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Copenhagen, Denmark

I loved Copenhagen. Loved, loved, loved it! It was so cute and had an amazing Christmas feel to it! I loved being cold and cozy in my gazillion layers. I know this is weird for my but it was so refreshing after HCMC 90-100 degree days. I want to go back in the spring or summer because I have a feeling it’s even more beautiful. I didn’t do a whole lot of research before I went because the end of the school term had me burnt out. I read few blogs and looked up a few tours but that was about it.

Day 1- 12.5 miles walked

I arrived in Copenhagen around 9:30 am after spending a night in Paris.

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Flying over Europe
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I loved this!

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First thing I did was buy a Copenhagen card. I read about this card and everyone raved about. It gets you into all the major tourist attractions and on the trains/busses. It’s worth every penny! If for nothing else it just made life easier. I didn’t have to worry about buying train tickets and sometimes I didn’t even have to wait in line. The man at the ticket counter explained to me how and where to use it and it was during this time I realized I could use it to go see Hamlet’s Castle (the castle was the setting in Hamlet). I wasn’t planning on seeing any of the castles outside of the city because I didn’t want to spend money to do a tour. Turns out they are very easy to get to via the train system. So I went to my hotel, dropped my luggage in their luggage storage room and off I went. It takes about 45 minutes to get to the town of Elsinore where Kronborg castle (which is a UNESCO site) is located. I got off the train and realized I didn’t actually know how to get to the castle from the train station and I had no internet. Opps! Luckily for me, when you walk out of the train station you can see the castle!

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You can’t tell by any of my pictures but there was a huge moat around the castle.

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This was set up in the court yard

Here are some photos from inside the castle

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Hamlet being preformed at the castle

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Kings bed room

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View from the top of the castle

Elsinore is also home to the Little Mermaid’s brother statue and some interesting street art.

 

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After walking around Elsinore a bit I decided to take another 30 minute train ride to Frederiksborg Castle which is also known as the Museum as National History. This one I couldn’t see from the trains station so I ended up walking around a bit. The main road from the train station basically goes in a circle around town and either way takes you to the castle. This castle didn’t look like much from the outside but the moment you walk through the gate it takes your breath away!  It is stunning. Sadly I arrived about 15 minutes from closing so I didn’t get to see much of the inside. The outside made up for it though!

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This is what it looks like from outside the gate
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And when you walk through the gate

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This beautiful chapel is inside of the castle.
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A choir singing Christmas music

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View from the back
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This is what fairy tales are made of!

I ended by first day with a walk through Tivoli park. It was a winter wonderland!

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Day 2: Seeing the sites -14.5 miles walked

I had meant to take a free walking tour but when I realized how close everything was together I decided to head out early instead of waiting around for the tour to begin. I left my hotel around 8:30 am to head toward the Little Mermaid statue (about a 45 minute walk) and it was still pretty dark out.

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City Hall
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I loved how festive Copenhagen was

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The famous Nyhavn canal

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Amalienborg is the home of the Danish royal family and I had it all to myself!
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I waited around until someone walked through so I could get a picture with me in it.  I was surprised at how close you can get to the buildings. Flags up = Queen is home
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He agreed to a picture as long as I kept my distance
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The famous Little Mermaid Statue

 

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Went passed Amalienborg again on my way back.

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My phone died so I ended up in this cute little cafe forced to drink hot chocolate while I waited for my phone to charge.

The next series of pictures are from Freetown Christiania. It’s a self-governed town inside of Copenhagen of about 100 hippie squatters. They moved in 1971 and haven’t left. From what I read there has been a lot of controversy over the area. The whole place made me a bit uneasy. It didn’t have the cheerful feel the rest of Copenhagen had and I felt like I was invading a private area. It wasn’t clean and things were pretty run down. There were signs up around town asking you not to take pictures of the market area because they were selling marijuana. Seemed to me that was the only reason people visited Christiania. The street art was pretty amazing.

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The towns flag painted on a door. Three dots for the three “i” in Christiania
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This looked to be a give/take area
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Trying to get a sneaky photo of the market area

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Church of our Saviour which is down the block from Freetown Christiania

After visiting Freetown Christiania I went on a canal boat tour. Just one more thing I was able to do with my Copenhagen card!

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Nyhavn from the water
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The opera house
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The round tower
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View from the top of the tower. It was incredibly windy!
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View from the top of the tower
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View from the top of the tower

Back to Tivoli I went for some daytime winter wonderland!DD014B6B-F0A9-4FE4-B6CD-95BB12C4AC8C93DEAC4D-FF4C-4682-BAC7-514BAADCE4BC3737862E-353D-43C5-A4ED-D3CE5AC6E49D5537FA2D-AAB8-4E3F-B448-1A96C5A13E2E

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All the snow was fake

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After Tivoli I went back to my hotel to give my feet a rest before heading out to the Christmas markets.

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This hotel was neat. It had giant tv screens mounted to the building counting down the days until Christmas. It was also playing Christmas music.
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I love Christmas Markets!
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Goulash and glogg = perfect way to stay warm. Glogg has raisins and almond flakes at the bottom so when you’re down drinking there is a treat at the end.

Day 3: Sweden and more sightseeing -14.5 miles walked again!

I will be writing about my day trip to Sweden in my next blog post because I don’t want this blog to get to long. (Update: Click here to read about my day trip to Malmö, Sweden)

After I arrived back from Sweden I had some day light left so I went to the Christiansborg Palace, which is currently under construction. Half of it used by the Royal family and the other half is parliament. I had walked past it the day before but because of the construction didn’t realize what it was.

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It’s hard to tell from this picture but the whole front of the palace was torn up

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When walking in the palace one must wear booties.

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The royal library

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Royal thrones
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The embroidered tapestries were really neat

I then walked to a pop up food market. This was a bit of a walk and on the other side of the river, but it was really neat. It was an old warhorse on the pier that had food stalls in it. From the count down clock inside I’m guessing it was only around for a short period of time. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much for me to eat but that atmosphere was amazing.

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Street food market
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Countdown clock to when it closes.
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My pictures of the inside didn’t turn out very well
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View from above
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See through bathrooms

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I did find something I could eat!

I ended the day with a walk through the Hans Christian Anderson museum. Honestly, only go here if you have the Copenhagen card. It was weird.

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H. C. Anderson
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The Little Mermaid
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Thumbelina

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One of his original stories.
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The hotel gave free glogg and apple strutdel (which I couldn’t eat) to all the guest. Best way to warm up after a cold day!

Day 4: Last Day – 10 miles walked

I had two things left I wanted to see before my flight to Germany.

Hans Christian Andersen’s grave

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This statue of Hans Christian Andersen was by City Hall, not by his grave.
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How nice of them to have things so clearly marked

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Rosenborg Castle

It houses the royal collection of artifacts, the Crown Jewels, and the Danish Crown Regalia.  The other castles/palaces I visited had a lack of visible security. This castle had secret service looking people walking around all over it.

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This is the back side of the castle. Don’t try to walk in the back side.  It’s a military area. Opps! Thankfully, the guards was very kind about the whole thing.
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The garden

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The changing of the guards involved a lot of music.

 

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Royal toilet. Weirdly enough there was a ladder in it.

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Throne room
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There was so much ivory!

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This crown was massive!
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Danish Crown Regalia
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Royal crowns

Copenhagen has a huge bicycle scene. It was a little crazy but very cool that even though it was freezing people were still riding their bikes!

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They have lanes and lights just for the bikes

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Typical scene on most streets in Copenhagen. I noticed most of the bikes just had locks around the back tire but weren’t actually locked to anything.

My hotel was pretty amazing. It had a gluten-free breakfast and a bathtub! And you better believe I used that tub every night!

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Cow outside my hotel
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My room
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The bath tub was a major selling point for this hotel
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Gluten free BREAD!!!

Copenhagen is now one of my favorite cities and I hope to go back again! I was a great start to my winter break.

Blogging is not something I’m necessarily good at and autocorrect and I have a love/hate relationship, so please ignore any typos, misspelled words, or all together wrong words. 😉

 

 

 

 

2 comments on “Copenhagen, Denmark

  1. How dare you not invite me!

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