Once upon a time, there was a fairytale-like land called Denmark, full of Vikings and Princesses and once home to one of my favourite childhood authors – Hans Christian Anderson. If you’ve read, watched the Disney version or know of the Little Mermaid, the Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, the Emperor’s New Clothes, Thumbelina, The Tinderbox – you know you’re visiting a very charming and beautiful land.
Early last January we decided to have a look around by making an epic weekend of it in Denmark. Jumping on a super early flight out, we left Gatwick bound for Copenhagen. It was so early, it was too early to drink coffee. That’s how early it was.
The first thing that takes your breath away is the cold. No, really, it wasn’t that bad – but the palaces, the snow gently kissing and melting on your face really makes you feel like you’re a part of an ancient land. Plus, being from down under meant we got a real kick out of playing in the snow and making snow angels as its not something we’re used to!
The first thing we were really preoccupied by though was the food. We wanted something authentically Danish on our first day, and luckily just happened upon a lovely underground cafe where Michael ate herring and Andrew, Paul and myself ate sangas. We watched the snow fall outside. This place seemed to be really popular with the locals, and central to museums so we were lucky to get a table when we did. Check out the Tivoli Hallen when you go
We spent our Saturday afternoon getting lost in the Glyptoteket with artefacts from ancient Greece, Rome – you name it, it was there. Paul spent a better part of the afternoon pointing out paintings, and teaching us about the techniques and varying different types of art.
Our Sunday was made so much more awesome by this amazing cake. To this day, I can not remember the actual name of it, but if anyone recognises it please tell me because it was the height of deliciousness!
That same day, we walked around the Amalienborg Palace.
We caught a train up to Zeeland, and we were lucky as it was a clear day so we got the hint of the Swedish horizon and checked out the Danish National Gallery.
Sadly the central theme park in Copenhagen, the Tivoli Gardens, were closed for the winter. I did have a colleague go quite recently and she raved about it – which obviously made me quite jealous and check flight pricing to go back!
Totally recommend going to see the statue of the Little Mermaid. We didn’t get a chance to, and it is a bit out of the way from the centre of the city but I definitely think you should go!
Check out The Antipodean Blog for Andrew’s take on Copenhagen.