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Day 12 - København

Danish flag
The Little Mermaid
Halberstadt's Golden Train

A whole day sightseeing in København. First, looking round the shops, which must include Royal Copenhagen, where you can see them meticulously hand painting the famous pottery. Then, there is the Amber Museum, with fine specimens of Baltic amber both in its natural state and made into jewellery and ornaments. And one jewellery shop which must rate a mention on a page with a Railway theme: Halberstadt, where they have a beautiful 18 karat gold train, studded with diamonds, running round and round the window, hauling a precious cargo of cut rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds.

The Nyhavn (New Harbour) is lined with many excellent restaurants, most serving superb fresh caught fish dishes, so that it would be almost a crime not to take lunch there. We do so, and are not disappointed. Not only is the food good, the special lunchtime menu prices are remarkably cheap.

We stroll along the waterfront, where we encounter some tall ships, themselves recently arrived from Göteborg and on their way to England. We expect to get there quite a lot sooner than they will!

København S-tog: 3km

S-Tog at Østerport
After the obligatory visit to the Little Mermaid statue, it is time to go back to the hotel. We have walked quite a long way, so we take the S-tog (suburban train service) back to the main station. Since we had a good lunch, we take just a light snack and spend a quiet evening relaxing.

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