When I finished writing my Copenhagen recap I realized it was too long so I decided to split it into two parts. In first post I wrote about the atmosphere in Copenhagen, people and how environmentally friendly Danes are. You can read it here. This is the second part with the rest of our remarks.
As usual we walked for hours every day. Going from east to west, from south to north and back in our quest to see as much from the city as possible.
We used the public transportation only to get from and to the airport. And that was an interesting experience as well. Metro is more similar to our trams and it’s fully automatic thus driverless. So instead of driver you can sit in the front of the vehicle and see everything from an unusual perspective. Most of the stops are above the ground and all underground tunnels are well lit so you can really see a lot.
Danes & Bikes
We didn’t use the public transportation much and many locals use it sparingly as well. Even in November, and even in rain, there were people biking in all directions, at all times of a day. Whether it were business people all dressed up going to and from work, or parents on family cargo bikes with their children happily enjoying the ride, or many tourists exploring the city and doing as the locals do.
Sights & Museums
We went through Nyhavn at least five times, every time admiring ant taking pictures of the world famous colorful houses. It’s a beautiful place, especially when sun is shining and the sky is blue. I really liked walking on the grounds of the Kastellet (a military fortress) which is close to the famous Little Mermaid statue.
The Rosenborg castle and surrounding gardens were really beautiful too. I guess there’s much more people sitting around in summer. Very nice landmark is the Church of Our Saviour in Christianshavn. It’s possible to go to the top of the church’s spire but since the steps are on the outside of the spire and it was almost zero and windy, we skipped it for this time.
The National Museum of Denmark
On our last afternoon we visited the National Museum of Denmark. It’s located in city center of Copenhagen and on three floor are presented exhibits from all around the world, telling the history of humans. The museum was established almost 200 years ago and it was a beautiful ending of our visit of Copenhagen.
Shops & Street Food
Since we had a few failed attempts to eat good food in a foreign city, we do our research now. I checked a few websites and blogs to make a list of recommended places. We managed to visit few of them plus we bought some food from street vendors and on Christmas markets.
Hot-dogs are a typical Danish thing. There are hot-dog stands on every other corner in Copenhagen. They sell about a dozen different versions of a hot-dog, varying in sausages, buns and condiments typically used. And the vendors were willing to make an adjustments for you. So at the end we actually tried a combination of two hot-dogs.
We wandered through Christmas markets a lot and we didn’t miss a chance to get a hot drink. We had the specialty: Danish glögg, some glühwein and hot chocolate and we also tried a spicy sausage and a pistachio flavored chocolate (this one was actually the only disappointment, but I guess that after living in Belgium we have a high standards for chocolate ;)).
Danes love baked goods, that’s for sure. We saw and visited many bakeries, whose storefronts were luring us to come in and try anything and everything they were selling. We tried cakes, pastry, cinnamon swirls and rolls. And we even bought a loaf of whole grain ray bread to take home with us (that’s what we call a good souvenir ;)).
Scandinavian style is super popular these days and there’s no surprise. It’s beautiful, clean, stylish, minimalist and functional. Since natural materials like wood and leather are often used Scandinavian furniture is also very expensive. Well at least the prices in Copenhagen’s design shops we visited were sky high.
But there were many small things that are affordable, for example vases, candlesticks, candles, pillows, blankets and especially in this season: Christmas decorations.
If you would like to admire Scandinavian design definitely go to Illums Bolighus. If you would like to buy some small decorations to take home, stop at the Det Gamle Apothek store.