Day Twenty: 904km to Copenhagen

Early rise at 7am for our long journey ahead. We had a quick breakfast and packed our fruit and luggage into the Fiat. We drove out of the village onto the freeway and joined the peak hour morning traffic (about fifty cars) and headed for the German border.

Jip was driving first and then I took over after two hours. Just before my two hours were up, we were in Hamburg and it was lunch time. We wanted something quick and we had to get a hamburger (Hamburger in Hamburg of course!) so we popped into McDonalds quickly before continuing.

The German landscape was much the same as the Dutch, flat, green and the odd cornfield here and there. When we got to the Danish border, the cars had to go single file passed a police check point and were then waved through. Once on the other side, it was much more hilly and pine trees lined the freeway. It seemed like ages before we made it into Copenhagen as we had to go over two very large bridges that were tollroads (and costed $50 one way).

Our hotel was 5km away from the city centre and right next to the metro and main shopping centre which was convenient. The room itself was beyond basic. I thought Luxembourg was basic, this room had a toilet/shower combo and was about the size of an airplane toilet. And we had bunk beds.

We dropped off our stuff and went to the local train station. We had to get the Vanløse line to Kongens Nytorv Station and walk for 5 to 10 minutes before we made it to Nyhavn. Nyhavn is the picturesque canal that used to be a flourishing commerical port full of sailors from around the world and streets lined with pubs. It is also well known for being the place of residence of Hans Christian Andersen when he wrote ‘The Princess and the Pea’. We walked up and down and admired the boats and pretty houses before looking for somewhere to eat.

It is terrifyingly expensive so we had to walk a fair distance to find something within our price range. We got some Asian noodles with vegetables and some spring rolls to share.

It was starting to become quite dark but we wanted to continue looking around. We ended up at the Rundetaarn (The Round Tower). It was built in 1642 as the first part of Trinity Complex and was designed for three things specifically. It houses the oldest functioning observatory in Europe, the Trinity church and up until 1861, the library. The inside is a spiral ramp the entire way to the top, it looked amazing!!

We walked onto the next island, Slotsholmen and came across this beautiful large building complex. After some reading, we found out it was Christiansborg Palace! It houses the Danish Prime Ministers office as well as being used by the Danish Monarch.

We eventually came out onto the main canal before finding the closest train station and headed back towards the hotel. The train system here is always on time and can hold ample people; not to mention, the driverless trains are a novelty when you're sitting up the front.