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Over The Öresund Bridge To Copenhagen

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After spending the afternoon in Malmö, I’ll hop across the Öresund Bridge to the Danish capital of Copenhagen, located on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager.

Like with all my trips, I don’t want to set a strict itinerary, but rather just a list of some of top places that I would like to see. Of course, I want to be open to heading off the beaten path too!

Nyhavn

Nyhavn. Taken by Greenland Travel via Flickr.
Nyhavn. Taken by Greenland Travel via Flickr.

One of the most iconic images of Copenhagen, this area used to be a commercial port packed with ships from all over the world. Today, Nyhavn is an ideal spot to hang during the summertime (sadly for me). However… I’ve read that it’s really beautiful around Christmas time as well, when the old homes have been decorated with twinkling lights.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid. Taken by News Oresund via Flickr.
The Little Mermaid. Taken by News Oresund via Flickr.

Located at Langelinje Pier, is a tiny little lady inspired by famous Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land. It was sculpted in bronze and granite by Edvard Eriksen and has sat in the same spot since August 23, 2013. For over a 100 years she’s been sitting by the water welcoming travelers into Copenhagen Harbor and I’m excited to see her!

Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace. Taken by Robert Cutts via Flickr.
Amalienborg Palace. Taken by Robert Cutts via Flickr.
Changing of the Royal Guards. Taken by tsaiproject via Flickr.
Changing of the Royal Guards. Taken by tsaiproject via Flickr.

This collection of four identical buildings (Christian VII’s Palace, Christian VIII’s Palace, Frederik VIII’s Palace and Christian IX’s Palace) is considered on of the greatest works of Danish Rococco architecture dating back to the 1700s. Though I probably won’t head inside, I may make it for the Changing of The Royal Guard ceremony which takes place each day at 12:00 noon. Depending on which members of the Royal family are home, the types of watches varies.

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens Entrance. Taken by Joe deSousa via Flickr.
Tivoli Gardens Entrance. Taken by Joe deSousa via Flickr.

Founded in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is an iconic amusement park that is not only an national treasure but an international attraction. Sadly I won’t be going on any of the rides since I believe that section is closed for the season. However, I hope to check out some of the architecture and historic buildings. Also, during the Christmas and New Year season the park is super decorated, so maybe I can catch the end of that. In case everything is over, I guess I’ll have to go back in the summer!

Strøget Shopping Street

One of Europe’s largest pedestrian streets, Strøget is in the heart of the city, running from the Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square) to Kongens Nytorv (King’s New Square). While this section is most famous for shopping, I probably won’t be doing much of that. Instead, I plan to just stroll along, perhaps stopping on one of the side streets to check out some of Copenhagen’s beautiful sites.

Any suggestion for what is a must-see? Any tips or hints for places off the beaten path?

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