Copenhagen Travel Blog› entry 9 of 23 › view all entries
The pleasure of being in Europe, when our flight (from Seattle to Brussels) has a five hour stop-over in Copenhagen, we get hours to walk around the city. Immigration takes only minutes, with adequate staffing and a quick look at our passports, and then a high-speed train from the airport to the city centre is only twelve minutes.
We started at Kobenhavn Hovedbanegarden (the cntral train station) and set off on our walk. It was a simply beautiful day to spend walking around Copenhagen. Sunny blue skies with just a wisp of cloud, warm sun and beautiful Scandinavian-style houses lining the cobble-stone streets. We didn’t have time to enjoy the number one attraction in Copenhagen, the amusement park Tivoli just outside the train station, so we just walked around its outskirts to enjoy the beautiful gateways.
The Stroget is the world’s longest pedestrian mall, running through the length of the centre of Copenhagen and lined with boutiques and cafes, with the occasional square. The city is so quiet and peaceful. Even a square filled with people is not loud. Maybe it is due to coming straight from America, where you can hear "private" conversations ten metres away? Or the traffic, which is largely silent bicycles gliding by, rather than noisy cars (and no one bothers to lock their bicycle up - who would steal bikes from Danes?).
From Nyhavn we walked up to Amhaliehaven, where a group of girls were posing by the photos in Japanese anime set up, then walked to Amalienborg Slot, where Princess Mary lives. Lydia wanted to say hello but she was back in Hobart. Marmorkirken Church was interesting, then a walk to the gardens of Kongens Have, with beautiful landscaped grass and people lying around to enjoy the sun.
Copenhagen is a beautiful city, surprisingly peaceful for a city its size.