Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Charm of Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a very small city where I could almost instantly feel the Danes' warmth despite the chilly weather. Right from the very beginning, I enjoyed interacting with the Danes, and was pleasantly surprised to find that they are a very friendly and helpful lot. Usually people say that the further up you go, the "colder" people tend to be, and in my experience, this was not true! In fact, the people I have met in all the northern areas of Europe were lovely and charming. People's hospitality is one of the biggest influences on our holidays, and definitely enhances our experience in a foreign country. Copenhagen proved to be a great city with very hospitable people, and made my entire experience an unforgettable one.

The city itself, I felt, could be visited in just 2 days - if you are not too keen on museums like me. While the city has many interesting sites to visit, it is not huge (like Paris), and so, it is easy to cover most places within a couple of days. I never used public transport to get around other than the train from the airport to my hotel in the city centre. So, just make sure you've got good walking shoes.

The main places I wanted to see were Tivoli Garden, the Little Mermaid, Rosenborg Palace, Nyhavn, Amalienborg Palace, and Christianshavn. Unfortunately, although I was only literally 3 minutes away from Tivoli, I couldn't visit it as it was only opening on the 15th April. Also, the Little Mermaid was away on holiday in Shanghai (hehe) and will be there till November this year, so I missed on that too :(. I did manage to see the rest of the places and was able to take my time to enjoy each place.

My favorite place in Copenhagen was Nyhavn, known as New Harbor in English. There's just something about those colorful houses lined up one after another along the canal filled with boats! During the day, the numerous cafes and restaurants quickly started to fill with people. I took a harbor cruise to have a glance of the different sites in Copenhagen. It was lovely going through the different canals. I could see that there was a good mix of modern and traditional architecture.

I also really enjoyed exploring the Rosenborg Palace area, with its beautiful park. Lots of families and kids were enjoying the sunny weather by picnicking, and the flowers were slowly starting to bloom. The palace itself is in Renaissance style and had a majestic presence.

One of the most striking things about Copenhagen is that the city is full of cyclists, and I really mean that! There are bicycle lanes on main roads, everywhere I turned, I saw cyclists coming from all directions. I guess cities with canals are popular amongst cyclists! Amsterdam also has lots of cyclists. I did think about renting a bike, but being so windy and cold, I thought walking would be a better option! But you know that if you go in the summer, it is a lovely place to bike around!

Do keep reading for more information about Copenhagen sightseeing, coming up next!


Christiane TREVE said...

What a beautiful jump, Preethi and what an efficient photographer !!!!

DVD said...

Ya nice jump, it seems you have been stuck to the picture !!!


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