Polar Bear Hunt 2015 - Day 23

A day in Copenhagen

We had a full day in Copenhagen, but the morning started overcast with a few light showers of rain. We braved the elements and walked along the main shopping street - Strøget - ending up at the harbour at Nyhavn, a canal that is lined with restaurants. Time for a bite to eat and a drink (beer and cider) and then we headed back along Strøget to the Tivoli Gardens.

Window shopping in Strøget

We headed out with mis-placed faith in the weather. It did rain - but not heavily. We sheltered in the shops and it soon cleared up.

Passing the Town Hall again.
Nyhavn with its colourful buildings, shops and cafes.
Copenhagen is overrun with bicycles. They block up the footpath everywhere you try to walk.
And so do all the shop signs.
That looks like a bookshop.
The Hans Christian Andersen shop.
Look, he is still inside....
Reading to children.
We moved on, passing plenty of cafes.
This one looks good - apple cake with beer and cider.
What do you mean "I have to wait for the photo??".
And the drink to go with it.
They claimed this was art. But the anchor was a memorial...
To the 2300 Danish sailors lost in 1939-1945.
Transport with a difference. I guess this was art also. But it was mostly covering up the mess from the new subway system being built in Copenhagen.
Mass transport, but they can't all be in McDonalds... could they??
Even more of them.
A different form of transport...
The signs say "No Bicycles" but they are parked there anyway.
We heard tramping feet and this lot marched past...
On their way to guard duty at the Castle.
A different form of guard, or art maybe..
Is that a light standard, or art?.
Art mostly, but what is she chasing up the pole?
More quirky art - a fountain.
Another fountain.
Why do the frogs always have water spurting from them?
Even Copenhagen has little trains, but this one is not a Chu-Chu..
Back along Strøget. The crowds had come out after the rain.
Tivoli - our destination.

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli is described as "a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. With over 4 million visitors a year, Tivoli is the second-most popular seasonal theme park in the world, the most-visited theme park in Scandinavia and the fourth most-visited in Europe."

We paid our DKK99 each (about $NZ25 or $USD20) each and headed inside. It was a relaticely quiet day for Tivoli, being a Monday, but there were still a lot of people on the amusement rides. We wandered around until we decided on the Japanese pavilion for a drink and lunch. The rides looked much too busy.For a relatively small area, Tivoli packs a lot in. We can see why it is so popular, but the crowds on a busy day would make it hard to move around.


We looked around for a restaurant that was closer to an authentic dining expereince, compared to the tourist traps closeby on Vesterbrogade and other main roads. Across from our hotel was an unpretentious place with the uninspiring name: Frk. Barners Kœlder - Autentisk Dansk Køkken.It had good online reviews so we went there. It now has one more good review. We bypassed all the herring entrees and went for traditional main courses - Wiener Schnitzel and Mrs Barner's Stew. The schnitzel came with vegetables and a jug of melted butter, and despite our best efforts there were herrings hidden in here too. The stew was a very rich mixture of pork, bacon and mushrooms served with mashed potatoes. We waddled back across the road to our hotel.

The Wiener Schnitzel.
And Mrs Barner's Stew, from Frk Barners Kœlder.
Looking along the street to Frk. Barners Kœlder.
And we discovered where all the bicycles go at night.

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