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Nyhavn

Nyhavn (2)

Remember this place? I took this picture of Nyhavn (pronounced New Hound I think) 2 days ago during the free walking tour. Picturesque place. Also the starting point for the water-boat trips.

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Guess what, yesterday we wanted to take the water-boat tour of the canals, but it was drizzling slightly. So we said we’d go visit museums instead. Well, today was worse. We could hardly see beyond one block. It’s quite spooky and I’m really glad that we don’t get fog in Singapore. Even the haze is no where as bad as this in terms of visibility. This photo was taken at 10am. So once again, we decided to go visit yet another castle.

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Tried our luck again at the boat tour around 1pm. Still foggy but at least it was much better than at 10am.

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The buildings nearby are clear enough, but as you can see from this pic, its foggy darkness beyond. I felt as if I was on some theme park ride where the boat heads into nothingness and suddenly plunges down a steep slope! Of course in reality, things become clearer as they get into the visibility range.

Free Copenhagen City Tour!

Today, we enjoyed a wonderful free 3 hour walking tour of Copenhagen City. Yes, free, can you believe it?! Luckily the Partner happened to be googling for things to do in Copenhagen and chanced upon it. The tour starts at 11am from the Copenhagen Town Hall and happens every day! Check out this website for details. It’s totally worth it if you don’t have a clue what to do in Copenhagen, and even if you do, it’s a good introduction to the city anyway. Our Irish guide was really funny and peppered the tour with lots information on the history of the various landmarks.

I felt really lucky to have chanced upon this tour, especially considering the close shave we had this morning. We almost didn’t make it to the Town Hall. We were a little late in leaving the hotel, as usual. But all would have been fine if we’d just been able to buy our Copenhagen Cards at our nearest Metro Station. (We were told at the airport that we could do so at every station and the Copenhagen Cards allow us to free access to over 65 museums as well as free travel on all public transportation).

But see, in Copenhagen, there are no manned information counters at the metro stations. There are ticketing machines, but those aren’t very helpful if you’re not sure what you want. There was this DKK400+ ticket (S$100), which looked like it might be for the Copenhagen Card, but it wasn’t named so and I wasn’t going to blow S$100 on something I wasn’t a 100% sure. We could have also bought the single ticket first, and make it to the Town Hall in time but that would have been wasteful since the Copenhagen Cards would have covered all our travels. The investment analyst in me said HELL NO, NO WAY.

Guess what we did? With the seconds ticking away, we decided to take the train to the main train station where an information counter must surely exist. And, we did this without a ticket! There are no gantries you see, so this is possible. Don’t do it wilfully of course, you can be fined DKK 750 (nearly S$200). Well for us, technically speaking we would have had tickets if we’d managed to buy the darn cards at the 1st station! Thankfully, we didn’t meet any dreaded inspectors and and have to waste time explaining. The gamble paid off, we got our tickets and arrived at the Town Hall 10 minutes late, just in time to see the tour group turn the corner! A few seconds later and we would have missed them!

Check out a few of the photos I took while on the 3 hour walking city tour.

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This place is known as Nyhavn, and is just behind my hotel!

Magasin du Nord

A huge shopping centre called Magasin du Nord. I love it. Visited it twice already, although I didn’t buy anything. The supermarket in the basement is just like Jasons of Singapore, only bigger and with more exotic types of goods!

New Opera House

The new Opera house. A gift from Denmark’s richest person, A P Moller. I don’t know about you but I do think that this is one helluva ugly Opera house. It is extremely state of the art though.

Absalon The Warrior Bishop

Amalienborg Palace (2)

Crown Prince's Palace

Magstraede

Oldest street in Copenhagen

Marble Church

Dome of the Marble Church

The churches are works of art in their own right. Going into one is like stepping into a piece of art itself. Can’t begin to describe the awesomeness and grandeur.Copenhagen Central Station

The Copenhagen Central Station, where I did eventually manage to buy my Copenhagen Cards.

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