COPENHAGEN DENMARK – Oh, Copenhagen how you charm me, with your cobblestone streets, architecture dating from the middle ages and attitude for healthy living! I so love strolling down Strøget, one of the longest shopping streets in Europe, dipping into boutiques and people watching while sipping a latte from Baresso. Chilling at my sidewalk table, listening to street musicians performing to passerby in the Amagertorv square is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
I could sit here all day, if Nyhavn, the 17th-century waterfront cafe district with its colorful buildings and picturesque canal wasn’t beckoning me. Standing on the bridge looking down Nyhavn is one of the most iconic photo spots of Copenhagen. As canal tours leisurely float past the cafes and bars lining the colorful canal, tourists vie for the best pic in front of buildings that date from 1681. Part of the canal is a veteran ship and museum harbor and is lined with old wooden ships. At the opposite end sits a large, memorial anchor honoring Danish sailors.
Walking back toward the center of the city, I come across a large circular building. The Rundetarn (Round Tower), built between 1635 and 1642 as an astronomical observatory is now a historical monument and observation tower. You can buy a ticket and walk to the top along a very unique spiral ramp instead of stairs. The views from the top are spectacular! History says that Peter the Great ascended the staircase on horseback during his visit in 1716.
When I feel the need to get away from the bustling city, I head over to Kings Garden. A large park and sculpture garden that also features the Rosenborg Castle, a renaissance castle built in 1606. This park has many sculptures and lovely tree lined walkways and wide open green space. I like to chill out for a quiet stroll. Some of the sculpture dates back to the 1600’s!
Sometimes I find myself far out of the city center. A wondrous place, with mermaids and islands in the shape of stars! Of course, this is the place of the iconic Little Mermaid statue, the very symbol of the city. The Little Mermaid statue is located at Langelinie promenade, perched on a rock at the waterside. Have yourself a look, get a picture if you can because the statue is usually surrounded by busloads of tourists.
Very near the Little Mermaid is another cool spot for a casual walk. The Kastellet is a fortress island in the shape of a star surrounded by a moat built in 1662. Its still a military outpost but its mainly a public park and historic site open to the public. On the grounds sits a large beautiful windmill. It serves as a great photo op, but it also has some interesting history. The park has plenty of open spaces and wildlife. Perfect for a sunny stroll.