Capital of one of the oldest kingdoms in Europe, Copenhagen is a city filled with beautiful architecture, clothes, and people.The name Copenhagen comes from the original Danish name “merchants harbor”.A name that sticks to this day due to Copenhagen’s many harbors, canals, and large stretches of shopping.Copenhagen has the Stroget which offers the largest shopping zone in Scandinavia.
Nyhavn is the picturesque harbor in which fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen lived.During WWII, Copenhagen’s architecture was not bombed due to Hitler’s interest in the Danes. Danish Jews didn’t have to wear a star of david on their jacket, many crossed the øresund to Sweden.Not only a bike friendly city, Copenhagen has many parks and residential areas.In many ways visiting Copenhagen felt like looking into a perfect society of blond haired, blue eyed, stylized people.The number of beautiful buildings and people seems countless.The local cuisine focuses itself on fresh seasonal ingredients.Smørrebrød is a typical Danish open faced sandwich
Each open face sandwich features unique toppings on top of thick delicious grainy bread.From pate, strong danish cheese, mayo, shrimp, or any anything in between-Each smørrebrød has a unique delicious combination.According to my Danish friend Smørrebrød is not typically eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but I didn’t mind.After loading up on food, many Danes have the ability to grab their children and take them to an amusement park situated right in the downtown of Copenhagen.Tivoli Gardens is the world’s second oldest amusement park and an inspiration to Disney World.Rollar coasters, rides for kids, alcohol, Tivoli has it all.Including weekend concerts featuring Danish DJs.If the architecture, people, food, and the fact that they have a downtown amusement park sounds too perfect. Cross the border and enter ChristianiaOnce a Danish military base on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Christiania was settled by hippies in the 1960s.This park-like complex is considered a free city where drugs are sold, people drink beer in public, and they even have their own currency.Photos aren’t allowed, but this place was seriously one of the coolest places I’ve ever witnessed set beside a pristine harbor city.Christiania would not be considered a child attraction, a quick realization many parents made as approaching the free city.Denmark is also known for it’s beautiful castles, one of the best in Scandinavia being the Frederiksborg Slot in Hillrød.A castle with a reputation that procedes itself.Denmark’s efficient rail system and small country makes it easy to explore Danish castles.Kronborg Slot located in Helsingør is inspiration for the setting of HamletKronborg (Elsinore) overlooks Sweden across the øresund
Pretty is hardly a justifiable adjective to simply describe Copenhagen. Canals where you can see fish, stylized houses, trendy bars, Copenhagen seems to have it all.From the people to the architecture, Copenhagen was the prettiest city I’ve seen in Europe. With so much perceived perfection it’s no wonder Denmark has such strict immigration laws.