We’re going far away from all my Hong Kong posts in this travel inspiration post – heading all the way home to Europe in fact. Earlier this year, I visited the Danish capital of Copenhagen for a long weekend, and discovered what a wonderful place it is. It felt like a very welcoming, laid-back place, and the cool, overcast February weather didn’t even bother me that much! There’s plenty of sights to see – the Little Mermaid statue may be the most well-known, but it’s far from the only one, or the most spectacular. As with most other European cities, the architecture is stunning – I’ve seen some amazing sights from around the world, but Europe is unbeaten when it comes to beautiful buildings! The colourful houses on the harbour in Nyhavn stand out in my memory, as do the splendid palaces, of which the city boasts three. Aside from the historic sights, Copenhagen is also home to some quirkier places, most notably the freetown of Christiania, full of artists, crafty stalls, and some other forms of, er, recreation. If the rest of the city feels laid-back, Christiania is the epitome of it. It’s also a short train ride up to Helsingor, where Kronborg Castle can be found. Copenhagen also boasts plenty of great places to eat, and some very fun night life, so there’s something there to suit everyone!
The colourful houses of Nyhavn are a must-see for everyone in the city, it’s so pretty and fun!
Not only does Copenhagen lie on a harbour, it also has a few canals, and a boat trip drifting through them is a pretty good way to see a lot of the city.
I mean really, European architecture is stunning! Rosenborg Castle and the Marble Church both lie in the heart of the city, surrounded by even more beautiful buildings.
While most of the city’s architecture is in older, classic styles, there are a few more modern additions, such as the opera house, made more impressive by its situation on the water.
I always love little quirky things when I’m travelling, like this box of biscuits, free to anyone passing by. And doesn’t this bakery look simply marvellous?
Copenhagen by night is just as fun as by day, with the lights and music of many restaurants, bars, and clubs, open until the wee hours. Some places look more magical by night too.
Christiania is quirky, eclectic, and just a little weird – it’s entirely different to the rest of Copenhagen, yet somehow fits right in! I loved seeing the bizarre artwork around the area.
A short train ride up the coast to Helsingor – is this the little mermaid’s prince perhaps? And there are lovely coastal views here, with Sweden in the distance.
How can one place have so many castles? Aside from the three in Copenhagen itself, Kronborg Castle is just up the coast, another marvellous piece of architecture, and home to the story of Hamlet.