Friday night we headed out to the airport to take advantage of the cheap flights offered by EasyJet. I was a bit skeptical since it was roughly 100 Euros per person to fly, and about 150 Euros to take a train. Turns out Easyjet is about on par with any domestic flight in the US, where you have little leg room and you have to buy anything you would like to eat. Not a big deal considering it was a 35 minute flight to Copenhagen from Hamburg.
We arrived in Copenhagen around 9:30pm and walked to our Hotel, The Copenhagen Admiral Hotel http://www.admiralhotel.dk/da. Because we arrived late on a Friday night the Concierge upgraded us to the king suite. The suite was on the 7th floor looking out over the mouth of the canal that connects out to the Øresund. Copenhagen faces the Øresund to the east, which is the strait of water that separates Denmark from Sweden, and connects the North Sea with the Baltic Sea.
A few notes about Copenhagen and Denmark; Danes love their bikes, it is a very wealthy nation, and they use the Krone for currency (1 US Dollar = 6.60 Kroner). You would think that the exchange rate would work in our favor on this one, but unfortunately everything was jacked up price wise.
Saturday was a windy snowy day. We had high hopes to do a free walking tour to learn the layout of the city and get some background history. After about 15 minutes of standing in a group of 30 people and not doing a whole lot of walking we skipped out and started on our own walking tour. Our walk began in Copenhagen Central Square. From the square you can see Tivoli which is the oldest Amusement park in Europe. It was unfortunately closed this time of year, but still beautiful. Copenhagen, being the birthplace of Hans Christian Anderson, was adorned with many sculptures of his likeness. We did go through the Hans Christian Anderson museum which mostly consisted of dramatic recorded readings of his most famous works. We spent most of the day Saturday admiring the architecture of Copenhagen. It did however give us about 30 minutes to thaw out.
We then headed to the Royal Danish Library. An impressive modern building called the Black Diamond was connected to the older section of library. Danes are known for their architectural expertise, and this building was modern, sleek, and creative. Inside there were many floors of differing collections. The most impressive were the priceless items they had displayed on exhibit. The exhibit itself was ‘pop-culture on crack’, with the priceless items displayed in a circle of glass in the middle of the pop culture imagery. That part was a bit bizarre.
We did a lot of walking and continued on to see Rosenburg Castle gardens, The Citadel, random brave people Kayaking in the canals, and the Little Mermaid statue. We walked approximately 11 miles and we were pretty cold, tired, and hungry at the end of it. Bedtime came early around 9pm for us :P.
Sunday we got up early and walked up to the Little Mermaid statue to try and get pictures of her in the sunrise. She is situated just on the Baltic Sea side of the Citadel. We got there just in time to avoid the masses. From there we went to a small coffee shop and got Danishes and coffee, then headed back to the Hotel and checked out. We went onto Rosenburg Castle to take a tour of the inside and the National Jewels and Treasury. “Rosenborg Castle is a renaissance castle located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The castle was originally built as a country summerhouse in 1606 and is an example of Christian IV’s many architectural projects.” The castle is open to the public but guarded by armed soldiers. Which is understandable, because there are many priceless items kept at this location. The Rosenburg castle was particularly interesting because much of it had been preserved from the time of the first King who inhabited it.
From there we had some lunch at an Irish Pub, then went to the Royal Danish Art Museum. Because Copenhagen is a well preserved city with the Altstadt (Old City) still intact it’s architecture was beautiful and intricate with an attention to detail. The canals are lined with old style wooden ships. Nyhavn was one of my favorite spots and generally what you see if you google images of Copenhagen. It is clear that this city would be even better viewed in the summer when you could take a boat out onto the Sound. But overall we enjoyed our visit to Copenhagen. I have included a selection of pictures, but here’s a link to more. Phelan and I took at a lot between the two of us!