Five years ago, my family moved to this incredible city.
Now, its time to say goodbye.
Spending my school and university education in the UK, I never really got to spend that much time here.
But with every visit and every sunset landing with a stunning view of the Øresund Bridge, I appreciated returning even more.
Copenhagen is definitely one of the cities I can call my home.
It feels as if you’re in a little bubble. A bubble of happiness where everyone is super laid back, openly friendly and no one is ever in a hurry. Being here is like a huge weight is lifted and just for a little bit, you can forget about all the terrible things that seem to be going on in the world around you and just…relax.
I’m going to miss it a lot.
As I sit here writing this in my new UK flat on a grim Tuesday morning, my brain hasn’t quite wrapped around the fact that I won’t be returning to the world’s happiest nation any time soon.
As a very small country, I previously never even considered visiting it, let alone getting the opportunity to live there. But now that I have, I cannot tell you how blessed I feel to have been able to delve in their culture.
As I said before, I probably don’t know Copenhagen as well as I should but I have written down a little list of things I’ve always loved to do when I’m back and it might just help you with your travel plans!
The Copenhagen Checklist
- Islands Brygge is a harbour front area in central Copenhagen where there is a spot that is great for swimming in the Summer. What is particularly great is that they also have Go Boat where you and however many people can hire your own boat and go explore the Copenhagen river and canels whilst enjoying either a provided picnic or bring your own food. Just chill and travel at your own pace!
- Papirøen is an amazing marketplace filled with tonnes of street food options – you’ll be spoilt for choice! Once you’ve finally decided, you can then go and sit by the waterfront and enjoy your meal with a nice view over the habour.
- Bakken is a little way out of central Copenhagen but it is very easy to get there via the S train. It is the world’s oldest amusement park and whilst I am not a fan of going on rides (especially considering how old and creaky some of theirs look) I do enjoy walking around. It is also situated inside Dyrehaven which is a beautiful woodland area, home to massive herds of deer, where I love to cycle.
- Strøget is the main shopping area where most people will find themselves when visiting the city. Despite it not being a particularly unique destination, I always enjoy wandering around the cobbled streets and just seeing what’s new on Denmark’s fashion front.
- The old Latin Quarter is near Strøget and it is a small collection of streets I love to wander which is home to cafes, thrift stores and independent boutiques (also a comic book store which I love! -cough- nerd -cough-). Some of these streets include Studiestræde, Larsbjørnsstræde and Strædet.
- Tivoli is my favourite place in the whole of Denmark. It is another very touristy spot but my goodness, I just adore it. As one of Disneyland’s inspirations, Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park where you can find rides, games, concerts and food. The buildings are so quirky and they like to spice things up depending on the season (Halloween sees them bringing out cauldrons and small wooden huts filled with spooky souvenirs). You don’t need to be a fan of rides to enjoy a visit as there is plenty on offer otherwise! Whether it is enjoying a nice meal out at one of their restaurants or having a pleasant stroll through their fountains and gardens, if there is only one thing you do in Copenhagen its going here!
Have you ever visited Copenhagen before?