Copenhagen

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

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.

graffitti on a Norrebro's building saying "One man's trash, another man's treasure"
Norrebrogade, Norrebro’s main artery.

A bicycle leaning on a red wall with a big black stencil that depicts a man talking on microphones.

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.

A beige building next to a grey building and intence blue sky in Norrebro

sunny walking path between very tall trees and light blue sky
Assistents Cemetery, both a cemetery and a park, with an incredible walking path leading to the next districts.

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.

black and white photo of Superkilen park depicting many white lines organically painted on the floor
Superkilen Park in Norrebro
people skating and cycling on superkilen park, a very big sign of a plastic cup like the american dinners and a street pole painted with the jamaican flag colors
More than 50 nationalities covered in Norrebro’s Superkilen amazing urban park

An elephant-shaped slide with kids and their mom playing

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.

A sunny day at the margins of Pebble's lake, lots of people relaxing on the grass and walking around. Very blue sky
Pebble Lake‘s bridge

A statue of a boy and a girl sitting facing each other and to the depths the Pebble Lake

an iron column with a coat of arms and on the depths the pebble lake and some buildings on the margin

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.

hundreds of bicycles parked on many organized lighned poles, nightime
Go by bike!

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” – Henry Miller

Intre By

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:

the rosenborg castle with its green domes and a sign "1672" under a golden crown on the facade
The Rosenborg Castle

Or intriguing installations like:

Me standing in front of the happy wall
The Happy Wall 

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.”😛

the words "trojan horse" written in blue with chalk on the sidewalk, next to an arrow pointing to the statue of a horse rided by a man just by the entrance of the court house
The “trojan horse” across the Christianborg Palace, which houses the Danish Parliament and the Supreme Court of Denmark.

 

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Next on Copenhagen Part 2 – The delightful Copenhagen Botanical Gardens, Christianshavn and the communal Freetown of Christiania.

Tatiana Bastos Photography . More of them on our Instagram. If you have any photos of Copenhagen, tag them #efzinblissfullife, as we would LOVE to see them!

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Tatiana Bastos

Born and raised in Brasil, studied advertisement at Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo. But from a small child knew to be taken head over feet by fine arts, illustration and photography. For that reason, studied at Panamericana School of Art and Design, also in Brazil, and then ventured to study at The Art Students League of New York, in Manhattan. After years of travels, decided to be based for half of the year on an inspiring island at the center of the blue aegean sea, in Greece, and the other half of the year on electric Berlin, Germany. Still a world traveller, healthy eater, art lover, diy do-er.

6 thoughts on “Copenhagen”

  1. Love the quirky street art and sculptures in these pics! Not been to Copenhagen, and didn’t realise it was so multicultural. That certainly makes it more interesting as a place to visit to my mind! 🙂

    1. Oh yes, it is very multicultural! There are also lots of immigrants and expats peacefully co-living with the Danish. Very cool and relaxed city… I hope you get to visit it soon!

  2. I was in Copenhagen last month and you perfectly captured why I loved it so much!! Superkilen Park was definitely a highlight of my visit as well. It’s a shame though because it was raining when I went so I didn’t quite get to play around as much as I wanted, but it was still super cool nonetheless 🙂

    1. Yes, we had not so many good weather day! I guess for many people, Scandinavian weather is the main reason why they wouldn’t move to Denmark or any of those amazing countries! Myself included… Oh well, it’s then just another excuse for us to visit it as many times as we can, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by!

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