Since we travelled using United Airlines miles, our trip research & planning revealed that we could fly into Copenhagen via SAS Airlines for fewer miles than any other European city served by any United flight or Star Alliance Airline.
I had not been to Copenhagen since I had worked for Siemens in the 1980's, and Celeste had never been there, so it was an easy decision for us to make Copenhagen a "stop & explore" city.
The decision to go there was made even simpler after I showed Celeste pictures of various Copenhagen interesting locations, and since our next trip stop was Oslo, Norway, then Copenhagen made that flight much shorter than it would have been from other European cities.
Full Tilt Jet Lag
We arrived early in the morning of July 18th, and we took a taxi from the airport to the
Hotel Christian IV
Dronningens Tvaergade 45.
After arriving, we took a short nap and then headed
out for a bite to eat at the
Bistro Pastis, just around the corner from our hotel.
It is easy to see from the expression on my face, that jet lag has already set in - however - hunger was the motivating force at this point!
After finishing breakfast (and lots of coffee!), we decided to take a hike around the city. The plan was to walk towards the southern end of the city, and to return via the beautiful park ("The King's Garden") that surrounds Rosenborg Castle. This castle was originally built as a summer house by King Christian IV in 1606, and was used as a royal residence by Danish regents until 1710.
As you can see in the images below, the King's Garden and the Castle itself, are extremely beautiful!
Rosenborg Castle from the Garden
We are approaching the castle to
take the interior tour, and the garden was so pretty we decided to take
Rosenborg Castle Gardens is the oldest and most visited park in central Copenhagen, Denmark. Established in the early 17th century as the private gardens of King Christian IV's Rosenborg Castle, the park also contains several other historical buildings, including Rosenborg Barracks, home to the Royal Guards, as well as a high number of statues and monuments. The park also plays host to temporary art exhibitions and other events such as concerts throughout the summer.
Rosenborg Castle Interior
The castle structure is comprised of two upper floors, a ground level floor and a basement. This picture was taken in the "Knight's Hall" (second floor). The hall, which was the last room to be furnished, was completed in 1624. It was originally intended and used as a ballroom. Around 1700 its functions had changed and was mostly used for audiences and banquets. The name “The Knights’ Hall” was attached during Romanticism.
With jet lag a bit more under control, we decided that today would be the major hiking day. We ate breakfast at the hotel (since it was free), and decided that we would visit the harbor, Tivoli Gardens, and then hike up to the other end of the harbor to see the Little Mermaid statue.
A short walk just around the corner from the Royal Danish Playhouse, is
the Nyhavn district. This area
is where most of the harbor tours depart from, and there are a number of very nice sidewalk cafes
After exploring the Nyhavn area, we decided to hike over to Tivoli Gardens, a 2.6 kilometers walk. As you can see in the images below, Tivoli Gardens is not only very pretty, it is the oldest Amusement Park in Europe - first opened on August 15, 1843.
Tivoli Garden Entrance
This was the first view we had of Tivoli Gardens,
as we walked up along the Tietgensgade to the Glyptotek entrance.
After an excellent lunch at one of the Tivoli Gardens restaurants, we decided to hike up to the northern side of Copenhagen, so that we could see the Little Mermaid statue. This was a more ambitious hike, as Tivoli Gardens is 3.7 kilometers from the Little Mermaid statue area.
I cannot begin to stress how beautiful Tivoli Gardens is, flowers, flowers and more flowers! We had a nice lunch in one of the cafes and then on to the next adventure.
The building with the slanted roof, is the world's
greenest power plant with a ski slope on top of the building.
The roof has a 440-metre slope on the slanted roof of what will be the world's greenest power plant, designed to turn waste into energy – will cater for skiers at four different levels, and includes a 45% 180-metre black run.
Copenhagen Bicycle Racks
These racks are all over the city, as bike riding exceeds the number of cars
by a mile!
There are approximately 560,000 bicycles in the city of Copenhagen, more bicycles than people, yet they share only 48,000 bicycle stands. With a view to remedying the situation, in 2008 the Danish Cyclists Federation published a "Bicycling Parking Manual" with a number of guidelines.
Little Mermaid Statue
The Little Mermaid Statue is really little - it is only 1.25 metres/4 feet high. The statue turned 100 years old on 23 August 2013.
This fortress is a star shaped island immediately behind the Little Mermad Statue, and the
allows you to cross back to the mainland. As we
walked from the Harbor area to the Kastellet Fortress, one of the best preserved
Star Fortresses in Europe.
The Castle is constructed in the form of a pentagon with bastions at its corners. Kastellet was continuous with the ring of bastioned ramparts which used to encircle Copenhagen but of which only the ramparts of Christianshavn remain today.
Vore Faldne Statue
In english "Our fallen" is a six-metre bronze & travertine monument, by Sven Linhart - which was
paid for by nationwide public subscription and erected in memory of those Danes who gave their
lives as volunteers in the service of the Allies of World War II.
The monument depicts an ordinary soldier, in British Army battle dress and the characteristic British Tommy helmet with his head bowed, in silent remembrance of his fallen comrades, as he faces the nearby St. Alban's English church. Located in Copenhagen's Churchill Park, just outside the Citadel's Royal Gate.
Oslo is Next
We caught a Norwegian Air Shuttle to fly to Oslo, Norway. Our flight arrived at 10:40AM and we took the
Flytoget Train from the airport into the city. As
usual, the train station was beneath the airport, so all we had to do is wheel our luggage down the escalator
and hop onto the train.
Note to the seasoned traveler: the Flytoget Train Service is very fast, frequent, and less expensive than a taxi into Oslo.
2017 Europe Trip Overview & Guide
This was easily the most ambitiious trip we had ever taken; Seven
countries, 5,400 kilometers and we had a great time in each location.
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Copenhagen, Denmark: Copenhagen had not been a part of our original trip plans, because we
were able to obtain such a good flight deal from United Airlines, we decided
to spend a few days there to explore the city.
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Oslo, Norway: Although we did not have much time in Oslo, we managed to complete a whirl-wind
exploration of the city and even the surrounding area.
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Norway in a Nutshell Tour: This is easily the most scenic train ride we have ever taken; Oslo to Flam via
train, Fjord Ferry to Gudvangen, Tour Bus to Voss and a final train ride into
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Bergen, Norway: Many people think of Norway as "the frozen north", with year-round snow and dismal cold. In
fact, Bergen’s temperate climate is very mild.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands: The city of Amsterdam had been on our "bucket list" for a long time, we have
flown through there, but never spent any time there,
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Bruges, Belgium: As neither of us had ever been to Belgium, we had no idea of what to expect, but
we were nicely surprised at what an enjoyable city Bruges was.
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Lake Hallstatt, Austria: After an exciting drive from Vienna on the autobahn and then through the
Salzkammergut Mountains on back roads that we thought might
really be logging trails, we reached Obertraun tired, hungry and ready to explore!
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Grindelwald, Switzerland: Grindelwald is 660 kilometers from Lake Hallstatt, and the route we drove took
us through some very scenic mountains; alpine meadows, steep uphills, tight
corners and steep downhills.
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Lake Como, Italy: Our last visit to Italy had been in 2007, and as we researched destinations for this
trip, we realized that we wanted to re-visit Italy in the Lake Como region.
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