Travelers who visit Copenhagen would feel like they are visiting a treasure island, where the legendary Viking warriors spent most of their lives before sailing their ships to occupy foreign lands still uninhabited. Although it is a long journey from Thailand, it will bring joy and fond memories for those who love scenic coastal landscape and tranquility.
Copenhagen was established in the 10th Century, originating from a small fishing village on the east coast of the island of Zealand, and later became the capital city of Denmark, the smallest country in Scandinavia. As a passing gate for travelers and visitors to pass through, this capital and harbor city never looks busy. It is like a picture of contemporary art where ancient castles can be seen amongst modern architecture.
But these are not the only attractions as environmental friendliness, cleanliness, safety, and the way the Danes live and respect each other, have made this city a great place to live. Unsurprisingly, it is always on the list of top travelers’ destinations. Though we only had a day, we managed to visit quite a few interesting places to capture just enough of the city’s charm.
One Day in Copenhagen
Start your day in Nyhavn, one of the most iconic places in Copenhagen. A busy commercial canal with colorful townhouses that complement the blue sky and clean river, and where passenger and fishing boats come and go offering canal tour services. The morning is a good time for strolling around and taking some photos on both sides of the river. There are cafés and restaurants, and one that must not be missed is Rajissimo which tempts you with the smell of churros with Danish coffee. And if you are looking for a more sumptuous meal, Nyhaven 17 is famous among travelers.
“The Little Mermaid”, Copenhagen’s signature statue, is not far from Nyhavn. Its sculpture was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale, and Disney used it for its world-famous adaptive animation.
Christiansborg Palace, the most beautiful and impressive of Denmark’s landmarks, includes lavishly decorated rooms, like The Royal Reception – an area to greet Denmark’s Royal Family, The Royal Kitchen – for the preparation of royal feasts, and the Royal Stable. Don’t miss The Great Hall, the most imposing room in the palace where the Queen’s tapestries are exhibited telling relating Denmark’s history of more than 1,000 years.
Torvelhallerne, a huge organic marketplace, houses varieties of fresh products sourced directly from farms, together with bread, cheese, and seafood, and cafés, restaurants and flower shops, located in one place.
A pedestrian shopping area on Stroget is located in the center of the old city of Copenhagen. This is a one-stop shopping experience where you can enjoy old and modern architect. You won’t be able to resist taking a few pictures.
Find your inspiration at the Royal Danish Library, a modern-style building called Black Diamond, covered with glass. You can see its beautiful reflection on the river in the evening.
The coolest park in town is called Superkilen Park. It was designed through intense public participation and is used for leisure and meeting friends. The park is divided into three different zones, namely Red Square – an area for sport; Black Square – an urban living room to sit and play chess or backgammon; and Green Park – a playground for families to meet and enjoy picnics.
Say goodbye to Copenhagen with dinner at Reffen, a hipster place by the river. A renovation project turned this old port into a stylish street for food and crafts. You can find local dishes like smørrebrød, karbonader, and Danish sausage here. All the food stalls have to follow the sustainable “Reduce and Reuse” principle, under which they need to reduce food waste as much as possible.