København, Danmark

We had a 6:20AM train to catch, so we woke up very early and checked out of the hotel. We found the right train, and we were bound for København, Danmark (Copenhagen, Denmark if you speak English, but that's less fun to write).

The train ride was about 4 hours, and the first half was in the dark. Southern Sweden along the coast is flat and green - it looked a lot like Iowa. Here's my attempt at taking a picture:
Southern Sweden

Here is a rough map of our journey (in red), with my GPS semi-successfully getting signal out of the window for part of the way. København is on an island, and until recently you had to take a ferry to get there. Now there's a bridge-tunnel that lets you make the whole trip by train.
train ride

We obtained some Danish Krona to spend. These are unrelated to the Krona used in Sweden, and we spent a decent amount of time trying to spend exactly the right amount of both kinds of currency so we wouldn't have any left at the end of our trip.

The first thing you see after leaving the train station is Tivoli which is a famous amusement park, one of the oldest in the world:

Nearby is City Hall, and the World Clock:
Koebenhavn City Hall

Next to City Hall is the horn blowers statue, which is of vikings blowing on bronze-age horns:
horn blowers statue

Kristina really liked the top of this church, the Nikolaj Kirka. If you look closely, you can see a neat pattern in the granite stones of this square.
Nikolak Kirka

Here is a statue of Bishop Absalon who founded Købenahvn:
Bishop Absalon

Here is the old stock exchange building, which has a neat twisty tower on top of it:
Twisty Stock Exchange

Here is a harbor area, with the stereotypical København view:

Here is the Marble Church, which we went inside:
Marble Church

We lucked out and were at the Queen's palace right around noon. She was in residence, so we got to see the changing of the guard. This was fun, because we had a good view of the whole event; when in London we were at a guard-changing but didn't see a thing due to massive crowds:
Changing of the Guard

We walked north, along the waterfront. Here's "The English Church", St. Albans, the only Anglican church in Denmark:
St. Albans Church

Nearby is the famous little mermaid statue, which has somehow become København's trademark. She's the tragic Hans Christian Anderson mermaid, not the happy Disney one.
Little Mermaid

The area we were at now was an old fort, still in use:

We walked along the ramparts, which was terribly cold due to a brisk wind.

Nearby was the Museum of the Danish Resistance which was all about how the locals resisted the Nazi occupiers during WWII. I was very impressed. Here's a vehicle out front used by the resistance: Museum of Danish Resistance

We then walked back to the center of the city. There's a square which they turn into an ice-rink in the winter:
ice-rink square

Here is Parliament, which we ended up walking through multiple times. As you can see, it is under renovation:

Here is the National Library. Kristina likes visiting each country's National Library.
Danish National Library

By this point it is starting to get late, so we arrange to meet a college friend of mine who lives here.
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