Even though there are a lot of people in this area, it is worth taking a stroll and possibly eating or drinking something there.
The Changing of the Guards
At noon each day, there is a special changing of the guards routine at the Amalienborg Palace. What’s nice about this Changing of the Guards is that, although lots of people go to see it, it is not nearly as crowded as the famous changing in London, so you can get a good view. When the queen is in town, the ceremony is even more elaborate, but I enjoyed the one I saw.
Copenhagen Street Food
Copenhagen Street Food has something for everyone. It is located in the Christiania district, just over the walking/cycling bridge from the mainland where the colorful houses are. The market is open, but covered, with stalls selling all different kinds of food for all different diets. They have long picnic tables to eat at, as well as outdoor seating, some even covered. I loved the food I got, as well as the communal, open concept environment.
Rosenborg Castle and King’s Garden
Although I chose not to go into this castle, the outside was beautiful. I also rather enjoyed the gardens. This is a nice place to have a picnic and lounge around on a nice day. It is free to walk around outside, but leave your bike outside the gardens.
This is located across the street from the castle and is free to the public. The grounds have lots of different plants, a pond, and a greenhouse. On a nice day, this is a nice place to get a break from the busy city streets and slow down for a little while.
There is so much to do here including walking around outside, going into one of the several indoor attractions, or going inside the tower. The last one, the tower, many people don’t know is completely free. There is a nice restaurant that you can eat at, but you can continue upward for a fantastic – and free – view of the city. It was fun to see all the red roofs and the other prominent buildings in the city.
The Meatpacking District
Just over the railroad tracks from Tivoli Gardens is the old Meatpacking District. This is an up and coming area with popup cafes and restaurants. Being a vegetarian, I found the food options to be limited, but I suspect that in a year or two, this will change. There are great choices for those eating meat and fish.
There is SO much more to do in Copenhagen, but this can keep you busy for a day or two. I would really recommend getting a bicycle and getting around the city this way. It is quick, easy and sure beats trying to figure out the public transportation! Oh, and you get some exercise which is a plus.
If you’ve been to Copenhagen, what did you enjoy doing there? Comment below.