jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 91 [30 Apr 09] – Copenhagen

Posted in Copenhagen by jn82 on April 30, 2009

*I will be able to upload pictures again! USB controller still malfunctioning, but I can transfer picture files via my travel mate’s computer and wireless networking.*

After a 16 hour overnight train ride from Amsterdam, we got into Copenhagen this morning around 11am. The train ride was better than expected, as we managed to get the upper bunks on the six bed couchettes (three on each side), so we had ample place to leave our belongings above the door.

After a very short walk from København H, the main train station, we got to out hotel. We could not find any hostel accomodation within our price range and in the city, so had to settle for a S$95 per person twin hotel room. Extremely expensive, but so is everything else in Copenhagen as we will find out over the course of the day.

Once we were done with checking in and emails, we headed to Slotsholmen, an island seperated from the city centre by a moat-like canal on three sides and the harbour on the other side. There are supposedly many things to see here, such as Christiansborg Palace (that comprises of the royal reception chambers Slots-og Ejendomysstyrelsen, parliament and the supreme court), theatre museum (museum of royal coaches), Tøjhusmuseet (armoury museum), ruins of Absalon’s fortress, Thorvldsens museums and the royal library. We could not be bothered checking out so many places, so headed for a guided tour of the royal reception chambers only. This is an ornate Renaissance hall where the queen entertains heads of state. unfortunately no photography allowed inside.

Christiansborg Palace.

Exterior of the royal reception chambers.

Entry point of the royal reception chambers.

The Royal Library gardens.

Thorvaldsens Museum.

The interior of the royal reception chambers was very grand, much like many of the palaces we have seen in other cities. The royal family does not actually stay here, nor have they ever stayed here, and it is used strictly only for official functions. Other parts of the palace are used by the prime minister’s office, the supreme court and when parliament convenes.

After the palace, we just walked around the city for a bit before heading back to the hotel.

City hall.

City centre.

After exploring around the city today, I have the feeling that Copenhagen is a city without much character or identity. Sure you have a few token landmarks such as Tivoli gardens and the little mermaid statue and a well known cafe culture, but apart from that, the city lacks the buzz of many of the other cities we have been to. I hope that I will have a different opinion of the city after the next two days of sightseeing coming up here.

Today’s pictures here.

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