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