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Copenhagen

N 55°40.429', E 12°34.544'
2012-08-30
http://www.visitcopenhagen.com
Our rating: 9.00
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For the vast majority of tourists a trip to Denmak starts and finishes in Copenhagen, so they visit only one city. This is not surprising: Denmark is a small country, and the well-known facts are mainly related to Copenhagen.

Due to a huge number of canals and waterfronts, the city is ideal for walking. If you come for a day, then there's no point in using public transport. Although the metro is interesting - automatic, without a driver, and you can sit in front of the glass.

The Copenhagen Metro
The Copenhagen Metro ©Yuriy Buriak

We'll describe a pedestrian route through the city from the train station. The route is long, but if you have enough power, you can complete it in one day. It can also be divided into two parts. By the way, around the train station there's quite a lot of hotels that are inexpensive by Danish standards.


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Interesting observation: In Copenhagen, there are some places that do not match their own time. For example, some train or subway stations are equipped with 25-year-old monitors with timetables.

The first thing that we see in Copenhagen is a huge number of bikes parked near the train station. This is not a surprise - Denmark is on second place in the world by the number of bicycles per capita. 80% of residents are cyclists. During your walk you will see them everywhere. Even politicians come to work by bicycles.

Bicycles are very popular in Copenhagen.
Bicycles are very popular in Copenhagen. ©Yuriy Buriak


Typical entrance to the house in Copenhagen
Typical entrance to the house in Copenhagen ©Yuriy Buriak


Bicycles near the Christiansborg Palace
Bicycles near the Christiansborg Palace ©Yuriy Buriak

Across the street from the train station you can find the Tivoli amusement park. It isn't clear why it hasn't moved out of the city yet, as it definetely requires more space nowadays. Although there is one advantage - because the park is in the city, you can visit it even late at night.

Having passed the park, you end up on the City Hall Square, where the City Hall (1893-1905) is located. The tower is 105.6 meters high and even today it is one of the city's tallest buildings.

City Hall
City Hall ©Yuriy Buriak

If you are looking at the City Hall, then to the right you will find a monument to Hans Christian Andersen, probably the most famous Danish person.

Go ahead to the Strøget Street. In fact there is no street with such name, it's a common name for several pedestrian streets. A lot of locals and tourists walk there. Here you need to find the University, several churches and a Round tower. The tower has a very unusual design: there are no steps inside. You can go up by climbing a spiral pandus that is 210 meters long. There is a legend that in 1716, the Russian emperor Peter I went up on horseback. And in 1902 the first time a car drove up. On the top there's a viewing platform for tourists.

Rise to the round tower
Rise to the round tower ©Yuriy Buriak


View from the round tower
View from the round tower ©Yuriy Buriak


View from the round tower
View from the round tower ©Yuriy Buriak


Defibrillator in the round tower
Defibrillator in the round tower ©Yuriy Buriak

From the tower you need reach the Hojbro Square and the eponymous bridge over the canal. Behind it you will see a huge Kristianborg Palace - House of Parliament. Enter the yard, there is a beautiful garden inside.

View from the Hojbro bridge
View from the Hojbro bridge ©Yuriy Buriak


Christiansborg Palace
Christiansborg Palace ©Yuriy Buriak


Statue of Fredrick VII
Statue of Fredrick VII ©Yuriy Buriak


View of St. Nicholas Church
View of St. Nicholas Church ©Yuriy Buriak

Right there look for one of the most unusual domes in the capital - a green spiral tower on the Børsen stock exchange building.

Borsen and Christiansborg Palace
Borsen and Christiansborg Palace ©Yuriy Buriak


Houses on the Frederiksholms canal
Houses on the Frederiksholms canal ©Yuriy Buriak

Next, move to the New harbor (Nyhavn). This is one of the most beautiful places in the city, especially in the evening at sunset. Here we started a pleasure boat trip and recommend that you do the same.

Nyhavn
Nyhavn ©Yuriy Buriak

During a boat trip, you can get take a closer look at a grand structure - the Opera House, the construction of which cost about $500 million.

Opera house
Opera house ©Yuriy Buriak

Then go to the waterfront and move along it. Near Amalienborg Palace is a small garden with a fountain. Danish royal family has been living in the palace since the XVIII century. There's a museum in one of the 4 palace buildings. Changing of the Guard takes place from 11:30 am to 12 pm at the Palace Square and a lot of tourists come to see the ceremony. Behind the palace you can find a beautiful Marble Church.

Square in front of the Royal Palace
Square in front of the Royal Palace ©Yuriy Buriak


Tourists wait for the Changing of the Guard ceremony near the Royal Palace.
Tourists wait for the Changing of the Guard ceremony near the Royal Palace. ©Yuriy Buriak


A guard of honor around the Royal Palace Amalienborg
A guard of honor around the Royal Palace Amalienborg ©Yuriy Buriak

Go back to the waterfront and move on to the Gefion fountain. The fountain and the St. Alban's Anglican Church located nearby make an excellent composition.

Gefion fountain and the Anglican Church of St. Alban
Gefion fountain and the Anglican Church of St. Alban ©Yuriy Buriak


Gefion fountain
Gefion fountain ©Yuriy Buriak


Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel ©Yuriy Buriak


Sculptures on Langelinie
Sculptures on Langelinie ©Yuriy Buriak


Military ship in the port of Copenhagen
Military ship in the port of Copenhagen ©Yuriy Buriak

Move further along the waterfront and approach the most famous monument in Copenhagen - the Little Mermaid. The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg, and became so popular that many cities made its copies. This statue has been damaged and defaced many times (even exploaded) since the mid-1960s for various reasons, but each time it was restored.

Little Mermaid in Copenhagen
Little Mermaid in Copenhagen ©Yuriy Buriak


Crowds of tourists near the Little Mermaid
Crowds of tourists near the Little Mermaid ©Yuriy Buriak

If you go ahead and bypass the marina, you will end up on the Midtermolen pier. This is not a tourist place, but it's quite beautiful. Here you can see another statue of the Little Mermaid, which is not known among tourists. Besides, on the waterfront on the other side of the harbor, where ships stop, is one more statue of the Little Mermaid - for adults :)

The Little Mermaid for adults =)
The Little Mermaid for adults =) ©Yuriy Buriak


Huge ships in the port of Copenhagen
Huge ships in the port of Copenhagen ©Yuriy Buriak


Marina in Copenhagen
Marina in Copenhagen ©Yuriy Buriak


Midtermolen pier
Midtermolen pier ©Yuriy Buriak


View from the Midtermolen pier
View from the Midtermolen pier ©Yuriy Buriak


Interesting house on the Dampfarrgevej Street
Interesting house on the Dampfarrgevej Street ©Yuriy Buriak


View from the Midtermolen pier
View from the Midtermolen pier ©Yuriy Buriak


Iron man (Copenhagen version)
Iron man (Copenhagen version) ©Yuriy Buriak

The pier is the farthest point of our walk. Start your way back through Kastelet. This is the best preserved fortress in northern Europe in the shape of a star. There's a walking path along the earthen ramparts, so take a walk.

Kastelet fortress
Kastelet fortress ©Yuriy Buriak


Kastelet fortress
Kastelet fortress ©Yuriy Buriak


Kastelet fortress
Kastelet fortress ©Yuriy Buriak

Then, on the way to the Rosenborg Castle, it makes sense to pass through the Nyboder district and take a look at unusual yellow houses - former marine barracks.

Yellow barracks in Nyboder
Yellow barracks in Nyboder ©Yuriy Buriak

Rosenborg Castle (1606-1624), the former residence of the Danish kings, and the surrounding park is another beautiful place in the capital. The park is the most visited in Denmark. Since 1838, the castle is open to the public.

Rosenborg Castle
Rosenborg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Rosenborg Castle
Rosenborg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


House near the Rosenborg Castle
House near the Rosenborg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Children's drawings near the Rosenborg Castle
Children's drawings near the Rosenborg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Children's drawings near the Rosenborg Castle
Children's drawings near the Rosenborg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Mini garden near the Rosenborg Castle
Mini garden near the Rosenborg Castle ©Yuriy Buriak

At this moment the main walk along Copenhagen is over. Near the castle is the Nørreport metro and train station. From here you can go to the airport or continue the walk. Go to the Christianshavn metro station (here it is possible to go on foot from the train station and the Kristianborg Palace) that is located on the Christianshavn island. Here you can stroll along the beautiful canal and visit Christiania - a self-governing state within the state. It is a home to about 1,000 people, and they declare their own laws, independent of the laws of Denmark. The authorities have been trying to close this "hippie commune", and in 2011 there were clashes with the police. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that at the time of your visit Christiania will still be in the same place. By the way, it is better not to take pictures inside the area.

Canals on the Christianshavn artificial island
Canals on the Christianshavn artificial island ©Yuriy Buriak


Canals on the Christianshavn artificial island
Canals on the Christianshavn artificial island ©Yuriy Buriak

If you have enough time or just love unusual architecture, then go toward the airport to the Bella Center metro station. In addition to a large shopping complex, the Bella Sky hotel was opened there in 2011. It is a kind of architectural landmark.

Bella Sky Comwell Hotel
Bella Sky Comwell Hotel ©Yuriy Buriak


Bella Sky Comwell Hotel
Bella Sky Comwell Hotel ©Yuriy Buriak


Bella Sky Comwell Hotel
Bella Sky Comwell Hotel ©Yuriy Buriak


Bella Sky Comwell Hotel
Bella Sky Comwell Hotel ©Yuriy Buriak


Bella Sky Comwell Hotel
Bella Sky Comwell Hotel ©Yuriy Buriak


Some more pictures of Copenhagen

A boy on the street in Copenhagen
A boy on the street in Copenhagen ©Yuriy Buriak


Sand sculpture festival in Copenhagen
Sand sculpture festival in Copenhagen ©Yuriy Buriak


Beautiful building near the Langebro bridge
Beautiful building near the Langebro bridge ©Yuriy Buriak


Christian the IV's Brew-House (1608)
Christian the IV's Brew-House (1608) ©Yuriy Buriak


Waterfront in Copenhagen
Waterfront in Copenhagen ©Yuriy Buriak


WTF???
WTF??? ©Yuriy Buriak


©Yuriy Buriak

Tourists may also visit the Carlsberg brewery, which is located in Copenhagen.

Elephants near the Carlsberg factory
Elephants near the Carlsberg factory ©Yuriy Buriak

You can download brochures about Copenhagen in English here.

At Copenhagen airport, near the exit from the baggage claim area, you can take a free map that will be enough for exploring the city.

Getting there: People come to Copenhagen in several ways. The easiest, but not the cheapest way is by plane. Copenhagen airport is quite large and chaotic. You can easily reach the central train station within 15-20 minutes by train. There is also a bus service to the downtown, but better take a train. You can purchase the tickets at the machine, but since you will probably have no coins, you can buy them at the ticket office.

From Swinoujscie in Poland there are ferries (night ride) to Malmo is Sweden, and from Malmo you can reach Copenhagen by train in 25 minutes. And the third option is to come from Germany by car or by train, but also on a ferry.

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