An Introduction to Copenhagen, Denmark

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A view of a canal and the Old Stock Exchange building in Copenhagen


Copenhagen was probably my favorite place that I've visited so far while living in Europe. The people are friendly, the food is great, and the city is gorgeous. J and I are even planning to go back to explore more of the country by car in the spring of 2016.

We arrived late Monday evening and checked into our wonderful AirBnB in the Norrebro neighborhood. We were up and out to explore early on Tuesday morning and were welcomed to Copenhagen by numerous bikers on their way to work and delicious Danish pastries at a cafe near our AirBnB apartment (I'll have a post on food up soon!).

Buildings in Norrebro

Walking down streets in Norreport


At the suggestion of our AirBnB host we wandered around Norreport on Nansengade and Norre Farimagsgade and admired the little shops that were just opening. We eventually came upon part of Copenhagen University (so nice-can I work there?) and the Botanical Garden. You know how much I love botanical gardens, so of course we had a lovely stroll around. The Botanical Garden is free and I recommend that you visit it for the incredible glasshouses and the amazing view of foliage. When we were there the fall foliage was incredible! We don't get colors like that in Lithuania!

A Glasshouse at the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen


A flower of a pitcher plant

Trees with changing leaf colors at the Copenhagen botanical garden


The wander through the Botanical Garden made us a bit hungry so we popped over to Torvehallerne, which is an indoor marketplace with food stalls and restaurants. Torvehallerne is similar to the Milwaukee Public Market and the North Market in Columbus, Ohio. I loved Torvehallerne and visited almost everyday were were in Copenhagen.

Torvehallerne

After sampling delicious Danish foods we headed to coffee at Ricco's with a fellow travel blogger, Caroline (Twitter: @livelovetravel) and her chef boyfriend. They had some great suggestions for places to visit so we noted down their suggestions and were then off again to see the famous Nyhavn and the shopping streets, Ostergade, Nygade, and Fredriksberggade. Even though Nyhavn is very touristy it was not crowded at this time of year, and was so lovely to walk through. Don't skip this spot because of its popularity!


The Round Tower in Copenhagen

The Slutterigad and Nytorv square

Ricco's cafe in Copenhagen on Radhusstraede

On our stroll to Nyhavn I became obsessed with this tower! Isn't it so cool! This is the Old Stock Exchange building and it is one of the oldest buildings in Copenhagen. I'm so regretting that we didn't go in - next time. This twisty tower is known as the Dragon Spire and symbolizes the union of the Nordic Countries.

The Old Stock Exchange Building with views of the canal
 The Old Stock Exchange Building with a focus on the Dragon Spire

The colorful buildings of Nyhavn
 Love locks at NyhavnBoats at Nyhavn

Sunset in Copenhagen in October


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I'm linking up with the Sunday Traveler!

Have you been to Copenhagen? Do you skip touristy places when traveling?

16 comments:

  1. I love all of the colors and it seems like a very clean city!

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    1. It was pretty clean. I really enjoyed Copenhagen so much. You guys should plan a visit!

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  2. This has made me so excited to visit Copenhagen in February :).

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    1. You are going to love it. It was really such a wonderful place to visit!

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  3. Meeting up with a travel blogger and her chef boyfriend? Sounds like the perfect way to get introduced to the local cuisine! Lovely photos!

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    1. It was a really fun way to learn about the city and meet some new people! Thank you :)

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    2. We did what we could! :) It was great meeting you, Elizabeth, and glad we could give you some more ideas on where to go. Be sure to let me know when you're back in town!

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    3. It was great to meet you! I will. And if you are ever in Vilnius give me a shout.

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  4. I love going to Botanic Gardens too :)

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    1. The Botanical Garden in Copenhagen is really lovely!

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  5. Looks like a beautiful place to wander! I love checking out gardens wherever we travel. And I'm also a pretty big fan of using Airbnb!

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    1. AirBnB is so great and Copenhagen was so wonderful!

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  6. What a fabulous intro to a place that I (sadly) never knew very much about! Cheers.

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    1. Thank you! Copenhagen is a really lovely place to visit and I can't wait to go back someday.

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  7. Copenhagen looks like such a lovely place to visit. I missed it during my time in Europe, but would love to go back and explore its quaint streets.

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    1. It was really wonderful! I definitely suggest adding it to your next Europe trip.

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