Travelers Talk: Mairead's Copenhagen

With its abundance of historic landmarks, art galleries, parks and palaces, travelers would need more than a week to fully appreciate the Danish capital. But if you only have 2-3 days to spare, don't despair. Traveler Mairead of Ireland has a tried and proven itinerary that could summarize Copenhagen's best in a few days.

Copenhagen's places of interests are mostly within walking distance. Paired with a hop on hop off bus ticket, you can tour the city at your own pace and cover the top attractions in a breeze.

"Great way of seeing different parts of city. Would need at least 2 days as visiting any of the attractions (Carlsberg, Little Mermaid,etc) will take up a lot of your time and you may not be guaranteed a seat on bus and they do not allow you to stand." Mairead advices.

With a bus trip, Mairead was able to see:

Nyhavn, Copenhagen's canal lined with colorful old houses, sail ships, restaurants and cafes.

Nyhavn Canal

The Little Mermaid, the iconic statue based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

The Little Mermaid

City Hall Square, the heart of Copenhagen. Seen here: The Palace Hotel (left) and the City Hall (right).

City Hall Square

Aside from the attractions mentioned above, the bus stops at the Amalienborg Palace, Gefion Fountain, Rosenborg Castle and Botanical Gardens. From May to September, travelers can take the Carlsberg Tour, which goes out into Frederiksberg Gardens and Carlsberg Brewery, and the Christiania Tour, which visits the Tivoli Gardens, Christiansborg Castle and the town of Christiania.

Dedicate one day to leave the bustling city and venture into the green Danish countryside where three must-see castles, Frederiksborg, Fredensborg and Kronborg can be found.

"It's a great way of seeing Danish Countryside" Mairead says.

Frederiksborg Castle is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia surrounded by an English-style Romantic garden, Baroque garden and a lake.

Frederiksborg Castle

There will also be a stop at Fredensborg Castle, the Danish Royal Family's most used residence.

Guard at Fredensborg Palace

Kronborg Castle or Elsinore Castle is the most popular castle in Denmark, immortalized in the pages of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet". The castle attracts around 200,000 visitors a year.

Kronborg Castle a.k.a. Elsinore Castle

All photos by Mairead.

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