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4 Days in Copenhagen 

Since today is my last day in Copenhagen, I figured I’d better write a post about my experience here so far. Copenhagen is a fantastic city. In fact, I would even say that if only it weren’t so prohibitively expensive, it would be almost completely faultless as a city. I definitely wouldn’t mind living here (as long as I were making at least Danish minimum wage!).

I stayed at this amazing hostel called Sleep in Heaven. Not only was it by far the cheapest hostel I could find in the city, it’s also probably one of the best hostels I’ve stayed in. It’s not a party hostel, but it’s definitely a social hostel, and it’s easy to meet people there to go out with. I highly recommend it.

Copenhagen sleep heaven hostel common room

The funky, spacious common room at Sleep in Heaven hostel.

Here are some of the highlights of my time in Copenhagen:

The Little Mermaid

Of course, this little lady is at the top of every visitor’s list of must-see attractions in the city. She’s constantly mobbed by tourists at all hours of the day, but it wasn’t at all difficult for me to get up close and snap a tourist-free picture of her.

Copenhagen little Mermaid

“Up where they walk, up where they run, up where they stay all day in the sunnnnn”

Copenhagen little Mermaid

Surrounded by her adoring fans

Nyhavn

This is the classic Copenhagen scene that you see on all the postcards. Nyhavn is a canal lined with brightly-coloured houses built in the 17th century. Taking a stroll along the canal, admiring the buildings and the boats floating in the water, is the quintessential Copenhagen experience.

Copenhagen Nyhavn canal

Looks just like a postcard, but I took it myself

Copenhagen Nyhavn canal

The Royal Library

Nicknamed “the Black Diamond,” this impressive building first opened in 1999. I’m a bit of a library geek, so this place was a must-see for me. The view across the water from the upper floors is gorgeous.

Copenhagen royal library black diamond

They don’t call it the Black Diamond for nothing

Copenhagen royal library black diamond

I wouldn’t mind studying in a library like this

Parks and Green Spaces 

Kudos to Copenhagen for being so full of parks and green spaces to take a relaxing stroll or a picnic. I came upon so many beautiful parks completely by accident as I was wandering through the city. I also happened upon several nature trails snaking along the waterfront which were perfect for a leisurely stroll.

Churchillparken Copenhagen park

Churchillparken, one of many pretty parks in the city

Copenhagen park

Copenhagen park

Copenhagen park

I was pleasantly surprised to find that literally every Danish person I interacted with in Copenhagen spoke perfect English. However, a lot of the city’s restaurants have menus that are written only in Danish, so it might be a good idea to download an English-Danish dictionary to your smartphone so that you can decipher all those menus without asking for help. I downloaded this one and found it extremely helpful on several occasions. What’s great about it is that it works offline, so there’s no need to be connected to wifi if you really need to find out right now what kylling” is. (Hint: it’s chicken.)

Copenhagen is a dream. I hope you get to visit it yourself someday!

Off I go to Berlin tomorrow!