Return to Copenhagen Part 1- Around town, The King’s Gardens and Rosenborg Castle

On Thursday just passed I spent the day over the pond in Denmark, wandering all over Copenhagen. I visited for the first time in July last year when I was visiting Sweden, before I moved here, and I fell in love with the city so returning at some point was a given. With it being Spring and all, we spent a lot of time outside exploring parts of the city we missed the first time.

In this first post, I’m going to show some pictures from around town when we first got there, the King’s Gardens and Rosenborg Castle. In the second post I’ll give a tour of the Botanical Gardens in Copenhagen, along with some funny pictures we took as we left the city to go back to Sweden. Also, if you follow me on Instagram then you’ve already seen these (I figured I took so many they were worth turning into blog posts, so sorry about the doubling up but at least now you can see them bigger, right?).

Let us begin…

In Helsingborg in Sweden, where we caught the ferry to Helsingør in Denmark. From there it's about 45 minutes on the train to the country's capital city.

In Helsingborg in Sweden, where we caught the ferry to Helsingør in Denmark. From there it’s about 45 minutes on the train to the country’s capital city.

Looking out across the water before the ferry left Sweden. Yes, that land in the near distance is Denmark. Europe amazes me.

Looking out across the water before the ferry left Sweden. Yes, that land in the near distance is Denmark. Europe amazes me.

One of the first things we see when walking off the train into Copenhagen. The country is going Eurovision crazy. Unless I misread this sign it begins in 3 days (well, from yesterday).

One of the first things we see when walking off the train into Copenhagen. The city is going Eurovision crazy. Unless I misread this sign it begins in 3 days (well, now it’s probably begun).

What city is complete without a man painted in gold pretending to be a statue? (And as a friend pointed out on Instagram, a 7-11 in the background too). Note the ambiguous flag - does it protrude from the man or the shop?

What city is complete without a man painted in gold pretending to be a statue? (And as a friend pointed out on Instagram, a 7-Eleven in the background too). Note the ambiguous flag – does it protrude from the man or the shop?

Tiniest café ever.

Tiniest café ever.

Bicycles are a big part of city life in all of Northern Europe, as you can see by the multiple bicycle parking lots around the city. In the case of Copenhagen, the bike lanes are through almost the whole city, even having their own traffic lights. I think this is really quite awesome and should become a feature of all major cities, if any country claims to be environmentally progressive.

Bicycles are a big part of city life in all of Northern Europe, as you can see by the multiple bicycle parking lots around the city. In the case of Copenhagen, the bike lanes are through almost the whole city, even having their own traffic lights. I think this is really quite awesome and should become a feature of all major cities.

Out the front of the Royal Theatre. I love the architecture here - it's quite spectacular for somebody who has grown up outside of Europe.

Out the front of the Royal Theatre. I love the architecture here – it’s quite spectacular for somebody who has grown up outside of Europe.

Is this not the best ad for Coke ever? This is probably true about the bike lanes, too. It also claims on the side of the ad that Denmark is the happiest country in the world - this wouldn't surprise me if it were true either, people seem very happy here.

Is this not the best ad for Coke ever? This is probably true about the bike lanes, too. It also claims on the side of the ad that Denmark is the happiest country in the world – this wouldn’t surprise me if it were true either – people seem very happy here.

A quick stop for lunch by the water at the oldest building on this little strip (built in 1681). I just love how colourful this part of the city is. I think it's called New Haven but I could be wrong.

A quick stop for lunch by the water at the oldest building on this little strip (built in 1681). I just love how colourful this part of the city is. I think it’s called New Haven but I could be wrong.

The King's Gardens, with Rosenborg Castle in the distance at the end of the garden. It was the perfect day to be somewhere like this, and lots of people were just lying around, soaking up the sun.

The King’s Gardens, with Rosenborg Castle in the distance at the end of the garden. It was the perfect day to be somewhere like this, and lots of people were just lying around, soaking up the sun.

More of the King's Gardens. I'd love to see how these gardens change through the seasons.

More of the King’s Gardens. I’d love to see how these gardens change through the seasons.

A small information panel on Rosenborg Castle (obviously). Luckily in big cities like this there is often English translations.

A small information panel on Rosenborg Castle (obviously). Luckily in big cities like this there is often English translations.

All the best castles have moats.

All the best castles have moats.

Rosenborg Castle itself, from the side. It's much bigger than it first looked.  I'd like to explore it more in the future.

Rosenborg Castle itself, from the side. It’s much bigger than it first looked. I’d like to explore it more in the future.

The National Gallery of Denmark. They're currently renovating the gardens out the front there, but we spent a good while in the gallery and only saw maybe a quarter of their collection, so we'll be back later for sure. Great displays of European art from the last few centuries.

The National Gallery of Denmark. They’re currently renovating the gardens out the front there, but we spent a good while in the gallery and only saw maybe a quarter of their collection, so we’ll be back later for sure. Great displays of European art from the last few centuries.

I love houses with these climbing plants. It's a much more common sight in this part of the world than back in Australia.

I love houses with these climbing plants. It’s a much more common sight in this part of the world than back in Australia.

Last picture for this post is just a really cute and tiny house. Look at it, it's so tiny!

Last picture for this post is just a really cute and tiny house. Look at it, it’s so tiny!

Okay, that’s it for now. Part 2 will be up within a day or two, which will focus on the Botanical Gardens and a last few sights on the way out of the city. Until then, I’d love to hear from you if you’ve ever been to Copenhagen on what your thoughts are about the city, and if you’ve not been whether or not you would ever visit this place.

9 thoughts on “Return to Copenhagen Part 1- Around town, The King’s Gardens and Rosenborg Castle

    • Ah awesome to hear! It is definitely worth the visit – I think even a couple of days would be needed to really explore the city, as I got a lot more out of it this time than the first time I went. 🙂

    • Thank you, it’s always nice to hear from new commenters! It is very laid back in Copenhagen, which is a nice change from a lot of Europe (though it feels at home to someone who has grown up in Australia haha). I’m definitely looking forward to more return trips to Denmark in the near future.

    • Hahaha yeah, Europeans are really lucky in that respect and I think a lot of them don’t realise it, or they forget it easily. It is pretty amazing up here, that’s for sure. Though it’s funny, I am realising how much Northern Europe is quite separate to the rest of Europe – both geographically but also culturally. Denmark is this funny place that is sort of caught inbetween, I think.

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