Traveling invariably results in decisions being made in regards to the place one visits versus those they can not. In a perfect world all of us would have a never ending supply of time and money and we could visit each and every place we wanted. Alas, we must choose and the purpose of this article is to discuss where you should choose to visit if you had to pick between Copenhagen, Denmark or Stockholm, Sweden. The categories that will be used to help you decide will be: aesthetic – which refers to the overall look of the city and the surrounding country side; sites – which will evaluate the different sites that are available for visitors to see, and finally fun – which will assess the “fun” factor of the city based on the locals, the restaurants, cafes and of course night life.
To be fair both cities really are beautiful. To put a point of comparison on them Stockholm is a little more posh and regal looking while Copenhagen has a touch little more edge to it, especially with its great amounts of street art. Both cities have the types of immaculate cathedrals, palaces, and government buildings that bring droves to Europe each summer. This category is so close it has to be called a draw as the preference in aesthetic comes down to personal taste.
Stockholm in comparison to Copenhagen comes off a little stuffy. Copenhagen, beyond its litany of palaces and castles – something both cities have – also has the intriguing hippy compound known as Christiana. Christiana is an ex army base that was taken over by hippies in the 1960’s and has ever since been a bohemian Mecca. Copenhagen also has world renowned landmarks like Tivoli and the little mermaid statue that stand out more in the world’s imagination more than anything Stockholm has to offer.
Again this category is not particularly close. Copenhagen is one of the most fun cities in the world. Both nations have citizens that are really friendly and that speak a great level of English, but the Danes also are extraordinarily fun and welcoming to foreigners to join them to party. Combine this with relaxed drinking laws – there is no law or even social norm against drinking on the streets or in parks – and great bars and night life especially around Christiana and Norroboro and you have a place that is second to none.
The results are in and you should definitely head to Copenhagen, one of Europe’s best locales, if you had to choose between Stockholm and Copenhagen. If the stars aligned however, go to both as they are each great… but one had to be a bit greater and it was Copenhagen.