For some daft reason, we thought today would be a good day for taking an open top boat tour. We were wrong. We had chosen the one day where it rained constantly, the temperature had plummeted and the wind was howling. We are so smart sometimes.
Anyway, true to our Northern English selves, we wrapped up and took on the elements from the open topped boat. I cannot describe how soaked through I was by the end of the trip. My legs had frozen to the point of numbness and my fingers were so cold and wet they were pretty much redundant.
The terrible weather aside, the boat trip was actually pretty good. I would just recommend you choose a day with better weather. We boarded the boat at the back of Christiansborg palace and headed off on our canal adventure. The boat trip is hop on hop off, or, as the weather was terrible, we opted to just stay on board for the full hour long trip. The boat takes you to Nyhavn, the Little Mermaid and Christianshavn.
The thing that astounded me about Copenhagen was how insanely low the bridges were. Everytime we approached a bridge there was a warning to sit down or else risk decapitation, or at the very least, a serious head injury. Some of the bridges I am actually amazed the boat fit underneath. It was a very tight squeeze.
As soon as we disembarked the boat we headed straight to the warmth and comfort of a nearby café. We over indulged a bit hear, with scrambled eggs and pancakes and yet another delicious latte. Once we were full to bursting and finally regaining the feeling in our extremeties, we headed out into Stroget to do some final shopping including the all important souvenier shopping. I purchased heavily and left with bags full of tourist tatt and a big smile on my face. I am such a sucker for tourist tatt it is untrue.
We still had a few hours before we needed to head to the airport so we thought we would visit the National Museum. Unfortunately, when we got there we found that it was closed on a Monday (queue sad faces and panic over what to do instead). After a frantic look through the guidebook for ideas, we settled on a visit to the nearby Town Hall a.k.a the Radhaus. It turns out we actually went through a back entrance and after wandering many corridors for a good half an hour we finally found our way to the actual entrance. It is here that you can see the Jens Olsen Clock, which is definitely worth a trip. It tells the time, lunar time, solar time, the position of the planets and lots of other time telling devices which I didn’t quite get.
I found the planet position clock the most interesting and found myself studying the positions of the planets for some time. I was somewhat confused as to how Pluto was nowhere to be seen (I know it was downgraded from a Planet in recent years). The clock was put together when Pluto was still classed as a planet yet it did not feature on this dial and there was no evidence that it had been removed. If anyone knows the answer to this I would be grateful to know?
Eventually it was time to head to the airport and I reluctantly dragged myself away from this beautiful city. Copenhagen is definitely up there as one of my favourite cities and I would definitely come back again as there was so much we didn’t get chance to see.
Until next time Copenhagen.