A Guide to Copenhagen ~ Denmark!
Copenhagen is a beautiful city that is seen in the photograph above. As mentioned earlier, it is the capital of Denmark. Via this post, I will be your Copenhagen City Guide. Denmark is a kingdom having its share of kings and queens in the past years. The royalty was concerned with making the city beautiful with its architectural buildings. Instead of focusing on the war, one of the kings was in love with decorating the city. Copenhagen is known for its Canals, Cycling Culture, Strong Economy & Happy Locals. We have already taken a Canal Tour of Copenhagen Sea Harbor. We even saw Nyhavn & the Little Mermaid on the Rock statue. Now, let’s wander on foot to check out other attractions/places of interest!
Did you know?? It is known as the Happiest City in the World!
This is because Denmark has:
- Shorter Workdays
- Free College Tuition (Govt. Funded)
- Increased Vacation Days
- Increased Levels of Personal Interaction
- Healthy Lifestyle (Using Bicycle to Work)
How Did I land in Copenhagen?
I had arrived by Norwegian Air from Prague Airport. Earlier, my original destination was Prague, when flown from Delhi. It was a great flight with delicious snacks! The flight was for only 2 hours duration. It was a short flight from the Czech Republic. I could view the sea and the Danish Peninsula, from the edge of the window seat! If you fly, always request for the window seat. Window Seats are always comfortable. Also, you can check out the scenery during the day-time.
Now, Let’s become a Tourist!
Where I am standing, you are looking at SORTEDAM LAKE. There are many lakes and Sortedam is one of them. You can see many migratory birds (Heron, for example) that will roam around in this lake, looking for fish or other aquatic food.
Let’s take you to KING’S GARDEN! King’s Garden or ‘Rosenberg Garden’ was constructed during the rule of King Christian IV. The garden was made as an aesthetic beauty to complement his ‘Rosenberg Palace‘ or known as the ‘Pleasure Place’. From this lake, keep going straight and take a left to the traffic light intersection and straight again from there. You will arrive at your destination at ~ King’s Garden.
Børsen ~ Danish Stock Exchange
Børsen (Danish for “the Exchange”), also known as Børsbygningen (“The (Stock) Exchange building” in English), is a 17th-century stock exchange in the center of Copenhagen. The historic building is situated next to Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Parliament, on the island of Slotsholmen. It is a popular tourist attraction. Børsen is most noted for its distinctive spire, shaped as the tails of four dragons twined together, reaching a height of 56 meters.
Built under the reign of Christian IV in 1619–1640, the building is considered a leading example of the Dutch Renaissance style in Denmark. It is a protected building for conservation purposes. It now serves as the Danish Chamber of Commerce.
Folketing ~ Danish Parliament
The Danish Parliament (structure seen above) is also known as “Folketing” to the Danish citizens. It is the only unicameral national legislature of Denmark, The Faroe Islands & Greenland. It stands tall against the Christiansborg Palace of Denmark.
Church of our Savior
The Baroque-style church, designed by Vor Frelsers Kirke, is famous for its spiral spire and exterior staircase. Climbing the 90-meter tower is an experience in itself; 400 steps in all, the last 150 on the outside. The reward at the top is a stunning panoramic view over Copenhagen. Also of interest are the baptismal font, donated in 1700 by the Countess Elisabeth Helene von Vieregg, and the organ from 1696.
Directions: By metro, Christianshavn St. Station (lines M1 and M2). By bus, stopping at Christianshavn St. (lines 9A)
Opening Hours: Every day, 11:00 to 15:30
Entry Fee: Free
Reference Source: https://www.tui.in/destinations/copenhagen/church-of-our-saviour
Niels Bohr Insititute – Københavns Universitet
Niels Bohr Institute is a research institute at Copenhagen University. It was so exciting to go inside the university (through a friend whose friend had access to the institute). Otherwise, you are not allowed. But, guess what? I got to see the class where Einstein (whose Theory of Relativity is famous) & our very own Aryabhatta (person who had invented 0 number) had studied together. The very same blackboard still exists today. This institute was founded, by Danish Theoretical Physicist ‘Niels Bohr’ in 1921 as an institution to study Theoretical Physics.