A Visit to the Beautiful Danish Capital

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The Danish capital overlooking the Øresund strait and only a few minutes from Sweden across the bridge, Copenhagen is a great weekend gateway! Hans Christian Andersen, who “wrote a couple of fairy tales”, must have truly been inspired by the beautiful city of Copenhagen with it’s beautiful harbor, viewspots, and castles.

It’s a lot more international than the other capitals and the cultural and geographic link between mainland Europe and Scandinavia. Traditional architecture blends with the modern, the pastries are divine and it’s a city full of character, colorful houses and unique areas like Christiana new town.

Copenhagen is my favorite Scandinavian Capital and although I’ve been a few times before, there is always more to discover and our recent Valentine’s weekend trip was wonderful!!

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Woke up to a little snow sprinkled over the city. 

We walked along the waterfront to the palace and the marble church where all the tourists were checking out the changing of the guards.

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Perfect guard formation at the Amalienborg, the winter home of the Danish Royal Family.

There are a couple boat tours you can choose from at Nyhavn, but we went with the one that was only 40 Danish Kroner for a 45 min ride around the canal. We were surprised that the tour is still running in winter but there is a covered area. Although, I don’t recommend sitting in the covered area if you want to take some photos as the cover seems to obscure the view. The tour was in English and Danish.

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You can choose to sit in the covered area of the canal tour boat or in the back. It is a bit chilly sitting outdoors so make sure you are well covered.

I always look forward to a visit to Denmark for the delicious pastries that don’t have cardamom 😉 Danishes as they are known in North America were brought to Denmark by the Austrians (Weinerbrod) but became a Danish specialty and boy are they good!
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There were raspberry and apple pastries with the raspberry one being sweeter. I liked the apple pastry best.

20160213_163321…and of course the chocolate pastry found at various bakeries around the city were heavenly. Pair it with a coffee and you have the ultimate coffee break snack (or “Fika” in Sweden)

Hungry for lunch, we tried one of the Hotel recommended restaurants close to Nyhavn and the hotel, for an open faced sandwich or Danish Smørrebrød. Believe it or not, there is a slice of rye bread under all that delicious shrimp and egg!

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This brisket sandwich included some horse radish butter for a little extra kick.

Our favorite viewspot in the city has to be from Church of Our Savior steeple but this was my first time up the Round Tower (or RundeTaarn in Danish) so that was pretty cool!

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One guy was walking round and round with his selfie stick in the air lol

There is a little doorway that leads into the centre of the tower. That can be scary if you think that only the glass you are standing on is stopping you from dropping down the tower.

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When we moved to Sweden, our very first trip in Europe was to Copenhagen. After that, I realized how easy it was to get out of town and explore a new city or country and we have been traveling since 😉 Our first visit to Copenhagen was in April and we were lucky to get some beautiful Spring weather complete with blue skies and sunshine. Check my blog post on our Easter trip to Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel
Beautiful old stone warehouse converted into a hotel, in a great location
right next to the waterfront and near Nyhavn! We had a nice loft suite here.
The Admiral Hotel on Tripadvisor

Cafe Fremtiden
For some delicious Danish Smørrebrød.
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Lagkagehuset
Stop at this cafe for some delicious pastries and bread.
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Holms bager
There’s a nice location on the walking street and it
was nice to tuck in here to warm up and take a break from the shopping
and exploring
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Easter in Copenhagen

Living in Sweden does have it’s advantages when you feel like a weekend getaway. This Easter weekend, we spontaneously decided to take a train ride somewhere. North would have been too cold, so we decided to go visit our Danish neighbours in the South.

It was mighty easy to book the train tickets online using this site I found. And learned that Copenhagen is actually Kobenhavn in Danish. Apparently on Sundays, Trains run from Mölndal not Göteborg Central Station. But they did provide passengers with a bus from central station to make their connection.

We were rushing and thought we’d be too late and have to wave goodbye to the bus… Hahaha… but when we got there and sat down, 10 other latecomers arrived after us. The bus waited for them and left a few minutes after the scheduled departure time.

Train ride was about 3 hrs and we went across the bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark!! Very exciting stuff! We also rode in the ‘Dog Friendly’ car hehe

Kobenhavn Central Station

Copenhagen has so much character and the architecture is beautiful. We went up to the top of “Church of Our Saviour” to see the view of the city and it was just amazing!

“Church of Our Saviour”

We climbed up many stairs to get to the very top, the majority of the journey was inside thankfully!



We thought this dude was a character with his huge red bowtie!

Christianna – “Freetown” was an interesting place. Once an old miltary area, now home to 800+ residents who have their own special rules that the government can’t do much about. It was a nice mx of locals, hippies, and tourists.


Enjoying a hot drink on a beautiful day in Copenhagen

One of the most visited spots in Denmark is “The Little Mermaid”, which we have a copy of back home in Stanley Park. But ours has fins and a scuba mask because they couldn’t get the license to make a copy of the original statue in Copenhagen.


Not a very clear photo because it was just after sunset

Delicious dinner (Lamb and Salmon) at Nyhavn right by the canal, although it was too cold to sit outside after the sun was setting so we warmed up inside.

Here’s a photo from earlier in the day at Nyhavn.

Happy Easter Everyone!