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!
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
History Museums, Speciality Museums
Observation Decks & Towers
Sacred & Religious Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Castles, Monuments & Statues
Christiania is a cultural hub, a hidden gem with a booming underground counter-culture. The freetown has decided to 'legalize' marijuana, which makes it an attraction for some. Also called 'Pusher Street,' the main street of the area is home to many dozens of vendors selling 'illegal' goods. Smoking cannabis is widely accepted and an integrated part of the identity of the neighborhood, but Christiania is much more than pot and hashish. It has some of the most interesting and different architecture in Copenhagen, plus free concerts every Sunday for the entire summer, good (and interesting!) restaurants, cozy bars, lakes and woods. Christiania is as much a natural attraction as it is a crazy biome of diverse subcultures, misfits, natural sights and modern design.
From her perch at Langelinje Pier, Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid) is one of Copenhagen's most popular tourist attractions. Unveiled in 1913, the bronze and granite statue is both a manifestation of a time that once was, and of one of the greatest and most talented writers in Danish history. The statue recalls the story of "The Little Mermaid," one of the many famous works penned by Hans Christian Andersen, who also wrote "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes," and who is one of the most famous Danish writers.
Nationalmuseet (The National Museum) is the largest museum of cultural history in Denmark and features a wide range of artifacts and a very impressive collection of Danish history. The museum gives insights into the lives and history of the Danes up to the present day, and its location is very central, making it easy to visit if you're staying within the city center.
Rundetaarn (Rundetårn), or ’the round tower,’ is a 17th-century observatory tower. It was built upon the death of Tycho Brahe, one of the most famous astronomers, because King Christian IV wanted to continue his research. The tower was formerly a hub for researchers, but is now only used by a few amateur astronomers and the tourists who pass by.
Ny Carlsberg Glypotek was founded by philanthropist, art collector and brewer Carl Jacobsen in 1888. Carl was the son of Jacob Christian Jacobsen, who founded Carlsberg Beer, naming it after his son. The musuem houses many interesting collections of art, from Greek and Egyptian to Tuscan and Roman.
Marmorkirken is by far the most impressive church in Denmark. It offers services in Danish on all Sundays at 10:30 AM, and it can also be visited on all other days of the week. This church looks almost like something you would find in Rome, which makes it quite special. Marmorkirken means 'the Marble Church,' and it looks like a miniature version of something you would find in the Vatican.
Located just next to Rådhuspladsen (The City Hall Square), Strøget is the central shopping street of Copenhagen and packs a staggering amount of shops and people into a crowded avenue. At more than one kilometer, it is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe. However, Strøget is more than just a shopping street. It is the very heart of Copenhagen, with something for everyone to look at and 80,000 people visit it each day. Walking down Strøget is always amusing as there is always something going on here: street artists, performers, musicians etc.
Amalienborg Slot (Amalienborg Castle) is the winter residence of the Royal Danish family. It was originally built for nobles, but after the king’s palace of Christiansborg burned down in the late 1700s, the royal family purchased Amalienborg and made the castle its main residence. Today, the castle is guarded day and night by the Royal Life Guard (Den Kongelige Livgarde). The regiment wears the traditional outfit, and can be easily spotted: blue trousers, scarlet and white uniform and a bearskin cap. I like this ‘palace' because it does not look anything like a fortress (like many other royal palaces around the world do). Rather, it resembles four big mansions. Amalienhaven (The Amalie Garden) is situated at the waterfront right next to Amalienborg Castle.