My obsession with Copenhagen started around two years ago when I chose to study it for my final research project in Cities and Globalization class. As a city that's on the forefront of innovation and environmentalism as well as producing some of the most beautiful designs in clothing, furniture, and architecture, and filled with interesting, kind people, what’s not to love?
Post-Norway travels began with a lot of driving and ferry rides until finally arriving in the lovely country of Denmark in of course, the rain. Our four days there were packed with dinners with friends, historical tours, shopping, museums, bike tours, and of course, eating. As an all-around experience, Scandinavia has some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted. The strawberries in Norway are the best in the world, red and juicy, perfectly sweet, and absolutely melt in your mouth!There was also amazing cheese, fresh fish, local meat and organic vegetables everywhere. Denmark specifically is known for its pork and hotdogs, but they also have amazing licorice, pastries, and beer. The Danes love to eat, almost as much as they love to drink, and appreciate a freshly, well prepared meal, especially when it’s shared with family. Arguably the best restaurant in the world, Noma, is in Copenhagen. But enough of my rambling on about food, these photos are a combination of all four days that capture some of my favorite places and scenes. Being such a colorful city with so many quaint old buildings made it especially photogenic and it was so hard not to take a million and one street shots everywhere we went!
The view across the canal from our first lunch spot at Papillon- an old paper factory turned into an amazing indoor food hall! It's on an island so you either have to find a bridge or boat across. We took the water bus but two days later they opened up a pedestrian and bike bridge across this canal that makes the island easily accessible. Across the water is the Copenhagen playhouse, and right around the corner is the opera house, shown below.
Because most of Copenhagen was built after two fires destroyed almost everything and the city was very poor, many of the buildings in Copenhagen have very simple facades. They are not as ornate as those of Paris or Barcelona, and nor as narrow or small as those of Amsterdam, and they are much more colorful, almost all of them are beautifully painted and decorated with murals and flowers. There is a rule in Copenhagen that no building can be taller than 5 stories in order to keep the city skyline low and aesthetically pleasing, and to show off the city’s many towers and castles, whose green copper turrets rise regally above the rest of the city.
There are more than a few statues and memorials in honor of Hans Christian Anderson in Copenhagen. As well as his grave site and his apartment in Nyhavn where he worked and lived for many years, there is even Hans Christian Anderson Blvd. They really love him there. This is his statue in the summer royal gardens which have now been turned into an absolutely beautiful public park.
Monuments and Guard towers in the palace courtyards. The Danes definitely have a thing for hearts, the shape is even on their money, so cute!
Ah yes, the most famous street in Copenhagen, found in the Nyhavn neighborhood. Nyhavn, meaning new harbor, was originally a port where lonely fishermen and sailors would dock their boats to have a few beers and seek the company of a more promiscuous lady of the night. But when the port became too rundown and shabby they moved out all the hookers and drunks, painted all the buildings bright colors, and opened up shops and restaurants for visitors to enjoy. This is definitely the most crowded and touristic part of Copenhagen, but even at peak tourist season, not any worse than New York City on a Friday night. We didn't eat at any of the restaurants here, but it was very beautiful and sunny to walk down, definitely worth checking out.
A snippet of the old Navy housing residences. Rows and rows of tree lined cobble stone streets and these orange houses that haven't changed color in hundreds of years. I love how every place in Copenhagen has a story behind it, and even though it may be used as something different now, it's history and integrity remain intact and are respected by the people who live there now. That's not always what one would expect from a city that in many other ways is one of the most modern and innovative places in the world. Combined with its preservation and honoring of the past, Copenhagen is also always looking towards the future and thinking, how can we make it better?
On the last day we climbed up the Church of Our Savior tower, and was blessed with a sunny clear view of the entire city! Since Copenhagen is fairly small you can actually see far beyond the city limit, which is why it's possible to spot some taller sky-scrapers in the background. I love the combination of orange tiled roofs with the green towers and colorful buildings poking out underneath.
Goodbye for now Copenhagen, you have my heart and I cannot wait to return to you one day!