Arriving at the Hotel Imperial Copenhagen after a long overnight flight from Detroit Metro with a close connection in Amsterdam feels great. We are glad to be back in Europe and looking forward to our pre-Baltic Cruise stay in Denmark. Our Hotel is close to the Tivoli Gardens and a short walk to the busy city center.
Our half day excursion via motor coach showcased Danish Architecture and the expansion of Copenhagen. The Figure 8 complex was built for commercial use but turned into much sought after housing.
The next stop was at The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. The exhibit included five Viking Ships excavated in 1962 from Roskilde Fjord. They were part of a barrier constructed in the late 11th Century to protect the royal seat and cathedral at Roskilde. There were also reconstructed Viking Ships based on original, surviving ship finds.
We then drove a short distance to Roskilde Cathedral which is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is unique and beautiful. Almost 40 kings and queens of Denmark are buried here.
After returning we walked along Hans Christian Anderson Boulevard to a lovely Canal area named Peblinge So. Many people were boating and sitting on benches enjoying the afternoon sun.
Walking back to the City Hall Plaza we stopped for dinner and then went to take a photo of the statue of Hans Christian Anderson. Tomorrow we see the Little Mermaid statue.