Discovering Why Copenhageners Are So Happy

6.25.2014

By Kevin Forsyth and Kenny Loeliger-Myers

Our Gay Europe Ambassadors find the perfect mix for bliss in the Danish capital.

Collaborating with LGBT-friendly destinations that include Stockholm, Copenhagen, Antwerp, and Germany, Out Traveler helped send two lucky Americans to Europe to explore the continent and report back. The winners, who made a compelling Instagram video to win their European getaway, sent their first travelogue back from Copenhagen. Here's what Brooklyn couple Kevin and Kenny did during their time in the idyllic Danish capital.

DAY 1
In New York, cars have the right of way, pedestrians have the right to sprint in front of them and bikes have the privilege of dodging them. In Copenhagen, bikes rule — about half of locals leisurely bike through the compact, flat city. Whether walking or riding, it’s easy to navigate the cobblestone streets of this casual, laidback metropolis.

We dropped our bags off at The Anderssen Hotel, a convenient and comfortable space with bright, modern features and a delightful staff, before heading out in the morning.

Since there might not be a more food-focused city in the world, our first order of business was a good lunch. We walked across town, which takes 20 minutes, to head to Amaans Smørrebrødsdeli to try a modern, sophisticated take on the classic open-faced sandwiches ubiquitous in Denmark (read the menu and try not to salivate).

We found ourselves the small but opulent Rosenberg’s Castle, built 400 years ago by Christian IV. It’s currently home to the Danish crown jewels, and why turn down a chance to see a diamond-studded scepter?

Dinner was at Manfred’s & Vin in Nørreboro, a neighborhood anchored by a short street of hip artisan shops selling jewelry, pottery, coffee, and vintage housewares. The staff was happy to chat with us through a seven-course tasting menu with a natural wine pairing.

As we made our way back to our hotel, we couldn’t resist the blinking incandescent lights of Tivoli, the second oldest theme park in the world. Throughout the decades, Tivoli resisted neon lights and flat-screen monitors, opting instead to preserve its classic architecture, cobblestone streets and rides that focused on simple but effective thrills. It must have seemed out of touch for a time, but now it’s downright magical. The experience of soaring above downtown Copenhagen in a flying swing as the sun rests just above the horizon can’t be recreated.

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