Well, I have now finally made it to continental Europe, arriving into Copenhagen (Kobenhavn in Danish) around midnight Friday after a delayed flight out of Gatwick. We were those people, rocking into our hostel dorm at 1am, trying to be quiet but really probably waking everyone else up.
After a bit of a sleep in, and some breakfast which included some great coffee, Jeremy and I were off on our walking tour of the city. We had a fantastic guide, Ben from Canada, who moved to Denmark for looooove ❤️. He did a great job of sharing the varied history of Copenhagen with us as we toured the city. This included Absalon the warrior bishop, the many kings, the great fires, involvement in the many wars that had their battlegrounds in Europe, nazi occupation and much much more. Copenhagen really is a beautiful city, so well planned and designed. It’s a city made for cyclists with special cycling lanes everywhere and bikes generally getting right of way over pedestrians and cars. We were in fact warned about looking out for Danes on bikes as apparently they get a bit aggressive. Our tour included many sites such as the City Hall, Christiansborg palace, the old City Center, picturesque harbour Nyhavn and Royal Palace Amalienborg where Prince Frederick and Princess Mary live. After the tour we took ourselves to see the famous Mermaid sculpture, had a few beers in the sun, and visited the marble church. After a traditional Danish dinner and a quick rest, it was off on a pub crawl. This was a lot of fun and we met some really nice people from all over the world. However, the last club we went to was terrible, complete with a rubbish Danish rap act.
Sunday after a sleep in, we decided to drive to Sweden for lunch, over the Oresund bridge. The journey starts with a tunnel on the Danish side so as not to interfere with airport traffic. You the. Emerge onto the famous bridge to complete your journey to Sweden. It’s a pretty amazing bridge and it is said that from above, it looks like cars are disappearing into the water when they enter the tunnel. After a break that afternoon and some wandering, we headed off to the Tivoli gardens with our German friends we met on the pub crawl the previous evening. We enjoyed an evening of wandering through the gardens, some Danish hotdogs, beer and chatting with our new friends. Jeremy and I even tried out the oldest roller coaster in the world. Not really sure how it stays on the tracks but it does, and there is even a driver pulling the lever to slow the roller coaster down at the end.
Monday we hired bikes to see the last of the sites before heading home Monday night. Free Town Christiana was our first stop and definitely an interesting place. Some hippies took up residence in ask e abandoned army barracks and made a little town and that is where they remain. You can quick freely purchase illicit substances there. After this we headed to the for a traditional todo belle for lunch, rye bread with fresh season toppings. We then made our way to Rosenberg palace and explored the palace and botanical gardens complete with guards with giant guns. Our last item of the day was a freeeeeeezing canal tour around the city, followed by a and delicious pizz in the meat packing district. Then it was off to the airport.
Overall, I loved visiting Copenhagen. It seems like a very liveable city, how convenient they have a shortage of IT consultants…. Jeremy and blended in very well with our light eyes and blonde hair, on several occasions we were spoken to in Danish, and had to quickly explain, ” sorry I only speak English.” Good thing almost everyone there speaks excellent English there.
Copenhagen Streets and Canals
Danish hotdog with everything
Amalienborg Palace changing of the guard
Being told to back off by the palace guard, got too close for the photo
The Mermaid Statue – Photo by Jeremy Hooper
Traditional Danish food nom nom
Off to Sweden for lunch!
Oresund Bridge to Sweden
Wandering through Copenhagen
Free Town Christiana