City Guide to Copenhagen, Denmark from The Opportunistic Travelers
Of the three weeks we spent in Denmark in early 2015, our best time was had in Copenhagen. This large, very metropolitan city quickly grew on us, with plenty of entertainment, sights to see, and lovely people to interact with. If you find yourself here, perhaps this guide to what we experienced will help you, too.
Copenhagen, Denmark In Pictures
While in Denmark, Sheila took 311 photos. Below is a sampling of some of those from Copenhagen. The full set is on Flickr.
Places To Visit In Copenhagen, Denmark
The rooms were small, but quite clean. The cleaning staff -- no, they don't clean the rooms every day -- were present most of the time, and did an excellent job keeping the common areas (shared bathrooms, for instance) quite clean, even with frequent use by people with, er... questionable hygienics.
The Rundentaarn, or Round Tower, is... well... a round tower. Visitor can walk up the corkscrewing paved path -- not steps -- for eight "turns" to get to the top. Once there, you're rewarded with some stunning views of Copenhagen from one of the highest vantage points. Of course, the day we were there, it was windy and cloudy. Welcome to Denmark.
With everything freezing outside, we stepped into the fabulous Botanical Gardens. It was humid and warm inside -- just what we needed. The Gardens have two different levels so you can see down through the canopy level. This is a true research garden available for teaching and general information. It was absolutely beautiful inside.
Christiania is an area within Copenhagen that is self-governing, which promotes self expression. The area has been around for more than 30 years. There are restaurants, stages, schools, etc... There is a calm about the area. No photography is allowed within the area. I wish we had more time to explore.
Founders House treated us right! One quick outreach, and general manger Zenia invited us down to experience one of their demo nights! Founders House is in the middle of "Startup Village" a collection of places that have grown up around one another. They've a cool warehouse vibe with plenty of meeting rooms, private offices, and a general purpose area that's big and spacious.
Noho makes you forget that coworking spaces can be professional, but not stuffy. Hip, but not hipster. And open, but not chaotic. It's exactly the kind of space smart, savvy entrepreneurs want to work.
Audio Expeditions For Copenhagen, Denmark
It's not quite a guided tour, but we did record a couple of episodes of our podcast while we were in Copenhagen. Give 'em a listen and see if you can retrace our footsteps.
Pro tip for married travelers: You’re not going both like everything along your journey. So when you find yourself with a bad back in a place that bores you to tears, try not to be a total jerk to your partner who’s rather enjoying the experience. Just not with you. #truestory
We spent three weeks in Copenhagen in February of 2015. And we didn’t see a single prostituted. Maybe they were hiding out in an ambulance designed for sex workers?
Fair warning: This episode will be all over the place. Our last week on our own in Denmark was... well, it's hard to label. I mean, how many people get to experience craft beer, innovation, random kindness of strangers, and beating a cat out of a barrel as they travel the world?
Sheila had a crappy week. My attitude at the museum wasn't helping. But the trip to the beach was nice. For my part, I'm much happier with the length of this episode. Here's hoping you are, too.
Well that didn't take long. Less than a month out of the states, and I needed to see a medical professional. This week's show is dedicated to my experience with socialized medicine, which every traveling foreigner probably worries about just a little. Spoiler: I didn't die.
Video Diaries Shot In Copenhagen, Denmark
Quirkiness and our own failure to properly plan aside, The Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is fine. The purpose -- a cheap, safe, and clean place to sleep -- is served. The rest we can handle. It's quiet enough, the other patrons seem friendly if not a couple of decades our junior, and the staff attentive.
A quick rundown of the three best craft beer bars we've discovered in Copenhagen. Hooray! We found them!
We briefly walked by the Ny Carlsbert Glyptotek. It's a pretty nifty museum, of which we had no idea of when we walked by earlier today. It's rather fun to do a sort of reverse discover via Google Street View when you find something as you're wandering around, not quite lost.
Food Choices In Copenhagen, Denmark
Bars & Pubs In Copenhagen, Denmark
People Who Made Copenhagen, Denmark Special
The best doctor in Copenhagen. Hands down.
Meeting Hjörtur Smárason was a highlight of my trip. Along with his partner Erik Micheelsen, they're linking up fantastic coworking spaces through Innovation Embassy. They're deep in development of an entirely new platform to enable collaboration around the world, and I'm excited to see what they have to offer.
Alex is a budget hostel/backpacker who left Arizona in 2011 to pursue his Master's Degree in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since that time, he's become a prolific travel writer and photographer, and maintains a wealth of information at his site, VirtualWayfarer.com.