Saturday, April 04, 2009

Copenhagen Denmark

Finally, train tickets that I have booked months ago will be used. We set off early in the morning for a little over 6 hour journey to the capital of Denmark as part of my massive Europe voyage this year.


The Mermaid

The first attraction that everyone visits is the Mermaid Statue along the river. Its status is the same like the Eiffel Tower is associated to Paris. I must say that it was a long but scenic walk from the city center.


The second most visited location after Tivoli Gardens happen to be Christiania. I did not realized its existence until I picked up a brochure in the tourist office which mentioned it. I could not take much pictures within the main street as it is not allowed within the free town. Here is more explanation courtesy of Wikipedia:

"Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania (Danish: Fristaden Christiania) is a partially self-governing neighbourhood of about 850 residents, covering 34 hectares (85 acres) in the borough of Christianshavn in the Danish capital Copenhagen. Christiania has established semi-legal status as an independent community, but has been a source of controversy since its creation in a squatted military area in 1971. Its open cannabis trade was tolerated by authorities until 2004. Since then, measures for normalising the legal status of the community have led to conflicts, and negotiations are ongoing"

The Opera House

The Royal Guard

With lack of research, I was very lucky to stumbled upon the changing of guards which happens daily at 12 noon. The crowd was not as large as London's but it gives you intimacy.

Gefion Sculpture

The Round Tower

The round tower offers great view of the city and is one of the oldest observatory in the world.

Stock Exchange

The roof of the stock exchange attracted me. It features three dragons with their tails swirl around each other to form a spiral. The three dragons represents Denmark, Sweden and Norway. All three scandinavia countries.

As a summary, I enjoy the city very much and would highly recommend it for a weekend getaway. Although it may not be a cheap destination to go, everything else makes up for it!

TIP: If you plan to visit the city, have a long weekend which end late Sunday or early Monday as most attractions are closed on Mondays. The national museums are free to enter and the following website offers a 3D map, whereby physical prints of it can be obtained at major tourist attractions throughout the city.

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