This post is a little delayed, but I’ve finally compiled the last of my Copenhagen travel photos! If you want a refresher, or want to check out what else there is outside of the city, have a look at my Copenhagen adventures from my first day exploring the city and my second day travelling around the outskirts!
Having spent my second day in Copenhagen travelling around the far edges of the city, I decided to stay a bit closer to my hostel on the third day; fortunately everything I was hoping to see was practically on my doorstep!
Before I left for my trip, I had everything on my list pin pointed on Google Maps (some of the markers you can see here weren’t on my list, and I’m a little bit too lazy to remove them with Photoshop):
I started off in the south west corner of the map, where the Steel House hostel is, ending up first at Copenhagen City Hall:
Copenhagen City Hall, City Hall Square, and Dragon Fountain
The City Hall is, as its name suggests, the city hall of Copenhagen. Built in 1905, it’s one of the tallest buildings in Copenhagen, and is situated right next to Tivoli Gardens (the second oldest theme park in the world). It stands on the edge of City Hall Square, a large square where the dragon fountain also resides.
I didn’t manage to get a photo of the dragon fountain during the daytime as there were brightly coloured tourists standing next to it when I was there… They all looked great, but their clothing didn’t really fit the aesthetic of my photo gallery! I did take one on the way back though, after sunset:
If you stand outside front of City Hall and look towards the fountain to the building beyond it, you’ll see a giant light up thermometer telling you what temperature it is! As you can see from the red line in the background of the photo above, it was hovering around the 0°c mark.
From City Hall, I walked down the busy high street, and came across Kings New Square, which had a busy Christmas market that led all the way to Nyhavn, the famously colourful harbour of Copenhagen. At night, Nyhavn was full of the sounds and smells of Christmas, and by day it was just as full of character, what with the rainbow coloured homes and the busy shops on the streets.
I didn’t get a photo of it, but at the base of the harbour is a giant anchor looking out from the harbour: it’s a monument that commemorates the Danish officers and sailors in service for the Navy, merchant fleet or Allied Forces, who sacrificed their lives during World War II.
The home of the Danish royal family! It’s a grand square surrounding the statue of King Frederik V. It wasn’t busy at all, and there were guards stationed at every entrance to the square. The changing of the guards happened just before I got there at around 12, and although I was told it’s not as grand as the Buckingham Palace guard change it still would have been nice to see!
Also known as the Marble Church: I only walked past after Amaliensborg Palace, but it was striking enough for me to take a photo of it: it reminds me a little of St Paul’s Cathedral back home in London.
Kastellet is a star shaped, man-made island, that was originally a fortress built in the 17th century to guard the approach to the harbour. There are quaint little red buildings in the centre of it with a windmill overlooking them, all within the gorgeously kept grounds.
They were mowing the grass around the grounds when I visited, and the way in which way they did it was quite ingenious: I witnessed them tying the lawnmower to a piece of rope and pulling it up and down as they drove along. Although one of the lawnmowers did get stuck behind a tree, it did a good job up until that point…
Kastellet was probably my favourite part about Copenhagen: it was a stunning place to walk around, and luckily for me the day I visited was refreshingly cool, with iced over lakes glistening under a clear blue sky.
The Little Mermaid
After walking around Kastellet, I stumbled on the Little mermaid statue. There was a huge crowd of tourists surrounding her (and rather disturbingly, posing with their hands on her breasts). I managed to creep in round the side to admire her, and sneak a couple of photos of my own.
St Alban’s Church & Gefion Fountain
St Alban’s Church is just a ten minute walk from the Little Mermaid, on the south eastern edge of Kastellet, and right next to it is Anders Bundgaard’s monumental Gefion Fountain, depicting the Norse goddess Gefion steering some rather stoic oxen.
Rosenborg Castle & the King’s Garden
Rosenborg Castle was like a Disney castle brought in real life! The castle itself and its surrounding gardens were all so stunning, I spent a good while walking around the grounds and taking in the views.
The High Street
I spent a little while walking down the high street, which I explored a little on my first night. It was busy, and had a few Flying Tiger shops dotted around too, one of my favourite shops to visit when I’m out and about.
Rundetaarn literally translates from Danish as “round tower”, and viewing it from the outside, this is most definitely a fitting description!
What is the most fascinating thing about Rundetaarn is that there are no stairs to the top. It’s like a giant slide from top to bottom, although not a steep one at all. This is a panoramic photo I took while I was travelling up the tower:
As an adult, I paid 25DKK to get a ticket inside, and essentially walked up not too steep hill all the way to the top. On the way, there are various windows to stop at to check the view outside! Once you reach the top, you’ll have a gorgeous view, although you do have to climb a staircase to get up there, and it’s one of those awkward thin staircases where the stairs are really slim, so it’ll be helpful if you’re not carrying that much with you, or you might find yourself waiting for a large group to finish coming down the stairs.
They also have toilets near to the top, just before the stairs to the rooftop!
There’s not much to elaborate on here, but from the outside it’s very different to what I was expecting because I was envisioning something more like Frederik’s Church (see above). I didn’t go inside, but I’ve read that the interior is meant to be gorgeous: white arches and white statues dotted around, decorated beautifully but not too intricately like most other cathedrals and churches you might visit.
I came by here as the sun was starting to set, and it reminded me a lot of Frederiksborg castle in Hillerød, except without the green copper roof.
The Børsen is a 17th-century stock exchange in the centre of Copenhagen. I walked past this building by chance, but it really caught my eye: you can’t quite see from the angle of this photo, but this building looks like a unicorn, with a giant twisty horn in the centre of it! You can just about see tip of it behind the statue.
One that I didn’t visit was Tivoli Gardens, although I walked past it often enough that I was tempted! While at Rundetaarn, I bumped into a friend I’d made while on the Castle tour on the second day, and he was raving about Tivoli Gardens saying it was a really nice place.
My friend was saying you’re able to go into the Food hall from the side entrance without having a ticket for the actual amusement park, and apparently the variety and quality of food is fantastic.
There was so much to explore in Copenhagen, that I’m surprised I managed to get through my list in a day. Suffice to say, after walking along the river at sunset, I was very much ready for bed!
Have you been to Copenhagen? If so, what’s your favourite thing to see?