To be honest, when we went to Europe, we were probably the most excited for Copenhagen. As soon as we booked our trip, we dove deep into learning about Danish culture and the language. We fully embraced the idea of Hygge, which we've talked about before, and couldn't wait to experience the real deal.
Denmark did not disappoint and exceeded all expectations.
Places to See
This royal castle, originally built as a summerhouse in 1606 is located in the heart of Copenhagen. Although we didn't take a tour inside the actual castle, the outside grounds and gardens were reason enough to visit. I'm sure it's even more magical in the springtime!
Located across the street from Rosenborg Castle are Copenhagen's Botanical Gardens. There are so many green spaces and parks in Copenhagen, but this one is probably one of the most stunning. The gardens have outside gardens, outside greenhouses and then a large atrium filled with tropical plants (a much needed break from the cold winter). The space is old and gorgeous filled with spiral staircases and hidden spaces.
This cemetery was the first place we visited when we got into Copenhagen (after getting coffee, of course). The main path is lined with tall, symmetrical trees and the grounds are green and lush. There are tombs dating back to the 1700s and a large amount of the dead buried were victims of a plague in 1711. There are also famous historical figures buried here such as Hans Christen Anderson! This place was absolutely magical and full of endless stories, it's a must-see.
Nyhavn is probably the most Instagram-famous place in Copenhagen, and rightfully so. This water front and creative district is full of color and life. Lights decorated the streets and each house was a different, lovely pastel color. It really is just as charming as it looks. We would also highly recommend eating some street hotdogs here.
Places to Eat
The Coffee Collective
Copenhagen is a haven for coffee lovers, and The Coffee Collective was one of our favorites. There are several locations of The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen and each other them provide a different atmosphere and signature drinks.
During our European trip, we had at least twelve cinnamon buns each. At least. Meyers Bageri had the best cinnamon buns. They were twisted in a way to that every piece of the dough tasted like the middle part of a cinnamon roll--full of gooey, cinnamon goodness. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be Meyers Bageri's cinnamon rolls.
Copenhagen is becoming more and more famous for their culinary scene and Trovehallerne has a lot to do with that. Comprising of two large halls and an outdoor market, Trovehallerne features food and products from over 60 vendors. If you're looking to try a variety of food, especially a traditional Smorrebrod (open-faced sandwiches).
Porridge is super popular in Copenhagen and as a lover of all things breakfast (including oatmeal), we were all for it. We were literally just talking last night about how we were craving the porridge from here. Although they have a menu, you can put basically anything you want on your porridge. For example, Kaitlyn put hazelnuts and homemade caramel on hers. Highly recommend.
- Watch out for bikes! Bikes are more popular in Copenhagen than cars, it's not just a stereotype. Therefore, when you're crossing the street, make sure you're not just looking both ways for cars. You don't want to get run over by a bike.
- Don't be afraid to use public transportation. Copenhagen has so many options for getting around: taking the bus, train, bikes, or walking. All of them are fabulous options and the city is super accessable to any kind of traveler.
- Come with an open stomach. There is so much good food in Copenhagen that you're going to want to eat it all, trust us. And we highly suggest that you do eat it all. You can't go wrong here.