A weekend in Copenhagen

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

Nyhavn by night

Me and Markus in Nyhavn
Markus and I 💕

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

Strøget, Copenhagen

Strøget, Copenhagen
Me and my purple ponytail

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

Round tower in Copenhagen
View of The Round Tower from the street
Inside The Round Tower, Copenhagen
Inside the tower

View from top of the Round Tower, Copenhagen

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

Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen

Rosenborg Castle garden, Copenhagen
Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen
o_O

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.

National Museum

View from the National Museum, Copenhagen
View from the upper floor at the National Museum
Viking helmets at the National Museum, Copenhagen
Viking helmets
Aurochs skeleton at the National Museum, Copenhagen
Aurochs!

Rune stones at the National Museum, Copenhagen

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!

Boat tour

Boat tour in Copenhagen

Canal houses in Copenhagen
Me in the tour boat, Copenhagen

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.

In summary

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. ☺

Comments

  1. Darnielle
    14 November 2017

    We don’t have specific plans, but this post makes me even more excited that we’ll eventually be visiting Copenhagen! Such a pretty place, and the bike thing won’t be such a shock for me, coming from the Netherlands! Haha.

    • 19 November 2017

      You’d feel right at home then 😁 I’ve heard the Netherlands is a very bike-friendly country, especially Amsterdam.
      Hope you can go to Copenhagen sometime, the city was amazing! There’s a decent number of metal/alternative music bars too :)

  2. 15 November 2017

    Happy birthday to Markus and congratulations on the 10 year anniversary! :D It’s wonderful you were able to have a trip that turned out so well. :)

    The Round Tower looks interesting. It would have been strange not having any stairs! The castle looks really cool, very gothic. :D

    That would be so weird that the language is similar but not the same. I am sure it would be confusing the first time you hear it!

    • 19 November 2017

      Thank you (Markus says thanks too)! :D

      The language thing is definitely weird. I don’t even know what the English equivalent would be… Maybe like, you’re Australian, so imagine talking to someone with a very heavy Scottish accent? And who is also wasted drunk? 😛

  3. 20 November 2017

    Happy anniversary to you two, and a late happy birthday to Markus! Taking a trip together looks like a great way to celebrate both occasions!

    That night photo of Nyhavn is beautiful, and I imagine the colors would look cute during the day! I’m the same way about shopping streets with mainstream brands. It’s fine if I were shopping for something specific, but if I’m looking around, I’d rather see the quirky and more interesting shops.

    Ooh, that’s a lovely view from Rundetaarn. I think that’s interesting that they have a spiraling ramp up instead of stairs. I’d like to climb something like that!

    Rosenborg castle looks beautiful! That’s great that the roses were still in bloom there. I wouldn’t have expected that for this time of year either. The National Museum also looks like a fun place to wander around in.

    A boat tour seems like a great way to see the city, and Copenhagen looks like a lovely place to visit! I’m glad you both had fun there!

  4. 21 November 2017

    That’s awesome about visiting Copenhagen and the bicycles. I thought that wasn’t true but holy crap that is awesome! I am glad for the most part the weather was nice :D

  5. 21 November 2017

    Aw what an amazing trip. You sure took some beautiful photos! I am so glad you decided to celebrate your anniversary and M’s birthday there!!

  6. 10 March 2018

    Happy ten years! ☺️❤️ (I know this is late hehe.) It looks like you had an amazing trip. I’m really loving the photos – Rosenberg castle looks beautiful. I am partial to roses, I might check that out one day. Nick and I are planning to visit Denmark, Sweden (😉), and Norway in the one trip – it probably won’t happen for a couple of years though since we have other trips planned. But I’m going to have to hit you up for some recommendations for sure haha!

    Skeletons of huge extinct creatures intrigue me as well. I don’t know what it is about them. I feel like it might be because it’s huge, but I’m very wowed by the fact that some creatures were so, so, much bigger than us.

    I think what you said about the side streets is true for a lot of places around the world! I feel like once tourism takes off in a country, the better and more interesting stuff tends to be in the side streets, and the main street tends to be tourist traps 😦