Hygge City: Copenhagen, Denmark

Hygge (pronounced as hoo-gah) has much to say in Denmark’s happiness. It has no direct translation in English, but this concept connotes cosiness, intimacy and warmth. Through the city’s nautical vibe, relaxing breeze, delightful gardens, charming public spaces and friendly people, the concept of hygge permeates through Copenhagen. A trip to this capital city truly offers an idyllic respite that will make a person want to visit it again and again.

The following photos are taken from Nyhavn, Copenhagen K, Langelinje Pier, and other parts of the City Centre.


Nyhavn is one of my favorite spots due to its vibrant color and relaxing atmosphere. It used to be a busy commercial port inhabited mainly by sailors; as such, there are many pubs and alehouses. The remnants of this historical past is still evident in the several colorful shore-side homes dotting the street. It is also famous for housing the Danish fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen. This is exactly the place where he wrote the fairy-tales ‘The Tinderbox’, ‘Little Claus and Big Clause’, and ‘The Princess and the Pea’.

A pleasant weather to take photos 🙂
The house of Hans Christian Andersen now with a souvenir shop
Postcards with the design of Ib Antoni, one of the famous Danish artists most sought after during his time

København K (Copenhagen K)

“Copenhagen K – the inner city is definitely worth going. It may not be urban as many of the suburbs, but the inner city is the oldest part of Copehagen and is absolutely amazing and beautiful. The old beautiful buildings has a lot of history – and it will take you back to the 18th century. Near the water you will even find the queens palace, where she lives today. Take the small streets away from Strøget (the main shopping street) and you will find a lot of exciting places.” https://onthegrid.city/copenhagen/copenhagen-k

Photo by my friend, Mae Turiana

Langelinje Pier

Walking by this Pier will lead one to Copenhagen’s famous statue, the Little Mermaid. “Unveiled on 23 August 1913, The Little Mermaid was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen. The sculpture is made of bronze and granite and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land. Every morning and evening she swims to the surface from the bottom of the sea and, perched on her rock in the water, she stares longingly towards the shore hoping to catch a glimpse of her beloved prince.” ~ https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/little-mermaid-gdk586951

Opera House

Other Statues in the City

Agnete and the Merman:
Beneath Denmark’s Højbro bridge, a bronze merman and his seven sons forever mourn for the mother and wife who left them for land. ~ https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/agnete-and-the-merman
A replica of David by Michelangelo
I AM QUEEN MARY: Collaboration between Virgin Islands artist La Vaughn Belle and Danish artist Jeannette Ehlers to memorialize those who fought against Denmark’s colonial impact in the Caribbean; it was inaugurated on 31st of March 2018.
Statue of Peder Griffenfeld, a Danish statesman

Lovely colors!

The red houses here are the oldest ones along this street

Christianborg Palace

“Located on the tiny island of Slotsholmen, it contains the Danish Parliament Folketinget, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State. Parts of the palace are used by the Royal Family for various functions and events. The Royal Reception Rooms include The Tower Room and The Oval Throne Room where foreign ambassadors to Denmark are received by the Queen. 
The Throne Room gives access to the balcony where the Danish monarchs are proclaimed.” https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/christiansborg-palace-gdk420896

Marble Church and Amalienborg Palace

“The awe inspiring Marble Church with the characteristic copper green dome has to be one of the most impressive churches of the city. The church lies beautifully in line with Amalienborg castle and The Opera in the middle of the elegant area of Frederiksstaden. In fact the official name of the church is Frederik’s Church. The Marble Church has an interesting story. Presided by King Frederik V the foundation stone was laid in 1749 as part of a grand plan of making a new city district called Frederiksstaden.” https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/marble-church-gdk414142

Marble Church: There are 14 statues of great personalities surrounding the Church, one of which is the Danish philosopher/poet Søren Kierkegaard.
Up close
Equestrian statue of Frederik V in the in the Frederiksstaden Square

“Amalienborg is famous for its Royal Guard, called Den Kongelige Livgarde. Every day you can experience the changing of the guards, as they march from their barracks in 100 Gothersgade by Rosenborg Castle through the streets of Copenhagen and end up at Amalienborg, where the changing of the guard takes place at 12:00 noon.” https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/amalienborg-palace-gdk492887

Other Major Spots in the City

City Hall
One of the many canals in the city
Another canal
Entrance to the Tivoli Gardens: Amusement park in central Copenhagen that offers rides, games, musicals, ballet, and major concerts.
Royal Library Garden
Copenhagen Court House
An open space across the Court House
National Museum
Streets with green spaces in between
Another public space to hang out
This store sells very yummy gelato.
I want more (Photo courtesy of a friend, Mae Turiana)
To go or to stay, that is the question
Their kind of street food
Their version of sausage in a bun
A restaurant


All photos by Pia Lorenzo unless indicated otherwise

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