June 13, 2008. Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and is Scandinavia's largest city. It is also Europe's oldest city. The current Queen, Margrethe II, can trace her ancestry back to the viking age. She resides in the center of the city.
Upon disembarking from the Regatta, one of the first things we saw were some typical Danish houses and a big mermaid statue; however, it was not the famous Little Mermaid which we saw a half mile down the harbor. It was a lot smaller than expected.
On the way to see Amalienborg Palace we saw statues and some more houses. Amalienborg is the winter residence of the Royals. The Royal Guard is on duty 24 hours, and relief takes place every day at noon. We were lucky enough to see it.
We continued walking towards the center of town passing by some more Danish houses and canals. In the center of the town there is a stork fountain, which I believe is the symbol of Denmark.
Library and gardens.
Next we took a taxi to the very ornate Carlsberg Brewery which was founded in 1847. The taxi driver pointed to the elephant by the entrance gate. Going in, the elephants looked normal, going out, they looked inebriated by the way they stood.
Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of the brewery, was a devoted patron of the arts and he founded the Ny Carlsberg Glyptopek, which is one of the finest museums in Denmark. We saw some examples of marionettes and a weird clock.
We had al fresco lunch in this restaurant.
The world famous Stroget, the longest pedestrian street in the world.
The Round Tower was built in 1588 by King Christian IV. It was the first phase of the Trinitatis Complex, which would house an astronomical observatory, a church and a university library. Inside is a unique spiral walk, 209 meters long, which turns around the hollow core of the tower. At the top is a platform, 35 meters above the street with a magnificent view of Copenhagen.
A seamier side of Copehhagen.
The National Museum is THE museum for all of Denmark. One can follow the history of the Danes right down to the present day. It houses a collection of portraits, displays of Danish antique clothes, household articles, toys, as well as replicas of different rooms of Danish households of yore.
One of the last things we saw on the way back to the ship was a statue of Hans Christian Andersen, who was a famous poet and children's book writer.