Last winter, we visited Solvang, CA, a Danish town near Santa Barbara. It has plenty of coffee houses, a few windmills, an Ecco shoe store and lots of pastry shops. Danish flags are everywhere. On a layover to Spain, I had a few hours to kill in Copenhagen. I decided to go explore the real deal.
From Terminal 2, the Metro will take you from the Lufthavn, straight downtown Copenhagen (cost: 36 DKK). It is a packed 20 minutes ride. I got off at the Norreport Station, which I assumed meant Nord Station. I turns out I overshot the city a little bit and decided to walk back towards the center.
I was able to see many of Copenhagen's touristy places. Rundetarn (*the round tower*), Kongens Nytorv, Stroget shopping street, Gammel Strand, the parliament building Christianborg (*Borgen*), and Nyhavn. Nyhavn was very nice and quaint. I didn't make it all the way to the little mermaid. Instead I sat down in Nyhavn for a Fiske plate with herring, salmon, shrimp and cod, and of course a Calsberg pilsner.
My first impressions about Copenhagen: a clean, safe and friendly city. Lots of coffee shops. Seriously, there are coffee shops everywhere.
Danish is very difficult to understand. Although I did make up a few words here and there as it sounds a lot like the West-Vlaams Dutch dialect. Fear not, most people speak a little English.
And as advertised, there are lots of bicycles everywhere. Very few big European cities have too many bicycles. If I were to do a little day trip again, I would rent a bicycle.