Blondes! Bikes! Hippies! Mermaids! Amazing Copenhagen Denmark!

Copenhagen-Denmark

Welcome To Copenhagen!

Time to visit one of the most beautiful cities on earth!

Copenhagen canals

Copenhagen, Denmark is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities – in an area that is probably not on many people’s radar – this area of Europe is further north than the hot spots of the French Riviera, Spain and Italy – but it is a gorgeous part of the world!

danish map of the world

copenhagen-denmark-tourism

I was lucky enough to be asked to speak at the Danish TV/Film Institute – and I did a presentation on non-fiction programming styles in the US – I was asked to stay and do the presentation again, so I had several days to explore this amazing city!

Copenhagen-Harbor-Denmark

I love exploring new places, so I spent my time wandering – I like to walk as much as possible – and it was fascinating to see so many unique aspects of the city…

John Rieber in Copenhagen

The Origin Of Copenhagen!

I was unfamiliar with this part of the world, so I looked up a bunch of info on the city and country. Nearly a thousand years old, Copenhagen began as a simple fishing village and a commerce center.

Copenhagen street

Today, Copenhagen is the most visited city in Scandinavia – the waterfront area is always packed with people – and let me say, I have NEVER been to a city where the people were friendlier than they were here…

Denmark tourism

I was there in the summer, when the weather was warm – and as a result, people were hanging out and enjoying the city – and everyone was friendly, open and generous…

copenhagen-denmark-tourist attractions

The Danish capital draws more than a million visitors each year. Copenhagen, as you can see from some of the pictures, has a lot of waterfront, canals, and shopping areas to explore, so it never felt too crowded, although there were always crowds around…

Copenhagen--Denmark-tourist attractions

The city is full of shopping areas, pedestrian zones, and plenty of places to eat and drink…

Copenhagen Fountain

Copenhagen city streets


And “Hold” The Corruption!

Denmark is a very clean, and incredibly honest country. The World Audit ranks Denmark as the world’s most democratic and least corrupted country in 2008. I never felt concerned for my safety – and although every city has its share of areas to avoid, I never came across one here…

Copenhagen waterfront dining tourism

The Little Mermaid!

And Copenhagen is home to the world’s “original” Little Mermaid!

Copenhagen-Denmark-The-Famous-Mermaid

The Little Mermaid statue is Copenhagen’s most famous landmark. In 1837, Danish author Hans Christian Andersen published a fairy tale about a little mermaid. Yes, Hans Christian Anderson was Danish, and they celebrate the Author everywhere!

mermaid on water

About 70 years later, a Danish brewer attended the “Little Mermaid” ballet and commissioned the waterfront statue. As you can see, it is one of the city’s most popular destinations…

the-little-mermaid-copenhagen-denmark


Mermaids Everywhere!

The image of Mermaids permeate life in Copenhagen…

Copenhagen Mermaid building

You see mermaids everywhere in the city, on buildings and statues…

Mermaids

Hello Hippies!

And here is a look at the most unique aspect of Copenhagen – time to visit the world’s largest hippie community – which happens to be located within Copenhagen’s city limits!

Copenhagen's drug community Christiania


Behold The Hippie Community of “Christiania”!

This is an overview picture of a section of Copenhagen that is home to the world’s largest hippie community!

christiania-copenhagen-denmark

“Christiania” is one of the most successful communal experiments that emerged from 70’s hippie culture. It is a “city within a city”, located in the heart of Copenhagen, but existing in its own unique way…

Christiania hippie community

In the early 70’s, a group of hippies took over what was, up to then a military base – it began as a protest, and over the years, it has grown into a strong self-sustained, self-governed and well organized community.

Cristiania entrance

Here is how an official tourist website describes it: “After four decades, its existence is the result of Danish concepts of equality and freedom on the one hand and a sense of responsibility and determination of the Christianites on the other.”

marijuana_destinations_christiania

“Christiania” operates as its own government. Crucial decisions for the community need to be discussed and approved by a committee formed of chosen inhabitants from each of the 14 parts of Christiania.

Denmark Christiania

There have been skirmishes with the government, and threats of closure, but Christiania lives on. I went inside to explore this amazing hippie community, which is open to everyone…

world's largest hippie community

An Open Drug Trade!

One of the most controversial aspects of Christiania is that is has an open drug trade. I didn’t feel comfortable taking pictures inside the community, as there were open drug flea markets…but here are some pictures of Christiania that I found online…

Christiania_Street

These stands sell a variety of items, including drugs like pot and hash…it’s an open air drug market, and while the government has threatened to shut these down, they still exist…

christiania-drug-stall

it was a strange feeling wandering through the “market”, but the community is so much more – this is a unique “City within a city”, with all buildings hand made or renovated military buildings, and the community is full of unique art as well…

world's best hippie community

It is certainly a “must see” when you are in Copenhagen…a testament to a truly unique government that allows this…now, back to Copenhagen: there is another “must see”: and it is something you see, frankly, EVERYWHERE:


Blondes On Bikes!

blonde biking on bridge

Copenhagen is world famous for its biking culture and was named officially the first “Bike City” in the World. Last year, it was also voted the ‘Best city for cyclists’ and the ‘World’s most liveable city’.

Danish blonde biking

The Danes are well known for their love of cycling and cities all around the world are now looking at ways to copy this phenomenon. And, it was soon apparent to me that there were blondes on bikes everywhere!

beautiful Danish women

Copenhagen beautiful blondes

It really is biking heaven for the cyclist in Copenhagen with over 390 kilometres of designated bike lanes.

world's most beautiful women

On every street in town, there were bikers – and since more than 60% of the country is blonde, there were blondes on bikes everywhere you looked – leading to my photo essay on the subject…


Blondes, Blondes Everywhere!

No matter where you looked, you saw blondes…even the blondes were looking for them…

Copenhagen blonde search

When I was in Japan, I noted that it was the most homogenous country on earth – but when you are in a city like Copenhagen, where so many people are blonde – it’s noticeable!

blondes on bench

As I continued to wander through the city, I noticed there were blondes, blondes and more blondes everywhere you look!

blonde foreground

Copenhagen blonde on a bike

Copenhagen bike riding

After walking the city, I was hungry, so it was time to enjoy some of Denmark’s local specialties:

packed terrace

That’s right, I found a place to sit along one of Copenhagen’s canals, and I had Tuborg beer and some pickled herring…

herring lunch

Speaking of Tuborg beer, I loved that buildings in Copenhagen were covered with company logos…

Tuborg beer

Copenhagen building signage

And later, I came across another fascinating sight: the city had turned one of their rivers into a swimming pool!

Copenhagen swimming pools

As I said, I was there when the weather was nice, and I saw these “instant swimming pools” everywhere, and they were packed with swimmers:

Copenhagen tourist attractions

Next to the pool was a food kiosk:

Copenhagen kiosk food stand

And I got myself a Danish hot dog – a long sausage as well as a bacon-wrapped hot dog, as well as ketchup and mustard:

Sausage Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens!

Copenhagen also has a great entertainment park called “Tivoli Gardens”, where I went to dinner with the guys who ran the “MTV Of Denmark:”

Copenhagen Tivoli Gardens

Copenhagen Tivoli Garden tourist attraction


Copenhagen’s Go Go Bars!

Another thing I noticed were several “go go” bars along the waterfront…

Copenhagen Go Go Girls Bar

One of them had a very American influence. As you can see, a little bit of Beverly Hills showed up…

Copenhagen Beverly Hills Go Go Sign

It was just another unique aspect of a fascinating city – I loved visiting Copenhagen, loved the people and the food, and look forward to going back!

beautiful Copenhagen buildings

Copenhagen waterfront



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