A Royal Adventure in Denmark

The palace is a popular tourist destination.
Tourists enjoy a day of sightseeing at Amalienborg Palace.

With a sigh of contentment, like at the end of a good film, I watched as a female servant closed the drapes on the big picture window of the castle. I was standing outside of Amalienborg Palace, the Copenhagen residence of Denmark’s reigning monarch, Queen Margrethe. Viewing this scene, I realized that, when traveling, sometimes rambling off the beaten path yields the most exciting results.

My friend, Jeanine, and I had gone to Denmark for a three-day trip. Having worked furiously to cram in as much sightseeing as possible, by the third day Jeanine and I had visited all of Copenhagen’s major attractions, and just wanted to relax and enjoy the city at a leisurely pace.

After dinner, walking along the Strøget ― the long pedestrian walk that spans much of Copenhagen ― we spotted a bus stop, for line 26, across the street. Since we had no definite plans for our last few hours, we decided to hop on and let it take us to an unknown adventure.

Bus 26 is just one of many in Copenhagen’s fantastic public transportation system that crisscrosses the city. It is a great way to see Denmark’s capital without having to exhaust one’s legs or wallet. (Get the Copenhagen Card at the airport or rail station; it allows unlimited travel on all bus and rail in Copenhagen.) Hotels in Copenhagen near the transportation lines are prime spots for accommodation in Denmark.

Quickly settling into the last pair of seats, we rolled along the streets, soaking in the colorful houses and shops we passed. Some homes were vibrant yellow, others were pink or green; all buildings were tidy and orderly, in classic Scandinavian style. It was like taking a mini architectural tour of the city, minus an annoying tour guide.

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