The morning I arrived in Copenhagen and emerged from the train station I was greeted with a quiet calm. Of course, there was the typical mix of people and many bikes. So many bikes that I nearly got run over by one while crossing the street!
However being in a city that has more bikes than people just adds to the charm. In fact I soon found out that the Danes have a certain way of life that’s full of the simple pleasures of hygge.
Hygge literally means cosy, and is typically referenced as to why Denmark is ranked as the happiest country in the world. This sense of cosiness is easily visible: candles, large comfy throw pillows, and oversized woolen scarfs. They all give you an immediate feeling of comfort no matter what the weather is like outside.
As a visitor it’s easy to be drawn to Copenhagen’s many museums and historic sites, but don’t dwell there too long. Venturing into the quiet side streets is the best way to discover its hidden gems.
Street after street, each view is like an idyllic image. Historic buildings in front of a cloudy blue sky that looks like it has been painted on. Bicycles and potted plants lining each doorway and folks perusing store windows while pushing along baby prams. There are many parks and gardens along the way that are not only pleasing to the eye, but are often a place where people meet up.
So go ahead and be a tourist. But don’t be afraid to get lost once in awhile. Just make sure to look out for bikes before crossing the street.