Thorvaldsens Plads Antique Market is one interesting flea market right next to Thorvaldsens Museum and Christianborg Palace. It’s a nice place to mingle with the locals while browsing through the displaying items. There’s vintage-looking stuff like paintings, porcelain, toys and some unique pieces for treasure hunters. The nearby Christiansborg Palace is a large government complex that houses the Prime Minister office, Supreme Court of Denmark and Danish Parliament. Best of all, the palace’s tower is free of charge to visit. But the long queue made me skip it altogether.
Climbing the Round Tower
The Round Tower (Rundetarn) is a functional astronomical observatory situated at a busy street. We are not here for stargazing and surely not during daytime. But for the observation deck with an overview of the city. Interestingly, the majority of the ascend to the deck is via a spiral walkway until the stairs nearing to the top. How cool is that?
Rosenborg Castle and the Treasury
Rosenborg Castle was built by King Christian IV as his summer home. It remained a royal residence until King Frederick IV moved to Frederiksberg Castle. It eventually became a state property and opened its doors to the public. I wanted to visit Rosenborg Castle mainly because of the famous King’s Garden and having the chance to treasure gawk at the Treasury filled with priceless jewels and crowns.
There’s a total of 24 rooms on three floors and the most well-known one is none other than the Knight’s Hall, where the coronation chairs are on display.
The Treasury (Skatkammer) of Rosenborg Castle at the basement is home to amazing historical objects belonging to the Danish Monarchy. The priceless royal collection consists of solid gold items, golden-embroidered saddles, highly decorated swords and many blink-blink pieces of jewellery. They are all beautifully displayed which makes it even more impressive.
There are several crowns on display and the highlight is none other than King Christian IV’s magnificent crown. The solid gold crown decorated with all those precious stones is simply a joy to look at. Or should I say gawk?
King’s Garden of Rosenborg
King’s Garden is Denmark’s oldest Royal garden and a popular spot where the locals hang out. This green oasis had once provided flowers, fruits, and vegetables for the Royal family. The park is meticulously tended and the lawns are perfect for picnics. My utmost respect to the people who upkeep this garden! It’s a pity that we did not get to see the roses in full bloom though. Nevertheless, it’s a great place stroll along the charming tree-lined avenues or just to chillax.
One local recommended Hereford Village for its meat buffet at reasonable pricing. There’s a nice selection of starters and meats though the taste is not the best.
And I spotted the Danish Royal Life Guard guarding the entrance of Copenhagen’s Lego Store LOL.
Copenhagen is indeed a very charming city with eye-catching buildings and plenty of green spaces. Our stay is way too short to uncover much about this happy city and I would love to be back here again!