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Sweden and Denmark and hockey, oh my!- Copenhagen, Denmark

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Off to Copenhagen today! We took the early morning tram to Gothenburg central station and then boarded the train to Copenhagen. Riding by train would be far preferable to air if you had a choice. Lots of leg room and windows, air circulation is good and seats are comfortable enough to sleep in.
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We talked to a couple, who work in Malmo, for more than an hour. The conversation ranged from politics to sports and weather. Differences between Canadians and Swedes as well as some discussion about Americans and places to visit.
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We arrived in Copenhagen 15 min late and found our hotel right beside the train station. The Hotel Astoria is a beautifully restored hotel that was originally used for overnight stays for train conductors. The details like the elevator, doors and windows/balconies were beautifully preserved. We were in a room with 2 balconies. The bed was a little hard for our comfort but we slept well.
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We immediately went out in search of something to eat. We headed toward our first stop which was the Rosenberg Castle and found a good ‘ol McDonalds. On our way, we walked down very old streets and squares. Some churches, some government buildings and many diverse people. It was far more diverse than Gothenburg. It had a young hippie vibe to it.
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There was also more garbage around. And more graffiti. Not the type of place to be casual about your wallet.

Copenhagen is definitely a bicycle city. There were bikes everywhere and many of them not locked up. When I say many, I mean hundreds!
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We arrived at Rosenborg Castle right in time for our tickets and were ushered right in. If you ever have the choice to buy ticketed entry or not, buy tickets. Many others were in line and we stepped right in front. We got there at 2:20 and toured the castle until 3:45. They closed at 4:00 and we had just enough time to look in the gift shop before they closed.
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Here are a selection of the pictures from the Castle. King Christian IV of Denmark lived in the castle and had it built in 1606 asa summer house.
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Christian IV was one of the most colourful and popular kings in Danish history. He was very interested in culture, not least music. He was a very active builder too; during his reign several new towns were founded and many important buildings were erected, for example the Børsen, the Round Tower and Rosenborg, where he died. His reign was marked with many wars and struggles with the neighbouring countries, like Sweden.

It was apparent that Christian IV had a very large ego. There are pictures of him everywhere!IMG_0447.jpeg
The details in the carved wood work and the s and tapestries hanging were so opulent.
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The stairs are a central spiral staircase.
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The basement level, which is accessed from the outside, is the treasury. The Crown Jewels and treasures of the Danish Monarchy are still housed there today. As you can see, some of the jewelry was being used by Queen Margrethe II at the moment. As a result of its active nature, there are military guards on duty all the time.
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After leaving the castle, we walked to Nyhavn which is a 17th century waterfront with shops, restaurants, sailing ships and colourful houses. This is the area where Hans Christian Andersen lived and wrote his Fairy Tales like The Little Mermaid.
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Many restaurants have outside tables and basement inside dining. We had dinner at a pizzeria which was very small but the pizza was very good.
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Because we only had the evening to get a sense of the city, we decided to do a canal tour. It was dark but we didn’t get a sense of the city and learned a lot. The guide shone lights on the building he was talking about which didn’t make for great pictures. On our way back to the hotel we passed some of the buildings and therefore had some information about them.
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There is a statue of the Little Mermaid at the north part of the harbour. We saw her back from the water.
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There are many low bridges we went under as we worked our way through the canals. The city built the canals so that the fisherman at the time could bring their catch into the city for selling. This street is where the fish markets were.
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Our canal ride was inside so we were warm but outside it was getting chilly. Before heading back to the hotel, we got some hot cocoa with Baileys and some Glogg (mulled wine)
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Some buildings were lit up like a party! This is the Guinness World Record Museum.
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On the walk back we ended up walking down some of the quieter streets. We weren’t exactly lost. We were heading in the right direction but maybe not in the most direct way. As we got closer to the hotel it got busier with people again because we were nearing Tivoli which is an amusement park like Liseberg. We did not go into it (we had already walked 12 kms!) but saw the lights and heard the sounds of the rides.
We did get some street food though. We each got a hotdog from different vendors.

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During the evening, we saw and heard a lot of fireworks. Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and fireworks in the streets is a literal thing here in Copenhagen. We saw 2 people walking around with a bucket and fireworks and setting them off on sidewalks. It happened all evening on and off until midnight when they set the rest off in front of the Central Station.
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I’m sure that there is more to see in Copenhagen but we feel like we’ve seen enough for now. We got a good sense of the city and the people.

Posted by blgracey 12:16 Archived in Denmark

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I really liked Copenhagen ... we never got into the Rosenborg castle because of the long waiting line ... thanks to your pictures I have an idea how it looks like ... so thanks! :)

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