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Things to do and see in Copenhagen!

Hello everyone and happy 2021! To kick off the new year I thought I would collate and highlight some of the places I’ve seen and photographed in the past half year that I’ve been living in Copenhagen. I’ve organised my posts by neighbourhood – please do have a look at some of my favourite places around the city, and hopefully for any of you planning to visit Copenhagen you can use this post as a reference point for things to do!

The numbered areas are marked on the map below, to give you a rough idea of the locations:

  1. Vesterbro

    Halmtorvet
    Enghave Plads
    Istedgade
    Tivoli (1, 2, 3)

2. Nørrebro

Blårgårdsgade
Assistens Kirkegård

3. Østerbro

Nordhavn (1, 2)

4. Indre By (City Center)

Indre By (Street Snaps) – Christmas version here
Nyhavn
Rundetaarn
Den Konglige Biblioteks Have
Danish Architecture Centre
ILLUM
The Black Diamond
The Playhouse
Marmorkirken
Amalienborg

5. Refshaleøen

Reffen
Broens Gadekøkken
Bridge by Nyhavn
Copenhagen Contemporary

6. Sydhavn

Teglholmen
Harbourside

7. Christianshavn

Christianshavn

8. The Lakes

The Lakes (1, 2)

Museums

Louisiana
Arken (1, 2)
SMK
Glyptoteket
Copenhagen Contemporary
Danish Architecture Centre

Parks

Valbyparken
Botanical Garden (KU)
Frederiksberg Have
Kongens Have
Ørstedsparken

University of Copenhagen

Panum (1, 2)
South Campus
Botanical Garden

Day trips from Copenhagen

Frederiksborg Slot (1, 2, 3)
Louisiana
Arken (1, 2)
Bakken

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Islands Brygge by night

Wow, is it New Years eve already? Did 2020 really just come and go like that? So much has happened this year – I moved to Denmark after almost 10 years in the UK, started a job that I love, and found a one-in-a-lifetime kind of partner. I am eternally grateful for the fortune and privilege that has led me to where I am now after all the blood, sweat, and tears, and the faith I put in myself to get through the challenges. I don’t take any of the positive changes that have happened in my life for granted! I will always remember and be thankful for 2020. I’ve learned and grown so much.

Also, this month my blog had the highest number of views ever, I guess you all really enjoyed by Christmas-themed posts, I’m glad! 🙂

Now you’ll have to forgive me for the quality of these photos, as I have no tripod and they are all hand-held pictures. They’re really not the best photos. But I thought these reflective, sparkly night shots were a good note to end the wild year of 2020…They were taken in Islands Brygge, which is a hugely popular area for outdoor swimming (especially in the summer, of course) close to Glyptoteket and Tivoli. Out of all the public places I’ve been over summer, this area was probably the most crowded (hello Corona). When it’s a little colder and quieter like it is nowadays, it is a wonderful place to have a quiet walk, admire the lights, and collect your thoughts in the evening.

Hope you are all safe and well, and happy New Years eve!

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Christmas at Bakken

Welcome to the oldest standing amusement park in the world! Bakken is completely free to enter and situated in a lovely forest area by Dyrehaven, an open park where deers roam freely. It’s perfect for a day trip from Copenhagen. I’ll post about Dyrehaven another time, so for now please enjoy these Christmas vibes at Bakken…and Merry Christmas!

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The most amazing sunset in the city

Hello! It’s my birthday today, and I’m super grateful to spend it in what is for me the most beautiful city in Europe 🙂 It has truly been a hectic year, and it’s just wild that I’ve ended up here in Copenhagen – I had no idea where I would be this time on my last birthday! Feels like yesterday that I was in the UK, and that I had gone out with my friends to celebrate (actually had two birthday celebrations…oh the pre-pandemic luxury).

Now it’s been a good couple of weeks since we last saw any semblance of sunlight in Copenhagen, I’m definitely missing some vitamin D! But leading up to this month, we’ve had some absolutely beautiful, sunny/frosty days. Case in point, take a look at the sunset photos I took around 3/4pm many weeks back…I practically froze off my fingers taking these shots, but the cold was totally worth it!

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Teglholmen/Sluseholmen, Copenhagen

One of the things I like most about Copenhagen is how walkable some of the modern, residential harbour areas are. I’ve never been in a city where it feels like you have a lot to “see” even when all you’re doing is walking past a bunch of apartments by the water.

As you will see from the pictures, there is an explanation for this – the buildings happen to be very interesting and fun to look at from an architectural standpoint. It’s also fun just to walk around, point to a bunch of apartments that look worthy of moving into, and do a bit of imaginary ‘apartment-shopping’ in your head 🙂 Enjoy!

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Frederiksborg Castle (Chapel)

It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘Sunday Museum’ post! Though today’s post is not exactly a ‘museum’ (more like a castle) I thought it would be nice to share with you these photos of the Frederiksborg Castle chapel. There was a wedding going on the first time I tried to enter the place, but I was patient and waited it out so I could take a peek inside. And I’m glad I did – just look at the place!

Also, stay tuned for more photos from this opulent castle grounds in the coming weeks 🙂

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Blågårdsgade, Nørrebro

The more I visit Nørrebro, the more it grows on me – the part of Nørrebro close to town is, in my opinion, the busiest and most interesting part of Copenhagen (at least for a young person like me). It reminds me a lot of the neighbourhood I used to live in Bristol in the UK (Stokes Croft/Montpelier) which was an area with plenty of street art, skaters dragging their wheels on the roads, the coolest music venues, lots of vintage, charity, and independent shops, vegan cafes, alternative cinemas, and so on. Nørrebro is like a cleaner, even more “hip” version of Stokes Croft, and could probably be compared to many up and coming areas of London.

Compared to my beloved own neighbourhood – Vesterbro – Nørrebro feels more hectic, more diverse, more artsy. I say those things in a good way. In Copenhagen, Nørrebro unfortunately has the reputation of being a “dirty” area with “gang activity” “crime” and so on – I don’t know how true those claims are, but either way they are terms I tend not to attribute to city neighbourhoods because I think they are loaded terms, and well – let’s just say Danish standards for a rough neighbourhood are quite different to that of one in the UK. Of course, ‘cool’ or ‘hip’ areas come with a certain level of hype – but if I could pick a street in the neighbourhood that really captures and distils the unique vibe of Nørrebro it would be Blågårdsgade (try saying that twice as fast)!

Just take a look below for all the weird and wonderful sights you can take in the length of a single street.

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Frederiksberg Have, Copenhagen

It’s been over a month since I last uploaded the photos I took on my camera. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t found so much as a single hour to myself these days. In between work, Danish classes, social events, and sports/athletic activities, it’s almost a shock if I find myself chilling at home. But with new Covid-19 restrictions taking effect, I will try to appreciate being at home more and having a quieter sort of life – and that includes catching up on blog posting 🙂

Since we are in the heart of autumn at the moment I thought it would be fitting to share some of these dark, warm, vibrant, cosy, atmospheric photos I took at Frederiksberg Have. Though I have shared Frederiksberg Have on my blog before, this is a part of the park that I haven’t shown yet – indeed I didn’t even realise it was there until recently!

The burnt orange walls, the purple flowers, the twilight, the glowing lights, the crackling fire – everything about this area is extraordinarily aesthetic.

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Sunset views from Maersk Tower

In my previous post, I shared some daytime aerial photos of Copenhagen from Maersk Tower (be sure to have a look here if you haven’t done so already!)

In this post I’ll share images from the same place, but at sunset time. Funny how the mood of the place completely shifts around evening time! I think the building and its surroundings look equally impressive around this time, if not more so than during daytime. I hope you enjoy my photos!

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Den Konglige Biblioteks Have

So I’ve shown you The Black Diamond (Den Sorte Diamant) a while back, but not this gem of a garden hidden behind it. I intended to share these photos much earlier, but I honestly there are so many pictures piling up on my computer that I forget about, and I can’t keep track of what I’ve shared already on this blog, ha. I’m going to have to start organising my categories a bit better 🙂 But this just goes to show that Copenhagen is an endlessly beautiful and picturesque city. A true gem for photographers.

Den Konglige Biblioteks Have (The Royal Library Garden) is a little garden sanctuary tucked away in the middle of the city, a short distance from The Black Diamond. It is a really peaceful place to walk around – there are cute little benches and chairs dotted around, a fountain in the middle of the garden, and a statue of the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. I know I probably say that every park I’ve been to in Copenhagen is my “favourite”, but well…this special place is too 🙂

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