Feet already sore from all the walking we did on our first day in Copenhagen, we readied ourselves for the only full day we had in Copenhagen. We finally were out at about half 10, and there were barely any people around as we wandered along the water’s edge down to The Little Mermaid.
I’d read that it wasn’t brilliantly signposted to the statue, and also that a lot of people were underwhelmed by the size of it. Well, I knew the statue is in the water, so went with the idea of sticking to the water front and expect something the size of Manneken Pis. As it goes, it isn’t that tiny – it might just have been the swarm of crowds that made it seem so small. We clambered about on the rocks for a good photo, then realised we could get one just as good from the top.
There’s not a great deal around The Little Mermaid, but I was intrigued about the star shaped moat close by that I’d seen on Google maps. We wandered over the bridge towards Kastellet and in my ignorance I fully expected to see a castle. What it actually is, is a kind of military base. We had a look round before following the pathway to the top of the surrounding hill and following the path back to the entrance. I thought it had been windy yesterday…it was nothing compared to today!
As we made our way back to the city centre, we realised we were close to Amalienborg Palace in time for the changing of the guard. We waited with the crowds and saw the new guards march down the road. There was a short changeover ceremony before the leader went off with some of the new guys and we ended up watching men stand for about 10 minutes. No movement. I guess they were waiting for the leader to come back, but we didn’t have all the time in the world so went off to catch a water bus over to Paper Towns.
This was a new experience for me, and although it was fun, I’m not a fan of when the bus hits the dock. It’s a subtle reminder that you aren’t actually on land. It was just a short ride over to the island, where we first made our way to Christiania. I’ve read a lot about this place, but if you’ve not heard of it before it’s basically a ‘free town’. I’m going to write about that separately, because it was just so strange.
Leaving feeling slightly unsure of what I thought about Christiania, a more pressing issue was at hand – lunch! Paper Towns (Papiroen) is opposite our hotel, so I could see it whenever I looked out the window, and I was actually excited to see what was going on there. First impressions weren’t great, and I thought it was more of a jumble sale than a food hall. As I got further in though I was super impressed! There were loads of stalls selling all kinds of food. This is great for me because I’m so fussy, so I opted for some kind of pizza slice while my boyfriend went for a pulled pork bun. Yum!
Refuelled, we jumped back on the water bus and took it further down the river near to the snazzy Royal Library. A short walk later and we were at Tivoli! I didn’t have high hopes for this place as it’s the second oldest theme park in the world, but I really enjoyed it! It was decked out for Christmas so felt super festive, and we wandered around, rode a couple of rides and took one or two photos of the place before heading back to the hotel.
This was the end of our short visit to Copenhagen, but it left a lasting impression on us both. The people we met were so friendly and so helpful, and there are random steps all over the place – I was constantly tripping over things all over the place! But we both loved it, and it was a great start to our mini-Europe adventure.
Next day – Hamburg!
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