After exploring the Kronborg and Frederiksborg Castle, it was time to explore Copenhagen City on my final day in Copenhagen before leaving for Odense. Odense is a city located at 167 kilometres to the southwest of Copenhagen and also a meeting point for Fjallraven Classic Denmark.
Check-out from Steel House, Copenhagen
Prior to arriving in Copenhagen, I panicked that I bought a new four-season tent and a Fjallraven sleeping bag. I requested for the new tent and sleeping bag to be collected at Eventrysports store in Copenhagen. As a precaution, I still brought my usual tent and sleeping bag just in case my purchase did not arrive on time. So, you could imagine how heavy my luggage were given the fact that I brought food for two hiking trips (Denmark and Iceland).
I had started to get used of life in the Steel House. First, preparing the breakfast together with other visitors on budget. Those with more budget fancied the cafe at the lobby. While having the meals, I took time to study the map for a city day out.
As I was leaving for Odense and would start trekking on the next day, I had to use the laundry to wash my clothes worn for the past days. At Steel House, it is really convenient as your own house. The costs of laundry is DKK20 (MYR12.60)
I chucked my luggage inside the largest locker at the Steel House upon check-out.
Once I had checked-out from Steel House, I walked towards the direction of Copenhagen Havn. The street along Copenhagen Havn was crowded with people queuing for an admission to the Tivoli Garden. I didn’t have a fixed plan for the day. But I intended to make full use of the Copenhagen Card.
Canal Tours Copenhagen
I followed the crowd slowly to the city centre. At Ved Stranden, tourists flocked the boat tours for 1-hour tour along Copenhagen main harbour and adjoining canals. It looked like fun. I was entitled for the free ride with Copenhagen Card. But I proceeded straight to Amalienborg due to constraint of time.
Address: Ved Stranden 26, 1061 Kobenhavn K | Transport: Bus 1A, 26. Metro Kongens Nytorv| Sails daily all year | Free with Copenhagen Card from Ved Stranden
Exploring Copenhagen City: Amalienborg – The Private Living Quarters of the Royal Family
Amalienborg is the private living quarters of former kings and queens. So since no photos are allowed inside Amalienborg, so I could not share any picture from inside the Amalienborg.
Amalienborg, Christian Vill’s Palae 1257 Kobenhavn K | Transport: Metro: Kongens Nytorv, Bus: 1A, 20E, 26, 3505 | Website: www.amalienborg.dk
Exploring Copenhagen City: House of Amber Copenhagen
En route to Nyhavn from Amalienborg, I chanced upon Amber Museum Copenhagen and learned a lot about the Baltic Amber. The Amber Museum Copenhagen is one of the most recognised amber museums in the world. If you are not familiar with amber, amber is a fossilized tree resin highly valued as gemstone. The museum is located in Kanneworff’s House in Nyhavn. The charming old white building dating back to 1606 is hard to be missed. It houses high numbers of quality amber and sells amber jewellery.
One of the major highlights at Copenhagen Amber Museum is the world’s largest amber at the point of writing. It weighs 104.72 pounds (47.5kg) and measures 57.5 x 62 x 37 cm. Miners from Indonesia’s Dharmasraya region in West Sumatra found the unique amber piece dating back to the Tertiary period. It is non-transparent and brownish, but radiates a blue colour tone when exposed to UV light and sunlight.
When I came back from the trip, I checked there are only a few amber museums around the world. Among others, the National Archaeological Museum of Siritide, South Italy, Palanga Amber Museum, Lithuania, and Kaliningrad Amber Museum, Russia. No wonder I had not come across any until my sojourn in Copenhagen.
Address: Kongens Nytorv 2, 1050 Kobenhavn K | Transport: Bus 1A, 26 Metro Kongens Nytorv | Website: www.houseofamber.com
Exploring Copenhagen City: Copenhagen Heaven at Nyhavn
Nyhavn is the highlight of Copenhagen. It is also the most photographed place in Copenhagen. Tak sampai Nyhavn, maka tak cukup syarat sah travel ke Copenhagen. Nyhavn is a 17th century waterfront, canal and entertainment district with brightly coloured 17th and 18th century townhouses turned bars, cafes and restaurants. Historically, Nyhavn was dug by Swedish prisoners of war from Dano-Swedish War 1658 – 1660 as a gateway from the sea to the old inner city at the King’s Square. Once notorious for beer, sailors and prostitution, Nyhavn is a haven for tourists visiting Copenhagen.
The Danish author Hans Christian Andersen best known for his fairy tale stories lived in Nyhavn for 18 years. Having said, I must be the only person who visit Copenhagen but did not get to see the mermaid statue. Because I preferred to enjoy Churros Icecream at Nyhavn at the costs of DKK74.52 (MYR46.52). Living life like a Danish while exploring Copenhagen city.