After presenting you the classics in part 1, this post continues with the other parts of the city. They’re not less interesting or worth seeing. In contrary.
It’s always the areas where locals live to get the best vibes in a city. According to our experiences, you can’t really tell about vibes via a blog or by describing. We try it nevertheless.
The beautifully designed apartments along the canals, the nice people, the many food opportunities outside (at least in summer) and the view to the other side of the city centre. Christianshavn was an own city district until 2007. Ever since it’s part of Indre By.
The famous Frelser Chruch is here, the one with the corkscrew tower and the glockenspiel. You’ll also find the Royal Opera on this part of the city. The design is more than successful, in our opinion. We mention this because the internet is a mean place and some people don’t like it. (We found nasty comments about it, so this is an understatement.)
Christianshavn’s most famous sight is definitely the Freetown of Christiania, which is an alternative commune, tolerated by the state, within Denmark. Today this place is more known for dumb tourists thinking they can get their drugs here.
As Christiania needs the money, the Freetown opened itself more and more to Tourism and is really profiting. It lost its actual rebellious, alternative character a while ago. Nevertheless, it’s a nice experiment and something else. And proof, Denmark is open for experiments (in contrast to boring Germany).
(As we’re all part of the internet generation, I don’t have to tell you to get more info here.)
Amager – Refshaloen
Unfortunately, we didn’t benefit much from Amager. Amager seaside park is probably perfect for chilling, while the atmosphere at Street Food Reffen (Refshaloen) must be amazing. Well, bad luck, it was closed during those days because of a festival.
Therefore we cannot tell you in detail about it but definitely come here and eat the delicious stuff we’ve seen all over the internet. There are mostly hip local foodies here. So go there if you can!
Nørrebro is one of the popular districts of Copenhagen. It’s diverse, has many cafés and thanks to gentrification in the past years, it became a popular area to live. People compare it to Berlin, which is actually not really accurate because, to be honest: There’s no way Berlin has the money for projects like Superkilen. Or like anything else.
Superkilen is a public park, which is supposed to reflect Nørrebro’s diversity and is supposed to be a model for other cities or districts. In August this year, parts of it were ‚under construction‘. But luckily not the cool black park, called ‚Den sorte Plads‘. A great place to chill or/and to skate, for those who can.
Next time we might search for an Airbnb here as we really liked this area. We’ll see. We liked Nørrebro.
Another district under the influence of gentrification. Just a little bit more f….. up. At the same time, it was a really interesting quarter: Meatpacking District, Bars, Cafés, a little bit dubious – reminded us a bit of the Bahnhofsviertel in Frankfurt. Tivoli is not far from here.
Our hotel was located in Vesterbro. It’s called Annex Copenhagen and you’ll find more about it here. There’s actually no better starting point for sightseeing in Copenhagen. And party folks will have their proper place as well (it gets loud at night; we didn’t care). We really liked this area and we’ll definitely give it more attention next time.
Another Danish dream. Frederiksberg is grown together with Copenhagen but it’s an independent, wealthy commune with a castle, a palace garden and the Carlsberg Museum.
Lucky us, we got to see the Frederiksberg Slot and the palace garden in perfect summer weather. It was somehow disturbing though to see how dry the summer must have been in Sjælland. It was all dried up in many parts of the park. It was beautiful nevertheless. It’s really calm here in the late morning. Probably a lot of families here in the afternoon and at the weekend.
We wanted this cool picture with the elephants in front of the Carlsberg Museum, but due to renovations, we couldn’t. Bad luck. Next time!
Is it worth coming to Ørestad for a little bit of architecture? Actually, I’m not sure. But yes, if you have the time and the Copenhagen Card. It’s a little bit outside of the centre and despite the one famous building, it’s a cold area. In short: the building is top, the rest is a flop.
At the waterfront
I shouldn’t forget to mention life at the waterfront. The location at the seaside alone makes Copenhagen part of the coolest cities on earth. Even if we’re talking about the ice cold Baltic Sea. (Ice cold at least for me; people are really swimming here in the summer months.)
Lots of people relax here, swim and sunbath here, cruising with their boats here, eat here, drink here, meet friends here,… Yes, a lot of life takes place here. Probably only during the summer months, but then even more. This is the reason for making this an extra point: During summer time there’s probably no better place in Copenhagen to spend your time than here.
Well, 5 fully packed days were over and we thanked the weather Gods for allowing us to see anything we wanted. We wish you the same luck for your trip.
Here’s the link to part 1 of the sightseeing list and here is the one for Copenhagen’s surrounding.
And if all of this is too boring for you, then contact us and teach us the better. Our next Copenhagen trip will come for sure and we’re happy about input!