Are you guys ready for me to gush about one of my favorite cities in one of my favorite countries with some of my favorite people? Copenhagen is a design-lovers dream and visiting will make you want to grow six inches and bleach your hair blonde.
I actually studied in Denmark when I was in college, at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Århus. I knew nothing about Denmark before moving there, and once I got past the incredibly short days in the winter and the Scandinavian shower situation (ours was a shower head on the wall with a drain in the floor next to a toilet), I fell in love with the country and it's people. Their intense beer consumption definitely didn't hurt.
Copenhagen and most of Scandinavia kind of fly under the radar next to other big European cities, but it's totally worth a visit. If you're a new traveller, almost everyone in Copenhagen speaks English and the city is fairly small (though has so much to offer) and incredibly easy to get around. If you're a more nuanced nomad, Denmark has so much beauty to offer.
It's hard to narrow down all my favorite things about Denmark, but if I had to list them it would probably be the beautiful, tall, well-dressed people, the impeccable and inspirational design, the brightly-colored buildings, the access to beaches and water in most cities, and the huge appreciation for beer, tied to their incredibly lax drinking culture.
There's a word in Danish called hygge that can best be explained by just stepping foot on Danish soil, but the closest English equivalent is cozy. However, it's more than that — it's a general feeling that is exuded by a place and people, kind of like a nice evening by the fireplace surrounded by your family at Christmastime. The Danes live by the code of hygge, and you'll find it in bars and cafes and interior design stores and in people's homes when you do visit and want to bring hygge to your own life once you return home.