I instantly fell in love with Copenhagen. This city is charming and modern and vibrant and expensive. I was magically drawn to the city library within the first hour I was there. I started exploring mapless and stumbled upon it by being tempted down another alley. The library has a garden and all four sides are surrounded by buildings from four different eras. One of them was covered in climbing wisteria. The benches were filled with people and the center had a water fountain. It was a perfect introduction to Denmark; a library with a park.
I feel the need to go back to Denmark and explore other areas but here were my five favorite stops:
It’s the University Botanical Garden. The greenhouse is spectacular. You can walk through from one side to the other and every room has generous eye appeal. It’s well-maintained and lush. The Center has a spiral staircase where you can climb to the top, walk around the room, and get views of the treetops and the city. It’s also tropical in there so it’s warm and moist but I loved it. It reminded me of something from a movie.
The grounds were gorgeous as well and near the center of the property there’s a hill where they had flowers and plants blooming and blossoming all over the hillside. Little stone steps guided you through the flowers and plants.
I loved everything about this place.
The final resting place of Denmark’s beloved Hans Christian Anderson. It was well-manicured and provided perfect shelter from the light rain.
I love graveyards. This one was different. People buried this year are buried next to someone who died a few hundred years ago so the mix and old and new tombstones was interesting. And they don’t seem to be related to who they are buried next to. Some had gates around them and/or hedging so tall you couldn’t see who was there. The children’s graves had toys placed on top of them. Full Star Wars sets, Thomas, or Teenage Ninja Turtles.
I could’ve stayed for hours but I was worried we’d be trapped in the rain and since it cleared up for a moment we took our chance to head back.
3-Christiansborg Palace Tower.
Jorge and I were stopped by an 83 year old man outside the palace picketing for equal rights (although equal for what was not clear). We heard his life story but it ended with him telling us that you could climb the tower at no charge. This caught our attention. We weren’t going to do anything that required fees to get in because everything was already crazy expensive there and we figured there was more than enough free things to see in two days. There was a statue outside of a bear on a spear protesting that “Global Warming is unBEARable”.
We stood in line for nearly 20 minutes. went through a metal detector, exited one lift, walked down a hall to get on another, and finally climbed two flights of stairs to see the city. It was worth it.
All four sides had maps to point out the buildings and give you random facts and details. The breeze was nice and the sun was shining. It was perfect timing. And a lot better priced than the Round Tower that charges £18.
You can’t visit Copenhagen with walking along this waterfront. I arrived at 9:30 am, couldn’t check into the room until 2pm so, of course, the first thing I did was walk two blocks to the canal. It’s is picturesque just like the photos. During the day it’s a busy harbor still and at night the street is lined with al fresco dining.
I sat on a bench and people watched for nearly an hour that first morning and then went back in the evening with Jorge.
The Little Mermaid statue. Another must stop I had to see was the most photgraphed statue in all of Denmark. Although I’m not sure why. Hans Christian Andersons’ version of the story is not Disney style. It’s sad. The statue is over 100 years old but has been molested and repaired multiple times. It’s also crowded. And to get close enough for an iPhone picture you needed to climb down onto the rocky shore.
As we were leaving, the shot a canon off across the harbor. It scared myself and everyone around. I’m glad I went mostly because I came across the Amalienborg Palace on the way there and the Kastellet, a 17th century fortress, on the way back.
I took so many pictures.