For our final full day in Copenhagen we had saved the city’s most popular sights. We started the morning in picturesque Nyhavn, a 17th-century harbour lined with brightly coloured townhouses and traditional wooden boats. If there is one thing to see when visiting Copenhagen, this is it. At the end of the harbour you will find Skuespilhuset, the Royal Danish Playhouse, with views across to the impressive Opera House. Continue across the Inderhavnsbroen bridge and you will find yourself in trendy Christianshavn, home to the world renowned restaurant Noma. If you don’t want to re-mortgage your house to eat, head to Paper Island for Copenhagen’s Street Food Market (which was sadly closed while we were there).
As we explored the Playhouse pier we managed to stumble upon a marching band and followed the crowds into Amalienborg, an octagonal courtyard where the Danish Royal family reside. We didn’t have a clue what was going on for most of it, but eventually worked out that it was an elaborate changing of the guard.
After a quick look in Frederik’s Church, we walked along to the Langelinie Promenade, where we found a certain bronze statue. Den Lille Havfrue, or The Little Mermaid, might be small but it is beautiful nonetheless. As you can see from the photos below it was a busy spot, even on a cold Winter’s day, so expect big crowds. A useful platform, however, means the you can just about manage to get that all important photograph without including the tops of people’s heads.
We ended our stay in Copenhagen riding the rollercoasters and watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks back at Tivoli Gardens, the perfect end to a fantastic trip.