A wharf, a statue and the order of the elephant
My absolute favourite spot in Copenhagen was Nyhavn, the colourful wharf that is a flurry of activity. Lined with restaurants, outdoor cafes, hotels and shops, it was busy both day and night and was the perfect spot to people watch. We spent time in this section of the city every day of our visit and it was the canal port of our boat tour. Even Danish author Hans Christian Andersen made his home here. At the end of Nyhavn is the Royal Danish Playhouse, from which there are great views of the Royal Danish Oprah House across the river.
Further along the waterfront, we came across the Copenhagen International Sand Sculpture Festival. The sculptures were great and hard to believe they were just held together with water.
The most recognizable sculpture in Copenhagen though, is the Little Mermaid. The 1913 sculpture sits at the edge of the harbour, modeled after the prima ballerina Ellen Price and the sculptor’s wife, Eline Eriksen. Droves of tour buses and countless canal boats visit this site each day.
Another treat was visiting Amalienborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle. Amalienborg Palace is the winter one of the Danish royal family and even though we didn’t get a glimpse of Queen Margrethe II, we did enjoy the grounds and witnessed the changing of the Royal Life Guards.
Rosenborg is a 17th century renaissance castle that was used a summer residence until the 19th century. It currently houses a museum of the Danish royal regalia, including the crown jewels and memorabilia of the Order of the Elephant, the highest order of Denmark, dating back to the 16th century. It was amazing to see so many decorative elephants used throughout the castle.
Our final stop in Copenhagen was to a bakery for danishes!!! A tasty treat before we headed back to the apartment. Sadly Andrew flew back to Brussels for work this morning but Alison and I are continuing our adventures this week in Berlin.