Upon arriving in Copenhagen and finding our AirBnb, Danielle and I joined a walking tour to begin our first Scandinavian adventure. We were amazed how close to the royal family’s residence, Amalienborg Palace the public could get and watched the guards march to and fro. The highlight was Nyhavn, which looked just like a postcard, the sun shining brightly on the coloured buildings.
On Saturday, we climbed the Rundetaarn, a 17th century structure. Definitely worth climbing, as it was such a unique structure and provided a great view of the city. We went for lunch at Greenburger, an all-vegan burger joint, which was amazing and highly recommended.
We headed to Tivoli mid afternoon, with the intention of staying till dark to see the illuminations on the lake. As it was the Saturday before Halloween, the place was packed with witches and ghouls. It looked particularly magical with huge piles of pumpkins around every turn.
We went on two rides at Tivoli; the ferris wheel and the Flying Trunk, a Hans Christian Anderson themed ride. Unfortunately, we realised only too late that it was narrated in Danish so we just guessed which fairy tales were depicted. My favourite part of our visit was the illuminations on the lake. A dazzling spectacle of smoke, water, lights, fire and music, it was pretty magic.
Our final day was spent with a new friend, visiting the Little Mermaid and Christiania. I had scoffed at the Little Mermaid statue, as I’d heard it was underwhelming, but I’m glad we saw her. Even if we did have to dodge a few selfie sticks and pushy American tourists.