Exploring Copenhagen

The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

The harbor cruise is a great way to get acquainted with the city’s layout.  Some highlights include the Opera House and the Black Diamond, Copenhagen’s public library.  
canal runs right through middle of this apartment building

canal runs right through middle of this apartment building

My favorite spot was cruising through Nyhavn where the houseboats and original waterside buildings still stand.  Following the cruise, Lindsey, lauren and I climbed the church tower of Our Savior’s Church, a massive spiral tower which has the adventurous walk on the outside of the tower on their way to the top.  While the girls delighted in seeing the city from on high, I simply touched the last step with my foot and immediately turned around to go back down.Copenhagen church   
Following the church climb, we made our way to the Danish National Museum and saw some really cool old stuff.  This free museum is chock full of ancient goods including mummies found in old coffins and Runestones, memorials to deceased men with colored runic writing (like hieroglyphics) dating from the 6-7th century. While we first thought Denmark was land of Vikings, we now know that Vikings were much farther north and Copenhagen remains a thoroughly “modern” city having been radically impacted by Christian IV in the 1600s.  

Following the church climb, we made our way to the Danish National Museum and saw some really cool old stuff.  This free museum is chock full of ancient goods including mummies found in old coffins and Runestones, memorials to deceased men with colored runic writing (like hieroglyphics) dating from the 6-7th century. While we first thought Denmark was land of Vikings, we now know that Vikings were much farther north and Copenhagen remains a thoroughly “modern” city having been radically impacted by Christian IV in the 1600s.  

Braided hair found in Danish bogs, National Museum Copenhagen

Braided hair found in Danish bogs, National Museum Copenhagen


Sun god rides a chariot across the sky

Sun god rides a chariot across the sky


For dinner, we met up with the rest of the Postma gang and enjoyed a meal at an Italian restaurant.  We were surprised to learn that the Danish don’t “share meals” and we each had to order a meal from the regular menu.  Good thing we weren’t spending more than 2 days in the fabulous town.

Cruising the Baltic

Cruise ship

Starting Point: Copenhagen The Postma Family gathered in Copenhagen Denmark for a week-long cruise of the Baltic Sea.  Mom and Dad played it smart by first flying to Geneva to visit Bryan and Stephanie and kids and allow jet lag to slow them down BEFORE heading on the cruise.  Tim, the kids and I drove to Denmark, taking the autobahn and stopping for the night in Hannover, Germany.  We planned to arrive 2 days before the cruise left allowing for some sightseeing in one of Europe’s most expensive cities.

Our “home” in Copenhagen was the Hotel Jorgensen, a hostel/hotel catering to down-on-their-luck tourists. We secured a family room which consisted of metal bunkbeds, a tiny metal cafe table, 2 chairs and a large flat screen TV mounted to the wall.  I brought sheets, blankets and pillows to give it the feel of a college dorm.  This wasn’t successful. It was still a bare-bones room but at least we had our own space.

Danish wiener

Danish wiener


The first evening we headed out on the town. It was a short walk from the hotel to Tivoli Gardens and the Town Hall.  We enjoyed watching people, listening to street musicians and eating the long weiners that Denmark is known for.