When the first view that greets you in a new country is this, you know you’re going to like it here.
Arriving into Copenhagen on a sunny Friday afternoon just as the locals finished work, the mood was infectiously joyous.
My hostel was a short walk from Nyhavn, a canal area with traditional boats and I immediately loved it.
It’s the perfect place to grab a drink and watch the world go by as you sit amongst the brightly coloured buildings.
Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish writer and probably best known for the story of the Little Mermaid.
There’s even a statue dedicated to the mermaid in the city which is a popular site to visit for many tourists.
When I went to see it there was what appeared to be a Japanese film crew shooting a movie literally on the statue. As the actress emotionally cried next to the mermaid, another actor was there consoling her.
It was pretty weird but the nice thing was after each take they’d move for a bit so we could all take a happy snap without them in it!
My friend and I had heard about Christiania (or Freetown Christiania) and decided we couldn’t leave Copenhagen without checking this intriguing place out for ourselves.
This area of Copenhagen was founded in 1971 and was once military zone until it was taken over by squatters and deemed a free city.
There’s no taxes and any laws really, although there are some signs dictating a ‘common law’ or some general courtesy guidelines to abide by since I don’t think anybody would be truly policing this!
Christiania is seen around the world as an interesting social experiment since it still exists today.
Physically there is a mixture of street art, homes and hut type of buildings placed sporadically around the area and unsurprisingly it has a really hippy look and feel. There’s quite a few restaurants and cafés on offer around the place too.
The government has a bit of a tense relationship with the inhabitants of Christiania, particularly as it well known that the sale of certain kinds of drugs occurs here.
Seeing as I was offered some after being there less than a minute I have to say it must be quite prevalent!
Here’s a couple of pictures from the walk to Christiania but since it started randomly pouring with rain while we were actually there I sadly don’t have any photos of it!
For something completely different to Christiania, we visited the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek next, which is a museum that was created from the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, who was the son of the Carlsberg beer founder.
Sidenote, you can also actually visit the Carlsberg brewery in Copenhagen also.
We spent a few hours instead however at this museum which is largely sculpture based but includes works from renowned painters too including Monet.
I enjoyed the building’s interior just as much as the artwork since the rooms are simple, yet beautiful with many different colours for different wings.
I also love Egyptian history and they had a great collection on display while I was there.
If you visit on a Sunday as I did, then admission is free!
Just before you leave the museum make sure you take a quick look around the back of the building once outside since there is a replica of Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ statue too.
Virtually across the road from here is Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest theme parks in the world and still one of the most visited ones anywhere.
It’s quite evident while in the city that the Danish people are for the most part very fond of their royal family.
Since Princess Mary is an Australian and prior to meeting the Prince, by all descriptions a ‘common’ person, I couldn’t help but take a few pictures of the crazy amount of postcards displaying her portraits!
I really enjoyed my time in Copenhagen, I thought it was a gorgeous city with very easy going people and beautiful surroundings.
Here’s a few more snaps and things to see around Copenhagen..
St. Alban’s Church
Rundetårn, a 17th century astronomy tower. Great city views from up here
Copenhagen Cathedral interior
Stork fountain, newly graduated midwifery students dance around it as a tradition
What self-respecting European capital doesn’t have a statue of a man on a horse