Day 4 - Copenhagen (DK)
As I said in my introduction, we are doing this trip on a budget .... not a totally strict one but we are going to be staying in hotels and eating out for a month. In Copenhagen a cup of coffee can average £5-6, a small glass of beer £7 and a glass of wine nearer £10! We stayed in the Cabinn Hotel which was perfect for us as it was just a 15-minute walk from the station and it was basic but very comfortable and warm. The bed was very comfortable wich is really important for us. The other great thing about this hotel was that it served a great breakfast at a reasonable price and we ate to our hearts' content for about £12 (the equivalent of 2 cups of coffee out and about!) We then grabbed lunch from a supermarket somewhere. Evening meals were expensive too but there were some good Italian pizza restaurants and our favourite place to eat was the Tivoli Food Hall. There are15 different food stalls to choose from and you just order whatever you want and find a table. The variety is huge with cuisine from France, Mexico, the Caribbean, India, Italy etc and the prices are low. You can get a good main meal for around 125 Danish Krone - £15 and there are also drinks and desserts! We tried Mexican tacos and Thai curry and both were excellent.
We had only 2 days in Copenhagen due to our very tight schedule but we managed to see all the main sites and really get a good overview of this lovely city. We walked everywhere from our hotel (we clocked up almost 20 kms a day!) but it is also possible to get on a bus, underground, hire a bike or use a tourist sightseeing bus. We had spent a couple of days on a train and day 5 we will be back on a train and heading to Oslo so we were quite happy to do a lot of steps! We can then sit back and rest on the days in between!
Here are some of the main sites which we saw:
Rosenborg Palace (see picture) is also well worth a visit and it was built by one of the most famous Danish kings, Christian IV, in the 17th century.
Inside you can see 400 years of royal treasures, and the Crown Jewels. You have to pay to go in the palace but the beautiful gardens are free as are the botanical gardens situated nearby. The day we chose was obviously very cold but sunny and it was very pleasant strolling through the extensive grounds. We visited the castle at about 1pm after the changing of the guards and we were lucky enough to see the 'relieved' guards and band coming back into the barracks along the main road in front of the palace.
Nyhavn is the 17th-century harbour area of Copenhagen and the colourful buildings and tall ships make this a popular tourist sport.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafés alongside the canal
where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful views, whatever the season.
The oldest house on the canal is number 9 which was built in 1681. Nyhavn was frequented by sailors and writers, including the famous Hans Christian Andersen who spent time living in three different houses here – number 18, 20 and 67. He even wrote some classics like The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus and The Princess and the Pea while he was living at No 20.
Head to Nyhavn to pick up one of the many boat tours which will take you past highlights like Christiansborg Palace, the opera house, the Little Mermaid statue and majestic Amalienborg Palace. The tours run all year round!
Tivoli Gardens or Tivoli, is a theme park in the city which opened on 15 August 1843 and is the third-oldest operating amusement park in the world. It is closed from the end of December to the end of March. This place is so full of wonder and magic that it was visited many times by Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney. Disney even based his own Disney World on the park.
The gardens are beautiful with exotic architecture and historic buildings and at night, thousands of coloured lights create a fairytale atmosphere. There is something here for everyone, no matter how old or young you are! The wooden Rollercoaster from 1914, is one of only seven rollercoasters worldwide which have a brakeman on board every train. If you are looking for exhileration, there is Vertigo, which will turn you upside down at 100 km/h and was voted Europe’s Best Ride in 2014.