For this NYE, we decided to make a small stop to Copenhagen, deciding to visit our relatives from Denmark.
It is easy to say it was the best decision made, as the place holds magic especially in the winter time. And although it was only a 3 days trip, Copenhagen hygge atmosphere surrounded us with mulled wine, sweets, good food and good atmosphere, together with their amazing lightning and house design.
So here are some locations we visited you might want see too if you ever come here.
This amusement park is a must for all visitors to the city, young and old. It is located just a few minutes walk from the City Hall and very easy to get to.
Tivoli Gardens was founded somewhere around 1843 and has become a national treasure, as well as an international attraction.
Fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen visited many times, as did Walt Disney who even found the inspiration to his own Disney World here.
It is easy to realize why the place is so loved from the very first minutes inside. If you are a Christmas addict just as I am, then the place will hold extra bonus points on you, too. Be careful to have enough money at you!
And while going around, enjoy the amazing smell of spring flowers….
… and gaze upon the scenario around, full of magic. You can be in your own fairy tale now.
Next in line is of course the boat tour. Copenhagen is an old harbor and maritime city, and one of the most beautiful and enjoyable ways to see it, is of course from a boat sailing down its charming canals.
Take a traditional canal tour boat or a romantic gondola, be the captain of your own solar energy-driven boat, be adventurous in a kayak, or go fishing. The possibilities on water are endless.
We took the guided tour in English, which was more than enough to get a glance upon the local history. This lasted around 1h and we were lucky enough that the weather was on our side so that we can stay in the outside area.
The Little Mermaid Statue
The Little Mermaid is basically a bronze statue depicting a mermaid becoming human. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside along the promenade in Copenhagen, and has 1.25 meters tall.
Yes, you heard correct! It is that small… so please do not be too disappointed. It seams that a lot of tourist surround this place in order to get a picture, but in the end it only gets crowded and you most likely will end up having pictures with other people, just like us.
Based on the fairy tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and has been a major tourist attraction since its unveiling in 1913. In recent decades it has become a popular target for defacement by vandals and political activists.
Additionally, you can admire the palaces of Christiansborg and Amalienborg, see the sights of the Nyhavn waterfront, and marvel at the financial centers, such as the Central Bank and the former Copenhagen Stock Exchange.
Please mind your heads, as you will hear the guide saying that at you for almost half of the tour.
And yes, if you ever wonder why the resemblance with Amsterdam, the inspiration of this are is indeed coming from the Netherlands.
Of course you can always enjoy the city at night, go for some snacks and open sandwiches and explore what the culture in Copenhagen has to offer.
Happy New Year, everyone!