Denmark is one of the three Scandinavian countries along with Norway and Sweden. Centuries ago this was the land of the vikings and now it is actually ranked as no 1 most happiest country in the world. They even have a word to describe the cosy feeling of togetherness which is called Hygge. Hygge is about creating cosy social gatherings and intimate get-togethers with family and friends. It’s the feeling of wellbeing and warm atmospheres. You can also feel the notion of hygge in the streets of Copenhagen as you walk down some of the old narrow, cobbled streets, dating back several hundred years. These streets invite you to intimate walks next to colourful houses, small coffee shops and vintage boutiques.
With our tight schedule as Fabio only gets a week of mid term break plus few days I am going to take request absence we really only have one day to see the Copenhagen. Our flight landed on time at 6am and after sorting out immigration and baggage we changed our clothes into winter gear. Temperature is going to hover around 5 Celsius and it is going to be windy so we have to dress our warmest. The train to from the airport to Nyhavn where we are going to stay is only 20 minutes and our hotel is walking distance to Kongens Nytorv station.
The chilly weather hits us as we get off from the station and it takes a while to get used to.
We decided to stay in Maritime Hotel in Nyhavn area as we only have one day and I would like to stay in the area with the icon view of Copenhagen. Our rooms are not ready as we arrived far too early but the grumpy receptionist allowed us to leave our luggage in the storage area so we can start exploring the city.
We started our walk from Nyhavn around 9 am and going to the direction of the little mermaid, passing thru the canal, castles and palace along the way.
Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. Back then the areas was packed with sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs and ale houses.
Today, the beautiful old houses have been renovated and restaurants dominated the old port. And Nyhavn is now filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and great food. The restaurants are still closed when we passed thru so we will visit them later on our way back.
Our walks takes us thru the Kastellet and the Castle
It is starting to train as we come to Kobenhavn where the little mermaid resides and we finally get to see her
Despite its impressive fame, little mermaid statue is pretty small at only 1.25 meters high. Unveiled on 23 Aug 1913, the little mermaid was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the city of Copenhagen. The sculpture is made of bronze and granite and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young handsome prince on land. The story has a sad ending unlike Disney version of Ariel. Throughout the years, the statue has become the victim of many vandalism acts. her head was stolen in 1964 and 1998; one of the arms was taken off in 1984 and in 2003 she was knocked off with explosives and then recovered from the harbour’s water. This lady is indeed a survivor.
We quickly made our way back to Nyhavn area for lunch and find warm inside before checking in to our Hotel.
In the afternoon after some resting in our room we walked to see the Freetown Christiania. Chritiania is a self proclaimed autonomous district in the Christianshavn neighbourhood. It is an anarchist community on the site of a former military barracks and established as a free town in 1971.
We didn’t spend a long time in Christiania as I am not too comfortable with the atmosphere and we couldn’t take many pictures. There are some areas where we are not allowed to take pictures. In the past I learned that even all pictures are forbidden.
We had a take away in Asian restaurant near hotel instead of dining in. Hubbie and I still had energy to walk so we decided to see Stroget, one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe at 1.1 km long. Stroget has long been one of the most high-profile streets in the city. The pedestrianisation of Strøget in 1962 marked the beginning of a major change in the approach of Copenhagen to urban life; following the success of the initiative the city moved to place a much greater emphasis on pedestrian and bicycle access to the city at the expense of cars. This approach has in turn become internationally influential.
We walked back to our hotel around 9 pm and called it a day as we have to pack and leave for Iceland tomorrow.