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Exploring the Danish Capitol

Cana!s, Royal Palaces, the Little Mermaid... and probably some beer!

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My first day in Copenhagen was set aside to explore as much of the headline sights as possible so began with me tracking down somewhere to buy a 48 hour Copenhagen Card which would give me free travel and entry into places for 463 DKK which seemed a pretty good deal. No joy at the rathervgrand Hotel d'Angleterre but I did manage to get one at the 71 Nyhavn Hotel nearby and then raced to catch the 10am tour boat from Holmens Church on the Fredericksholms Kanal.

The boat trip was very good, being out of season I got a very good seat right up the front although at times it did feel rather called. We visited pretty Nyhavn lined with its colourful houses again, famous for its partying and brothels in earlier times. We saw the odd shaped new Opera House, the Holmen Naval Base with all its history, the Royal Palaces from the water and of course the Little Mermaid. On the way back floated past the hippy community at Christiana and through the deliberately Amsterdam like canals of Christianshavn.
Our tour guide on the mic by the Danish Parliament (Christiansborg Palace)

Our tour guide on the mic by the Danish Parliament (Christiansborg Palace)

Colourful old houses on the north side of Nyhavn

Colourful old houses on the north side of Nyhavn

Mastekranen and Warship at the Holmen Naval Base

Mastekranen and Warship at the Holmen Naval Base

The Little Mermaid from the tour boat

The Little Mermaid from the tour boat

Close up of the Little Mermaid from the water

Close up of the Little Mermaid from the water

Marmorkiken Marble Church and the Royal Palaces from the water

Marmorkiken Marble Church and the Royal Palaces from the water

Christianshavn Canal

Christianshavn Canal

Low bridges on Fredericksholms Kanal

Low bridges on Fredericksholms Kanal

Our tour boat going under a low bridge on the Fredericksholms Kanal

Our tour boat going under a low bridge on the Fredericksholms Kanal

Looking down on Nyhavn from a bridge

Looking down on Nyhavn from a bridge


Next up was walk up to the Amalienborg Palace for the Changing of the Guard at midday. The square with its mounted statue at its centre is surrounded by four identical palaces in each corner with an arch on the southern side through which the soldiers in their bearskins march, the impressived domed Markmorkiken Marble Church to the west and open view down to the water on the east. On arrival I caught some visiting foreign head of state preparing to leave in his cavalcade before watching the Changing of the Guard parade itself.
Police outriders were setting off at regular intervals when I arrived at the Amalienborg Palace

Police outriders were setting off at regular intervals when I arrived at the Amalienborg Palace


It turned out there was a state visit and whoever it was was about to leave the Amalienborg Palace

It turned out there was a state visit and whoever it was was about to leave the Amalienborg Palace


Standing Guard outside the Amalienborg Palace

Standing Guard outside the Amalienborg Palace

Guards waiting to be changed at the Amalienborg Palace

Guards waiting to be changed at the Amalienborg Palace

The midday Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside the Amalienborg Palace

The midday Changing of the Guard Ceremony outside the Amalienborg Palace

Frederik V statue at the Amalienborg Palace

Frederik V statue at the Amalienborg Palace

Changing the Guard at the Amalienborg Palace

Changing the Guard at the Amalienborg Palace

Marmorkiken Marble Church from the Amalienborg Palace

Marmorkiken Marble Church from the Amalienborg Palace


Next up was the nearby Rosenborg Slot which houses the Danish Crown Jewels and I went inside. It has many ornate rooms but not much period furniture and everyday items as you would expect back home. From Rosenberg Slot I made my way to the Kastellet Star Fort and had my picture taken by the Little Mermaid.
Rosenberg Slot

Rosenberg Slot


The Long Room lined by the Rosenborg Tapestries with the Thrones at the far end

The Long Room lined by the Rosenborg Tapestries with the Thrones at the far end


The King and Queen's Throne in the Long Room on the top floor of Rosenberg Slot

The King and Queen's Throne in the Long Room on the top floor of Rosenberg Slot


Soldiers standing on guard outside the Rosenborg Slot and Danish Crown Jewels

Soldiers standing on guard outside the Rosenborg Slot and Danish Crown Jewels


The Crowns of the Absolute Monarchs in the Danish Crown Jewels

The Crowns of the Absolute Monarchs in the Danish Crown Jewels

The guards arrive back at their barracks after Changing the Guard at the Amalienborg Palace

The guards arrive back at their barracks after Changing the Guard at the Amalienborg Palace


The entrance over the most into the Kastellet

The entrance over the most into the Kastellet

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Me by the Little Mermaid

Me by the Little Mermaid

Windmill overlooking the barracks of the Kastellet

Windmill overlooking the barracks of the Kastellet

Canon on the ramparts of the Kastellet

Canon on the ramparts of the Kastellet


I then used the S-Tog Train to get out of town to the Carlsberg Brewery in Valmby; it took a bit of finding from the train station but I got there in plenty of time expecting something like the Guiness Brewery in Dublin. While worth a visit it wasn't although the bottle collection (the largest in the world) was impressive and it was nice to see the working stables with its horses and antique Carlsberg delivery vehicles.
The Old Carlsberg Brewhouse

The Old Carlsberg Brewhouse

Part of the bottle collection on display at the Carlsberg Brewery

Part of the bottle collection on display at the Carlsberg Brewery

Inside the Carlsberg Brewhouse

Inside the Carlsberg Brewhouse

A drunken member of staff in the Carlsberg Brewhouse

A drunken member of staff in the Carlsberg Brewhouse

The Stables at the Carlsberg Brewery

The Stables at the Carlsberg Brewery

A horse in the Carlsberg Stables

A horse in the Carlsberg Stables

Old Carlsberg Austin Van on display in the Carlsberg Stables

Old Carlsberg Austin Van on display in the Carlsberg Stables

Free beers in the bar at the end of the tour

Free beers in the bar at the end of the tour

The road running through the centre of today's Carlsberg Brewery

The road running through the centre of today's Carlsberg Brewery


It was then back to the hotel for a note to eat and I did manage in the evening the old cute Observatory at the top of the nearby Rundetarn. However it's seems to have the best view of the city from the top so I intend coming back tomorrow.

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Copenhagen

First impressions

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I landed in Copenhagen, cleared passport control and reclaimed my suitcase without much fuss and got a 36 DKK (about £3.84) ticket into town without much bother. Then I started getting it wrong, instead of getting the direct Metro Line as planned I managed to get the fast main line train instead. When I got into town and switched to the Metro I managed to go the wrong way and when I did eventually get out at Kongens Nytorv (King's New Square) - the station I originally intended - I got so disorientated by some building work for a new metro line that had blocked off the whole square that I walked off in totally the wrong direction!

A five minute walk to the hotel turned into twenty but I did get my first view of Nyhavn, passed a Tesla Showroom (exciting if you are electric car enthusiasts as a couple of my friends are) and managed to buy some lager in a corner shop that was still open even though it was passed 11pm at night. The money I got back as change has got holes in it!

Early morning at Nyhavn

Early morning at Nyhavn

Tesla Showroom on Bredgade

Tesla Showroom on Bredgade

My hotel on Borgergade

My hotel on Borgergade

First impressions of the hotel is it clean, very efficient and very conveniently located for everywhere. WiFi also very good so managed to call home free using my Vonnage Account over the internet. Sightseeing begins in earnest tomorrow!

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