Gabby's Guide to Copenhagen
Alright, so I'm like a year and some change overdue with these pictures, but, life be lifeing. So, here's to last fall and my first solo trip to Copenhagen! I'm thinking of exploring another European city solo soon. Stay tuned.
Copenhagen was such a cool city and a great place for my first solo adventure. It's easy to navigate, the weather was pleasant (mind you I was there in November) and the people were so nice. I only spent a weekend there, but did my best to take in the sights and make the most of my time.
Upon arrival at the airport, I took the train into the center of the city and walked over my hostel. Of course I don't speak Danish, but signs often also had English on them so it was easy enough to get around. My first night there got dinner and walked around the area close to my hostel. Day Two was when the adventure really began.
Copenhagen, like Amsterdam is a city full of canals. In the morning, I went for a canal tour that showed me Copenhagen from the water and provided background + history about the sights and city. For me, the best part of the tour was seeing Nyhavn, which is a 17th century waterfront that's lined with vibrantly colored houses and seeing the Little Mermaid statue, which was sculpted by Edvard Eriksen in 1913, based on the fairytale written by H.C. Andersen.
Another cool Copenhagen fact is that a lot of the fairytales we read and watched on TV as children were written by H.C. Andersen and originated in Denmark before becoming Disney "classics."
After leaving The Little Mermaid and finishing the canal tour, I went to a few museums, visited the Round Tower, did some shopping (Copenhagen has a great shopping district), visited The Marble Church and met up with a friend of a sorority sister for dinner.
All in all, Copenhagen was a great city. One that I would love to explore again some time. Be sure to try some Danish strawberries, get out onto the water, and eat a Danish hot dog off the street which is nothing like a hot dog in the US because it's so much better. Copenhagen also has some amazing coffee shops, museums, and gardens, so be sure and maximize your time in this amazing city.