In most big cities around the world there are always places and areas that remind me of something I have seen before in another city. The best example that exists in Copenhagen is the neighbourhood called Christianshavn, especially while walking next to the canal called Christianhavns kanal. To narrow it down even further, Christianshavn kanal reminds me of a beautiful idyllic picture from Amsterdam. But no! It’s Copenhagen.
The reason why this is, is because the most famous king of Denmark, Christian IV wanted to create an independent merchant town outside Copenhagen in the beginning of the 17th century. Christian IV was highly inspired by Amsterdam and created this area as an expansion of the fortification of Copenhagen.
While walking on the side of the canal in Christianshavn, I cannot help but absorb the smell of the sea and the sound of the small sailing boats floating by. I always come to think of the merchants coming back from the seven seas trading their goods.
Just walking around this part of the neighbourhood on a sunny day is meditation for the mind and body. And if you go on the canal tour, you will see this beautiful area.