With only a few days to get from Stockholm to Berlin, I decided to spend the time in Copenhagen, a city that I’d heard could be covered in one day if I tried. It’s a really cool place actually, and while I got a good feel for the city, I easily could have stayed longer (though the prices surely would’ve ruined my budget). So, what did I do with one day in Copenhagen?
1. I strolled along Nyhavn.
Nyhavn is a colorful street along the canal with many cute bars and restaurants. It’s touristy, but even the locals think it’s a great place to relax with a drink by the waterfront, especially on a sunny day.
2. I visited Christiania.
Christiania is an alternative self-proclaimed “free town” of about 850 residents who don’t follow Denmark’s rules, but actually have their own rules (such as no weapons, gangs, or hard drugs). Typical of Christiania: street art, marijuana, colorful houses, yoga, etc.
Pusher Street (aka the Green Light District) is where the deals take place, and marijuana is sold freely on the streets. Only three rules: have fun, don’t run, and no photos.
3. I window shopped along Strøget.
Strøget is one of Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping streets. It has many options ranging from cheap boutiques to expensive designer stores, and street performers and musicians give it a lively atmosphere.
4. I went on a free tour.
There are a variety of free city tours including the Grand Tour, Christianshavn Tour, and Classical Copenhagen Tour. These are perfect to see a lot in a short amount of time and to learn the history of the city.
5. I took a photo with a Royal Guard.
The Royal Guards stand outside Amalienborg Palace (pictured above), where the royal family lives. They aren’t allowed to speak, but you’re still allowed to go up and take a photo next to them!
6. I learned to make Stegt flæsk med persillesauce, Denmark’s national dish!
Stegt flæsk med persillesauce is a dish of fried pork strips (essentially large pieces of bacon) with potatoes and parsley sauce. Not the healthiest (or the prettiest) of foods, but still fun to learn, thanks to my Danish Couchsurfing host!
As always, keep on livin’ pura vida ✌