In all honesty, we initially thought to buy tickets into Copenhagen because they one of the the cheapest deals flying into Europe at the time, but we ended up falling in love with the city far more than we ever expected. Copenhagen became the favorite city of our Europe trip. Who knew! We giggled as the train conductor's voice played over us in Danish and found that we had a weird fascination with the beauty of the language. We were also extremely sleep deprived and tired so maybe that's why we were giggling at everything (sleepy-drunk I call it). We took a good long much-needed nap after we landed. The public transportation, to my surprise, was extremely clean and the people were all so friendly and easy to talk to (a majority of people we ran into actually spoke a good amount of English). It made us enjoy our time in Copenhagen so much more! Here are a few must visit places in/around Copenhagen!
Louisiana museum of art
The Louisiana Museum of Art is technically not located in Copenhagen (heh) but is only an hour train ride away in the city of Humlebaek, Denmark. I believe we took the 029 train from Nørreport and from there it was just a straight shot! There may be a stop closer depending on where you are, so make sure to consult your maps! Just a tip on riding the train - they like it quiet. The train had signs everywhere informing passengers to remain silent while on board. I guess we were too excited or somethin' and all three of us didn't manage to read the signs as we boarded. We had to learn about this preference for a quiet environment the hard way when an elderly lady smiled, looked at us, pointed to the "be quiet" signs, and put her finger over her mouth indicating us to "hush". I think it's a cultural norm kinda thing! I can see why Americans have this rep for being so loud. We loved watching the flowers and peaceful houses whiz by the countryside. We were enjoying it so much that we actually missed our stop, but made the best out of it by getting chicken skewers as a snack at the side shop (yum), then got back on the reverse stop to get to the museum. We got a nice little student discount (so remember to bring your student IDs). We came here hoping to see the Yayoi exhibit, but were so sad to discover that the one Yayoi exhibit was closed for construction.Nevertheless, the museum did not disappoint.
The museum was filled with huge windows and abundant light. There were beautiful garden portions of this museum, where one can step over running waters to observe pieces of art and nature while breathing in the warm outdoors. But even from within the museum, the museum utilized the blooming beauty of nature and delicately displayed it as its own sort of artwork throughout the abundant windows lining endless hallways and rooms. Walking through the hallways lined with blossoming white and pink fluffy flowers bush after bush were my absolute favorite part. I felt like I was in a sort of flower dream. Needless to say, I loved it.
My second favorite part was definitely giggling non-stop at Hans-Peter FeldMann's work. The work featured in this German Artists' work was hung all around in a portion of this exhibition. As the museum plaque put it, Feldmann's works are "decidedly humorous...he obscures, turns upside down and short-circuits an ostensibly venerable but also ambitious tradition-salon art". These hilarious modifications of more traditional painting styles include additions of red noses, tan lines, googly eyes, and more. Look closely and scroll below to take a look!
Like I very much like to say (I've literally used this joke way too many times), this park was super KILLIN it. This crazily lined park was actually just steps outside of our Airbnb in the Nørrebro district.
We found this first part of Superkilen to actually be a skate park, where daring bikers and skaters can ride down along multiple crazy lines from the top of the hill down to flat ground. We had a lot of fun just people watching, treading up the large hill, and walking through the squiggly lines. The park itself was just a real urban piece of art.
There was a second park to Superkilen named the "Red Square". As it is named, this portion was all red. It was fun little circular swings that I think we had a little too much fun swinging at. We felt like little kids rocking back and forth on the little benches trying to swing around all crazy.
If you love matcha, you will love this place. Byoh Matcha brought us to a section of the city that really reminded us of the modern, industrialized, downtown feel of big cities. There were tall buildings everywhere, loads of cars, and lots of people of course. We headed over to this quaint little store for a nice dose of matcha. The lady was super pretty and super sweet. I ordered the Elderflower Matcha drink and it tasted sweet and delicious! The inside decor was very sleek and modern, with a comfy pink couch I could not stop admiring. Since we spent so much time in the hip multi-cultural neighborhood of Nørrebro, it was well worth the stop in my opinion to get to walk around a completely different part of town!
Well known for its colorful houses, canal views, and rows of restaurants, Nyhaven makes one of the Copenhagen's top tourist spots. Here, we actually ran into a couple of fellow UC Davis students who stopped by to take a picture for us and decided to have us take the same picture for them since they liked the pose ideas we had. We got to chatting and found out they graduated from UC Davis as well! It was crazy to bump into people so close to home, such a small world! Fun fact, Hans Christian Andersen, the famous Danish fairytale writer, used to live in house No. 20 along Nyhaven. It was here he wrote a few of his most well-known tales, including "The Princess and the Pea" and "The Tinderbox". Crazy right!?
After watching the sunset at Nyhaven, we walked on over to Copenhagen Street Food to grab some dinner. Whilst we arrived too late (sad most of the stands were closed), we managed to grab some burritos and tacos and enjoyed each other company munching away! Unfortunately the place is closing on December 22, 2017, so make sure to snag a visit if you can before they close!
Thank you Copenhagen!
Copenhagen had so much more to explore, that we wish we had allotted more time to the city. We had no idea we were going to fall in love with the city as much as we did! From it's clean transportation to it's beautiful sights to the friendly people, we were so thankful to have gotten a few days to spend in the city!