I could go on and on about how much I loved Copenhagen. It is such a colorful and charming city. The moment we drove into the city we couldn't get over how cycling is such an important means of transportation. Over 45% of the population commutes by bicycle to their work or schools each day. I read that Copenhagen has earned a reputation as one of the most, possibly the most bicycle-friendly city in the world. Everywhere you turn you see people young and old biking the cobblestone streets.
We stayed in a very beautifully designed boutique hotel situated in Copenhagen's old Latin Quarter district called Hotel SP34. The rooms, lobby and restaurants were oozing with understated coolness. They pride themselves on their organic breakfast and let me tell you … it was definitely one of the best breakfasts we had during our stay in Europe.
We were told to check out the changing of the guard at the Royal Amalienborg Palace which takes place at noon each day. The changing of the guard is accompanied by music if the royals are in residence but since we were there during the summer we didn't see that part.
On our way out of the city back to Sweden we took a quick stop to see the Little Mermaid statue which we had read so much about. Tour buses were flocking to it and as we walked up to it we were all a little taken back by how small it actually is. Its been a major tourist attraction since 1913. There is a replica of it at the Carlsberg brewery which we visited the day before and we joked that that one was a little more impressive ;-)
Of course a trip wouldn't be complete without a little shopping, especially at all of the Scandinavian design stores that I've been eying and making notes on over the years. Hay did not disappoint.
Copenhagen's waterfront and canals are so beautiful filled with the most amazing colors.
One of the greatest things about traveling overseas in the summer is how long the sun stays out. This image below was taken around 9:30pm on our way home from dinner.
Next up is our travels through Southern Sweden and Stockholm.
Previously: Our travels in Gothenburg.