Copenhagen – In search of the Little Mermaid 

1 08 2016

Many children would have read the story of The Little Mermaid or watched the Disney cartoon version of it. So it is no surprise that seeing The Little Mermaid has always been on my bucket list. However, many times that I wanted to plan a trip to Copenhagen and the rest of Denmark, friends would say that there is nothing much to see there apart from the “little statute” and hence all these years, the city seems to always got dropped off my travel plans. Finally I just decided that I just have to see it no matter what and planned a 2 nights stopover in this city.

This city does have more to offer than The Little Mermaid. If you have ever been to Copenhagen, you will understand why Lonely Planet has described this city as “the coolest kid on the Nordic block”, “edgier than Stockholm and worldlier than Oslo” and that this Danish capital “gives Scandinavia the X factor”. 


The Old Harbour with its striking colours commonly seen in the Scandinavian countries exhibits an old world charm and reminded me of Norway’s Bergen Harbour.



The walk along the Old Harbour to the royal Amalienborg Palace, the Christiansborg parliament building and the Renaissance Rosenborg Castle (which has a museum containing royal artifacts and beautiful gardens), and of course the famous Little Mermaid statute. Tivoli Gardens is also a famous amusement park and pleasure garden that attracted many tourists and locals but as I was visiting in early spring, it was not opened yet 😦



There are also a lot of museums and nice restaurants for the foodies to indulge in but yes Copenhagen is on the top list of the most expensive city in the Nordic region so budget for this 😜

Tips:

– Transport to/from airport: Airport to city via train or metro (need 3 zones m). May be more worthwhile buying 24 hrs tickets which costs DKK 80 (one way already cost DKK 35).

– The metro doors close pretty quickly so be prepared 🙂

– Denmark uses Danish Kroner. However, you do not need to change to any local currency as credit card can be accepted almost everywhere even if you are making a small purchase. For public transport (eg bus and tram), just buy the tickets from the ticket machine which accepts credit card.

– There is a parade and change of guards every afternoon marching from Rosenborg Castle through the streets and ending up Amalienborg Palace around 12pm. 


– If you are catching a late flight into Copenhagen or an early flight out, you may want to stay in Hilton Hotel which is located just beside the airport. I would say that this is not the most luxurious hotel but I love the convenience of not having to drag my luggage to the city center.

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