we’ve met several folks who plan to travel there soon.
This post is dedicated to these fellow world-travelers.
Before our trip, I read through a variety of travel books.
Every author had his/her own idea of the must-see sites. Here’s the Obery list - as inspired by our summer visit:
1) The Round Tower
Imagine viewing the heart of old Copenhagen from 35 meters above street level. Now imagine enjoying this view without having to climb hundreds of stairs or use an elevator. This is exactly what you get when walking up the gently sloped spiral walkway that winds up this historic tower.
2) Netto Boats
One hour, $6, and a view of the Copenhagen harbor – what a deal! This guided tour runs daily and picks up passengers at two central locations, with no reservations needed. Beat the crowds by boarding at Holmens Church (opposite the old Stock-Exchange).
The National Gallery of Denmark has art and art and art and more art. It also has an amazingly peaceful café with amazingly delicious food and a children’s playroom that truly rocks. It's a city spot with something for everyone. Admission (to most exhibits) is free and the Museum is open late on Wednesdays.
I recently read an author describe Christiania as Brooklyn’s Prospect Park taken over by the Rainbow family with a dollop of Scandinavian whimsy, engineering skills and democracy. A forty year social experiment that continues today - Be sure to catch the guided tour (in English) on Sunday at 3pm.
5) Rosenborg Castle
Denmark has castles – many castles. I have kids – two active kids. So…. I did my research and decided that our single palace tour would be of Rosenborg. Besides being conveniently located in the heart of Copenhagen, this castle is packed full with a powerful punch: a moat, crown jewels, old paintings, painted china, expansive garden, and swans. I highly recommend it.
6) Changing of the guard at Amalienborg
When the queen is in residence, the changing of the guard includes the Band of Royal Danish Life Guards and is quite a show. The guards depart from Rosenborg Castle at 11:30am and arrive at Amalienborg at Noon. Take a picnic to enjoy on the nearby boardwalk after all the excitement has passed.
Biking (or taking the Metro) to this local beach is a lovely ride in itself. Just five kilometers from downtown Copenhagen, you feel far from urban life. Standing on the beautiful beach you will see a row of windmills, Sweden, a variety of wildlife, and Danes soaking in the sun while enjoying soft ice.
Dipping our toes into the water
(and then dodging the scurrying crabs)
is one of my favorite memories.
Named "The Farm" this Copenhagen public playground should translate to: the best public playground in the entire world! It has a petting zoo, bikes, toys, wagon rides, a zip line, a castle, shade trees, picnic tables, paddleball and climbing structures galore. If you have kids - you must visit.
Half way around the world and still I find love in the public library. As well as a fabulous (air conditioned) children's area, the library has computers with free internet right inside the main door. That provides fun and the chance to email folks back home all in one stop.
10) Copenhagen Zoo
Just a ten minute bus ride from downtown sits this fabulous zoo. Lions and tigers and bears AND penguins and cows and more! Enjoy!