COPENHAGEN

COPENHAGEN

Two words sum up this city for me – clean and green.

I had two days here at the end of my European trip. Not a lot of time to see the sites, but I managed thanks to another walking tour. The guide was an American, who had only lived in Copenhagen for a year. I didn’t think his knowledge was up to the usual standard of guides I had encountered.

We started off at the City Hall, and meandered through the streets. Copenhagen is another European city which has a pedestrianised centre. Yes, there are bikes, lots of them, but the streets are wide and the riders don’t seem intent on mowing you down.

We walked to Amalienborg, where the Danish Royal Family live. There are 3 separate palaces, and the Queen lives in one, the Crown Prince and his family live in another, I’m not sure about the third. Apparently underground corridors connect the palaces so the family can visit each other in privacy. The changing of the guard takes place at noon. I thought the guards looked a little like toy soldiers in their uniforms.

Onwards to Nyhaven. This is a working port, and I saw boats docking on the quay side. This adds to its charm. The brightly coloured houses on the sunny side of the street, you’ll find that soon enough in winter, have cafes and restaurants located on the ground floors. Vegan and vegetarians be warned most of the menus are fish inspired.

I took a boat tour from here. It took in the opera house, and made a stop at the famous Little Mermaid, which was quite disappointing. She was much smaller than I thought.

The next day I headed to Rosenburg Castle. It was built in the early 17th century and the interiors are well preserved with beautiful tapestries. I love castles, and I liked this one. It also houses the Danish Royal Family Crown Jewels. If you’re expecting to see a collection like the British Crown Jewels, you might be disappointed. It doesn’t have the grandeur and the setting of the Tower of London.

I stopped for afternoon tea at Oscar Bar and Café. I didn’t find it particularly friendly, perhaps it was the time of day. There is a lesbian club, but I couldn’t check it out, as it wasn’t open.

Lezability factor 2/10. I just didn’t get the vibe here. It’s a cool city to visit, but take a companion especially in winter.

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