Copenhagen – 29.9.2022

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Autor : Martina Černá, Gymnázium Ivana Kupca, Komenského, Hlohovec

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The largest and capital city of Denmark – that is Copenhagen. This eco-friendly city located on the island Sjælland has approximately 1 million inhabitants and almost the same number of bicycles. Copenhagen combines Scandinavian style, Danish design, high living standards and hygge lifestyle. Perhaps it is thanks to those things that Denmark ranks among the happiest countries in the world.

Not one hour had passed since I first set foot on the streets of Copenhagen, and I was already in love with the city. Nyhavn was first and probably my favourite area of the city. Copenhagen is known for the pictures of the canal and its colourful rows of houses, but the feeling I experienced while walking along those streets couldn´t be captured with a camera. Nyhavn is of course one of the most famous tourist attractions in Denmark, and since we visited Copenhagen in September the streets were a bit crowded, but all of us enjoyed the sights. The famous fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen actually lived in one of the houses for 18 years. We enjoyed a tasty waffle lunch outside of one of the small local shops in front of the canal before going to our next stop.

We headed to the centre of Copenhagen and followed the footsteps of the Danish royal family, which is one of the oldest in Europe. The country is currently ruled by Queen Margaret II, who has been on the throne since 1972 and is very popular among Danish people. We arrived to Amalienborg precisely at noon to experience the changing of the royal guards with their typical high hats called “bears”.

After we enjoyed all the beauty, we turned our backs to find the official residence of the Danish royal family and headed to enter the Round tower or Runde taarn. This tower is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe, and it also houses the workshop of the famous Danish astronomer Tycho de Brahe. Even the Russian Tsar Peter the Great himself was taken to the tower with a wide spiral road without steps. We did it our own way, made a huge number of photos and enjoyed the 360-degree panorama of the city from above. Copenhagen is perhaps the most excavated city in Europe. We saw a lot of things being renovated and remodulated. But on the other hand – thanks to all the reconstructions, the city is clearly aging into beauty.

Our exploration of Copenhagen continued on the city´s longest shopping street – Strøget, which was brimming with shops, restaurants, and cafés of every kind and for all budgets. We dedicated a moment to the street musicians who filled the air with tunes. It was one of the most vivid spots of the city and the perfect place for a slow afternoon walk before our departure.

Our group said goodbye later around 4 pm to the royal and free-thinking city, where hundreds of bicycles are constantly cruising breath-taking streets, gardens and parks. Where Baltic Sea has a date with the city and where we could follow the footsteps of Andersen and return to the fairy tales of our childhood, so we could say – We were in the happiest city in the world and it was glorious.