In January I was lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks in Sweden and Denmark for work. After all of the work was done and finished, Matt and I spent a couple of extra days in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since we spent a couple of days out in the fantastic city, I thought I'd leave you with some recommendations and a few things to do in Copenhagen in case you visit (get ready for a photo-heavy post, friends).
Great things to do in Copenhagen:
♥ Explore 6,000 years of art at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum (free admission on Sundays!)
♥ See the Little Mermaid
♥ Visit the freetown of Christiania (known for the legal use of marijuana for residents)
♥ Sit in the swings with a drink before eating sushi at Sticks ‘n' Sushi in the Tivoli Hotel
♥ Spend some time walking around the city, including Nyhav (New Habor)
Lucky for us, we hit this fantastic museum on a Sunday meaning we got free admission! If you're looking for a way to spend a couple of hours in Copenhagen, this museum is a great place to start. It has a great collection of Egyptian art (my favorite) as well as some very interesting Danish contemporary works. It also has an incredible indoor garden that alone is worth a trip. Make sure you stop by!
the Little Mermaid
We all know the story fo the Little Mermaid thanks to Disney so it was kind of cool to visit the statue basic off of the Hans Christian Andersen classic fairytale. But to be honest, not the most exciting thing in the city (which most of the Copenhagen residents told us before we went for the visit). Nonetheless, still kind of cool to see.
Freetown of Christiania
Ah, what an interesting place. Christiania is a free town in the middle of Copenhagen, meaning that they operate under separate rules and laws than the rest of the city and country. These laws include no pictures (darn!), violence, hard drugs, owning a personal car, and weapons of any kind. But Christiania is most famous for the legal use of marijuana (selling is no longer ‘legal' but I'm pretty sure some deals were going down). Seriously, you could smell the pot blocks away. Once we were there it was really interesting to see the atmosphere and environment of the town, and to think about the benefits and challenges of living in a ‘free society' that is governed by common laws totally agreed upon by the residents. Truly an interesting place that I would highly recommend you see if you're in Copenhagen. Something important to note: although we did see quite a few people smoking pot around the town, at no point did I feel weird or uncomfortable for not doing so (probably because it is technically not legal to sell it within the town). Even if you are 100% against the use of any drugs such as marijuana, I would still recommend a visit, as it is a truly fascinating place.
Sticks ‘n' Sushi in the Tivoli Hotel
Absolutely fantastic. No surprise I'm sure, but Matt and I absolutely love sushi and try to go out whenever we visit a few city. And this place was rad. We arrived about 30 minutes before our reservation so that we could sit in the bar – which 1) overlooks the beautiful river of Copenhagen, and 2) is filled with swings! Drinks in swings overlooking the water while we wait for sushi? Perfect date night. Oh, and the drinks and sushi were delicious.
Nyhav & Walking Around the City
One of the great thing about Copenhagen is that if you have a couple of hours you can walk all around the city and see a lot beautiful architecture and interesting sights. Like Hans Christian Andersen's house (!) and the Memorial Anchor.