At the end of December 2018, both Nat and Nat have decided to meet up in Copenhagen, Denmark, to celebrate a mini-Christmas together. This was an opportunity for Natalie to tour Natasha around the city as she has never visited any Scandinavian country before. Natalie, being an avid traveler to Denmark, created a high-energy itinerary for Natasha to ensure that she checks out all the must-visit places in Copenhagen. If you ever find yourself in the city, here is a list of six things you should definitely check out.
First stop, Rosenborg Castle.
Rosenborg Castle, located in the heart of Copenhagen was built in the early 17th century by one of the most famous Scandinavian Kings, Christian IV. The castle is known for holding Denmark’s crown jewels, which are kept firmly in special vaults.
When you walk inside the castle, the aroma and the dim lighting takes you back to a journey in time, making you feel like you were part of history. The Knight’s Hall still holds a throne and three life-size silver lions which cannot be touched, as it is strictly off-limits to visitors.
The castle holds other charms including portraits, statues, and weapons, and they can all be visually enjoyed without strict guidance on photos or videos.
Once you step outside of the castle and cross the bridge, you will see a quaint garden. These gardens are lush during the summer, but visiting Rosenborg Castle during summer also means having to share the supposed serene view with hundreds of other tourists.
Next, The Little Mermaid
Many tourists who have seen the Little Mermaid Statue with their bare eyes claim that it is uneventful and a waste of time. We think otherwise, and one should check it out when visiting Copenhagen even just once in your life. If it’s not for the statue, then it is for the scenery found around this famous tourist spot.
The statue is made of bronze and granite and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale. If you’ve watched Disney’s The Little Mermaid, this is her story.
Again, during summer, there will be loads of tour buses taking tourists to have photos by the Little Mermaid, so if you want to go there and have your own personal photo shoot, try to visit early, even before the tour groups take their breakfast. This way you get to enjoy the seaside view and get to walk on the esplanade just by the statue.
Just within 10-minutes walk from the statue is Kastellet, a star-shaped military fortress. It is open to the public, and I suggest taking a walk through it while making your way back to the city center. You will come across a fanciful chapel, Kastelskirken, and a windmill, Kastelsmøllen which are both more photogenic than the Little Mermaid.
Grab Some Grub in Torvehallen
Torvehallen is a food hall filled with over 60 stands selling everything from meat, to coffee, to chocolate and local Danish delicacies. If you’re ready to test your Danish palette, order a Smørrebrød, an open sandwich made from buttered rye bread and topped with different types of cold cuts – meat, seafood, vegetables or cheese. Sometimes a mix of most things I mentioned.
Another savory item one should definitely try is Frikadeller, which in layman’s terms is Danish meatballs. This is normally paired with potato and gravy. There are other food markets around the city. You can see the list here: Copenhagen food markets.
During the Christmas season, there are a several charming Christmas markets that open around the city, and they sell specialty food, trinkets, souvenirs, and handmade collectibles. You can also find different types of accessories and Christmas decor, and the best part is you can enjoy a warm cup of tea or coffee under the heated tables. A perfect place to take a break after all the walking and shopping.
Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world, so you can imagine what charm the place carries. When you walk in, it brings a mix of old nostalgic feels, sceneries which you only thought you would see in outdated movies. But Tivoli is also constantly updated while withholding its charm. Even Walt Disney got inspiration for Disneyland California from this little garden park.
Tivoli has rides for all ages, Ferris Wheels, Carousels, Dragon Boats, Bumper Cars, and even Vertigo. For those who are faint-hearted, there are bucketloads of food options, including food stalls, restaurants, and cafes. There are also entertainment options, you’ll just need to check their official website for schedules. Click here to visit the official website.
The best time of the day to go is just before dusk so you get to appreciate the scenery. Once it gets fully dark, Tivoli is well lighted and looks even more beautiful. Do check the opening schedules as there are some months when the park is closed.
End the Day in Nyhavn!
Nyhavn is the perfect place to end after a long day. In the past, it used to be packed with sailors, pubs, and alehouses, but nowadays, Nyhavn has been renovated and is surrounded by cozy and delicious restaurants. There is a wide range of menu options which carry flavors from different parts of the world, so you are not limited to Scandinavian cuisine.
During December, the Christmas Markets are open just across the colorful buildings, so there are even more things to enjoy aside from the usual Nyhavn restaurant food. The best part is about Nyhavn is it is near the Royal Danish Playhouse which is the national center of dramatic art, so you check the schedule and watch a show.
Where We Stayed
During the holiday season, hotels can get quite expensive, especially in Copenhagen which is not one of the more affordable cities in this world. We opted to stay in a hostel, and it was still cozy and just a 5-minutes walk from Tivoli.
To check out Danhostel Copenhagen City, click the link here.
Below is the first video on day one of touring Copenhagen, which covers Rosenborg Castle, the Little Mermaid Statue, and Tivoli:
The second part of the video covers Torvehallen and our out of town trip to Helsingor:
Thank you for reading, and have yourself some hygge time!
Below are the links to The Travelling Foxes other social media accounts.