Saturday, 13 May 2006

Playing tourist in my own Capital: Copenhagen

I had a chance to go to Copenhagen for free for the weekend, and since I don't know my own capital city very well I decided to take the opportunity to play tourist in Copenhagen. This gave me a chance to see a lot of the classic tourist attractions along with all the japanese, american and italian tourists that were there. Hardly met another dane not working in the tourist industry all day.

Two of Denmark's most classical national symbols. Two species of our national bird, the swan, are courting while the famous statue of the Little Mermaid seems to be watching them with interest.

Next stop was "Kastellet", an old fortress in the middle of the city centre. It is still today surrounded by a moat, and is in fact still used by the military. If you enlarge the picture you can see a soldier marching across the bridge. However, the public is allowed inside these days, so I guess this is not where we (or the CIA) are keeping our secret political prisoners... In the background you can see Gustavskyrkan (The Gustav's Church).

The changing of the guard at the Queen's official residence of Amalienborg. Every day at noon this ceremonial change of guard is performed to the delight of tourists and kindergarden children in big groups. I don't believe these guys have seen any combat since 1940 when they did briefly resist the invading german forces. Now they just have to deal with german (and japanese) hordes of tourists getting in the way while attempting to take pictures.

The famous Nyhavn with it's beautiful coloured houses. It may not look like much on a grey, cloudy day such as this, but in summer it attracts thousands of people enjoying a beer or a meal in the sun at one of the many dining and drinking establishments here.

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