Explore Scandinavia’s happiest city.
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Copenhagen was always on my mind as one of the places that I knew I would want to live in, if I ever visited. The scandinavian laid-back way of living, their design and architecture… When it happened, it wasn’t really a planned trip. We just decided, booked the tickets, and went with the flow. Here is what I saw:
Put down that map and get wonderfully lost. – Anonymous
Nørrebro is known for its poly cultural society, and around one fourth of its population is of immigrants. The multi ethnic vibe is everywhere – from its clothing, jewelry, grocery stores, to vivid street art and graffiti, and a vibrant nightlife, especially the southern part of the district near the Lakes.
We stayed there, and walking along Nørrebrogade everyday was a feist for the senses. It’s the main link to the downtown area of Copenhagen.
Aaaaaaand my favorite part of Nørrebro has got to be the amazing park / urban entertainment area, Superkilen.
The park is intended to celebrate diversity. Filled with objects from around the globe, it is designed as a kind of world exposition for the local inhabitants, covering over 50 nationalities.
So don’t expect in Nørrebro much of what you probably came to Copenhagen to see – fancy cafes, shops or anything like it. But it is very diversified therefore sure worth a peak in what that might mean, in one of the most rich and equal societies of the world.
Walking all the way from Nørrebro towards downtown Copenhagen, or Indre By (Copenhagen Center), you will meet the lake’s region. You’ll find a fine sample of the Danish young and hype crowd, especially if you manage to cross Pebble Lake on a sunny day. The margins of the bridge are transformed in a see-and-be-seen point and taking a minute there to people-sight is a must.
By the way, yes, bicycles are EVERYWHERE. Bicycles in Denmark are one of the main means of transportation, facilitated by favourable cycling conditions — dense urban proximity, short distances and flat terrain — along with an extensive and well-designed system of cycle tracks. Result: meet the probably most bicycle-friendly city in the world.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” – Henry Miller
This district is the historic, geographic and political heart of present-day Copenhagen, and reflects the history of Denmark. With many of the interesting sights of the city concentrated close by, make sure you don’t miss a visit. Just walk around and you will bump into imposing constructions like:
Or intriguing installations like:
The Happy Wall represents the physical manifestation of Denmark’s creativity and happiness, since Denmark claimed the title of “Happiest Country in the World” on Forbes magazine. It is an interactive pixel structure in which visitors may manipulate tiles to create words and pictures. It was once shown in a Russian newspaper after a Russian tourist flipped the tiles to spell “Putin is a prick.”😛
Next on Copenhagen Part 2 – The delightful Copenhagen Botanical Gardens, Christianshavn and the communal Freetown of Christiania.
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