Cana!s, Royal Palaces, the Little Mermaid... and probably some beer!
21.10.2014 - 21.10.2014 12 °C
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.