I was really hoping that Copenhagen would make up for the bad weather in Stockholm, but I was so wrong. Almost constant rain and cold wind accompanied us during the entire 2.5 days in Copenhagen. But again, other than a small setback (more like a complete meltdown by 3 pm on the first day :)), we were up for the challenge.
Similar to Stockholm, we started with a boat tour. The guidebook recommended to use Netto, which has only open boats – big mistake! Half way into the tour it started raining and as we moved into more open water, a cold wind started blowing. I was freezing, I was ready to tell the driver to drop us next to the nearest museum. The tour guide wasn’t volunteering too much information anyway, maybe he was cold too 🙂
After the boat tour, we made our way to Thorvaldsen museum which houses sculptures by Bertel Thorvaldsen, a renowned Danish sculptor.
For lunch, we tried smorrebrod, which are open faced sandwiches with shrimp, chicken salad and roasted pork. Pretty good, but too heavy.
After lunch, we were already feeling exhausted. The time difference and the cold finally caught up with us. We went to the National museum and Glyptoteket, which is an art museum and has a nice winter garden, but we were walking like zombies, not really appreciating anything around us anymore. We decided to call it a day and turn in for the night.
The next day, feeling refreshed and rested, we started the walk through the old city ending at the over-photographed little mermaid.
Next we stopped at the Amalienborg Palace, where the queen resides, and Rosenborg castle, where we saw the crown of one of the Danish kings.
The Rundetårn or Round Tower is very unique. There are no stairs to go up to the top!
City Hall is a beautiful building.
Christiansborg palace has a very interesting free guided tour in English. The palace houses all three branches of the government: judicial, legislative and executive.
Even though we were not planning on going on any of the rides, we had to visit Tivoli Gardens, Denmark’s famous amusement park. It felt like there were more restaurants than rides in the park.
On the last day in Copenhagen, we had a few hours before the flight so we squeezed in two more sights: Grundtvig’s Church with very impressive gothic architecture (thanks pinterest!) and Carlsberg brewery, which was a waste of time and money, except for the cool elephants at the entrance into Carlsberg.
With our glasses of Carlsberg beer, we said “Skål and Cheers!” to our trip to Sweden and Denmark and off we went to catch our flight back home.