Running at o’dark-thirty doesn’t lend itself to great pictures, which is a shame when I am travelling. Since the city is well-lit, I managed to take a few pictures when I went running in Copenhagen, although they don’t do the city justice.
I ran along what is referred to as “The Lakes,” which originally was a stream, and then was developed as part of the city’s defenses (since they could be flooded), then as reservoirs, and now as a recreational area.
Sightseeing In Copenhagen
Luckily, I did get to do some sightseeing in daylight hours.
The first thing that caught my attention was this statute of Hans Christian Andersen, whom the plaque refers to as “H.C. Andersen.” I love that he has a book on his lap!
This building was almost catty-corner from “H.C.” According to this blog and others, the figures at the top of this building used to tell the weather – the woman on the bicycle would be out if it was a nice day, while a woman with an umbrella would be out in inclement weather. Sadly, that part of the building no longer works, but the illuminated thermometer along the side seems to be pretty accurate.
I also was captivated by the spiral spires that I saw on several very different buildings.
Any architecture scholars know when or why these were so popular in Copenhagen?
As I was walking around and noticing what I wanted to take pictures of, I realized how much I enjoy seeing different styles of buildings when I travel–from churches to government buildings to offices to housing. Of course, Europe has some great old architecture to appreciate, but I even enjoy the more modern buildings, like the “weather building” above.
What do you like to see when you are sightseeing?