Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is not only the largest city in Scandinavia, but also the capital of
Denmark and the home to one-quarter of the Danes. If you plan on seeing
lots of the area around the city, it pays to buy a Copenhagen Card that
provides unlimited travel on buses and suburban trains as well as admission
to more than 60 museums and attractions that normally charge admission.
One of the first things that I did
when I arrived in Copenhagen was
find the statue of Hans Christian
Andersen, the author many famous
children's stories. The statue is
located near the city hall, across the
street from Tivoli Gardens. As you
can see by the lack of tarnish on the
statue's legs, lots of others besides
me have had a picture taken there.
The Tivoli Gardens were built
just outside of Copenhagen's
city walls in 1843. The park
covers about 20 acres.
If you go to Tivoli Gardens,
don't expect to find
Disneyland. Tivoli Gardens is
an old-fashioned amusement
park with rides, games of
chance, restaurants, parades,
and shows. You pay an
admission to enter the park and
see the shows, but you have to
pay separately for rides and
other attractions.
One of the interesting shows that I saw at Tivoli Gardens
was a pantomime. The show had a large cast of
dancers/actors and a live orchestra.
Later, I rode the train and a bus to
the Copenhagen Zoo. The zoo
was founded in 1859 and is
Denmark's National Zoo.
On the left, I climbed a tree to get
a better view of the rhinos.
On the right is a view of one of
Copenhagen's main streets. Notice
that there are lots of bicycles. At the
train stations there are even double-
deck racks for bicycles. The people
in Copenhagen depend on their
bicycles and public transit to get
around the city.
The reason that you don't see as
many cars as you would expect in
Copenhagen is because Denmark has
a 200 percent tax on the purchase of
cars!