Ah, Scandinavia

Copenhagen Travel Blog

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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.

Then we were in Radhuspladsen, a beautiful cobblestone square filled with stunning animalistic Mayan-style statues coated in a green patina, some of the few statues I’ve seen where I had to tear myself away from looking at them, so intriguing were their details. The square is just next to the Radhus (City Hall)and the start of the Stroget. Oddly the square was populated by an American Indian band.

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?).

At the end of Stroget we stopped at Kongens Nytorv for a sandwich and a beer, then we walked down Nyhavn, a beautiful canal street, with gorgeous houses (including one where Hans Christian Anderson lived), many boats and so many people out. Even on this, the busiest street we saw, when we stepped off the main street to see the embassy of Trinidad and Tobago we were struck at just how silent it was.

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.

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