Last summer I decided to go on a small road trip through Europe. I had no job at that time and because I had some money saved, I was able to go. Copenhagen was really high on my bucket list, so I decided this was the perfect time to go. I had been to Denmark twice before, but never to Copenhagen. Maybe that was the reason why I really wanted to visit this city, but I have to say my visit was definitely worth it. I really loved the atmosphere is this city and it feels really modern, even though it has its historical sights. I’ve made a top five list of things you definitely need to do in Copenhagen. So here you go!
1. Rent a bike
If you are a bit familiar with riding a bike, Copenhagen is a perfect city to explorer on a bike. I think this city is a perfect place to cycle, because it wasn’t that busy and they have great bike lanes. I went from my hostel (southern side of the city) all the way up to the north with a lot of in-between stops. Eventually I went to the city centre with the bike to have dinner. I think it was the best decision to rent a bike, firstly because I was able to enjoy the beautiful weather. And secondly I saw so many of the city that day, which I wasn’t able to see without a bike. I think this is kind of a must-do!
2. Visit Nyhavn
Nyhavn is an old commercial port. Nowadays this port is used for recreation. The atmosphere is really nice and it’s a perfect place to end a long day of walking. Especially during summer. You can have a dinner in one of the restaurants, but you can also bring your own drink and relax at the quayside. Which is a much cheaper way of enjoying yourself. Fun fact: Hans Christian Andersen used to live here in no. 20.
3. Enter the round Tower
The 17th century tower is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. It’s not used for scientists anymore, but it’s still used by amateur astronomers. The tower is 36 meters tall, which gives you a beautiful view of the old part of Copenhagen. The special thing of this tower is the fact that you have to walk 209 meters in a spiral to get to the top, even though the tower is only 36 meters tall. That’s something different than taking the stairs.
4. Alternative Christiania
I think this place is a bit overhyped, but I have to admit it’s something different. Freetown Christiania is a small neighborhood in Copenhagen, which is known for its complete independence of the Danish government. It was established by a group of hippies, which is still visible, for example of the homemade houses. There are a lot of cheap and organic eateries and you can find a lot of (street-) art. When you enter Christiania you’ll find signs indicating ‘do’s and don’ts’ of the area, like not filming or making photo’s. People sell drugs over there, which is illegal in Denmark and they won’t be happy if you make a picture of them. So respect those rules for your own safety.
5. Visit the Strøget shopping street
I know that there are also shops at home, but there’s so much more to see in Strøget than just stores. First of all, Strøget is the heart of the city. This is something you can see in and around this street. There are beautiful buildings in and around this street and there’s a really good atmosphere. There are a lot of places you can sit outside to enjoy the vibrant city centre. Also in the evenings it’s a perfect place to eat something or to drink a beer. Yes, it’s a shopping street, but everything around it makes it a perfect place to hang out for whole day.
Is Copenhagen already part of your bucket list?