We disembarked our Regent ship in Copenhagen on Tuesday morning, after enjoying every bit of our Baltic cruise. Now, to explore this incredible capital city of Denmark! After checking in to our hotel, we made our way to the city center for the start of our Segway tour. For those who have never experienced a Segway tour, I highly recommend it. Such a great way to see the sights of a city and have a bit of fun while doing it! They are super easy to maneuver, and you cover so much ground in so little time, giving you a great overview of the city’s layout and landmark highlights.
After navigating through the city’s shopping district we made our way by Frederiks Kirke, a beautiful marble church which was erected in 1770, but wasn’t completed until 1894.
We then entered Amalienborg Palace, the winter residence of the royal family. Situated between the city and the harbor, Amalienborg consists of four palaces that surround the square. The palaces were originally built in the early 1750s as residences for four high-ranking aristocrats, but when the royal family’s original palace (Christiansborg) burned down in 1794, the royal family took up residence at Amalienborg. Since then Denmark’s reigning monarchs have lived at Amalienborg Palace, including the reigning Queen of Denmark, Queen Margrethe II.
We continued to Kastellet Park, which is situated on an old fortress that once protected the nearby harbor. It is here that we saw the famous Little Mermaid statue, from the fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The statue was erected in 1913 and has become one of the most visited sites in Northern Europe.
One of the most iconic and picturesque canals in Copenhagen is Nyhavn. We rolled alongside the canal and took in the sights. This is a great place to grab a smørrebrød and a beer, grab a spot and dangle your legs over the edge of the pier (or so our tour guide, Ida – pronounced “eeda,” suggested!).
From there, we passed the rebuilt Christiansborg Palace and the home of the royal stables. We didn’t see the royal horses, as they are currently on holiday. Yes, that’s right – the horses take a holiday to the countryside!
The last stretch of our journey was down Magstræde, the oldest street in Copenhagen with cobblestones and houses that date back to the early 17th century.
After a long day, we closed out our first day in Copenhagen with a surprisingly great meal at the hotel restaurant – classic fish and chips and burgers.