After leaving gorgeous but expensive Sweden we landed in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is probably more expensive and less gorgeous. Walking out of the central station you look upon the Tivoli Park walls, where you can see the some of the rides rise above them. This park has been the most popular tourist attraction in Copenhagen since basically the US Civil War. Walter Elias Disney even came here before he built Disneyland in Anaheim to get ideas about what a theme park should really be. Although Disney totally outdid Tivoli, it was still interesting to walk around the grounds, but not even dare going on the rides as they set you back about $4-12 per ride.
According to Hostelworld, our hostel was supposed to be a “15 minute walk from Central Station”. Yea right! More like 40 minutes. Jill was yelling at me the whole time for screwing up the booking as we’re carrying 30 kilos on our back and front. It is high season right now and we booked late. It was either that hostel for $45 per person per night with 2 beds in a room, or a bed in a room with 66 total beds for $35 to be a little closer, what would Brian Boitano have done?
We only stayed in Denmark for 2 nights, mostly for budgetary reasons. The tourist office had about a 6 mile walking tour or so hitting up all the major spots. Of which includes the Little Mermaid statue. Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story (news to me), this was a hot spot for tourists, mostly popularized by the Disney movie, I would have to assume. The changing of the guard seemed to be less disciplined than the UK or Sweden. The guards were laughing and asking each other what they needed to do next.
Oh my god the bugs! They were everywhere, little gnats flying everywhere all over the city. We had to peel them off our faces and brush them off our clothes so frequently.
All in all, we didn’t experience Sweden and Denmark that much, but we definitely recommend if you could only go to one, go to Sweden. No, I’m not saying this to get brownie points from Applied Value, the Swedish/American company I used to work for.
On to the fatherland!