Denmark: One week in Copenhagen

The first few things that come to mind when I think of Copenhagen are as follows: Friendly people, the Nyhavn Canal, and danishes (by the dozen). Upon going there, I realized that while all these characteristics are true, there is so much more to this city. I spent one week here and I adored it.

Tivoli Gardens are a must-see! This amusement park opened in 1843 and is so internationally beloved that Walt Disney himself visited several times! Here, there are gorgeous gardens, delicious food, and fun architecture and rides to keep you entertained for the whole day.

The Nyhavn Canal is the quintessential Copenhagen scene. Colorful canalfront houses line the water as far as the eye can see, with unique bridges connecting the two sides of the  canal. You can spend hours walking along the sides of the canal, eating local food and admiring how the colors of each house play off of each other so well despite being so different. Locals are friendly, and they may come talk to you if you are sitting on a bench – so be prepared for some interesting conversations! I highly recommend a boat tour. The boat will take you through the Nyhavn canal and even out to the harbor, where there are military ships and houseboats, and you can see the Little Mermaid statue from the boat (the most photographed statue in the city, and one of the most photographed statues in Europe as well!)

The Church of Our Savior was a cool experience because the tallest spire has steps on the outside that offer a beautiful view of Copenhagen from the top. The inside of the church was stunning as well, boasting a carillon (organ) that is the largest in Northern Europe, and it plays melodies from 8pm to midnight every night.

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The view from the top!
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It was a little scary climbing the outside of the Church, but very much worth it for the views.
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Largest carillon in Northern Europe.

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All in all, Copenhagen is an incredible city to visit, and I couldn’t recommend it enough. We were here for one week and we couldn’t come close to seeing all that the city has to offer. Here are a few more photos from our trip!

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