In our effort to maximize our remaining time living in northern Europe, we have tried to take little trips here and there to see a few more places before we move back to the U.S. for a while. At the end of May, we took advantage of an inexpensive flight to travel to Copenhagen for the day. At just under an hour, the flight was smooth and easy, and best of all, as we were traveling only for the day, we didn’t have to deal with any bags. Our little daytime date turned out to be one of the most fun days we’ve ever spent together. We discovered that Copenhagen, even on a chilly, cloudy day in May, is a gem of a city!
Upon arriving, we hopped on the subway and traveled about 20 minutes from the airport to the city center (Nørreport station). It was just about lunch time, so our first agenda item was to find a great place to eat. It didn’t take long.
After brunch/lunch, we wandered through Copenhagen’s old city, which was bustling with people, yet still felt uncrowded.
We stumbled upon the Rundetårn (Rundetaarn, meaning “Round Tower”), which was originally built in as an astronomical observatory in the 17th century by King Christian IV. Open to tourists daily, the tower features a winding ramp rather than stairs (until the last bit at the top, where there is a narrow staircase), making it relatively easy to reach the top and take in panoramic views of the city.
While we had read about Copenhagen’s bike culture, we still weren’t prepared for the huge number of people traveling everywhere throughout the city by bike. It was quite a sight, unlike any place we’d ever been.
After a bit of walking, we decided to take a little break and see more of the city by boat. A bit cliche and touristy, perhaps, but fun nonetheless.
We followed our boat ride with a stroll through Nyhavn, famous for its multi-colored building facades, restaurants, cafes, and boats. Indeed, wandering along the canal through this part of town was one of the highlights of our day.
Walking through Nyhavn also brought us to our next dining destination, at Copenhagen Street Food. We had read about it in advance, and were attracted to its design of multiple vendors and cuisines all under one roof.
We left Copenhagen Street Food with just enough time to stop in Nyhavn once more on our way back to the subway, where we had a drink and did some people watching.
Our flight back to Riga couldn’t have been any easier or more comfortable. With only 13 passengers aboard, including the two of us, it was peaceful and quiet as we jetted across the sky over the 10:00 pm sunset. It was the perfect end to a pretty perfect day.
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