I couldn’t help but reference the classic musical number that we used to sing in grade school; now we saw what all the fuss was about.
Our train left Sweden and crossed into Copenhagen before lunch. We exited the train station right across the street from Tivoli Park, and after picking up our Copenhagen Card, we made our way over to our hotel near the water on Sankt Annæ Plads.
We picked up some ready-to-go food from a shop and had a picnic on a bench in King’s Garden, then admired the wide array of paintings on display in the National Gallery of Denmark.
We took the round about route to our hotel, swinging by the Little Mermaid statue (of course), and also happening upon the Sakura Festival (Japanese cherry blossoms) right nearby, where all the Yoshino Cherry trees were in full bloom — not all that much later than the tree in front of our house back home.
the little mermaid
More than one of my family told me that I should contact Hartwig and Barbara before our trip and let them know we would be in Copenhagen (Hartwig is an older brother of an exchange student from Germany who stayed with my family about the time I left for my first job out of college). He and his wife replied that they would love to invite us over for dinner, so we caught our breath back at the hotel until the time he would pick us up and drive us to their nice home just to the north. They served a wonderful meal, and we spent hours visiting, until we pointed out that it was getting late and tomorrow was a work day — not for us! They were excellent ambassadors for their country, and we were glad we could meet them.
Harwig and Barbara, our hosts for dinner
The next morning while waiting for our ride on the canal tour, we walked a few blocks to The Round Tower, which looked interesting at the end of the street. We didn’t learn exactly how interesting until we went inside and discovered it was 7½ floors with no stairs, only a brick floor that spiralled upwards!
The Round Tower, outside and in
The canal tour boat wandered throughout the waterways on the east side of Copenhagen, and was a great way to learn a little history and see the various architecture of the city.
Following the canal tour we caught a train northward to Helsingor, the site of Kronborg Castle, which served as a setting for Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. Despite the slight drizzle, we enjoyed the various exhibits on display there, and wandering the tunnels below the castle, where we even encountered Holger Danske, still asleep until the time he is needed.
Kronborg Castle in Helsingor
On our last morning in Copenhagen, we returned again to King’s Garden where Rosenborg Castle is located. More exhibits were to be found, including the beautiful crown jewels.
A few blocks away we entered the courtyard of Amalienborg Castle and watched the changing of the guard, then strolled the museum and saw the furnishings and collections of some of the more recent of Denmark’s royal family..
At this point, our time was up, so we gathered up our things and made our way to the train station, catching a train to the airport for our flight to our last stop on our European trip.