Last weekend, we packed our weekend bags and headed out for two nights in the lovely city of Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s long been on our Google travel doc, that I felt such relief exiting the plane. Or that might have been relief from escaping the not one, but TWO, giant groups of teenagers, Danish and Irish, on the flight. Let’s just say a lecture was given on why seats shouldn’t be kicked. By me. To a 13-year-old. Anywho.
After two days spent walking the city streets, standing in awe of Danish architecture, I am convinced that the Danes really are the leaders in design and lifestyle. Starting with the quaint harbor of Nyhavn, with its gorgeous boats and colorful stucco-covered brick exteriors, it’s iconically Copenhagen.
The Church of Our Lady, or Copenhagen Cathedral, is a study in Neo-classical design. Walking into the creamy light-filled interior is a welcome change to the gothic and dark churches typically found in Europe. Everything, from the light fixtures to the prayer candles, i a study in beautiful design. I’ve become so used to mold and dusty smells (a nightmare for this allergy sufferer!), that I was excited to be able to spend 10 minutes in a church without sneezing or coughing.
Amalienborg, the winter home of the Danish royal family, was built in the Rococo style, and is, hands down, one of my favorite palaces I’ve been. Made up of four buildings, it’s simple yet regal. Even in misty weather, the buildings stand out in silent beauty, as the Marble Church creates a stunning backdrop.
If you only have a day or two in Copenhagen, spend it wandering around the city, eating amazing food and soaking in the style. From the outdoor cafes and street performers, to the art installations and home goods shops, the city has this laid back feel that is the cornerstone of Danish lifestyle. Hygge in full bloom.
I’ll leave you with my favorite shot of the trip, the interior of Frederick’s Church, or The Marble Church, just outside of Amalienborg Palace. Yet another example of Danish architecture that I have a giant crush on after this trip!
Copenhagen in autumn is like Paris for introverts. You can wander the city streets and museums without battling huge crowds. The weather is cool, so pack a windbreaker or light jacket with a hood. We got caught in a downpour the last two hours before we left for the airport that had my eyelashes dripping! It’s also one of the most expensive cities in Europe, comparable to London. The airport is a short metro ride from city center. Tickets are about $7.50, and trains run every 4 minutes.
I can recommend First Hotel Twentyseven, we stayed there one night after Hotel Fox overbooked. Sadly, I cannot recommend Hotel Fox. They handled our entire visit poorly; from the room not being available, to the taxi driver taking us to the wrong replacement hotel, to the dirty room they eventually gave us late the next day, to the dirty walls in our final room . It’s such an interesting concept, for a great bargain, but they fail to deliver what they promise on their website.
For a great walking tour of Copenhagen, check out this link.