36 HOURS IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK | MERMAIDS & MORE!
We had just a quick day and a half in this city, and with the weather holding out for us, we took every opportunity to explore - both land and water.
We stayed at the Copenhagen Island Hotel, propped on the literal edge of the harbor. Because of Copenhagen's northern latitude, we were able to sit out on our balcony until 10pm with beautiful daylight during the summer solstice.
Next on our list was to find the iconic Little Mermaid that Copenhagen is known for.
This bronze statue is famously depicting a mermaid becoming human along the Langelinie promenade. Unveiled in 1913, this sculpture is based on the fairytale of the same name written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.
Unfortunately, the mermaid has been the target of many defacing, beheading, and other vandalism acts. For example, in April 1964, the head was sawn off and never recovered! A new one was produced and placed on the statue where it currently sits.
After patiently making our way to the front of the crowd to snap our photo, we wandered along the promenade to find some lunch. Copenhagen is known for their open-faced sandwiches, Smørrebrød in Danish, so it is a must-try when visiting! We ended up picking a small cafe along the water next to a real pirate ship that was docked.
We continued our walk to find the famous and picturesque Nyhavn canal and harbor, lined with shops, restaurants, and some of Copenhagen's most familiar architecture. The vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges of the buildings really add to the overall liveliness of this canal. Make sure to grab some Danish ice cream, too!
The next day, we opted to rent a boat to cruise around the harbor and canals. This may have been my favorite thing that we did. It was fairly cheap to rent for a few hours, and we just packed some food to snack along the way. Absolutely one of the best ways to view the city.
We ended our last day here snacking, of course, and Ken sipping a Danish beer. Not pictured, a pile of Danish baked goods that I still cherish to this day.
Our trip was short, but we enjoyed all 36 hours. Overall, Copenhagen was clean, friendly, and full of things to do - we barely scratched the surface, and would love to come back to discover more!