My first impression of Copenhagen was all about the water–life on and along side the canals. Lovely surprise and quite charming. To read the post on canals, click here.
Today I’d like to share other highlights of this welcoming city. Our brief time visiting Copenhagen was really pleasant. I see why the Danish always come out “really high” on the contentedness surveys. They have a good life.
First, you can’t talk about Copenhagen without mentioning Tivoli Gardens. All the guide books point to this amusement park in the center of the city as a Must See. I think it would be more fun with little kids, but the inner child in me loved old fashioned rides, trolley, cute signs and, best of all, the folks clearly enjoying them selves.
I was drawn to the cute smoothie shop with the flower roof. Clever. Later in our journey, I saw buildings with grass roofs in Norway. It’s a practical and common solution to the roofing issue. Attractive too.
We also enjoyed meandering Christianshavn. It’s an trendy, but urban setting filled with old warehouses converted to homes and restaurants. Within walking distance is Christiania, a lawless hippie town with a 35 year history in Copenhagen. It’s a free town, run by the 1000 residents. More than a million and a half tourists visit this motley assortment of buildings, restaurants and housing, that to me looked like left over from the 1960s.
We didn’t stay long because we were hungry for dinner in a calmer environment, but the part we saw was creative and interesting. I don’t think we have anything like it in the United States.
Copenhagen is a creative place. Didn’t get to go to the Design Museums–saved for another trip–but I liked the big stature of Hans Christian Anderson and the references to his work. I enjoyed more than war memorials. Clearly the Danish think a lot of their famous writer.
And shops. How about these funny guys mannequins? The Guinness World of Records museum next to an Armani shop? Models like this lady? Meandering the main shopping street was a visual treat.
Two steeples. One with outside stairway, rimmed in gold trim. The other, the steeple of the old market building replicates dragon legs and feet.
Copenhagen is described as “Europe’s Best Town for Foodies” in a recent Travel and Leisure article. We didn’t have a chance to taste too much of the offerings but on our first night we did try bone marrow at a wonderful restaurant on the main canal. Not sure I’d order it again, but had a lovely dinner with a fabulous view.
Probably my most lasting impression (besides the canals) is of the bikes. Everyone rides bikes. There are bike lanes, parking areas and people on bikes all the the city. The children ride in carts attached to the bikes. They haul stuff on bikes. Wear fashion shoes and funny clothes. It is practical and healthy and clearly a great way to get around town.