Tap in to Copenhagen’s happy vibe

According to the World Happiness Report from New York’s Columbia University, Copenhagen in Denmark is the happiest place to live. So what exactly is it about the city that makes its residents so happy and how can you tap in to that happy vibe on your Denmark vacation? Read on to find out more!

 

The food

Culturally, the Danes are more experimental than other Scandinavian countries and this is reflected in the cuisine, with a wide range of flavors and styles available, including Thai food and sushi. However, the traditionally Danish cuisine will also surely bring a smile to your face, with open sandwiches (smørrebrød) making excellent on-the-go snacks or lunches. There are also meat- and fish-based dishes to indulge in, such as frikadeller (meat balls), flæskesteg (roast pork with crackling) and kogt torsk, which is poached cod with mustard sauce.

Denmark is also known for its beer, with Carlsberg and Tuborg being internationally well-known exports. There are also certain types of akvavit (flavored spirit) and bitters to enjoy, as well as imported wines, which are popular with the locals.

 

The city sights and parks

The main attractions in Copenhagen look delightful even if the sun isn’t shining. Popular places to visit include the canals of Christianshavn, with its vibrant mix of 18th century warehouses and modern Scandinavian structures, Rosenborg Castle and the Christiansborg Palace. If you’re traveling with children, make them smile with a trip to the Tivoli Gardens, which is an amusement park with rides, or stop by The Little Mermaid, which is an iconic bronze sculpture. You could also enjoy a day out at Dyrehavsbakken, which is an amusement park with 16th-century origins.

If you want to guarantee happiness, hire a bicycle and take to the city’s safe bike lanes to explore the heart of Copenhagen and to feel like a local! And if the weather is not so nice, absorb some culture at the National Museum of Culture or enjoy a performance at the Copenhagen Opera House.

There are also some lovely parks in Copenhagen, where you can relax. One of our favorites is Kongens Have (The King's Park), where you’ll find locals relaxing or talking business, children playing, and students studying or listening to music. The park also hosts a jazz festival – surely one of the best styles of music to make you smile. There’s also Dyrehave, which is next to the very pretty Bellevue beach, and you can also enjoy roller-skating or cycling here – just watch out for the deer that roam freely in the park!

 

Escapes to nature

You don’t have to travel far from Copenhagen’s city center to find the glorious Danish coast, which features relaxing beaches, quaint summerhouses and heather woodlands that will surely bring you sparkles of happiness. We recommend Fyn (Funen) and Amager Strandpark beach as enjoyable days out from Copenhagen. The latter is an artificial island with over 4 km of beaches while the former is a wildly romantic island that was the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. You could also venture to Bornholm, which is a sunny island with long, sandy beaches – its nickname is “The Pearl of the Baltic” and it can be reached on a 35-minute flight from Copenhagen. What better way to find happiness than reclining in nature!

 

If you want to experience the happy vibe of Copenhagen on a vacation to Denmark, contact us for a personalized holiday quote tailored to your requirements. We specialize in European tours and vacations and can arrange multi-city vacations throughout Europe, activities, day trips and more! Call us today on 1-347-594-5500 to find out more about our personalized service or click here to send an online inquiry.

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