Our 5 days spent in Copenhagen have been filled to the brim and we have seen this city in all kinds of weather, from 15deg and rain to sun-filled, blue-skied, sun-cream needed days.Our last day saw us drop by Mary’s place for a visit but of course with her causing a stir in Bejing she was not home to take us on a tour so we had to settle for a guide instead who made a fuss of us Australians of course.
The Nyhaven area has real character with the old sailor’s cottages on one side and the rich businessmen’s houses on the other, it is a bit touristy but the atmosphere was fun. We took a canal trip on a tourist boat and had a commentary on some of the canal areas which was enjoyable and we learned some interesting history of Copenhagen. We have certainly enjoyed places by the water, this holiday.
A ferry ride across to the newly built Opera House was enjoyed even though we nearly got blown away when we got over there. It is a beautiful glass building with a huge cantilever roof. We decided it would be great to see a show there, so we booked a Symphony concert of Vagner & Strauss. It was a fantastic evening, the weather was not too cold, and the little ferry over to the steps was fun at night.
It was great to see upstairs of the Opera House and the lights and sunset back to the city was mesmerising. The show was great also, the Danish Symphony Orchestra were wonderful. We finished the night at a Pub in Nyhaven with a singalong to some old classic tunes, so it was certainly a musical evening.
We visited the main squares ,Palaces,shopping streets ,design stores and a few churces to take in as much as we could between showers. The weather was a real mixed bag ,talk about 4 seasons in one day it was like that in the space of an hour.
A visit to Rosenborg Slot ,a 15th century castle was a highlight as it was in the middle of town in a beautiful park and was in original condition. It also housed the royal treasury with the Crown Jewels and all the other precious ,priceless stuff .
A train ride for an hour, out to Helsinger to Kronenborg Slot was well worth it. The historic castle of Hamlet fame and was a nice size to admire and the chapel was in original condition. It was a bit more ornate than many of the Lutheran churches because it was a Royal Chapel .We were amazed at the amount of nude carvings in the church but according to our guide it was not uncommon. We wandered around the old town and had a traditional Danish lunch of Hot Dog and beer in the town square with all the locals.
We saw a lot of Copenhagen especially on the 26 Bus which took us in mostly the right direction so we got to the famous Tivoli gardens on the big Friday night where thousands and thousands gather for free rock concerts ,we wandered the main streets and design shops, avoided the rain as much as possible and of course saw the little mermaid in the process.