Denmark is considered by some to be the happiest country in the world. But does it’s capital city, Copenhagen, provide plenty of enjoyable experiences? We think so.
1. Design Museum
If you love great design, then you‘ll love the Danish Design Museum. Housed in a converted 18th century hospital, the museum showcases Danish design, featuring the likes of Poul Henningsen and Arne Jacobson. There’s even a room dedicated to chairs, because who doesn’t love a good chair? The fantastic Klint Cafe is a perfect stop for a bite to eat, so make sure you pop in once you’ve finished exploring the museum. Also, don’t miss the museum shop which is perfect for good quality souvenirs.
Quintessentially Copenhagen, Nyhavn’s backdrop of bright, multicoloured facades is a pleasure to see come rain or shine. In the warmer weather, enjoy a cold beer on the harbour front and enjoy the photogenic colour of the Dutch style town-houses. Nyhavn is in walking distance to the Amalienborg Slot (the Danish equivalent of Buckingham Palace) which is the current home of Queen Magrethe II. It’s worth a visit to witness the changing of the guard each day at noon.
As one of Copenhagen’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, a visit to Nørrebro is a must. This is because it produces an ambience much different from the rest of the city, with it’s design studios, boutiques and late night bars. In the day time, admire the monochrome design of Superkilen park. As the night draws closer, make sure you stop off at Oysters and Grill for dinner, a seafood restaurant which from the outside looks far from appealing, but once inside, you’ll discover the delicacies on offer are worth the visit. Booking recommended.
4. Carlsberg Brewery
Beer lovers. Unite. Carlsberg may seem like a typical lager drunk in Britain, but step inside the Carlsberg Brewery and go on a journey to discover the story behind ‘probably the best beer in the world’. Enjoy your self guided tour around the facility, past copper vats, between walls of beer bottles and through the stables where it’s famous horses are kept. And because you’ve been good, you can enjoy two free beers at the bar once you’ve finished!
Established by squatters in the early seventies, this neighbourhood attracts non-conformists from all over the globe. Once you’re beyond the infamous Pusher Street (where marijuana dealers lurk in the shadows), you’ll discover a very much hipster-vibe community. Cross the adjoining bridge to discover Paper Island, home to some of the best street food that Copenhagen has to offer.
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