I was lucky enough to spend the first weekend of October in Copenhagen, Denmark. Partly to celebrate Markus turning 30 and partly to celebrate us being together for 10 whole years! Can’t believe how time flies when you’re having fun! 😄🎉
We had been talking about a more exotic destination for this birthday/anniversary trip, but in the end, we decided on Copenhagen. And it did not disappoint!
Nyhavn is an old port famous for its colourful houses. It’s one of those places you just have to go to. They say you haven’t been in Copenhagen unless you’ve taken a photo of these houses.
We found our way there on our first evening after it was already dark, so the houses aren’t all that colourful in my photo, haha! But even at night, it was beautiful with the lights from the restaurants reflected in the water. 😊
Pubs and restaurants line the street along the canal, and despite it being an ordinary Thursday there were plenty of people out. There were lots of boats docked there too, including some cool old wooden sailboats.
Strøget is the famous main shopping street. It’s like 1 kilometre long and runs through pretty much all of central Copenhagen.
Most of the stores are the usual mainstream brands, so I wasn’t all that interested in them, to be honest. Aside from the Disney and a LEGO store, which was fun! But I found the side streets much more interesting. That’s where you’ll find all the odd quirky shops and restaurants, so that’s where we spent most of our time.
Rundetaarn/The Round tower
Rundetaarn, or The Round Tower, used to be an observatory back in the day. Now it serves as a lookout point where you can get an amazing 360° view of Copenhagen. I had never heard of it, but it was on the way between our hotel and Strøget so we stumbled upon it on our first day.
The inside was pretty weird in that there weren’t any stairs, only a flat cobbled floor spiralling upwards. It was a long and slightly dizzying walk to the top, but the view was well worth it! :D
This was only one block over from our hotel, so we walked over there on Saturday after breakfast. Apparently, there’s a museum in the castle where they keep the Danish crown jewels. We never actually went inside, but it was beautiful enough from the outside!
It was surrounded on 3 sides by a water moat and next to it was a rose garden (Rosenborg literally means “rose castle”) and a park. I was pleasantly surprised to see plenty of roses still alive despite it being the beginning of October. It was a lovely place and in hindsight I sort of wish we had gone inside.
Also a place we visited on Saturday. Mostly to get away from the increasing rain, to be honest. But it was worth it, I always like visiting museums.
They had a lot of stuff from Scandinavian history, including a collection of rune stones and Viking armour and weapons. I’ve seen similar things before in Swedish museums, but still fun as they had a lot of stuff.
The coolest thing in there (according to me at least) was the enormous aurochs skeleton! I don’t know why, but oversized extinct animals never fail to excite me, haha!
Sunday we decided to hop on one of the tour boats. This was one of the highlights of the trip as we got to see a lot more of the city. The boat went along the main bay as well as through some of the canals, so we got to see a lot of the city.
We went past a military harbour with a huge battleship, condos where every apartment had their own dock, and we even saw parts of Freetown Christiania. It’s a “self-proclaimed autonomous anarchist district” and known for legalising certain drugs and having lots of residents with otherwise alternative lifestyles.
I sort of wanted to go there because it’s such a well-known place, but in the end we felt we didn’t have enough time. Also, from what I saw from the boat it kinda looked like a dump, so maybe it was just as well.
I say the whole weekend was a success. The weather cooperated, for the most part, and the city was fun. Prices were pretty much the same as in Sweden, except alcohol which was cheaper. The land was flat and the city centre compact so it was easy to walk everywhere.
The weirdest part was all the bicycles. I didn’t take any photos where you can really see it, but there were bicycles EVERYWHERE. All the bigger streets had dedicated bicycle lanes with their own signs and traffic lights etc. There was also massive bicycle parking lots here and there. Everyone and their mother seemed to take the bike rather than the car.
Which is great, less pollution and less noise, but also scary as they are so fast and silent.
Another odd thing was the language.
Swedish and Danish (and Norwegian) are very similar. Reading Danish is ok, I can understand if not all so most of it, and I could sort of understand people speaking – but not well enough. I don’t know how to explain it, it’s almost your own language so it’s almost understandable, but at the same time different enough that you feel the need to use English to avoid misunderstandings. :P
It was a very nice weekend, and we had lots of fun. Copenhagen is a beautiful city with a lot of quirky charm. It was also great to get to spend some quality “us” time together. ☺