August 8 & 9, 2018: Copenhagen, Denmark
On August 7th, my family and I flew from Boston to Iceland and then from Iceland to Copenhagen to kick off our European vacation.
We arrived in Copenhagen on the evening of the 8th and ate dinner at Cocks & Cows, a burger restaurant located a block from the City Hall square. It was DELICIOUS and had really good salt and vinegar fries! We walked to City Hall before returning to our hotel to rest after a long travel day.
Our hotel was conveniently located downtown, but since very few places in Copenhagen use air conditioning (maybe Denmark is a little too green!), we had to keep the windows open and it was quite noisy, so be aware of this if you are visiting!
After breakfast the next morning our first stop was Nyhavn, the oh so Instagrammable colorful harbor that appears on almost every Copenhagen postcard. Nyhavn means “new harbor” and is easily accessible by walking on the Stroget, or pedestrian street, through the city.
Our next stop was Christianburg Palace, a beautiful and historical landmark in Copenhagen where the current seat of government resides. We bought a ticket that allowed us to tour the palace, ruins of the old castle, the royal kitchen, and the royal stables.
From there we walked across the street to the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s very unique Danish amusement park. My sister and I rode a rollercoaster, a swing ride, and played games. We met up with my parents for lunch at one of the several local restaurants located within the gardens. All together we spent about 4 hours there, which wasn’t enough time for all the rides, but enough to walk around and experience the best that the park has to offer. If you ever come to Copenhagen, a visit to this park is a MUST!
Pro-tip: Visit the Gardens at night! Everything is lit up and there are nightly shows and attractions. Tivoli is open until 11 pm.
After the gardens we took a taxi to Copenhagen’s cruise ship terminal to board the Norwegian Breakaway for our nine-day cruise around the Baltic Sea.
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