4th July – The Tivoli Day
Despite sunrise being at 4:30 am (I kid you not), we managed to sleep (more or less) until 8:30. We had breakfast in the hotel, your typical buffet breakfast with a selection of breads, pastries, cheeses, jams, fruit (cold cuts, eggs, bacon, sausages and all that stuff that I don’t eat as well). After breakfast we took the bus to the center, and went to the Tourist Center to buy a Copenhagen Card for three days. The info center is right across the Tivoli gardens, so rather easy to find.
Our first stop was a bit silly, the H. C. Andersen Eventyrhuset. It’s a small attraction with scenes from Andersen’s tales. Some are static, some are automated with music and tell the story they show. Somewhat kitschy but fun. We then headed to the Canal Boat Tour, an hour long tour of CPH via its canals.
After the tour, we went to Emmerys, a local bakery chain, for a sandwich. We passed by the Havnebadet (harbour bath), a public, free swimming pool at Island Brygge. There are also lawns and a basket court and what not where you can just plop yourself down to sunbathe. Then we headed to the Tivoli Gardens to actually visit it. We walked around seeing everything, we sat down for a drink, and in the end we decided to go for a ride on The Roller Coaster, one of the oldest wooden rollercoasters in the world, from 1914!
For dinner we stopped at Wagamama, a noodle bar we’ve already been to in Amsterdam and in Canterbury. Not really Danish food, but it’s hard to eat vegetarian Danish food when they do love their meat & fish. If you like your food spicy, do not trust their ratings and order a side of chili peppers. Otherwise it’ll be a disappointment! After dinner it was time to call it a day, so we walked next to the canal back to our hotel.