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Photos from the Streets of Copenhagen

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Photos of Copenhagen

For those of you who follow me on social media (primarily Snapchat, where I am killing. it.), you know I recently got back from a rad trip to Europe. I made stops in a few amazing countries I’d never been to before, got in touch with my Polish roots, and returned to one of my favorite places, Iceland. I have so much to share with you that it’s honestly been overwhelming trying to figure out where (and how) to start. I’m still sorting through photos and videos to be honest, so I’ll start from the beginning: Copenhagen, Denmark. 

A view from the top of the Rundetaarn, a famous landmark in Copenhagen. It's an observatory and viewing area, and the name literally means "The Round Tower."

A view from the top of the Rundetaarn, a famous landmark in Copenhagen. It’s an observatory and viewing area, and the name literally means “The Round Tower.”

It’s pretty hard not to love Copenhagen. The people are incredibly kind, the city has a bit of Scandinavian charm, there’s striking architecture, good food, and it is a bike lover’s version of heaven. A quick walk around and you’ll see bike lanes everywhere and it would seem there are more bikers than car drivers on the road. I had to hop on one myself (it was absolute bliss), but I most certainly am not as brave as the native folk who—no joke—were on the roads even during a thunderstorm. As it turns out, about 50% of Copenhagen residents commute by bike, and pretty much anywhere you go you’ll see rows of parked bikes outside.

Bikes on the streets of Copenhagen

Some people don’t even bother to lock up their bikes, others just lock the tire to the frame, and some (like myself) make sure to lock the bike to a post or bike rack. Even in the busier parts of downtown, I saw bikes lined up and locked, one after the other.

The first place I saw in Copenhagen was Nyhavn Harbor (pronounced nee-how), which I mostly wanted to see because it’s such an iconic spot. I didn’t expect much, considering it’s one of the main places people say to visit there. But I had time to kill before I met up with my Couchsurfing host and it seemed like a good way to say hi to Denmark. Maybe it was the jet lag, but once I got there, I could have died of happiness. Nyhavn was so insanely beautiful (and colorful and lovely) in person.

Nyhavn Harbor

Pictures hardly do this place justice. Yes, it’s packed here but it is totally worth a visit and walk around. I didn’t eat or drink at any of the restaurants there (they all seemed pretty touristy), so better yet, bring some beer, sit by the edge of the harbor, and people watch.

Oh, and if you think that’s pretty, it’s even more picturesque at night:

Yup.

Yup.

Copenhagen is not perfect, though, no matter what that gorgeous photo above may tell you. The city is expensive. Like, we’re talking four Yelp dollars here. I found out from my Couchsurfing host that Copenhagen has a minimum wage of the equivalent of USD $20, so for the natives I suppose the prices aren’t so crazy. Also, it wasn’t the most diverse place I’d ever visited in my life. I was only there for a few days, though, and really only stayed near the center of the city—so it could simply have been my experience and not the reality.

That said, it’s an especially good spot to go if you’re wanting to travel to Europe but a little nervous to travel. Public transit is amazing, it’s clean and safe (so long as you aren’t waving around stacks of money), and most everyone speaks English. I’m not personally afraid to go somewhere I don’t speak the language, but I do understand it’s more stressful for others. If that’s the case for you, Copenhagen is a good way to get your feet wet, so to speak, to start off a multi-country trip in Europe. The city itself is simply delightful. Everyone is incredibly kind and helpful, food is delicious (albeit expensive), and there is an endless amount of fun stuff to do.

Tivoli Gardens carousel

One of the most famous attractions in Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens. Not my jam, to be honest—I found it to be more of an amusement park than anything—but many locals told me it’s a bit of a nostalgia thing for them and a big part of Copenhagen history.

Going up the Rundetaarn

This is the way up the Rundetaarn observatory. No stairs, no problem. 🙂

The gardens outside of Rosenborg Castle are gram-worthy.

The gardens outside of Rosenborg Castle are super gram-worthy.

And of course, I can't leave out fun street art.

And of course, I can’t leave out fun street art.

One more from Tivoli Gardens—for good measure.

One more from Tivoli Gardens—for good measure.

One of the best and most anticipated parts of my trip, though, was Café Miao. Oh yes. I went to a cat cafe in Copenhagen and pet all the kitties. I drank hot chocolate and sat and looked at them and chased them around and I made them love me.

Café Miao

LOVE ME.

And I would be remiss not to mention the stellar architecture of Copenhagen. I’m not much into buildings myself, but this city has an interesting mix of old and new, traditional and modern.

A building in Copenhagen

Found this one while biking around by the water.

Round buildings outside of Tivoli Gardens

These buildings are right outside of Tivoli Gardens and pretty easy to spot from the top of the Rundetaarn.

A building you could literally walk under

Definitely my favorite—a building that you can literally walk under.

I felt this was the best way to show you how quick yet wonderful my 2.5 days in Copenhagen were, but these photos are only just the beginning of the beginningStay tuned for more posts (and travel guides) from my trip soon, along with other adventure-related goodness.

What would be top of your list to do for visiting Copenhagen?

The top of the Rundetaarn

Photo credits:
moi

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