Wednesday, April 14, 2010

More fun in Copenhagen!


Carrying on from my last post, I got to explore several other places in Copenhagen during the rest of my stay there.

Just like how other capital cities have a specific street that is famous for being a commercial street or strictly pedestrian street (Champs-Elysées in Paris, Orchard Road in Singapore, Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul, etc), Copenhagen has its very own charming Strøget. This street is full of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and beautiful buildings and churches, and also leads to many side streets that have so many hidden "treasures" to discover. I walked there everyday that I was there and I loved seeing people just chilling out and having coffee with some great Danish pastry. I would have loved to go shopping there as I spotted some of my favorite stores, but as it was the Easter holiday, most shops were closed:(.



I wanted to get a taste of Danish royalty, so I made my way to Royal Copenhagen where I learnt that the changing of guards event takes place everyday at noon. The Amalienborg Palace with its main church, a massive dome structure, somewhat reminded me of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.



Tourists and locals alike were gathered around the square to see the guards in action. The Danish police were a pleasant change from the stern police we are so used to seeing, as they chatted away with people, often indulging in some humor. I loved it! The guards marched to the square, looking smart in their blue and black uniforms. It was quite different from other changing of the guards sessions I had seen before in that, and to me, it seemed like these guards actually enjoyed putting up a show for us tourists! It was great to watch, and we followed them, like a dog following its master, to every corner of the square:).



After my royal experience, I just wandered around the city and ended up in a beautiful park that led me to Kastellet, which is supposedly one of Northern Europe's best preserved fortications. There were military guards stationed at random places on the site, giving the place a somewhat "uneasy" feel. The pretty little houses, lush park and the windmill made up for it though, and again, it was great to see families relaxing there. It was a lovely stroll, and I felt really relaxed as I took in the wonderful scenery.



Every city has its fair share of notoriety, and Copenhagen is no exception. Christiania in the Christianshavn district of Copenhagen is known as the Free Town, and is supposedly a trendier part of the city. I found this district to share some resemblance with Amsterdam, with its canals and boats, and also the Alsace region of France, as it had very similar colorful wood houses. This area is inhabited by many young people, and is slightly notorious for the younger population being more liberal in their outlook and experimental in their lifetsyle, although I didn't really notice anything different about this place. This district was very peaceful and one thing I really liked was that I could climb up the tower of the Vor Fresler Church, and once I got all the way to the top, I was greeted by a spectacular view of Copenhagen. It reminded me a lot of the view I had from the Galata Tower in Istanbul, where I could see so many mosques and minarets, only here it was tall church towers that dominated the cityscape.



View from Vor Fresler Church:



These were the main highlights of the "things to do/see" in Copenhagen for me, and as you can tell from the photos, I had a great time! Next up, Danish design and architecture!


1 comments:

Danish Boy said...

Again a very instructive article with very nice pictures !

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