Monday, 29 February 2016

Wonderful Copenhagen

A couple of weeks ago, my mum and I decided to head to the Danish capital city, Copehagen, for a long weekend away. I always love to explore different places and a trip overseas felt well over due! Copenhagen is gorgeous; very simplistic and neat in architecture with a completely relaxed and cheerful culture. We not only felt safe, but felt really welcome when exploring the city.

I've decided to put together a city guide type post and chat about what we got up to on the trip. Copenhagen is a perfect destination for a city break and seems to be becoming more and more popular, and I can definitely see why.

1) Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle was initially built as a summerhouse for the Royal Family and is now one of the top attractions in Denmark. I loved wandering around, admiring the tapestries, portraits and grand interior. My favourite part of this place though was going into the vault to see the Danish crown jewels - they are spectacular!

2) National Art Gallery

Located just across the way from Rosenborg Castle, is the National Art Gallery. I always love visiting art galleries, especially when the art is so varied; there are plenty of traditional and modern works to spy. I particularly loved the colourful light boxes which looked out to the city; a good juxtaposition of modern and traditional which is always a winner in my book.

 3) The Roundtower

We popped into the Roundtower to see what it was all about, and ended up walking straight to the top after paying a small fee! It offers amazing 360 degree views of the city, so is well worth a visit! We even stumbled into what looked to be an undergraduate fashion exhibition in one of the rooms within the tower which was an added bonus!

4) Nyhavn

This is quintessential Copenhagen and the place that probably comes to mind when talking about the Danish captial. I adored the brightly coloured buildings and gigantic boats that filled the harbour. Such a lovely feeling when there and there are lots of delicious cafes to try. You can sit outside if you're feeling brave - there are lots of blankets on offer to help keep you warm!

5) The Little Mermaid

You can't visit Copenhagen without visiting the Little Mermaid Statue! Dedicated to the Hans Christian Andersen tale, the bronze statue sits prettily on a rock in the Langerlinie quay. It was more beautiful than I thought it was going to be and after hearing a bit more about the original story, I found it pretty emotive! Not everyone thinks it's as lovely as I do though, it's been decapitated three times in it's 102 year existence!

6) Christiansborg Palace

There's a wealth of things on offer here, but we opted just to see the Royal Reception Rooms. They are completely stunning, with bright patterns and intricate decor everywhere you look.

7) Christiania Freetown

Christiania is like nowhere I've ever been. It's an autonomous commune, built by a group of hippies in the 1970s and kind of operates outside of the law. It's colourful and bustling, with alternative cafes and restaurants aplenty. Definitely worth a wander through, but make sure you're aware of the 'dos' and 'don'ts' before entering - no photos are allowed inside the commune but there are plenty of cool things surrounding the town if you do want to take a snap.

8) Botanical Gardens and Greenhouses

Another attraction located near Rosenborg Castle, these stunning gardens offer all kinds of weird and wonderful shrubbery to walk among if you fancy a slower paced excursion. The giant centre greenhouse within the gardens is also a must - so beautiful and peaceful, it was one of my favourite places in Copenhagen. The greenhouses are free to visit but have specific opening times so it's worth a check before visiting. The large greenhouse specifically opens 10am-3pm in the winter.

9) Frederik's Church

This isn't a typical top 10 attraction of Copehagen, but seeing as it's free to visit and is a gorgeous place, it's worth a place on an itinerary. It has the most beautiful gold covered dome from the outside and is gorgeously ddecorated in the inside. You can walk up the church tower at certain times of the day too if you want to take in more views of the city.

10) The Stroget

The Stroget is one of the best shopping streets I've ever visited. Not only is it packed with the best brands and designer shops, but it's also one of the quietest shopping streets I've experienced, meaning I could stroll around the shops at a less hectic pace! You can also find some stylish Danish stores along the stretch and some delicious cafes too.

There's so much to see and do in Copenhagen, it was hard to choose the things I wanted to see most. I stuck to the more touristy places in this travel guide, but stay tuned as I have a little cafe guide coming up!