Travel Journal

Copenhagen and Tivoli

(Monday 22 November 2010) by Jill's travels
We are in Copenhagen, arrived a week ago and had our first flurry of snow and freezing temperatures! We are staying at the Absalon Camping Site in Rodovre (named after Bishop Absalon who founded Copenhagen in 1167) just 15 km from the centre of Copenhagen. It is a typical City campsite although the facilities are warm, clean and more than adequate. Edwina and Steve, Alan’s Sister and Hubby came to see us here and stayed in one of their little cabins, very cute and really good value. We all wanted to see the City and also Tivoli, the amusement park, so we got the train to Copenhagen which took us 10 minutes to walk and a further 15 minutes to get there. The train stops just outside Tivoli amusement park which is the start of one of the longest shopping streets in Europe, Stroget 1080 metres, yey. We stopped of at the Tourist Information Centre which was close by and picked up a map of a self-guided tour of the City, so Alan navigated with the help of Edwina. The atmosphere was lovely, they were just switching on the Christmas lights when we were there and so it was buzzing. We walked along Kongens Nytorv which was full of stately mansions and Nyhavn the old port with its quaint old houses and market stalls. The market stalls were more expensive than the typical UK markets but probably due to their unique products. We walked onto the Round Tower which cost �2.50 to walk to the top and get a great view of the City. It is an observatory, one of the most popular structures in Denmark and has been a distinctive feature of the Copenhagen skyline since 1642. The next day we finished off the walk intending to see Tivoli by night. We caught the train to Osterport and walked along the Citadel which is a fortress with Nyboder naval housing from 1600’s and where all the locals took advantage to jog around. We eventually got to the little Mermaid, she had been loaned to Shanghai for the World Expo 2010 and we couldn’t believe our luck,she had been returned the day before for us to see, great timing. We got there to see a crowd waiting in turn to have their photo taken with her so, we joined the queue. We then walked a little while and stumbled across the Gefion Fountain which is the city’s most spectacular fountain. By this time, It was getting quite dark and decided it was time to see Tivoli by night. It cost �7 each to get in and it was well worth it. There must have been a million lights and trees, Christmassy stuff to buy and cafes and restaurants in the most amazing setting. There were roller coasters, carousels, ice sculptures, santas grottos and a lake where people could just soak in the atmosphere, it was a very nice place to be. We left around 7.30pm hungry and manage to find a pub along the Stroget. The fish and chips and pie and chips looked very good and a reasonable price so, we stopped a while. Caught the 9pm train back, what a great day. We said goodbye to Edwina and Steve today and will be reminded of their stay everytime we tuck into the many packs of bacon and cheeses they had kindly brought for us and the unexpected Christmas pud with brandy sauce that she produced from the bottomless bag! Thank you both.

Well, time to move on, next stop Sweden. Best wishes xxx

  • Edwina & Stephen by The Sunleys
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