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Our Nordic neighbors are more popular than ever, and especially Copenhagen, with its quaint canals, colorful facades, and excellent culinary landscape is a great destination for a weekend getaway. The perfect weekend in Copenhagen could look like this:
Start out your Saturday morning in Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s arguably most photographed canal with its colorful facades and old, wooden sailboats. From here, catch a sightseeing boat for a canal tour that will take you to the most important sights of Copenhagen, like the parliament building Christiansborg, the new opera house, and the famous Little Mermaid statue. After the tour, take the short walk to Amalienborg castle, the residence of the Danish royal family, where every day at noon, you can witness the changing of the guards.
The new bridge across the harbor takes you to Christianshavn. Take the little detour to “Paper Island” and grab a quick lunch at Copenhagen Street Food, where you’ll find a great selection of food trucks from all over the world. The hot dogs from Pølsekompagniet and the Belgian duck fat fries from Copper and Wheat are especially worth trying. If the weather is nice, you can sit by the water and enjoy the view across the harbor.
From Paper Island, it’s just a short walk over to historic Christianshavn with its picturesque canals, cobblestone streets and skew-whiff little houses. If you want, take a trip to “Freetown Christiania”, the self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood.
In Christianshavn, you’ll also find the Church of Our Savior with its characteristic, winding staircase. After climbing 400 steps, 150 of which are outside on the spire, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view over all of Copenhagen.
For nightlife, head to the popular Meatpacking District, “Kødbyen”, where you’ll find countless bars, restaurants, and clubs for all tastes and price ranges. Among my favorites are the creative small servings at Restaurant Gorilla, Kødbyens Fiskebar with the best selection of fresh fish, seafood, and oysters, and the authentic tacos at Hija de Sanchez.
Spend you Sunday morning on a walk through the up-and-coming, poly-cultural neighborhood of Nørrebro. Assistens Cemetery is a beautiful park area and green oasis in the middle of the city. A number of great Danes, including Søren Kierkegaard, Niels Bohr, and Hans Christian Andersen, have found their final resting place here.
Continue on to Ravnsborggade, the best spot in town for antiques and vintage shopping. It is also a popular address for new and trendy restaurants and bars.
Finish your Sunday at the Glyptotek, my favorite museum in Copenhagen, which houses the sculpture collection of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the Carlsberg brewery founder. The museum is famous for its elegant architecture, which includes a beautiful palm garden under a large glass dome.