København – Day 3

This post was originally written in November 2009. It’s part of the series of posts I wish more people had read and which I will repost during my absence…

Waking up on Friday the weather was – as had been forecasted – not the best, so we opted for Christiansborg Castle.

Christiansborg Castle is the old town castle. It was first built in the 12th century and has been rebuilt and enlarged since then. The Castle you see today was built at the beginning of the 20th century and is the fifth version. Unfortunately we forgot to take picture of the castle so these are not my own:

In the basements of the castle is an exhibition that shows the remains of the first and second castle. They were discovered during the construction of the last castle and can be visited. Just around the corner of Christiansborg Castle are the buildings of the old Stock Exchange, one of the oldest buildings in Copenhagen:

In the afternoon we went to see the Freeetown of Christiania. This is an self-governed commune in the heart of Copenhagen, founded in the 1970s on an abandoned military district. It was formerly famous for the easy acquisition and consumption of drugs and is now a tourist attraction almost as famous as the Little Mermaid. At the entrance of the Freetown, the visitor is greeted and dismissed by theses two signs:

Though visitors should be careful about taking pictures on the grounds there were some places that allowed photographing. On the picture you also see another thing, Christiania is famous for: the Christiania bikes.

These bikes can be found all over the city and are used to transport EVERYTHING – from shopping items to kids… I absolutely fell in love with these and am now saving to buy such a bike.

After Christiania we also took a look at the Vor Frelsers Church which can be found in the same district. This church is nothing special, but it has a tower that is not only architecturally genious but also offers a great view of the city.

You go up on the outside of the tower, so you have to be pretty free from giddiness… It is open from April to October.

Later that afternoon we met with my cousin to enjoy coffee and had a wonderful dinner with pasta and salmon – a recipe that I’ll post here for sure!

While you’re waiting for Day 4 and 5 read the posts from Day 1 and Day 2.


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