Copenhagen, Denmark, one of the happiest countries in the world

The first Scandinavian country we visited was Sweden and I absolutely loved it. Copenhagen was no different. And yes, it is true, it is continually ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world. One of the main reasons why is because they practice hygge, which is basically about taking time away from the daily rush to be together with people you care about – or even by yourself – to relax and enjoy life’s quieter pleasures. They also work on average 37 hours per week…yes, please! On top of that they have amazing food, beautiful architecture, and they bike absolutely everywhere. There were more bicycles than cars (they still have a lot of cars though). The weather was perfect, in my opinion, hovering right around 50 degrees Fahrenheit the entire time we were there.

We stayed four nights in Copenhagen at the Manon Les Suites. I totally got sucked into this hotel by their Instagram worthy photos of their pool area and boy they did not disappoint. Look!

The hotel is known as an eco-hotel, whatever that means. But it was very chic with unique décor everywhere. I didn’t get any pictures of the gym but it was legit, with a full size boxing ring! The entrance to the hotel is shown below.

Our room was pretty cute, with a mid century modern vibe. The bed is behind the slate wall the tv is on. We also had a small balcony which we never used, sigh!

My favorite part of the trip was visiting Tivoli Gardens, the third oldest amusement park in the world. It opened in August 1843 and was said to be the inspiration for Disney World. Before we went, I wondered what all the fuss was about for an amusement park but it was amazing. They had it decorated for Halloween and there were photo ops galore. This was such a cute, quaint park. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Here’s a huge photo dump for you.

One of my other favorite parts of our trip to Copenhagen was our visit to Rosenborg Castle, originally built as a country summerhouse in 1606 by Christian IV. The reason we visited Rosenborg (because we had our choice of a few castles/palaces) was for the crown jewels and they were fancy! Here are our pictures of the exterior of the castle and surrounding gardens.

The interior of Rosenborg Castle was spectacular but my favorite part was the painting of Queen Anne Cathrine’s (wife of Christian IV) dog, with her monogram on its collar, dated 1598. The crown jewels and accompanying swords were amazing. I am obsessed with the serpent and apple sword below. Also, look at photo #7, now that is a real wood floor!

We visited the Round Tower which Christian IV built in the early 17th century at a time when Denmark was famous for its astronomical achievements. Architecturally it was beautiful. I mean, look at those stone floors and stucco curves.

No trip to Copenhagen would be complete without the obligatory visit to the Little Mermaid, a bronze sculpture depicting a mermaid becoming a human (based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale) and Nyhavn (the colorful houses are one of the most iconic spots in Copenhagen).

Finally, we ate really good in Copenhagen and went to some fabulous cocktail bars. We barely took any food photos because we quickly devoured everything we ate. My new favorite thing to do on vacation is to seek out cocktail bars. I have slowly been expanding my pallet but Rome wasn’t built in a day.

I didn’t have time to include everything from our trip. We also visited the Design Museum and Christiansborg Palace. We were able to squeeze in some shopping too. My favorite places were Flying Tiger (a cross between Ikea and Five Below), Illum’s Bolighus (a Scandinavian department store), Notre Dame (a home goods store with beautiful pottery, dishware, and accessories) and Søstrene Grene (a home decor and hobby store). I hope you enjoyed our trip to Copenhagen. Stay tuned because next up is Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini.

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