jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 93 [02 May 09] – Copenhagen

Posted in Copenhagen by jn82 on May 2, 2009

Today was a pretty chill day as we just got onto the tourist bus again and headed out to a few places only. We covered most of the main sites in the city centre area over the last two days, so the places we went to today were those which are out of walking distance.

The first place we got to was the little mermaid statue. This is probably Copenhagen’s most famous tourist site, and there were so many kids here yesterday afternoon that we specially got onto the bus again early this morning (okay 10am is not that early) in the hope that there will be less tourists here today. The statue is about the size of an average girl, and it sits on a big rock surrounded my smaller rocks facing the water. This would actually be a very nice setting except for the fact that there are power stations with huge smoke stacks in the background! Poor little mermaid, having to look at these objects of pollution everyday.

The Little Mermaid.

There were much fewer tourists and kids here today, so we managed to get our pictures after waiting about 15 minutes for everyone else to take theirs. I really detest other tourists and the little kids who climb all over the place.

Back on the bus, we stopped only a few minutes later at the very nice area of Nyhavn. There are many bars, restaurants and cafes situated in very colourful buildings that face a harbour. We were just here to snap a few pictures before jumping back on the next bus.

Nyhavn.

Heading back to the city centre on the “mermaid” route tour bus, we changed to the “Carlsberg” route bus and headed to, you guessed it, the old Carlsberg brewery, which is now just more of a visitor centre and only brews the specilised range of Jacobson beers. Having been to countless wineries and beer breweries, we were familiar with the instruments and process of alcohol making, so this was pretty boring. I can tell you that the name Carlsberg originated from J.C. Jacobson (the founder) naming the beer after his son Carl and the hilly area (berg) that the brewery is situated upon. The visitor holds the world record for containing the most number of different beer bottles.

Some of the 18,000+ (and counting) beer bottles from around the world.

The Carlsberg visitor centre.

The highlight of the trip was probably the two free beers we get at the end of the tour. Okay, not actually free because the tour cost 60kr. I decided to have a glass of Carl’s Ale and a Jacobson’s Limited Edition, which were not that nice.

As I said, a pretty chill day with not much walking around. Tomorrow, we are on the train for most of the day from Copenhagen to Oslo.

Today’s pictures here.

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