I spent my first night in Copenhagen coming up with a game plan for day 2. After amalgamating a couple different self-guided tours, I came up with a tour which would take me all over the city.
I started with a visit to the Royal Library. I only looked at the outside, but made a mental note to go during opening hours later.
One of the things I liked most about Denmark was it’s remarkable amount of castles/palaces. It seemed like everywhere you turned there was a new one to discover.
The first one I went to was Christiansborg Palace, built in 1907-28. The main building contains the Parliament, the Prime Minister’s offices, the Royal Reception Rooms and the Supreme Court. Below the palace you can visit ruins from the previous buildings on the site, and there is also a lower building on the riding grounds containing the Royal Stables and a theatre museum.
Interestingly, Queen Margarethe II still holds audiences, meets with the cabins, receives new ambassadors, and hosts New Years receptions and large gala dinners in the Royal Reception Rooms.
On my way to Nyhavn Port I came across the royal guard.
Nyhavn Port was where I ended up spending most of my free time. It’s the waterfront/canal/entertainment district with a plethora of restaurants and cafes. Really charming, and also conveniently located beside the Royal Playhouse and Ofelia Beach.
My next stop was the Amalienborg Castle, but I came across a botanical garden on the way that I had to stop in.
When I made it to the castle, I realized why I had seen the guards on the street earlier. They were making their way to the castle for the changing of the guards!
And once the crowds dispersed I was able to get a better view of the castle itself. You can’t go in, seeing as it’s the residence of the Danish royal family, but it was nice to get a full view of the outside.
Next up was Frederick’s Church, more popularly known as the Marble Church.
On my way to Copenhagen’s most famous statue I came across Gefion Foundation. It’s the largest monument in Copenhagen and also used as a wishing well.
And then there I was. Right in front of the Little Mermaid statue. For you see, Hans Christian Anderson hailed from Denmark, so they came up with this to honour him. It’s been the victim of much vandalism, but was in perfect condition for my visit.
Next on my list was Kastellet, one of the best preserved star fortresses in Northern Europe.
At this point I needed a little break, so I took a rest at the Rosenborg Castle Grounds, one of the most beautiful renaissance gardens. There was a puppet show going on, so I had a sit until I was ready to explore the rest of the grounds and the castle.
I then found myself at the Copenhagen Cathedral (the National Cathedral of Denmark), which held the funeral for Hans Christian Anderson, and the wedding of the Crown Prince in 2004.
For all that I had seen already, there was still a lot of time left in the day, so I went to check out the National Museum.
And what did I find inside? The Gundestrup Cauldron, which I had studied in my first year of university. Sometimes the world seems very small.
It was finally starting to get dark, so I made my way to Tivoli, a garden and amusement park right in the middle of the city.
All in all, a perfect day.