Nyhavn is a beautiful waterfront and canal lined with brightly colored 17th and early 18th century buildings, mainly cafes, restaurants, and bars. The canal also harbors many historical wooden ships. This was one of my favorite places in Copenhagen! I first saw Nyhavn with my friend during a boat tour, and then we later returned for a walk.
This is a renaissance castle, which was originally constructed as a summer house in 1606. It is situated in The King's Garden, or The Rosenborg Castle Garden. There are two copper lions just across the moat, at the entrance to the castle. One lion has its mouth open and its tongue sticking out (pictured below). The tongue is wobbly, and legend says that the king had a secret key to the castle lying below the lion's tongue.
Walking Around the City
I enjoyed walking around the streets of Copenhagen. As it is (sort-of) nearing Christmastime, businesses have begun to put up lights and decorations, which made for a cozy atmosphere. One thing I quickly noticed in this city is the bike traffic - There are so many people riding bikes around the city, I think even more than there are in cars!
On Saturday, Emilie and I took a boat tour through the canals of the city. We saw Holmens Church, the Old Stock Exchange, Central Bank, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nyhavn, the National Theater, Marble Church, Opera House, The Little Mermaid, Christianshavns Canal, Our Saviours Church, and Holmens Church, among other sites.
The Little Mermaid
Old Stock Exchange
Copenhagen has several lakes near the city center, lined with paths that we walked along. I especially loved seeing the swans that inhabit the lakes.
The Marble Church and Amalienborg Palaces
There are four Amalienborg Palaces around the courtyard, and over the years, various kings and their families have resided here. Currently two of the palaces are homes for the Queen and the Crown Prince. Just outside the courtyard, there is the Marble Church, or Frekerik's Church.
The Marble Church
Catching Up With Old Friends
While in Copenhagen, I was able to spend time with friends that I hadn't seen since my time at the orphanage in Honduras! We went out for dinner and then drinks at the coziest little wine bar afterwards.
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