Yes, I know I talk a lot about Copenhagen. But it’s because I absolutely love it and I am so grateful that Furman Study Away gave me the opportunity to really find a home like I have in a foreign country. I think that’s pretty cool, and I would love for future Dins after me to find a home in Denmark through DIS Copenhagen within the Furman Study Away Department. So, as the semester comes to an end, I have compiled a list of the top ten must do’s in Copenhagen in order to fall absolutely and hopelessly in love with this city.
Nyhavn is arguably the “most instagrammable spot” in Copenhagen. Here you’ll find the iconic row of colorful houses. Fun fact: they all are the same design because at one time, that whole area of CPH burnt down and the mayor at the time ordered all of the houses be built with the same model, so the only way the homeowners could differentiate their homes was to paint them different colors.
9. Louisiania Museum
Head about a half hour out of Copenhagen to find the Louisiana Museum of Contemporary Art & Design. This is the perfect day trip if you want a break from the city. They have a great cafe, and have really cool, relevant exhibits. When I went, I saw an exhibit that was all about how the appeal of wealth has consumed our generation.
8. Wednesday Snails
This is so Danish. On Wednesday, the oldest bakery in Copenhagen sells their special snails (glorified cinnamon rolls with lots of icing). Pair it with an oat milk latte (Danes are HUGE on oat milk- I have grown to absolutely love it!) and you’re basically Danish.
7. Amager Beach
I’m so lucky because I live only about three kilometers from Ama beach, so on warmer days I’ve gotten to bike there a couple times and just walk along the beach or sit by the water. It’s absolutely beautiful, and it’s crazy to think that just a couple kilometers outside of the city is a beach! If you bike along the path, you will reach this really cool structure (as pictured above) that people go and sunbathe or jump into the water off of.
6. Go Boats
This is an absolute must do in Copenhagen. It’s so fun to grab a group of friends and spend two hours on the harbor of CPH, sight seeing and enjoying good company. This is best when it is warm, so plan accordingly!
5. Christmas Markets
Obviously, a European icon is the Christmas markets. They are cuter than anything I have ever seen before. Christmas trees and lights galore, you can stroll through the little stands of hand made ornaments, scarfs, hats, decorations, Christmas cookies and chocolates, etc. I probably have gone at least a dozen times just to get the hygge atmosphere.
Stepping into Denmark’s oldest amusement park is like stepping into the wardrobe to Narnia. Nestled in the middle of the city (and a two minute walk from my classes), Tivoli is the perfect spot for a study break, evening out, or casual coffee. Try out Cakenhagen in Tivoli (so so so good), and see a ballet at Tivoli’s performing arts stage! Right now it is absolutely DECKED OUT for Christmas, and looks like a winter wonderland. Students can get a semester-long “membership” to Tivoli for unlimited entrances, so if this sounds like something you would be interested in, definitely do that!
3. Reffen Street Food
Reffen is a street food market like no other. It’s only open from April-October, so make sure to go within that time frame. Completely outdoor, it has different stalls for every single type of food imaginable. They also have concerts on the weekends, so this is a place you don’t want to miss out on.
2. Vera’s Vintage Market
This is the. coolest. thing. ever. Basically, every Sunday, a bunch of 20 something year old Danes come together at this open area and sell their (really cute) European clothes and accessories. Committed to transforming fashion from fast to sustainable, Vera’s Vintage market has a phenomenal turn out. It’s the perfect Sunday morning outing and they even have a coffee food truck there. I’ve gotten a lot of cute (affordable) clothes here.
1. Winter Bathing
Last but certainly not least: winter bathing. This is a rather odd Scandinavian tradition where you jump in the freezing cold Baltic Sea and then immediately go into a sauna to warm up. Apparently it’s really good for you? Danes swear by it. I have been twice now, and honestly, I kind of like it. And, I was on the brink of a cold when I did it last and the next day I was cured. Coincidence? I think not. It’s super fun to be open-minded and try out traditions and customs unique to the place you’re in. This is no exception!
As you can see, I absolutely love Denmark. If you decide to commit to DIS Copenhagen, please don’t hesitate to reach out! And if you’re already committed, let me know which of these adventures you embark upon.
It’s a great day to have a great day!
Love & Laughter,