You know how sometimes you can get completely blown away by a place? Well, that happened to me in Copenhagen in the spring of 2013. I had cycled there from my home in Belgium and was on my way north to the North Cape. I always knew I was going to take a few days’ break in Denmark’s capital, but I hadn’t bothered doing any research beforehand. It’s kind of embarrassing now, but the only thing I really knew about Copenhagen was that it is home to the Little Mermaid statue.
I arrived in the city after two days of cycling across the Danish islands of Lolland and Zealand through rain and mist. I checked into a hotel that I had booked online a few days prior to spending my weekend in Copenhagen. My hotel in Copenhagen happened to be located a couple minutes from the train station and Tivoli, the famous old amusement park in the heart of the city. It was the perfect location.
I locked my bike on a fence in the hotel’s backyard and dragged all my pannier bags up to my room. It always took me two to three runs; I had seven bags. The second thing I did was taking a hot shower. Then I went out for some food, which I found in a pub near the train station. I treated myself to a burger and a large beer and found out how much more expensive Denmark was.
My Weekend in Copenhagen
The next two days I spent walking around, helped by a city map. Because I hadn’t done any research, I had no expectations whatsoever. I didn’t even know what the city looked like before I went there. It was spectacular. I was overwhelmed by the amount of history in Copenhagen, the number of fantastic museums and majestic buildings, and the cozy pedestrian streets. It also surprised me how many bicycles there are in the city. I loved it.
When I walked around a corner and saw the neighborhood of Nyhavn (New Harbor) for the first time, my jaw literally dropped. It was the most beautiful street and harbor I have ever seen in my life. The combination of gorgeous colored row houses, terraces, (sail)boats and hundreds of people strolling around blew me off my socks. I think it still is one of my favorite places in the entire world.
I spent some time there, snapping pictures and enjoying people-watching, before continuing my self-guided walking tour of Copenhagen. Next I visited two major museums: the National Museum and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. They both were fabulous. I also walked by and/or visited Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, Christiansborg Palace, Frederiksborg Palace (Copenhagen is home to several palaces and castles), the Little Mermaid, Tivoli, the Citadel and Strøget, Copenhagen’s main shopping street.
I had an amazing weekend in Copenhagen. I walked around a lot and wasn’t able to rest my legs that much, but it was absolutely worth it. My cycling trip lasted three months and my weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark, was definitely a highlight.