Copenhagen Diaries: Sights

Nyhavn

Wearing: Topshop denim jacket / Ellen & James bag

The brightly coloured townhouses facing the canal house bars, cafés and restaurants. It was lovely to walk along the canal and take in the sights. Keep an eye out for No. 18 and 67 where Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish writer known for his fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and Thumbelina, previously lived.

The Little Mermaid

The bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen was based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. It was smaller than I'd expected. For some reason, it reminds me of the poem Heart Apnea by Sierra DeMulder, particularly the last three lines:

I want to ask him: am I the ocean?
Are you drowning in everything
I don’t say when I’m awake?

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world (the oldest is also located in Denmark). Despite that, it's very well-maintained and doesn't look dated at all. It's smaller than Disneyland and Universal Studios but well worth a visit.

Rundetaarn

Rundetaarn is an observatory tower with a wide equestrian staircase which means that instead of the usual steps, there's a gently sloping flat surface so that horses can climb it as well. I find this easier to climb than the narrow and steep staircases commonly found in old towers in Europe. Once you're at the top, you're rewarded with expansive views of Copenhagen. Nearby Rundetaarn is Strøget, Copenhagen's equivalent of Oxford Street, where you can find lots of international and Scandinavian brands. If you like Scandinavian interior design, do check out HAY House.

Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)

The museum has a large collection of European art, which naturally focuses on Scandinavian art. There's also a small modern French collection with works from artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Derain and Braque.

National Museum of Denmark

This is Denmark's largest museum of cultural history, comprising the histories of Danish and foreign cultures alike.

Rosenborg Castle

This is a renaissance castle with beautiful exterior and interior. The surrounding gardens are pretty too.

Christiansborg Palace

This is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister's Office and the Supreme Court of Denmark. Several parts of the palace are used by the Danish monarch, including the Royal Reception Rooms, the Palace Chapel and the Royal Stables, which are open to visitors. It's much bigger and grander than Rosenborg Castle, but I enjoyed visiting both.

Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady)

This is the cathedral of Copenhagen and its relatively clean and simple architecture was refreshing compared to the grander and more elaborate cathedrals that I've visited across Europe.

We also visited Freetown Christiania, a self-proclaimed autonomous anarchist district with around 1,000 residents. When you enter it, there's a distinct 70s hippie feel to it. It was so surreal; it felt like we travelled back in time. I didn't take any photos because it's advisable not to. I can see why as I found the place really rough and dodgy. I could see many people openly selling and buying weed. If you're thinking of visiting, I would advise going during the daytime and with a group or at least another person.