Copenhagen is one of those cities that I had wanted to visit for the longest time but that somehow I had never managed to get round to. So when my sister moved there to study, I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me to finally go and explore.
I gave her carte blanche to play tour guide and show us around her adopted home. We were only there for a long weekend but I think we managed to cover a lot of ground. To be honest, although of course I wanted to see as much as possible, I was also thrilled to finally be able to spend some quality time with her. When you see each other only a couple of times a year because you live in different countries, every opportunity to meet up counts!
We picked a weekend late October. We hadn’t put much thought into whether this would be a good time of the year to visit or not but in insights, I don’t think we could have picked any better. Copenhagen was just sublime!
As in many of the other Northern European countries, the weather tends to be grey, rainy, cold and rather gloomy at times. But the streets of Copenhagen are lined with quaint and colourful buildings. Add to the scenery some gorgeous foliage in hues of red, yellow and orange, people riding bikes everywhere and you find yourself in a slightly cold but marvellously atmospheric city.
If you ever find yourself in Copenhagen in the Autumn, here are some of the things you absolutely must do:
- Wrap up warm and hop on a bike for a tour of the city.
- Treat yourself to a wienerbrød and a hot chocolate for breakfast.
- Stock up on cosy sweaters and wooly hats from the Danish shops on Strøget (one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe!)
- Grab a table by one of the windows at Cafe Europa (great for people-watching), ask for one of their delicious lattes and soak up the atmosphere.
- Walk down the charming colourful harbour of Nyhavn.
- Try the Royal Smushi Cafe’s take on the local smørrebrød (= open sandwiches)
- Go for a romantic walk in Frederiksberg Have, one of the largest parks in the city.
- Feed your brain with a couple of hours at the National Museum.
- Head for a drink in the evening at one of the local bars and sit outside snuggled up in one of the “blankets bars” (the owners of the bars often provide blankets when it’s cold outside)
- Spend a spooky evening at the Tivoli Gardens. You will not regret it. It’s like stepping in another world and very different from all the other fun fairs you’ve been to before.