In July, I went on a five day long city break to the gorgeous Copenhagen in Denmark flying with Norwegian. It’s a beautiful city with so much to see and do whether you like looking round Royal palaces, relaxing by the canals over a delicious meal, visiting art galleries, enjoying trendy street food, indulging in a spot of shopping, checking out Tivoli – the traditional amusement park – or eating your umpteenth Danish pastry!
Friday was spent walking around the different districts of Copenhagen and getting a feel of the place, from trendy Nørrebro to the city centre and waterfront and a walk round to look at the exteriors of the many Royal palaces. I went to visit the Little Mermaid (isn’t she beautiful!) as well as the grave of Hans Christian Andersen. It was just a shame it was raining!
Saturday was a journey up to Helsingør on the train (plus a couple of rail replacement buses)! This was so I could visit what turned out to be my favourite castle of the trip, Krongborg Slot. And luckily the sun came out for the day. Kronborg was built in the 1500s and was where Hamlet was set. I even got to see scenes from Hamlet played out in the King’s chamber and the Ballroom – exciting! As I was delayed on the bus back I didn’t get to see the other castle I wanted to that day and by the time I got back to Copenhagen, all the other palaces and museums were shut! So I only had time to visit The Round Tower (which was open late) and then take a nice stroll around the palaces again in the sunshine. The Round Tower was very interesting as it had a helical equestrian corridor up to the top which means that horses could be ridden up to the top!
On Sunday I had a very busy day looking round Rosenborg Castle, one of the palaces at the Amalienborg Palace complex, the Changing of the Guard there and Christiansborg Palace including the Royal Reception Rooms, Royal Kitchen, Royal Stables and the ruins of former palaces/castles underneath. Phew! I then had a late lunch and the went to my favourit museum, Glyptotek – the art and sculpture gallery. It was a good job I spent most of Sunday inside as it was tipping down with rain again – what changeable weather!
On Monday I went on a lovely canal boat tour in the sun and then on to a four hour food tour around the city trying different Danish delights including smørrebrød (open faced sandwiches on rye bread), local cheese, Danish pastries, fermented vegetables, a delicious cauliflower dish, pea barley risotto, caramels, coffee soft ice and an incredible sour beer! What an experience.
On my last day I had planned to pop to Malmö in Sweden as it’s only half an hour journey on the train across the Øresund Bridge and underwater tunnel! However, I didn’t think I had enough time before my flight and I had been informed by other travellers that there’s wasn’t that much to do in Malmö so I instead decided to visit Frederiksborg Castle which was the castle I missed out on seeing earlier in my trip. It didn’t disappoint!
It was a brilliant trip and I would definitely return to Copenhagen in the future, although I may relax a bit more next time as seeing all those sights in 5 days was a bit much for an old bear like me!