I mentioned previously that I chose to stick along water bodies of Copenhagen because I wanted some peace and quiet away from the shopping areas, and people. Though, walking along the canals, rivers and lakes of Copenhagen gives you time alone, it does not mean you miss out on the fun and vibrance of the city. Being the capital city of Denmark, you can easily find excitement in the city when you want to. If human interaction is your thing, but you still want to enjoy the architecture of the city and its urban design of the canals and buildings, a short walk to Nyhaven would do the trick.
But before I talk about that, lets continue where we left off the previous time.
After visiting the little mermaid and having the harbour winds in my face, I strolled on past a gorgeous warrior statue, pretty vines surrounding side alley ways, and pretty european architecture, I found myself caught in a drizzle that seem to be heading towards a full on rain, with no umbrella. So, I headed for the Danish Museum of Art & Design for some shelter (also to use the toilet!)
When I entered the Danish Musuem of Art & Design, I noticed they were exhibiting a series on fashion history in on part of the museum and I was immediately intrigued. After some deliberation, I was fully prepared to pay the 10euros value for the museum, when the lady at the counter told me it was free for STUDENTS! Imagine my joy!
So of course, I took my free ticket, and happily skipped into the exhibition rooms.
Even though the fashion exhibition was rather interesting (not better than the V&A, obviously, but I know I shouldnt be comparing) it was a rather small one. I was rather more excited over the part where they showcased works of various children toys, furnitures, interiors, playroom designs, basically everything related to a kids room.
Maybe it was because i've never seen any exhibition like it, but man, the danish people really do such great minimalistic design! I wanted to just bring all the furnitures back home to the children room I will potentially have in the distant future haha!
I didn't take too many photos in the Museum, but I will definitely recommend visiting it, especially if you're a student! It was pretty interesting to see everything in miniature form, and to read about how the designs for danish children products evolved over the years.
Naturally, after the rain stopped, I went along with my journey and made my way back to the canals and found myself at Nyhavn.
On one side of the bank, there are shops, alfresco dining areas, musicians, baskers, people sitting down talking, enjoying the free live music. And on the other side of the bank, you can be an observer, witnessing the action but not being part of it.
There were several baskers along the river singing english songs and trying to get tourist to join in on the basking activities, and of course, people did.
I had a fun time watching and having lunch on the side of the "happening" bank, and then headed over to the "less happening" side to admire the boats (ok, more like creepily peering into each one to see if there were people inside), and taking some photographs of the colourful buildings.
I adore the colourful houses along the canal, I think the burst of colour really adds to the atmosphere bringing it to live. I think this would be the perfect place to chill with friends after a long day. Especially if you visit here on a weekend night, I can imagine it would be filled with fun, laughter and great music.
At the end of Nyhavn, you find yourself near another harbour. Deep waters with houses and buildings that seem to be floating, along with the widest sidewalks with almost nobody.
I can imagine having a nice date at a restaurant along Nyhavn, and then a wonderful evening /night stroll along the harbour and waters nearby. It would be such a lovely time to talk, perhaps with some snacks in your hand (because how can you not have snacks!), and enjoy the night breeze.
After turning the corner along the sidewalk, I passed by empty tables and benches for which I presume were built so that people could have picnics beside the waters and not have to sit on the floor? And together with those benches - TRAMPOLINES. Yes. Trampolines in the middle of the street.
I'm pretty sure i'm right in assuming the benches and tables are for families to sit and eat whilst their kids run around hopping from one trampoline to another, because a whole bunch of kids came and started hopping and bouncing, even younger adults who saw went in and join in the fun.
If I wasn't alone, I'd have dumped my stuff with my friend and jumped right in as well!
Of course when I took these photos, there was a worried father shooting me awkward/judgemental stares. I imagine him thinking, "Why is this asian girl sneakily taking photographs of my children like a creep?".
So to prevent myself from being called out as being a weirdo or a perv, I directed my attention to the architecture along the canals.
It was great that I could admire the architecture of Copenhagen without having to be right at the street where the buildings were on. Doesn't it look so much better from afar with the waters in the view.
By the way, fun facts: the spiral on this building was suppose to be a crocodile, or alligator, crawling downwards, but really, its head, looked a lot like a dog. From afar though, it looks pretty impressive!
The building was the old stock exchange building in Copenhagen, but as of now, it isn't a fancy bank, or mall, as of now, it houses working offices, and is on the market for a couple of million euros if I'm not wrong. Macdonalds wanted to buy it over, but they were denied.
Can you imagine if they turned it into a Macdonalds?! It would be the fanciest yet!
Sticking by the waters of Copenhagen really does give you a good mix of tranquility and fun when you want either of it, you'd easily find it.