We arrived in Copenhagen at 10, and disembarked shortly after. The walk into town is only about 40 minutes, so we decided to do that, taking our time and doing some sight-seeing along the way.
First up was Kastellet, a 5 pointed fort that is a beautiful garden with moats etc. We walked along the side of that:
And then down the main road (Oster Volgade) past what looked like a whole bunch of ‘mews’ like around Buckingham Palace in London. These are definitely lived in.
We continued down the road past the Art Museum, which is itself a lovely building:
And then into the gardens of Rosenborg. We decided not to go in, since it would have cost us $20 each and we were somewhat ‘castled out’ with all the ones we saw in St Petersburg etc. The building itself and the gardens were beautiful though:
After that, we continued on towards town, past some lovely bright coloured buildings:
towards the Tower, which is quite interesting since it’s the oldest still functioning observatory in the world:
We continued on in the direction of Stroget – the main shopping street:
Stroget was packed with people. We ended up having coffee and sharing a piece of cake for $35(!!!). Admittedly, it was very delicious piece of cake, but yeah…couldn’t afford to live here!
Next destination was Christiansborg Palace. We came past a DJ playing electronic music really loudly – we could hear it back on Stroget! – I really liked it, but Eileen hated it. We found out later that the party that’s going on all over Copenhagen is the 860th birthday or something like that.
Then we wandered into Christiansborg Palace grounds:
Then on the other side, past the Borsen (I think that’s the Stock Exchange building?) with its interesting spire. We could see another interesting spire on a church not far away (but we didn’t go out of our way to have a look).
We were heading for a square near the Angleterre Hotel but it was all boarded up and a giant construction site for some sort of subway stairs or something. Sad, because it looked great in the photos! So I took photos of the Royal Theater and some other pretty buildings instead:
And then we got to the harbour: Nyhavn. It was unbelievably packed with people. Not just tourists either – there were locals out in force too – presumably because it was a Saturday and the city’s birthday.
We wandered further down along the waterfront until we got to the park adjacent to the Amalienborg Palace:
When we got to Amalienborg Palace, it was just in time to see a change of guard.
This palace is where the royal family actually live, but it seemed quite accessible for that. There was even a museum showing how the recent royal families lived. Again $20, so we didn’t go in.
Just behind the palace is the Frederiks Kirke church. It’s lovely on the outside, but the inside is not particularly interesting after the lavish insides of the Russian churches.
From there we wandered back towards the ship:
Going past the other side of the Katellat fort structure this time – past a church and several statues:
To get to the Little Mermaid statue that the locals hate and the tourists love. You couldn’t get anywhere near it, so I was happy to have my zoom lens!
Then onwards back to the ship, past Trekroner Fort out in the harbour.
We got on board well before we had to, since we’d decided to eat lunch on board rather than spending a lot of money for tourist fare in the crowded restaurants.
I took a few photos from aboard, as we left Copenhagen behind.
I remember visiting Kronborg when I was in Copenhagen in 1987 (I’m so old!) and when I saw we’d be going past, I had to take pictures. My zoom doesn’t zoom far enough to get decent pictures, but I tried:
And then I had to take a few sunset shots from our balcony, since it was so beautiful out:
This was our last port before returning to Amsterdam. The next day was another day at sea, where we didn’t do much except relax and get ready to disembark.