We took the train into Copenhagen. Working out the ticket machine was the first challenge. We eventually got our tickets- Daisy was classified as a child for travelling purposes. We were quickly into central Copenhagen but trying to find which direction we should go in despite having a map was a bit of a nightmare. No signs no nothing to help tourists get around the town. There was people, construction and noise. We nearly turned round and got back on the train.
We eventually found the tourist office and the town hall so we knew where we were. now. We walked past the Tivoli Gardens a famous landmark of Copenhagen. We didn’t go in because dogs were not allowed and anyway we are not into amusement parks.
We eventually found Slotsholmen the seat of the national government. At the centre of this historic area is the Christiansborg Slot. Exploring this area we found the Castles church which was beautiful. It had been lovingly restored after a fire in 1996. In addition to the church they had just opened the castles tower and we were able to go up it for free and look over Copenhagen. The castle also had an impressive courtyard which once used as royal riding grounds. Just off the courtyard we found a small garden where we were able to sit and eat our lunch in the shade. It was getting very hot and we were all starting to wilt.
After lunch we headed towards Nyhan –again no signs and again construction everywhere. We discovered they were putting in a new city metro system which would not be completed until 2018, so anybody reading this who is thinking of going to Copenhagen be warned!
The area along the Nyhan canal was long a haunt for sailors and writers and is now the default image of Copenhagen because of its brightly coloured gable houses. The place was heaving. After a cool drink in a shady courtyard we decided we had had enough of Copenhagen so we headed back to catch the train.
We knew there were other sights we had not seen in Copenhagen so another day in the city was possible but it needed to be a much cooler day or maybe at a quieter time of the year. We decided once again we were definitely not big city people.