Getting to Know Copenhagen

I know many people doing DIS who traveled outside of Denmark during my time here. However, I wasn’t one of those people. I chose to stay in Denmark because I figured I am only here 3 weeks, and that’s barely enough time to explore a city, let alone multiple countries. I decided before even coming to Copenhagen that I would spend my time in Denmark, and I don’t regret my choice.

I have loved every bit of my time here in Copenhagen and I wouldn’t rather have spent it anywhere else. I can truly say I’ve gotten to know the city: I can make my way around almost completely without using a map, I have a favorite lunch place to go after class, and I know what metro trains to take to certain places. I wouldn’t call myself a “local,” but I’m getting there.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of some of my Denmark (mainly Copenhagen) recommendations.

Best Brunch: Café Paludan

Friends at brunch.

This little brunch and coffee spot is close to DIS and serves decadent dishes without breaking your wallet! It has delicious Saturday morning food and the atmosphere is super cute – it’s like you’re in a library.

Best View: Church of Our Saviour

View not from the top of the church.

While I didn’t make it to the top of the church (thanks fear of heights!), the climbing I did do was definitely worth it. Great place to snap pictures of the expanse of the city, and to get an idea of how large Copenhagen is.

Best Swim: Islands Brygge

The ship at Islands Brygge.

I’ve gone here probably four or five times and I always enjoy myself at the harbor baths at Islands Brygge. The pools, lawn, and decks are packed with people, but you can always find a spot for a big group to kick back and relax in the sun.

Best Castle: Frederiksborg

View of the Frederiksborg castle and gardens.

Located in a suburb of Copenhagen, the Frederiksborg castle and gardens were lovely enough to make an afternoon trip out. Although I didn’t go into the castle, walking around the grounds and admiring the gardens satisfied me.

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