July 1-3, 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark
We plan a boat trip Friday afternoon in the canals and harbour of Copenhagen. The boat departs 16:55 from Holmens Kirke (church), opposite the front of the parliament (Folketinget). We should meet at 16:30 at the departure place (check the map at the local info tab). The trip takes about 60 mins. The price is DKK 40, which must be paid in cash.
Link to boat company and map: http://www.havnerundfart.dk/
Top 30 attractions
Museums and more (including the free attractions listed below)
Some free attractions
The Little Mermaid. Sculpture near the sea. Named after one of HC Andersen’s fairy tales. Perhaps the best known Danish attraction but not very spectacular. Became famous in Denmark after an artist cut-off her head in the 60ies. The head has been replaced.
Christiania. A semi-autonomous freetown in the midst of Copenhagen, which has emerges from a hippy occupation of an old abandoned military compound in 1971. A nice place to stroll and have lunch (there are various restaurants and lunch places). You might buy a “Christiania share” to support its continued existence. It is close to some of the oldest ramparts in Copenhagen, now used by local residents for baby strolling and hang-outs.
Amalienborg. The 1770ies residences of queen Margrethe II and the crown prince Frederik, but originally owned by influential citizens. You might experience the change of the guard and get the feeling of a very loved and undemocratic institution in Denmark. From here you might stroll down to the harbour area Langeline and the Little Mermaid.
Christiansborg. Originally the location of the king’s residence. After a fire in late 18th century, the king moved to Amalienborg. The rebuild Christiansborg was taken over by the parliament in the 19th century. The royal stables are still there and occasionally opened for visitors. Take a walk around, in particular the `back’ side.
Papirøen ("the paper island"). An excellent place to go for easy dinner across the harbour (same side as Christiania). There is a bunch of (indoor) street shops selling food from all over the world for cheap money (DKK 50-75).
Den Sorte Diamant ("The black diamond"). The Royal Danish Library, right next to the harbour, build in 1999 and adjacent to the previous library. You might have lunch/dinner or just enjoy the architecture and the book exhibitions.
Nice places for walking include:
- Nyhavn ("new harbour", lunch/dinner places)
- Gråbrødre Torv ("grey friar square", lunch/dinner places)
- The Botanical Garden
- The Lego shop in the main pedestrian street
- Rosenborg Slot and Kongens Have ("the king’s garden")
Some paid-for other attractions
Tivoli, entrance DKK 99, excluding rides, http://www.tivoli.dk/.
Dating back to 1843, Tivoli is one of the oldest still existing amusement parks in the world, very lively and colourful. You might just walk around enjoying the atmosphere, go shopping, have lunch/dinner or experience the many rides, for example, the wooden roller coaster from 1914. To experience a real Danish lunch/dinner, go to restaurant Grøften and ask for "smørrebrød" (special sandwich with dark bread). Friday July 3 there is a concert with Jamie Cullum at 22.00, included in the entrance ticket.
Rundetårn (The round tower), entrance DKK 25.
The tower is build during the reign of Christian IV (died 1648), the Danish king who built many castles while ruining the country. The tower has no stairs as the king wanted to be able to reach the top on horseback. Today you can only ascend by foot. A true story goes like this: during the visit of the Russian tzar, Christian gave his guest a local sweet. The tzar liked it a lot and asked for more in Russian (`bolsje´). The king like "bolsje" a lot and told the local sweet maker to name the sweets "bolsjer". So be it. A good place to buy those is in Tivoli where there is a shop selling only "bolsjer".
Vor Frelser Kirke kirketårn (Church tower of Our Saviour’s Church), entrance DKK 35.
The tower is 90m tall and you might see far away from there. You will ascend 400 steps by foot whereof the last 130 steps of outside the church tower. Just next to Christiania.