Copenhagen: A Happy City
The first word that came to my mind while I was walking the streets of Copenhagen is "balance." As you probably know, the city won the title of happiest place in the world in the past. It seemed to me a happy city. The streets are clean and there are thousands of bicycles leaning on walls or polls without a padlock. This detail clearly shows that there is no need to steal because people seem to have enough money to afford a satisfactory lifestyle. In the eyes of a tourist, this picture conveys a sense of safety and peace. MUST-SEE:
Canals: Copenhagen is surrounded by water so make sure you take your time to wander around the canals without a specific plan. Just open your senses and let them guide you.
The Little Mermaid: you will find hoards of tourists. It's hard to find a spot to take a good close up but you can take a nice photo from the balcony above the statue.
The Round Tower: the view is spectacular but get ready, the stairs to reach the top are steep and there are a ton of people going up and down. Take your time to walk and watch your step.
Christiania: an independent city inside a park. It's the hippie's area. As you enter you feel in another world: food trucks, loud music, graffiti, and smoke. Yes, you can smoke marijuana because it's a self-proclaimed neighborhood with independent rules. They kindly ask you not to take photos. Have fun but keep it for yourself. The government clearly knows what happens in Christiania, but you should respect their privacy.
The non-touristy attraction that we enjoyed the most is the Design Museum. Not everybody is interested in design so you can find fewer people. We went because my husband is a designer and it was worth it. We discovered that the Danish art has been profoundly influenced by Japan. Danes took the Japanese minimalist approach and combined it with classicism. The result is a unique art that is recognized and appreciated internationally, especially in industrial design.
WHERE TO STAY
Hostel Globalhagen located walking distance from the metro stop Norreport, close to downtown but removed from the busy area. It's failry clean and has a friendly atmosphere. We shared the room with six people. We chose a hostel because Copenaghen is quite expensive, a double in a hotel is around $150, not the best option for backpackers.
WHERE TO EAT:
We were pleasantly surprised by the food. It's flavorful and delicious. I recommend Maven for lunch, for dinner Gavlen and Spitestedet Feed. If you want to try something typical order the hyldeblomst, it's a warm drink made with the elderberry flower. After our experience with the Danish kitchen, I can say that the best is certainly fish, meat, crispy delicious fries and creative dips (eggs, mustard, and spices).