Copenhagen, Denmark – Also known at the happiest country in the world. People in Copenhagen seem healthy and just satisfied with what they have. That’s probably is why everyone here seems content with their lives. A city with colorful buildings, the best cinnamon rolls you can find, and some of the most peaceful vibes you’ll experience.
- The airport is a bit outside of the city itself. To get into town you have public transportation such as the train or you can easily take a taxi into town as well. Take the M2 directly from the airport into town.
- Since Denmark is far North, it can get quite cold even during the warmer months. Be sure to bring appropriate clothing for the weather.
- Lots of bicycles! When walking be sure to mind where you’re walking since lots of people here are on bicycles.
Places to Visit as a Tourist
- Little Mermaid Statue
- Tivoli Gardens
- The King’s Garden
- Church of Our Savior
Food in Copenhagen is really fresh. All the vegetables, seafood, and even meat out here is of high quality. Be sure to check out the markets as well while you’re visiting. Below is a list of a few things to try while you’re in town:
- Smörgåsbord – The famous open-faced sandwich – Basically a slice of bread with various toppings. Locals eat this for almost any meal.
- Grød – Famous porridge bar. Oatmeal style breakfast that can be found in Torvehallerne.
- Cinnamon Rolls (Sankt Peders Bageri)
- Union Kitchen (Coffee with funny art)
- Mother Pizza – Pizza that is comparable to those found in Italy
- Glass Market (Torvehallerne) – Great food area with lots of different options.
- Wulf og Konstali – Amazing breakfast spot where you can pick multiple small dishes served on a cutting board.
- Tip for “Mat Surfing” is to always call or contact the school ahead of time to see if you are even allowed to take a drop-in class or come by for an open mat session.
For this trip, I visited CSA to train. You can reach out to them at email@example.com and you should get a message back from Roger their receptionist within a day. There, I was able to also meet Christian Ifversen who was formerly working with the BJJ Globetrotters group. Over 3 years ago, he actually did an interview with me via email for one of the BJJ Globetrotters Newsletters so it was great to finally meet him in person.
The school itself is located within a large Sports facility that consists of almost every sport you can think of. What’s interesting is on the same level, you’ll see classrooms for other marital arts as well such as Judo, Fencing, Karate, and more! The address is Hvidkildevej, 64, 2400 København, Denmark.
Upon arrival, you’ll need to sign in at the front desk and shoes are left at the front as well. You’ll then enter a mat area but will also notice a door that leads to another mat area on the right side which is used for other classes and sometimes privates. The back area also includes a full gym with lots of workout equipment as well.
It was open mat the day I arrived so I was able to train with lots of different people. Lots of folks from other academies visit as well for this Saturday session at 10am. Great people and training overall and I would recommend stopping – especially to check out the large facility itself!
Denmark is a country I would definitely revisit again one day. Yes, it’s a smaller place and more low-key but there’s something about it that makes it a nice getaway. It’s one of those cities you don’t need to visit for a long period, but it makes for a good stopover to explore so you can leave feeling refreshed for the rest of your trip.
Copenhagen, Denmark – March 2019
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