After spending my last 4 days in Copenhagen I thought I’d write a post on my experience of the city, now I spent my time and whether or not I would choose to go back.
My experience of the city
As I’m a big fan of arcitecture and design in general I was really excited to see the new and the old buildings of the city. Where I was staying, Amager strand, was not far from the beach and housed a mixture of properties. As I came out from the metro station the houses were each unique and mostly well looked after with extensions and neat gardens. But as I walked closer to my hotel, and even more so as I got closer to the beach I was met with tall tower blocks and smaller, two story blocks, all with innovative and unusual shape, design and texture.
Unfortunately I didn’t manage to walk around that area as much as I would have liked to, but from what I could gather its a pretty quiet family friendly, suburban area.
The metros are crazy. I don’t know if I’m late to the party or Newcastle is just behind the times, but there’s no drivers. And the board tells you exactly when it’s going to come to the 30seconds. Everything is automatic and looks like something out of a futuristic film where the trains float on tracks high above the buildings. (I am thinking of a film but I can’t remember what it is.)
Nørreport was my first stop, which (I think) is the main city centre and if I’m being completely honest it wasn’t my cup of tea. I felt almost claustrophobic whilst walking down the narrow streets and nothing majorly popped out for me. However, if shopping is your thing then it’s the place for you, as if you continue to walk closer to Kgs. Nytorv Station you’ll find shops such as Zara, Prada and Sephora.
Christianshavn was more my cup of tea as the streets felt more open, lining the canal with various buildings full of colour and unique design. I walked to Nyhavn and saw the famous row of colourful buildings, but because it was so full of tourists it was hard to get in amongst the hustle and bustle to get some good shots. On the other side of the bridge though there was some amazing architecture that most people didnt even seem to second glance.
How I spent my time
A lot of my time was spent walking around the city, taking in the multitude of design features, but there are a few things that I seeked out specifically.
- Botanical gardens
The Botansik Haves Butik was an absolutely marvoulous experience as I’ve never actually been to one before. The danes aren’t having the greatest of summers (it rained almost the whole time I was there) so the outdoor area wasnt thriving as well as it should be at this time of year, but the greenhouse was spectacular and well worth a visit.
- Danish Architecture Centre
If you have no interest in architecture then you could probably skip this, but for me it was a must see and I’m so glad I did. I found a new love for an architect called Jan Gehl and the exhibition called The Right to Space that was being showcased.
- Design Museum Denmark
Another place worth a visit as the danes are responsible for a lot of the design work that we know and love today. Covering almost all elements of design, from textiles to appliances and of course the chair. the Design Museum has something for everyone, as well as being free for under 26 and students!
Would I go back?
The short answer? Yes I would. There was things I couldn’t get round to seeing such as Tivoli Gardens and The Louisiana Museum and the city is so people orientated and friendly so I felt generally safe. But if I was to go back, I’d make sure the weather is going to be nicer!