About Christopher L
Lives in Sundby, Denmark
Since Mar 2010
25-34 year old male
I like to experience countries from a local point of view: couchsurfing, local advise or mingling with locals in other ways. I don't live in one place and I move constantly which has made my travel style quite relaxed and laid back as I am used to changing environments and cultures. I am a native to Denmark but I have lived two years on/off in the US (San Fracisco), which is one of my favorite cities! I moved to The Netherlands (Breda) to study, and continued to Italy to do an exchange program and write my thesis, and India for work. I am a frequent visitor to all the four countries. Some of my favorite cities include: Copenhagen (Denmark) because it is relaxed, open and friendly. Bologna (Italy) for its sublime food and always dynamic ambience. Mumbai (India) for all its craziness. Breda (the Netherlands) for its student vibe, pub culture and night life. San Francisco US) because of its liberal views and caring people. Jaipur (India) because of the lassi and street food!
Castles, Historic Sites
Museums, Art Museums
Castles, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Bodies of Water
Neighbourhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Art Museums, History Museums
Government Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts
History Museums, Castles
Gardens, Amusement/ Theme Parks
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Kronborg Slot (Kronborg Castle) is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe, and the architecture is very impressive. There has been a castle at this site in Helsingør, just north of Copenhagen, since the 1420s, although it was rebuilt and expanded throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. The castle has a strategic position, near the water passage between Sweden and Denmark that is one of the only outlets of the Baltic Sea. Together with Kärnan (The Core in English) in Helsingborg, Sweden, Kronborg used to maintain a coastal fortification and have full control of the outlet. And, of course, the castle is also well known the world over because a certain playwright decided to set some play called 'Hamlet' here.
One of the most important legends of Danish history sleeps in Helsingborg. Holger Danske actually made his first appearance in medieval French literature as ‘Ogier le Danois,’ but his story has become legend and his statue is an important Danish artifact. According to legend, the statue of the hero will wake up and fight for his country if the Kingdom of Denmark is threatened.
As an art lover, I have to say that Louisiana is my absolute favorite museum. If you like modern and contemporary art this is a must see! Located just north of Copenhagen in the town of Humlebæk (less than 40 kilometers from central Copenhagen), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has an impressive collection of more than 3500 artworks and showcases several different exhibitions every year. Louisiana is mainly known for paintings and artworks dating from the end of World War II up until today, but it also functions as a milestone for Danish architecture. The museum opened in 1958 with the purpose of collecting and protecting Danish modern art. After collecting an impressive amount of Danish art, it started to pursue foreign contemporary and modern art, and selectively picked out beautiful paintings, sculptures and other art objects and artifacts. For anyone remotely interested in modern art, this is the place to go. Louisiana simply has it all. It is the most visited museum in Denmark, and I am impressed every time I go.
The Danish cooking duo, the Price Brothers, are the sons of two of Denmark's first TV celebrities. Their mother was an actress, and their father, John Price, was an actor, food lover and bon vivant. The brothers have their own cooking show on national TV and have recently opened two restaurants. This one is simple, seasonal, and delicious.
Christiansborg. Where to start? Christiansborg is the political stronghold of Denmark – home of the parliament. This impressive (neo-)baroque building used to be the principal residence for the Danish kings. Today it is still used partially by the Danish royal family, but its primary function is as the home of executive, judicial and legislative power. Christianborg has something for everyone, as it gives great insights into so many different aspects of Danish history: the monarchy, the architecture, the politics and artworks. Visiting Folketinget (The Parliament) can only be done with a guide, but the royal reception rooms, chapel, royal stables, old ruins and museum can all be visited without a guide - and are all well worth exploring!
Islands Brygge is a quay located on the coast of Amager that was artificially constructed during the 1880s. It is one of the preferred places to relax during the summer: drink a cold beer, stroll along the water or jump in the sea to refresh. Because Islands Brygge is a local favorite for the (especially younger) crowd of Copenhagen, it's an easy way to mingle with the locals and get some tips and insights into the culture of Copenhagen.
One of the things I personally love about Copenhagen is all the green areas and all the water. Besides canals and actual harbors/docks, there are even a few lakes in the inner city. They are commonly known as ‘Søerne’ (The Lakes), and consist of three individual (artificial) lakes: Sankt Jørgens Sø, Peblinge Sø and Sortedams Sø, which have been divided into five basins. The lakes are now used mainly for recreational and leisure purposes, and during the summer this is a also great place to mingle with the locals. Many Copenhageners come here on the summer weekends to relax and tan. Bike and footpaths surround the water, and the surrounding architecture is just stunning.
Copenhagen has beautifully curved canals, which serve as buffer zones between many of the areas. Taking a trip on the canals is a great way to experience the city in a different way, as well as a perfect way to take a break, rehydrate and reenergize.
This is one of my favorite places to go for food in Copenhagen. Right in the middle of the free town of Christiania, you will find this hidden gem. Morgenstedet serves vegetarian food only, but even if you are an extreme meat eater this place will surprise you. The food is absolutely awesome, and the prices will suit even the tightest budget.
Copenhagen has many times been voted one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, so a bike tour is a great way to explore it. This is how the locals experience the city everyday, and I guarantee you that you will move faster on two wheels than in a taxi or rented vehicle. You can do a guided bike tour, or just rent a bike and pedal around at your own pace. Whatever you do, make sure to bike around Vesterbro, one of the city's hip areas and home to the famous ‘Istedgade.’ Istedgade (and the majority of Vesterbro) used to be home to the working class but is today a very hip area with expensive apartments and costly nightlife. Vesterbro has a multi-cultural atmosphere and features a wide range of restaurants, from Turkish, Indian and Thai, to Danish sandwich shops.
Black Diamond may be an extension of the royal library of Denmark, but you are not here for the books. The architecture of this building is very modern, far different from the 'old' Copenhagen surrounding it. It is opposite of Amager and located right at the waterfront.
Rådhuspladsen is the central square where the city hall is located. It's busy and slightly chaotic, but that is part of the charm. It is the most central place in Copenhagen, connecting Strøget (the central shopping street) with Tivoli Gardens, the railway station and the hip area of Vesterbro.
Rosenborg Slot (Castle) was built by one of Denmark's most infamous kings, King Christian IV. The castle houses the crown jewels and many hundreds of years of royal history. Rosenborg is located in Kongens Haven (The King's Garden), which is absolutely beautiful and relaxing during summer.
Though it's not the cheapest attraction in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is a must see! I think of it as something rather special and unique to Copenhagen; it is an amusement park as well as a beautiful garden, and it can be found just between the municipality and the central station, right in the heart of the inner city between Strøget (the shopping street) and the hip and attractive area of Vesterbro. Tivoli Gardens is so magical that Walt Disney came here for inspiration, and it's so unique and special that the King of Pop (Michael Jackson himself) wanted to buy it. The theme park is lively in the summer and cozy in the winter. You’ll find all kinds of rides, concerts, food and snacks, exhibitions and beautiful and well kept gardens. It is easy to spend several hours or an entire day here, and it is a must-see for anyone spending more than one day in Copenhagen.
If you love fish and shellfish, this is the place to go! Situated in Kødbyen (The Meat Packing District), a hip sub-district of Vesterbro, Kødbyens Fiskebar holds its own in the company of some of the best restaurants and bars in Copenhagen. Occupying a former factory, it retains the post-industrial cool of the area and serves delicious, seasonal foods.