Travel with Soffa: Copenhagen

WELCOME TO A KINGDOM MADE UP MOSTLY OF ISLANDS. YOU CAN HOP ON A BIKE AND EXPLORE THE FLAT LANDSCAPE FROM MORNING TO NIGHT OR EXPLORE COPENHAGEN, A CITY REPLETE WITH HISTORY, MODERN ARCHITECTURE, ART AND FANTASTIC CUISINE. OR IF YOU FANCY A MOMENT OF QUIET INTROSPECTION, GRAB A FEW SMØRREBRØD (OPEN-FACED SANDWICHES), A SNEGL (CINNAMON SWIRL PASTRY) AND A CUP OF COCIO (COCOA) AND HEAD FOR THE BEACH.

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Copenhagen is always on the move, yet it doesn’t feel like a busy city. While it may appear a bit cold at times, as soon as the first rays of sun emerge from behind the roofline of the city’s brick buildings, a warm atmosphere comes over the city, and its parks and outdoor cafes quickly come alive with people. And if the sun should hide after a few minutes, shrouded by dark grey clouds, you can seek refuge in one of the city’s museums or galleries, which contain some of the best historical collections as well as fine contemporary art. And once the sun reveals its warming face again, you can stroll through Copenhagen’s streets and admire how Scandinavian minimalism perfectly marries traditional architecture with very modern buildings. It’s as if they have always stood there side by side. 

 The art museum Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek was built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg brewery, and includes works of art that span antiquity, French impressionism and paintings from the Danish Golden Age.

The art museum Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek was built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg brewery, and includes works of art that span antiquity, French impressionism and paintings from the Danish Golden Age.

 Fairytale icons of Copenhagen. Nyhavn, the most famous of Copenhagen canals, is lined with colourful houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, one of which was the residence of the author Hans Christian Andersen.

Fairytale icons of Copenhagen. Nyhavn, the most famous of Copenhagen canals, is lined with colourful houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, one of which was the residence of the author Hans Christian Andersen.

 The Botanical Garden offers an oasis of green in the middle of the city and a magnificent view of giant palms from above.  

The Botanical Garden offers an oasis of green in the middle of the city and a magnificent view of giant palms from above.  

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 Amager island offers five kilometres of sand, a promenade and an ideal place for games and picnics on sunny days.  

Amager island offers five kilometres of sand, a promenade and an ideal place for games and picnics on sunny days.  

 Inspired by Andersen’s story The Little Mermaid, the sculptor Edvard Erikson created a bronze statue of the little mermaid, which rests on a rock at the Langelinie promenade.  

Inspired by Andersen’s story The Little Mermaid, the sculptor Edvard Erikson created a bronze statue of the little mermaid, which rests on a rock at the Langelinie promenade.  

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If you can spare an extra day during your visit to Copenhagen, take a trip to Sweden to admire beautiful architecture, enjoy designer coffee houses and savour the famous Swedish meatballs. A mere eight kilometres away, over the longest European bridge Öresundsbron, lies Malmö, the cultural and economic centre of southern Sweden. And if you are a true Soffa traveller and can never get enough of exploring, head north of Copenhagen to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark’s centre of contemporary art. Apparently one of the 1,000 places every person should visit in their lifetime, gallery Louisiana is also one of the most visited art galleries in the world. 

The whole story is featured in Soffa Mini Issue 15, also available here:

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Words: Patrik Florián | Photos: Patrik Florián + Anna Wim