As I wrote earlier, I thought Copenhagen was a wonderfully easy city to get around. The buses were easy to take and the stops well labeled. At the individual bus stops there were digital clocks to let you know when to expect the next bus and what number it would be.
The city was equally pedestrian friendly. In the city center there are a number of pedestrian only streets which were great to walk along and window shop. There are outdoor cafes on a number of different city squares and along a canal.
The morning started out rainy and cold but we couldn’t imagine letting a little rain deter us from exploring the city. So we started our day of with a walk which started at City Hall and ended with us on bikes. City hall doesn’t look like much form the outside but once inside, the building is huge and covered in flags. It’s impressive. What’s more you can wander around city hall. I’d recommending taking the stairs up to the higher levels. First because the view is pretty cool but also because the staircases are beautiful. One has a harbor scene from Copenhagen painted in it.
We ate yummy pasteries from a neighborhood shop that we happened to stumble upon. There were so many delicious looking choices and I didn’t know how I was going to pick. I ended up ordering after a local man who seemed to be doing construction work in the neighborhood. I figured that he must know his pastries so I ordered what he did. Only he ordered to pastries and a sandwich and I just got a pastry.
We popped into the university’s main building which is in the Latin Quarter of Copenhagen. After four years of working at Georgetown, I was not prepared for the interior of the this building. The colors are bold and eye-catching.
We took pictures of Vor Frue Kirke but we didn’t make it inside as there was a service taking place. We wandered to the Round Tower but didn’t climb it. A girl doesn’t need to climb every tower or church steeple she come along. So from here we went to check out parliament.
We admired Christiansborg Palace the home of parliament. Look at how detailed the roof-line is and how long the building is.
We ate take away Thai noodles across the harbor from the Opera House for lunch. These noodles were tasty and filling. The Opera House was impressive even from across the harbor and on our way to to check out Amalienborg Palace the home of the royal family we spotted a sandcastle competition. Then we headed up the street to see the Frederkskirken. A church otherwise know as the Marmorkirken or the marble church. You probably wont be surprised to learn the the church is marble.
We topped the afternoon off with a visit to the Frihedsmuseet which is a museum that covers the history of the Dutch Resistance movement against the Nazis during WWII. The museum was well laid out, it took about an hour to get through and I thought very informative. It’s also free.
From the museum we wandered down to the water front past the Gefion Fountain and towards the Little Mermaid. In terms of scale and impressiveness, I thought that the Gefion Fountain was a lot more interesting than the Little Mermaid. The Little Mermaid is just that a girl who may or may not have fish legs sitting on a rock but Gefion Fountain is a woman driving a cart with four large oxen. The woman is Gefion and she is apart of the creation myth of Denmark. She is given a day and a night to cut Zealand out of Sweden and so she turns in her sons into oxen to accomplish the task. Legend has it that the hole which was created is modern day Lake Vänern.
I’ll leave you with this picture. It’s a close up of an old phone-booth. Now it’s a coffee stand but is used to house a phone. If you look closely you can see two people talking to each other on the phone. Isn’t that cute?!