Welcome to my Copenhagen blog! In this post I’ll share details about our recent – and unexpected – visit to Copenhagen. We traveled to Copenhagen for one reason only: to eat at NOMA, one of the best restaurants in the world. But while we were there, we also took the opportunity to spend a few days exploring the city.
One winter afternoon in Amsterdam, Daniel and I discussed our travel plans over a traditional lunch of Dutch stamppot. We were tired of the gloomy cold weather in Northern Europe and wanted to go to Italy. Neither of us had been there before. (This was weeks before the Coronavirus Outbreak in Italy). From the romantic Venetian canals and sun-drenched Tuscan countryside to historical Roman ruins and the stunning Amalfi Coast, Italy beckoned and we were eager to go.
But then, on a whim, I opened my phone and checked NOMA’s reservation system for any openings. Ranked as the Best Restaurant in the World in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, NOMA has long been on our bucket list.
Getting a table at NOMA, however, is notoriously difficult. The restaurant makes new reservations available only a few times a year and they typically sell out almost immediately. It was going to take some serious coordinated planning – or luck – to get into NOMA.
Well today was our lucky day! The restaurant happened to have an upcoming opening for a two-person table. Whaaaaatttt? Italy could wait! We instantly booked the table before someone else grabbed it and threw our itinerary out the window.
And that, ladies in gentlemen, is how we found ourselves unexpectedly traveling to Denmark in the dead of winter. Copenhagen is known as the happiest city in the world, after all, so we were eager to check it out.
We had a few days to kill before the big event, and so the next order of business was figuring out some things to do in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen Blog Part 1: Rosenborg Castle
Originally constructed in 1606, Rosenborg Castle served as the official residence for the Danish royal family until 1710. These days the castle is open for tours and houses many interesting collections belonging to the royal family, including historical paintings, silverware, armor and treasure. The crown jewels are also on display in the basement, which the queen still traditionally wears once a year.
The gardens outside the castle are also lovely and free to the public.
Outside Rosenborg Castle
Inside Rosenborg Castle
A Minor Disaster at Rosenborg Castle
Disaster struck during our tour of Rosenborg castle – I dropped my camera lens-first on the floor. I shoot all my photos with a Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II – a compact little camera that takes great photos for its small size. Sadly, the lens cover broke into tiny pieces and was no longer functional after that.
Thankfully, the camera is still fully functional apart from the lens cover. I just have to be *really* careful to protect my camera’s lens going forward since there is nothing covering it. So far so good!
Copenhagen Blog Part 2: Tivoli Gardens
Located directly next to the train station, Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest amusement park in the world that is still operational. Walt Disney travelled to Tivoli Gardens in 1951, from which he drew inspiration when designing Disneyland.
Daniel and I spent a pleasant afternoon at Tivoli exploring the park and checking out the rides. I even managed to make it on three rides before I was too nauseous from motion sickness to go on any more.
Pro tip: visit Tivoli Gardens on a weekday afternoon in the winter if you want to avoid the crowds. The park was essentially empty during our visit so we didn’t have to wait in many lines.
Copenhagen Blog Part 3: Nyhaven and Inderhavnsbroen Bridge
Nyhaven is a lovely neighborhood comprised of brightly-colored townhouses that line the Nyhaven Canal. We spent a couple of afternoons walking around Nyhaven and exploring nearby neighborhoods across the Inderhavnsbroen Bridge.
Inderhavnsbroen Bridge and Nearby
Copenhagen Blog Part 4: NOMA
Eating at NOMA has been on our bucket list for a long time – so when our turn finally came it was an almost surreal experience. NOMA’s chef and creator, Rene Redzepi, has almost single-handedly has changed the face of Nordic cuisine. All food served at NOMA is local or foraged, and many innovative flavors are enhanced with unique foods from his fermentation lab.
For a full rundown on our experience at NOMA, be sure to read Daniel’s blog post:
Where are we now?
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Dates: January 31 – February 5, 2020
Vagabonding Journey Status: Days 123-128
For more details on our vagabonding journey, see my previous posts:
- Day 147: Our Experience Traveling during the Coronavirus Outbreak in Italy
- Day 123: Cologne Blog: The Cologne Cathedral, Kölsch and Carnival
- Day 120: Cologne Day Trip: Hiking to Drachenburg Castle on Dragon Rock
- Day 117: Amsterdam Windmill Tour: The Zaanse Schans Windmill Village
- Day 107: Amsterdam Blog in Photos: Impressions from Amsterdam
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