they say that the best way to explore copenhagen is by bicycle. locals and tourists on two wheels abound and bike lanes, i learned after a near mishap, were not to be taken lightly. but a visitor like me who stops and takes photographs at every fancy, walking is the best way. so after a brief tour of dragor havn, four of us went on to explore the city.
from our hotel was a short walk to the central station, the main railway station in copenhagen. not too far was the tivoli gardens, the second oldest operating amusement park in the world. then there was the town hall square boasting the stately city hall and other notable buildings. the city hall is one of the tallest buildings in the city.
dark, thick clouds loomed and soon came the rain. that ended our ambitious walk to nyhavn harbor, a must see. saved for another day, this copenhagen gem proved to be the best place to see.
the next morning was a short guided city tour. first stop was christianborg palace, a stately and historic structure that houses the parliament, the danish prime minister’s office and the supreme court of denmark. next to the palace courtyard was the royal library and garden, a lovely oasis in the heart of the city. in the center was a shallow basin with towering copper sculpture facing a bronze statue of danish philosopher, theologian and poet soren kierkegaard, a familiar figure to our retreat host, fr. sunny. in front of the palace was the imposing equestrian statue of frederick VIII.
next stop was amlienborg palace, the home of the danish royal family. four identical palaces make up the octagonal courtyard and in the center is the statue of king frederick V on horseback facing frederick’s kirke, the church named after him which is also known as the marble church. opposite is the royal fountain by the river where the royal yacht was moored. across the river is the copenhagen opera house, locally known as the operaen which is among the most modern and expensive opera houses in the world.
last stop was the bronze statue of the little mermaid, the legendary symbol and landmark of copenhagen that looked tiny to me. flocked by tourists, it is the number one attraction in denmark. and before another busload of tourists arrive, we were whisked to the port to begin our scandinavian cruise retreat and adventure.