We woke up around 7:30 this morning, but didn’t really get moving for a while. Either there was less excitement outside overnight or we just got better sleep, but we weren’t too bothered by any noise or the early sunrise this time. Eventually we made our way out and down to a cafe called Coffee Factory. I enjoyed a coffee, Eric enjoyed a hot chocolate, and we each had a chocolate croissant for breakfast. It was all really good and the cafe was very hyggelig.
Our first stop of the day was to Rosenborg Castle (FwCC!). We spent a solid hour walking through the museum-esque rooms. They have a great website tour that you can use while you’re there to read about each room and its objects. I found that fun and modern. In the basement of the castle are the Crown Jewels of Denmark so that was pretty awesome. Around the castle are a beautiful park and gardens so we also spent some time enjoying those before and after our castle visit.
Just across the way from Rosenborg Castle is the Rundetårn, Round Tower (FwCC!). It is the oldest observatory in Europe still in use and houses a telescope from 1929. The original tower was completed in 1642, has been rebuilt a time or two, and modernized to house the nice telescope it has now. It was a lot of fun to walk up there, they have mini exhibits on the way up and a lookout platform at the top. We spent a while just hanging out on a bench at the top enjoying the view and the weather while we planned our lunch ideas.
We saw on google maps that not far from there was a synagogue, and a restaurant we wanted to try. So we walked a couple blocks and found the synagogue which you cannot even get near. It is surrounded by a large iron fence and gate to protect it, though I do think it is in currently in use for Friday night and Saturday morning services. Apparently they do give tours but you have to contact the administration well in advance of your arrival to arrange something. We didn’t even know it was there, so unfortunately we did not go inside. I heard it will be undergoing a massive renovation later this year so it’ll be closed for a while during that anyway.
Just on the opposite corner from the synagogue was a restaurant called Dalle Valle that had a cheap brunch buffet we wanted to try. It was definitely worth the money with delicious and filling food. Plus eating at a street table always makes me feel so European. We enjoyed our lunch and then decided to walk to the National Museum (FwCC!). We thought this museum would have a lot of Danish history and such in it. I suppose it did, but… we didn’t love it here. It’s a very very large museum with a huge collection and not nearly enough text about the items. There was also way more world history and other exhibits than we expected, so while we tried to focus on the Viking and Danish parts it wasn’t nearly as interesting as we hoped. Also the building was just overly warm and stuffy and our brains were starting to melt.
We decided to walk back to the hotel for some fresh air where Eric proceeded to fall asleep for a nap. Once we felt rested, around 6pm or so, we hopped on a public bus at a stop right outside our hotel and rode to Tivoli Gardens. The entry was FwCC, but we then opted to pay for wristbands that gave us unlimited rides. Otherwise you pay per ride and we figured we’d make the value worth it. We ended up doing 7 rides with no wait each even though the park itself seemed very densely populated. It was an absolute blast. The ride I had been anticipating the most was another old wooden coaster, this one from 1914, so even older than the one at Bakken. This one included a worker riding on the train with a throttle to make sure the train didn’t pick up too much speed on the downhills! Very old school. It was not terribly “thrilling” by modern coaster standards, or even compared to the 1932 one at Bakken which was quite exciting. It was still a fun ride, though.
After walking through the entire park and gardens and riding many rides we chose a place for dinner. The park has many restaurants and we settled on Paafuglen which seemed like casual Danish food. The food was fine and good, the atmosphere was probably the best part, though. After dinner we walked around a bit more. Most people had crowded onto a lawn in front of a stage to watch a Friday night concert, but we didn’t know the group at all so we skipped that. Instead we went to a candy shop and I told the girl working there I wanted to try Lakrids, the Nordic salty black licorice. They had several flavors and I asked for her recommendation. She said to try a red and yellow one called Sommerstang (summer stick) and a black and brown one called Superhyl (super howl). I went with those, Eric got an ice cream, and we went on our way. The red and yellow one was sweet with a mild banana flavor and I found it very good. The black one was intense as expected, definitely an example of the salty black licorice that is popular here. It was disgusting. I tried so hard to get a taste for it. I ate it slow, I ate it fast, I ate it continuously, and it just got worse and worse. I couldn’t even bring myself to finish the stick I got. It was so nasty. I don’t understand how that is such a popular candy here.
We snagged prime viewing spots for the evening laser/smoke/water show on the pond at the back of the park. The show was short, but pretty good. Cool laser and water effects with nice music. A very nice ending to our Friday night out.
We hopped on the bus back toward our hotel and got in around 11:45 or so. This was our last night in Copenhagen for a while and last night overlooking Nyhavn.