You know you’ve arrived in Copenhagen when you step out of your taxi and into an oncoming band of cyclists commuting to work. But after a bleary-eyed morning arrival, it was just the thing to wake me up! The Danes are said to have a healthy obsession with the ideals of contentment, comfort, coziness and conviviality, together known in Danish as hygge, and I can’t think of four attributes I like more in a travel destination.
Just as important, Denmark’s capital is rich in attractions. Many travelers allow themselves only a day or two there, often before or after a Baltic cruise, but this time we had the pleasure of spending a week in Copenhagen. We toured the city by bike, hitting highlights like Rosenborg Castle and the King’s Garden, the free-spirited Christiania neighborhood and the iconic Nyhavn waterfront. We shopped for smartly designed housewares and fashion in the Strøget district; visited numerous museums, including the Glyptotek and Designmuseum Danmark; and of course, in a city famed for its Nordic cuisine and Michelin stars, ate very well.
The last time we returned to Copenhagen was six years ago, when we reported on the $70 million refurbishment of Hotel d’Angleterre, a 92-room property that has presided over the picturesque Kongens Nytorv (King’s New Square) since 1755. We were overdue in paying it another anonymous visit to make sure that it still deserved a recommendation.