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Contiki Russia Plus: Days 16 & 17 – Copenhagen, Denmark

I arrived in Copenhagen at about 11:30 AM and took the train directly from the airport to the city center – it always amazes me how easy it is to get from most airports into the city center via mass transit.  This is definitely something that America, specifically New York City, needs to work on!

My hostel, Generator Copenhagen, was very centrally located, so I dropped my bag off and went to explore the city!  I only had a day and a half in Copenhagen, so I needed to make the most of my time.  I decided that a free walking tour would be the best way to orient myself and see as much of the city as I possibly could, so I walked to the meeting place for a Sandeman’s New Europe tour that started within the hour and off we went!

We first walked down Stroget, the main shopping street of Copenhagen, which had picturesque alleys along the way.

Our next stop was the picturesque Nyhavn Harbor, the view that is always shown when Copenhagen is on TV.

We then saw a few more sights before ending our tour at the Dutch Royal Palace.

After the tour concluded, I continued my exploration of Copenhagen.  I first visited the famous Marble Church, home of a massive dome!

After the church, I wandered in the direction of the famous Little Mermaid statue, which I had been told was unimpressive, but I wanted to see it for myself.  After walking out of the way for what felt like miles, I finally made it to the statue and it was quite unimpressive.  I am happy I saw it, though, because I never could have forgiven myself if I didn’t see one of the main sights of Copenhagen.

I then walked through a park towards the Nyhavn Harbor again.  The park was beautiful and had a stunning fountain.

Once I made it back to Nyhavn Harbor, the sun came back out and I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to take a boat cruise in gorgeous weather.

After the boat cruise, it was almost 9:00 PM and I was pretty exhausted, so I headed back to my hostel for the night.  The following morning, I woke up and headed to Tivoli, an amusement park that people say Walt Disney modeled Disneyland off of.

Home of one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the world, Rutschebanen, Tivoli was an amazing way to cap my trip to Europe before heading back to America.  The amusement park was beautifully landscaped & had a variety of old and new rides.  It even had random peacocks roaming the grounds!

After Tivoli, I headed back to my hostel, grabbed my bag and went to the airport.  After just over two weeks, it was time to leave Europe and head back to America!

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