March 6, 2022
Copenhagen is awesome. I really love it. It is the kind of city you wanna write a song about. And songs have been written. Well, not by me, but who knows, I might suddenly feel like writing a song…
Moving around the different districts of the town is pretty easy by bus or S-train. But the best way to get around and feel the different vibes of the different areas, is by bike. And you can rent bikes anywhere. Of course, if you are in a big gown, a bike might not be the best option. But then perhaps you can change when you ride the bike (Laura in the picture below did just that) or go with a bike friendly dress. Or we can use the public transportation. Depending on where we wanna go, a car of course is also an option.
There is a lot of options, when we are going out to do portraits. Urban or nature. Beach or forest. Below I give my take on some good locations to go for wedding portraits.
is a park close by Frederiksberg Townhall. It is a rather large park, very cultered and nice. It is easy to find a few spots that are a bit of the grid, but it is not wild nature. Nevertheless it is a nice place to spend an afternoon and of course also shoot a few portraits. (I know a few good spots)
Very close to Copenhagen Townhall is an older part of the city. The area around Magstræde is very romantic with cobblestoned streets and coloured houses. It is a beautiful part of the city, that makes for some classic and timeless portraits. For that reason there can be many people, but that just adds to the ambience. Parked cars and the occasional scaffolding can be more challenging, but we work around that.
Old industrial area, placed on an artificial island created 150 years ago. For over a century it was home to a huge ship yard. It no longer serves any form of industry, but the buildings remain and the whole island is now place for restaurants, street food, concerts, culture, creativity and innovation. It has a raw industrial vibe and many cool spots for photographing.
And of course, you can’t say Refshale Island, without also saying Reffen. Reffen is an amazing streetfood area, with more then 40 stands with all kinds of foods. Asian, creole, mediterranean, danish. And beside the colourful stands are big areas with benches, chair and a lot of sand to give a beach vibe, all right next the big harbour area. Definitely worth a visit, even if you just got a tiny, little foodie in you.
Just north of Copenhagen, reachable with the S-train or a short car ride, is The Deer Garden. It is a big nature park with woodland areas, small lakes and open plains. And, as the name states, abut 2000 deer. It is very peaceful and a contrast to the big city. You can either walk or choose to go by horse-drawn carriage. You can go for 1, 2 or 3 hours and even make it a custom tailored route, if you want that. And then you can pack for a picnic and have a nice stop, or several, along the route. The picnic basket can be bought where the ride begins, in one of the restaurant in the worlds oldest amusement park, Bakken.
Well, as I said: The oldest amusement park in the world. It began as a marketplace in 1583 and then later had more lasting establishments build. It has a very special atmosphere, you can almost describe it as electric. There are carnival stands, big and small rides – with the wooden rollercoaster from 1932 as a popular attraction – and a lot of restaurants, from where you can also pick up the picnic, if you want to go with the horse-drawn carriage into the nature park. Open from April to September.
Also an amusement park, but this one is centered in the middle of Copenhagen. Although not as old as Bakken, it still has a long history. In was build in 1842 and when you walk around, you do get a feeling of this history. Tivoli is a beautiful park and you can spend a lot of time there, even without going on any rides. As Bakken, Tivoli too has many restaurants and people come to Tivoli just for the dining and the atmosphere. Open from April to September.
A beach just 5 km from the center of Copenhagen, to the south. Is was founded in 1934 and has been maintained ever since. In 2005 a new island was made just of the beach and improving the whole experience. It is very popular and is visited by over a million people every year. So in the summer months it is probably gonna be hard to get the beach for ourselves, but still. It is a very cool spot with great photo opportunities.
Big nature park south of Copenhagen. It was previously a military terrain, but is now a protected wildlife area. A lot of people from Copenhagen use it to get their nature buzz. The animal and plant life here is very different from up north in The Deer Garden, but still pretty amazing.
Nørrebro is a district of Copenhagen. Culturel and ethnic diversity. Many creative people live and work here and there is always something going on somewhere. It has a rich cultural life and a surplus of amazing and interesting restaurants and cafés. Here you really get that buzzing, urban vibe going.
THE RED/BLACK SQUARE
A supercool urban location is the architectonic park area called Superkilen, or The Black Square and The red Square. It is absolutely worth a detour.
Popular area at the harbour with coloured houses and a lot of restaurants. Always full of people hanging out on the side of the canal and all the restaurants – placed side by side – offer outdoor service. From here – and other places too – it is possible to go on canal tours. With special sightseeing boats you can see Copenhagen from the waterfront, both the harbour and the smaller canals.
Old Meatpacking district. Now a hotspot in the city with lots of food joints. Big city vibe, lots of people.
A popular park in the middle of town. There are some nice smaller spots that don’t feel too parky for shooting photos.
Rent a boat. Just like that. Goboats are small boats with a little engine you can rent and then experience Copenhagen from the harbour. It’s a pretty unique experience and you can do it a your own pace. Have a picnic on the water, enjoy a little time on the with sun, champagne and friends. Or just the two of you.
These are just some of the options that Copenhagen has to offer. Of course there is a whole lot more and I will be expanding this list ongoing. If you have a location you think I should include, let me know. You can mail me here.
You can use this list as inspiration or as a guide to stuff you wanna experience, ’cause even though I made it with the option of shooting portraits, all of the locations above might as well be experienced without a photographer.
And if you need me to help you arrange some of the things, just let me know. I am happy to help.