The Danish Girl Movie Film locations & more! : 48 hours in Copenhagen

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Have you watched "The Danish Girl" and was inspired to visit Copenhagen; following the footsteps of Gerda & Lili? I did just that Visiting The Danish Girl film locations...ahh...
Films and Books, in my opinion, are the main components for sparking an inspiration for an adventure.  Basically, the reason why I chose Copenhagen as one of my destination for this Europe trip

Due to time constraint and work, I didn't manage to travel to Europe at all in 2017. So I was determined to travel in 2018. Selecting those few cities for this Europe trip wasn't a challenge especially since I've been legitimately dreaming about them!

Personally, 48 hours is sufficed in Copenhagen. It is a very expensive city to visit coming from a Singaporean. 1 burger king meal was about 15USD! A train ticket is about $7! I spent about 100 euros a day for basic things. You do the math.

To begin my story, let me first talk about the film that inspired me. The Danish Girl was filmed on the colorful streets of Copenhagen.  The couple, both an artist determined to break away from all that was conventionally expected of them.  I guess that was what made the film so special to me. It was something... relatable.  I remember telling my friends at the end of the movie that I am sure to visit Copenhagen!

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Instead of traveling alone, this time, it was with Zu ( ex colleague -turned- good friend). We flew to Copenhagen from Singapore Via Helsinki with Finnair. It was crazy to be in Helsinki again because it was sooner than I expected. YAY. Also, to point out, I was pleasantly surprised to see the newly furnished Finnair aircraft. PS. If you're on a special diet,  the low-fat meal that I ordered was really good (like better than the normal cabin meal) Healthy & Fast ;)

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Started the first day in Copenhagen visiting the Freetown Christiana. Not where the film was shot but its considered as a unique spot in the city. The smell of weed filled the air and you will be greeted with vibrant artwork. We spent a few minutes admiring the houses, the people. Tourists beware! you're not allowed to take pictures.  Quite disappointed to learn that because this area is 100% instagram worthy  #RIPAsianTourist  Anyway, Its fine because the pathway that leads you there had rows and rows of trees filled with white flowers - took us ages before getting there! HAHA!
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Before proceeding to the next location, we decided to have an authentic local lunch at a chic place by the waterfront called Almanak at The Standard, a Michelin guide restaurant.
I was impressed with this beautifully decorated restaurant that offers Danish Classics which is prepared in an open kitchen. You basically get to see all the action! 
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Red herring with brussel sprouts & pickled mustard seeds
I have to admit, it was rather hard for me to appreciate the cold Danish dishes I ordered. It is not bad but difficult to enjoy. You have to have an acquired taste for this heh.  Did not regret trying though 
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We then explored the Nyhavn waterfront & Canal district, the home of Lili Elbe & Gerda! Omg, you have NO IDEA, NO IDEA, what it feels like to actually be there! Every step I took on the cobbled street made me feel like I was part of the film. It was a lively atmosphere and definitely how you pictured Copenhagen to be.
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I won't deny the Asian chic leap out in me and we basically spent almost 2 hours here just taking photos and admiring the beauty surrounding us. 

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Nyhavn waterfront, the danish girl film location, the danish girl, canal district,

Next, we walk the Magstræde area. Similar to the colorful houses by the waterfront but quieter. I remember Gerda & Lili being drunk and dancing along this street. It gave a feel of how the Danish capital looks like way back then.

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Spent the rest of the day enjoying the weather in the beautiful park filled with cherry blossoms and walking past beautiful buildings and churches.
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One of the highlights of Copenhagen is surprisingly the Cemetry. No, this isn't part of the film location though. Because I enjoyed myself visiting the grand cemetery in Milan, I didn't mind exploring the Assistens Cemetery
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This graveyard has a beautiful calming atmosphere. people are seen casually hanging out and enjoying the weather with a book. Pink sakura trees and fresh blossoms. This seems more to me like a park. Nonetheless, I like the idea of a recreational graveyard as opposed to your typical sad, lonely graveyard we have in Asia.

 We didn't do much shopping in Copenhagen except for Pandora.  FYI : Copenhagen is where Pandora started so we were excited to see the flagship store! but as it turns out the Pandora we have in Singapore is actually bigger than the flagship store itself HAHA!

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The remaining time was spent exploring the old town and city center.

Copenhagen , Denmark is the second Scandinavian country I've been to. I can definitely point out some similarities between Copenhagen & Helsinki. Both very clean, fresh air, tall people (not the most warm & friendly ), very pricey. I think if it isn't for The Danish Girl references, i would not have enjoy it. But hey! every travel experience differs :)

Thank you Danish Girl for bringing me to Denmark! Now I'm off to another adventure ;)


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  2. its awesome place. i like that location. there is allot of natural beauty . you two are looking cool.
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    1. it is but so expensive!! and I'm not the biggest fan of the food there and being a foodie, i was quite sad about it haha