Written by Elisandra Montemor
Alex and I had a lovely time in Denmark this summer. It might not be the most usual choice as a summer destination and also considered an expensive trip. But we decided to give it a go and see for ourselves. And I have to tell you that we loved the experience. Denmark can accommodate every taste and every budget. We stayed there for 5 days and I’m sharing with you some of our perspectives.
We arrived in Copenhagen in the afternoon so we spent the first day to find the hotel and know the neighborhood where we were staying. The first impression was that the city is very well structured and easy to get around.
On the second day, after a rich breakfast full of delicious Danish pastries, we went to The Round Tower, a 17th-century tower located in central Copenhagen. One of the many architectural projects of Christian IV, it was built as an astronomical observatory. The view of the city from the top of the tower is a must.
We made a quick stop at a grocery shop to buy goods for a garden picnic at the amazing Rosenborg Castle.
Then we went to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the largest museum in Denmark, housing painting and sculpture from the 13th to the present century. The collection was originally acquired by the kings of Denmark and the best of it all is that it offers free admission to collections.
Later on, it was time to meet The Little Mermaid statue, which symbolizes the fairy tale by Danish author and poet Hans Christian Andersen, the story of a young mermaid who fell in love with a prince who lived on land, and often came up to the edge of the water to look for her love. The surroundings are also really beautiful.
In the evening we went to Tivoli Gardens, this place deserves a post on its own, for now I’ll only describe it as a fairy tale like experience.
The next day we headed to Frederiksborg Castle located in Hillerod city, beautifully surrounded by a lake, it is the largest Renaissance Castle in Scandinavia.
The afternoon was dedicated to Kronborg Castle, located in Helsingor city and immortalized in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Kronborg is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list.
Not forgetting that it was summer time, we decided to spend one day at the Bellevue beach, with white sand and clear blue water combined with a lovely blue sky, just the perfect summer scenario. To finish the day in great style we went to a night out for some cocktails at 1105 Cocktail Bar, where they take the art of making the best flavoured cocktails seriously.
The last day we went to Nyhavn (New harbour), Nyhavn is one of the most charming and lively places in Copenhagen. Especially in the summer, when thousands of tourists and locals enjoy the sun and the fresh air coming in from the sea, the picturesque surroundings and relaxed, maritime atmosphere.
From there we took a short stroll to the Black Diamond, which is a modern waterfront extension to the Royal Danish Library’s old building on Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen.
I could define Denmark as a beautiful country with a friendly and minimalist atmosphere which bring us to the real sense of less is more in terms of elegance and quality of life.