Denmark isn’t a particularly big country when compared to rest of Scandinavia (if you don’t include Greenland). The island that Copenhagen is only an hour and half drive North to South and a 3 hour drive West to East. There are other cities outside of Â Copenhagen that have full of culture, history, attractions and nature.Â
During my visit, I managed to visit 2 cities outside of Copenhagen, both more history rich than the big city. The first was HelsingÃ¸r, an hour north of Copenhagen. Herein lies one of the most most famous castles in Scandinavia, if not most of Europe, Kronborg Castle.
When in Copenhagen, one could not help but notice the mix of old gothic architecture, new buildings made tolook like old ones and the modern style neon lit ones all throughout the city. It certainly had a particular character to it. I joined one of the many â€œfree-walkingâ€ tours that took you around the city for 3 hours, telling you about the history and its people, making light hearted jokes about the Danes and giving advice on how to survive in this big city.
One specific aspect of the history of Copenhagen that was emphasized over and over again was that most or all the buildings in this city were burned down at least twice in its history. If it didn’t, it wasn’t considered classic. Throughout its history, Copenhagen was ravaged by fire many times, thanks to its incredibly flat lands and high wind frequencies.
Ah… Copenhagen. Wildly infamous for its fashion, old antique buildings, delicious but expensive food, relatively liberal social ideology and it’s up and coming “new Amsterdam” reputation.
Coming here was particularly exciting for two reasons: 1) it was the first time I was going to link with friends whom I have met overseas during my travels. 2) the food culture here is particularly famous around the world with Noma being one of the best restaurants around the world and many chefs are following suit.
There are many food shops, restaurants and markets all over Copenhagen, butÂ Torvehallerne in Norreport features some of the best and most impressive selection and display of a huge variety of food.Â
Coming from Norway to Denmark was a huge geological and culture shock for me. As soon as I got off the ferry, I could see miles and miles in the distance. Denmark was extremely flat, a vast difference from the fjord laden, mountain bearing Norway. All the houses and homes here were built using bricks, whereas in Norway most homes are built with wood. They are significantly more people in cities of Denmark than Norway’s.
Even though I was only in Aarhus for just 20 hours, I managed to check out the famous Den Gamle By. It was so good that it deserves a whole post just for it.
This little town was created by the country to showcase how life was like back from the 18th century all the way to the 20th century. They took brick by brick and reconstructed everything in this small portion of Aarhus. It is now a Michelin rated attractions that really was worth its title.