Seeing Copenhagen In 96 Hours: Denmark’s Best City

by Sheri
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Visiting København – The Most Populated City Of Denmark

Seeing Copenhagen, (in Danish -København)  was a real treat for us. It is one of Europe’s most amazing cities.

We visited Copenhagen for four days in the summer  of 2014 and  it was one of my most splendid experiences. So much to see and do, the options are limitless.

When I think of seeing Copenhagen my minds says The Little Mermaid, the cold, Peter Schmeichel and Carlsberg – even though I never ever drink beer.

One of the most fascinating, enjoyable ways to see is this old city is from a boat sailing down its canals. It is absolutely stunning. Seeing Copenhagen in 96 hours is no easy task.

Rosenborg Castle Gardens

We genuinely enjoyed the boat tour. Danish weather is both crazy and fantastic so you may want to take a sweater or light jacket with you – even in the summer months.

The city of Copenhagen is easily accessible on foot. We however, decided to take advantage of the Hop On Hop Off buses to ensure that we would see as many sights as possible.

Compared to cities in Europe, Copenhagen is slightly “expensive”.

Before seeing Copenhagen, we had read that “since the turn of the 21st century, Copenhagen has seen strong urban and cultural development.” – I find this to be very true.

 

Seeing Copenhagen Made Easy With The Copenhagen Card

You can save money by purchasing a Copenhagen Card either at the Airport or in the city.

The card allows free admission to 73 museums and attraction, free transport by train, bus, harbour bus and Metro PLUS discounts on restaurants, attractions and entertainment!

 

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You also get…..

  • to discover Copenhagen for less and at your own pace with the city discount card

Choose from a 24-, 48-, 72- or 120-hour card.

Boat Ride on the Canal

Boat Ride on the Canal

 

Bear At The King's Garden

Bear At The King’s Garden

 

Den lille Havfrue – The Little Mermaid

Home to the statue of  The Little Mermaid – (Danish: Den lille Havfrue) , displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade.


Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park in Copenhagen and a must for all visitors to the city, young and old. The gardens are located just a few minutes walk from City Hall, and the Copenhagen Central Station.

The scenery is beautiful with detailed architecture, as well as historic buildings and stunning gardens.

At night, thousands of coloured lights create an atmosphere like one out of a storybook!

Sting performed the evening we visited Tivoli, and even better? It was a free open-air concert.

Tivoli Gardens also offers a large variety in food choices.                                                                      

Feel free to bring your own food for a picnic in any area of the gardens – you will find space.

Are you a thrill seeker?  Take a ride of the Vertigo rollercoaster which will turn you upside down at 100 km/h!!!!

Tivoli Gardens

 

Seeing Copenhagen And Its Royalty

Make sure you see the guard change at Amalienborg, the winter home of the Danish royal family. We were there for the changing of the guard at 12:00 noon and it was wonderful to witness. It is quite different from the changing of the guards in London. Where you stand will depend on what you see, so get there at least 15 – 20 minutes before the start.

Two experiences are offered to tourists at Amalienborg. In Christian VIII’s Palace, the museum allows a peek into the  private chambers of former kings and queens as well as to the royal reception rooms.

In Christian VII’s Palace you are shown the magnificent rooms where grand festivities are held.

Amalienborg Slotsplads

Amalienborg Slotsplads


 

In Copenhagen a lot of apartments are accessible only by water. Countless people have their own boats, or share boats – similar to car sharing.

Seeing Copenhagen and it's wonderful harbour, boat docked on harbour , apartments in background

Where To Stay In Copenhagen – PARK INN RADISSON

Close proximity to the metro station. The hotel is also two stops away by metro to the Airport. 15 mins to the ci ty center.

Close proximity to the metro station. The hotel is also two stops away by metro to the Airport. 15 mins to the city center.

The staff is friendly and will give you lots of maps and guided upon check-in if requested.

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FIVE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT DENMARK

There are 443 named islands in Denmark, 76 of which are inhabited.

The World Audit ranks Denmark as the world’s most democratic and least corrupted country in 2008.

The Danish royal family is probably the oldest uninterrupted European monarchy. It traces back its roots to legendary kings in the Antiquity. Gorm the Old, the first king of the “official line”, ruled from 934 C.E.

In 1989, Denmark became the first country to legalise same-sex unions (although same-sex marriage was not granted until 2012).

Denmark has the highest employment rate in Europe (75%).

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66 comments

Rosemary January 10, 2018 - 12:22

We are planning a European vacation, and hope to visit this city. It looks really beautiful.

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Kavita Singh December 16, 2017 - 14:27

Gorgeous post and Awesome writing. Tivoli gardens look so gorgeous…. It is a great option for the travelers .

I never heard that Denmark is a land of islands. 443 islands. Wow! It will be an unbelievable experience if you can explore the country in detail. Thanks for sharing these interesting facts,

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Manoj December 16, 2017 - 11:35

Awesome writing. CopenHagen Card is a great option for the travellers which can be used to meet most of their needs. Other leading toursim destinations can follow this method to ensure relaxed, comfortable traveling experience to the visitors.

I never heard that Denmark is a land of islands. 443 islands. Wow! It will be an unbelivebale experience if you can explore the country in detail. Thanks for sharing these interesting facts,

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Ana De-Jesus December 13, 2017 - 15:57

I have definitely heard that Copenhagan is quite expensive but nevertheless I would still love to go! I love the sound of purchasing a Copenhagen Card either at the Airport or in the city. Even better that it gives you free admission to 73 museums and attraction, free transport and discounts on restaurants, attractions and entertainment! That sounds like a great card to have!

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Jhilmil December 13, 2017 - 05:41

Tivoli gardens are so beautiful , indeed Copenhagen is lovely and now in my places to see. Great to know of the interesting facts, and proud that it is one of least corrupted place.

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eliza December 12, 2017 - 23:56

Great post! with your story seems like I already visited Copenhagen, the place looks amazing with all the pictures and even the history and background of it.

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alisonrost December 12, 2017 - 19:52

How wonderful that Copenhagen offers a card for so many free things! You could spend days visiting museums and attractions around the city, plus discounts at restaurants never hurts a bit. One thing I’d especially love to see is the changing of the guard. Their funny hats always make me smile. x

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Laura Dove December 12, 2017 - 18:03

Oh I would LOVE to go to Copenhagen! It looks amazing and so much to see! I love how much you managed to fit in!

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sabrinakristine December 12, 2017 - 07:03

Great photos! beautiful place to visit, If this place is just inside my country, I would definitely go there anytime. πŸ™‚

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Tim December 12, 2017 - 05:23

Beautiful photos and great collective history! Makes me want to board a plane today. Great post – I’ll be back!

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Zwitsy November 3, 2016 - 22:43

Wow for its five facts! That sure is a pride of the country knowing that its employment rate is almost 80%! I love how clean the place looks like (as how I see it in the pictures you have here). Good thing that they offer card that can be purchased at the airport or in the city should you want to explore more about the place. I love how organized the place and so as the people here. I am sure that visiting in foreign places like this, one won’t get worried of.

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Sam (@followyouroad) November 2, 2016 - 08:45

Being Asian, Europe is really our dream destination. This is the first time I read a blog about Denmark, and it’s striking! I love the architecture. I think just being there and walking the streets would be grand. Truly hope I get there someday.

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liz cleland November 1, 2016 - 13:31

The statues are probably my favorite. Great article!!

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Sriparna November 1, 2016 - 13:18

I’ve never goggled about Denmark. Somehow, it never made to my travel list. Bit I see you’ve had a great vacation! Great points and pics… food for thought for me!

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Nadine Smith November 1, 2016 - 13:07

I dream of visiting Denmark one day. A photo of the Little Mermaid would be a highlight for me. I’m a huge Little Mermaid fan!

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Me-An Clemente November 1, 2016 - 10:15

Oh my gosh! Now, I want to go to Denmark more than ever because of your post. I want to go on that vertigo roller coaster too since I’m a certified thrill seeker. By the way, thank you for your tip on the Copenhagen card. I’ll surely avail it. How much is it?

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MARINA November 1, 2016 - 10:02

I was there in a 24h-trip a couple of years ago and ended up visiting the same places as you did (and I guess every single tourist does) and using the hop-on/hop-off too. I must say though that I had never used it before and I didn’t really like it, but since we stayed there just for about 24h It became the fastest way to discover the city! I found it overpriced and we had to wait long time between busses, so since the city it’s absolutely walkable, we could have done it faster by walk or by bike.

Leaving this aside, the interesting facts were truly interesting πŸ™‚

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Marge Gavan October 31, 2016 - 19:03

The Tivoli garden looks quite beautiful. I want to go to Denmark just to see the Little Mermaid (I have a thing for mermaids you see). My friend used to live there and she said it is one of the most beautiful places she’s ever seen. This post seems to second that claim.

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Janine Good October 31, 2016 - 16:34

I love Copenhagen! You covered it quite well my friend! I love the little mermaid and actually was brave enough to go on some of the crazy rides at Tivoli Gardens. The city itself is just so full of beauty and history. Hans Christian Anderson is truly an incredible creator of his time.

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natalietanner October 31, 2016 - 10:52

Love the interesting facts…sounds like a great place to live never mind visit!! I’ve been dreaming about visiting Denmark since reading the tween book Number the Stars to my class!

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Sydney Fashion Hunter October 31, 2016 - 03:41

I have a friend over in Denmark at the moment for two weeks for work. He is based about 3 hours away from Copenhagen but went down for the weekend. I haven’t had a chance to catch up with him yet but I’m just a bit jealous given I have always wanted to see Denmark. 4 days sounds like the perfect amount of time to see all the major attractions.

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Gina Panozzo October 30, 2016 - 23:48

When I think about Denmark I always think about the Little Mermaid as well. I really liked your tip about buying the Copenhagen card. It seems like a great deal and you had me at free transport! Also, The Tivolli Gardens are a must see because of how scenic they are!

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Michi (@michisolee) October 30, 2016 - 23:25

I guess Scandinavian countries are really known for being expensive destination. I haven’t been to these places because I only a quick stopover in Copenhagen airport several years ago. But this country is on my bucket list, I just need to save more.

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Johna October 30, 2016 - 23:00

Such a stunning place! I haven’t been yet but I’m planning to go here maybe in 2018 with one of my childhood friends. We can’t wait! I’ve also heard so much about The Little Mermaid statue hehe.

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Thelittlelai: Beyond limits October 30, 2016 - 22:33

What a lovely and fascinating place I must sound out. I would as well love to travel the place by sailing a boat, it must be very fun. The Garden looks to be so beautiful that I couldn’t hold back taking pictures if I’m there. I like to visit this place someday when I get the chance. Thank you so much for sharing about this one.

LaiAriel

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Melissa Smuzynski October 30, 2016 - 20:53

Very cool! I’ve never been to Denmark but I love all the interesting facts. I had no idea so many of the homes were only accessible by water, and didn’t know there were so many islands in the country either.Thanks for all the tips!

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Ram Kuizon October 30, 2016 - 20:21

Wow you got a good deal of that tour mate.
The island looks magnificent among the European countries in Philippines Denmark is a little peculiar to us. But after reading your post, it compelled me to visit it not to mention I am hopping for a greener pasture there too. I think Cebuanos would love to visit Denmark!

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Fray October 30, 2016 - 18:01

Hey,

Great article. I’ve passed through twice on roadtrips, and completely bypassed the massive water features. We didn’t stick around too long though due to the cost of everything.

I’d definitely consider heading back now though for a leisurely row around town.

Out of interest, how much is the Copenhagen Card?

Beautiful images. Thanks for the heads up πŸ™‚

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Lydia@LifeUntraveled October 30, 2016 - 17:24

The Tivoli gardens are beautiful! Thanks for the information on the Copenhagen card – it seems to be the best bet for saving money in a city that’s much more expensive than many other countries in Europe. πŸ™

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Miera Nadhirah October 30, 2016 - 16:43

This is just so stunning and I find it awesome because it did somewhat remind me of my childhood.. however my mom and I only got to spend a day in Denmark /Copenhagen because of transiting.. and I can only remember some buildings and of course, the little mermaid as it left a memory in me….I was only about 9 years old…. huhuhu… so thanks for this

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EG III October 26, 2016 - 04:28

I’m heading there next month for the first time (2 days, 1 night). I will definitely take your advice and invest in the Copenhagen card.

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life October 26, 2016 - 06:07

It is definitely worth it πŸ™‚

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Enjoyfreebies October 23, 2016 - 12:45

Copenhagen looks like a pretty cool place. I would love to have an apartment on the water. Travelling by boat everyday would be interesting.

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Izabela October 22, 2016 - 09:11

I have never visited Copenhagen but it looks like an amazing city. Copenhagen Card sounds amazing. I surely helps you save lots of money.

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life October 23, 2016 - 07:43

Yes Izabela, you do save a lot of money. It is a great place with friendly people.

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Kintan September 15, 2016 - 11:03

What an amazing post and very interesting. I love Denmark started from my very first visited and holiday just last week. But I never go to Copenhagen, but I have a plan to go there too hopefully soon. But with these pictures make me wanna visit soon. Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures and stories.

XOX,
Kintan

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life October 23, 2016 - 07:44

Where in Denmark were you visiting Kintan? Of course, there are lots of great places there and although most tourists go to Copenhagen, I hear other smaller cities are just as beautiful.

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Olive Ole September 15, 2016 - 05:13

Great post and lovely pictures of my “borrowed” city (meaning I currently live here as an expat)

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Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life October 18, 2016 - 16:54

Hope you are loving living there Olive πŸ™‚

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Pat September 15, 2016 - 03:57

Denmark has such beautiful spots! I have been to a few, but never Copenhagen, deffo have to put that on my bucket list after seeing your beautiful pictures!

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Ahammed Bablu May 15, 2016 - 19:25

Thank You for your helpful info on Copenhagen,Copenhagen seems so beautiful! I have never been to Denmark but I would definitely love to visit once. And Tivoli Gardens is first on my list

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Matthias May 15, 2016 - 16:36

Great post! I went to Denmark years ago myself and so many memories came back when reading it here. Such a nice city. I especially loved thier hot dogs πŸ˜€

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sveeteskapes May 15, 2016 - 15:45

Copenhagen has been on our list for too long, hopefully will be able to go there soon. Thanks for sharing so many interesting facts, its crazy (in a good way) to know that a lot of apartments are accessible only by water, I think that is super fun. Besides, I would love to see a city by water too, it gives such a wonderful and different perspective.
xx, Kusum

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Mirriam (Mirriam Dictionary) May 15, 2016 - 03:56

Denmark is always fascinating to my eyes. I would love to visit Copenhagen one day. The places you visited are definitely going to my list. πŸ™‚

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Stacy May 15, 2016 - 00:25

Looks like a fascinating city! I’m loving the fact that some people can only get to their houses via boats. My husband has really wanted to check out Copenhagen for awhile, and now I’m definitely leaning towards adding that to our list for this summer!

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Evanne May 14, 2016 - 21:14

I’ve been wanting to visit a friend who lives in Copenhagen! This is a great guide. I’d love to see the lights in Tivoli Garden, they must be beautiful!

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Bernard Tan May 14, 2016 - 16:33

OMG! I didnt know that they are the first to legalised same sex marriage! With the Copenhagen Card, there is free admission to museums and attractions, thats an awesome tip!

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life May 14, 2016 - 16:52

Yes Bernard, it is such a plus point when travelling in Copenhagen as it gives you access to so much more than you bargained for. I loved it, and look out for it whenever I travel. In Amsterdam and Vienna there is also a card like this to use. They are great!

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Sarah @ Expat of the World May 14, 2016 - 12:51

Great post here, I found it super informative and enjoyable – I never knew those facts about Denmark!

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Kirnay May 13, 2016 - 19:29

What a gorgeous place and photos are so stunning it makes me to visit Copenhagen right now.

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Rashmi & Chalukya May 12, 2016 - 13:16

The first picture of post itself is worth falling in love with Denmark πŸ™‚ 443 islands thats plenty and Tivoli Gardens looks beauty. Thanks for the information we would definitely opt for the boat ride whenever we make a visit.

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Tina May 12, 2016 - 10:49

Wow! I love the little mermaid! Its like a fairy tale! Thanks for the tip with the card that you mentioned to get at the airport I mean how cool is this? You get a lot of benefits out of it πŸ™‚ Thanks for the information πŸ™‚ Love it.

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Alina Popescu May 12, 2016 - 08:12

I have not visited Copenhagen yet, but it looks so enticing! Especially the Tivoli Gardens. I’d also totally go for the boat tour, I’ve loved the one in Amsterdam and I do want to enjoy more.

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EG III May 12, 2016 - 07:24

I’ve been to Europe a number of times and it’s a shame that I’ve overlooked Denmark each trip. Great photos…and I can now clearly see that I must make it a point to check out Copenhagen (and hopefully at least a couple of those 76 inhabited islands)!

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karen278 May 11, 2016 - 14:50

STUNNING photos a place that sadly I have not visited yet! I am adding this to my overgrowing list of places to travel now though! Karen

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Ann May 11, 2016 - 14:04

It looks like you had an awesome time. I never realized how reliant Copenhagen was on water transport. Never even knew there were canals or places only accessible by boat. I have a friend who lives there and she loves it. Personally, I’ve always wanted to visit Tivoli Gardens.

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jess_friend May 10, 2016 - 19:49

Your featured is amazing! My parents stayed in Copenhagen before doing a cruise across the Baltics. They said it was one of the most expensive places on their trip, did you find that? My Mum’s favourite spot home of Hans Christen Anderson, as she loved the Danny Kay 1950s film πŸ™‚

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Tania April 6, 2016 - 19:23

Stunning photos! Makes me want to go somewhere, anywhere. In fact, i think i have a cousin who lives in Denmark, hmmmm…

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 7, 2016 - 19:58

It is so gorgeous there Tania, I think you would love it πŸ™‚

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ToddWorley April 4, 2016 - 13:58

What a great place to vacation at. It look really nice! I am going to have to vacation there myself sometime! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life April 4, 2016 - 14:41

I think you would love it there Todd! Lots to do and the locals are super-friendly and helpful. I think Spring or Summer is best for Copenhagen otherwise the cold might hold you back from certain activities. If you end up going, please share your experience with me. πŸ™‚

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Simi March 29, 2016 - 06:48

Yes Copenhagen is a lovely city, so easy to get to from Kastrup! We stayed at the Nimb right next to Tivoli Gardens. If you go across the O bridge you can get to Malmo and do 2 countries (Sweden and Denmark) in one day!

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 29, 2016 - 17:47

Thanks for the tip Simi. Maybe when we fly to Sweden later this year, we will cross over into Denmark again. πŸ™‚

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Sharon Beauty Prime March 10, 2016 - 03:57

Lovely place. Gorgeous shots! Looks like a great place to visit.

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Hometown Betty (@HometownBetty) March 9, 2016 - 20:15

Lovely images. Copenhagen is on my list to see places.

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