It hasn’t even been a week since we got home from 10 days in Copenhagen and I miss it already. Visiting Scandinavia was a bucket list item for Chris and I and it was a dream to finally go. We chose Copenhagen because when we looked at all the things we wanted to do in Scandinavia, Denmark had the most. I had also seen photos of Copenhagen and it looked beautiful so we decided to start there. I can confidently say after 10 days there, we choose the right city. Someday, Stockholm, Oslo, and Helsinki are cities I would like to visit. We did so much during our trip to Copenhagen so I wanted to give you a little insight into what we did!
The trip over the big pond was rough… but not as rough as I thought it would be. We were armed with our backpacks and were able to get a good night’s sleep the night before, which helped. We flew from Columbus to Detroit, to Amsterdam, and then finally to Copenhagen. The first flight went in the blink of an eye but the flight from Detroit to Amsterdam was less enjoyable and brief. We flew from 4:43PM until 11:50PM local Columbus time and it was exhausting. Neither of us slept but the movie we watched did help (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). I brought along Yes, Please by Amy Poehler and almost finished it by time we reached our final destination.
Finally arriving in Copenhagen was great! It was cold and misting but just wonderful to be in Denmark. I have to admit that we took a 2 ½ hour nap before we were fit to be out in public. We walked around the city center and took it all in before dinner at Cafe Okko (delicious, by the way). That night we started to formulate a plan for the following days and tried to get our bearings in our neighborhood (the super hip, Vesterbro). Our airbnb was beautiful and we really felt like we lived there during our stay. Thanks, Anne!
Over the next eight days, we went nonstop exploring the city. Each day, we crawled into bed exhausted and sore from the nonstop walking. The public transit was amazing and allowed us to travel all over the city easily. I’ve read how great the food is in Denmark but I’m just not a huge food lover and didn’t want to spend even more money on food and drink so we didn’t dive into the food scene as much as we could have (maybe a tiny regret). I’m sure there are other bloggers out there who can tell you a lot more than I can about Danish food. We did check out some popular stops such as Schønnemanns and Bullen. Schønnemanns is known for their Smørebrød (open face sandwiches) and we had a delicious lunch there in the middle of our trip. Bullen is in Malmö and it was pretty delicious as well.
During our exploring we really got to know some of the more central parts of Copenhagen; Christianshavn, Nyhavn, Vesterbro, Tivoli area, Nørreport, and Strøget. They are all different yet cohesive and they all have so much to offer. Highlights from our exploring include visiting the Botanisk Have (Botanical Garden), going on a canal tour, visiting the Designmuseum Danmark, Stopping at Hay, shopping in the city center, marveling at the Grundtvigs Kirke, and exploring the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. We were lucky to have such nice, warm weather and it really helped with how much time we spent outdoors everyday (we wore sunscreen, don’t worry).
I’m working on putting together more photos and details about our trip to Copenhagen in a Copenhagen City Guide. Stay tuned!
Also, check out Chris’s perspective of our trip over on his blog, www.dapperincolumbus.com.