This week’s virtual travel journey takes us to Copenhagen, Denmark.
Copenhagen is a unique city, characterised by its canals, cycling culture, strong economy, and happy locals. It is actually known as being the happiest city in the world, due to its shorter workdays, free college tuition, more vacation days, and levels of personal interaction before Covid-19 social distancing regulations were enforced.
Beyond being the happiest city in the world, Copenhagen is home to excellent Danish cuisine, a magnificent transportation system, stunning churches and museums, and a hippy commune that attracts foreign visitors from across the globe.
Copenhagen has gone through a radical change in the past thirty years, as it has switched from a principally industrial city to one in which urban design, quality of living, and people are considered first and foremost!
An urban living room for everyone to enjoy, you will quickly experience what a relief it is to simply be in a city that is not only full of uncountable treasures but is so easy to enjoy, being focused on small details that make living there a delight.
In Copenhagen, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are long, very cold, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -2°C to 21°C and is rarely below -8°C or above 26°C. The best time of year to visit Copenhagen for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
The top 3 activities to do/see in Copenhagen:
Immerse Yourself In High-Quality Design Danish Museum of Art & Design
An unmissable and rather unique museum, also hosting a high-fashion cafe, and beautiful shop perfect for picking up a few Danish industrial design souvenirs.
Unleash Your Inner Child At The Historic Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. Founded in 1843, there is something for everyone there with four thrilling roller coasters, including one of the world’s oldest wooden roller coasters, 28 other rides, and a host of cultural attractions – in addition to their summer fireworks shows Halloween Fest in October and Christmas Holidays in December. This constant progression is even something Walt Disney took as an inspiration after visiting Tivoli, later famously announcing at the launch of his first park, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
Take A Dip In The Sounds At The Kastrup Sea Baths
Kastrup Sea Bath is one of the many architectural treasures of Copenhagen’s Ørestad region. Designed as a modern outdoor swimming facility for the public, it has converted the neglected brownfield site into one of Copenhagens’s most captivating, instantly recognisable and successful leisure destinations.
Known colloquially as ‘The Snail,’ the Kastrup Sea Bath takes the form of a pool enclosure and a new beach, diving boards, toilets and changing rooms. Baths are found offshore in the Øresund Sound, ensuring you have panoramic views of Saltholm Island and Sweden on a good day.
Denmark is renowned for its new Nordic cuisine, as seen in Copenhagen’s growing number of high-end and Michelin-star restaurants.
With so many hot dog stands all over Copenhagen, it’s not hard to notice the locals’ love of sausages. Not only are they are super tasty, but also a cheap solution to stave off hunger while roaming around the city. The most renowned sausage in Denmark is the rød pølse (red sausage), usually served inside a fresh bun with ketchup and mustard on top. Aside from the classic hot dog recipe, stands around Copenhagen now serve many types of sausages, buns and plenty of ingredients that customers can combine in order to create their own hot dog.
What initially was a Danish farmer’s lunch is now Denmark’s traditional dish, a local delicacy that’s even served in high end restaurants. The open-face sandwich consists of a slice of rye bread, with fish or meat, vegetables and sauce on top.
This traditional Middle Eastern dish can be found everywhere around Copenhagen. It’s usually served with lettuce, tomato and garlic sauce, but many restaurants combine Middle Eastern with Scandinavian cuisine to create numerous combinations.
Look out for another exciting adventure next week in one of Europe’s coolest cities!
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