FOUR DAYS IN COPENHAGEN - Castles, good food, fine weather and a safe and clean city Four days in Copenhagen
21.08.2014 - 25.08.2014
We arrived early at the Brisbane International Airport and were lucky enough to be able to use my squillion Emirates Skywards points to upgrade to Business Class to Dubai. We chose not to do so from Dubai to Copenhagen as it is a six and a half hour flight and we had two seats together at the back of the plane. Here are a few photos. The first one is our Emirates Airbus A380 at Brisbane and the next two were taken from the window as we were preparing for landing in Copenhagen. As you can see there is plenty of farmland surrounding Copenhagen.
Copenhagen (Kobenhavn) is the largest and capital city of Denmark. With a population of 2 million it is the second largest city in Scandinavia. It was a Viking fishing village and was founded in the 10th Century and became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th Century.
This afternoon we went up to the Sky Bar of the Bella Sky Hotel where we are staying to look at the view. Sweden is off to the east and the city centre of Copenhagen to the right.
We caught the Metro from the Bella Centre to Kongens Nytorv and then walked the short distance to Nyhavn which is really the old harbour. We enjoyed the passing parade from an outdoor bar.
Today is Friday and we had a wonderfully relaxed day of people watching. We took the Metro to Kongens Nytor again and walked to Nyhavn to catch the Canal tour. This proved to e a wonderful way of really seeing Copenhagen from a different perspective.
Here are a few of the photos taken from our boat on the canal tour. Here we are leaving Nyhavn.
This is The Opera House built in 2005 at a cost of 2.5 billion Kroner. The DK is roughly about $0.20 AUD.
The Danish Royal Yacht is the oldest in service in the world as it was built in 1931.
We called in to see the Little Mermaid. To preserve her modesty, here is a rear view of her in all her glory.
The Amalienborg Palace is the winter home of the royal family. They moved there in 1794 as the previous palace was destroyed by fire. The wing on the right with the four chimneys is the residence of the Queen and her husband while that on the left with the five chimneys is the residence of Prince Frederick and Princess Mary and their family.
These are some homes along the canals built in the time of King Christian IV who gave tax breaks to public servants to encourage development away from the city centre and along the canals.
The Black Diamond Royal Public Library is a waterfront extension to the old building.
This new building provides an interesting change to bricks and mortar.
A view from the canal.
The famous spire of St Nicholas's Church in Copenhagen.
The red building in this photo of one of the seven different homes lived in by Hans Christian Anderson in Nyhavn. He lived in this house in 1835.
Here is David having a chat with Hans Christian Anderson who lived from 1805 to 1875.
The Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden opened in 1843. It is the second oldest in the world.
The magnificent Town Hall Building is the headquarters of the municipal council and is close to Central Station.
The Storget is the longest walking street in the world at 1.1km in length. It features world fashion shopping, eateries and live performances. Colleen and I were siting in the outside area of an Irish Pub when these street performers put on a show of human fitness and balance.
The Round House was built by King Christian IV between 1637 and 1642. It was the first part of the Trinitatis Complex which combined Church, Library and Conservatory in a single building.
We returned to Nyhavn for dinner at an Italian Restaurant run by Muslims. We were able to practice our rudimentary Arabic. The food was excellent.
On Saturday morning we travelled back to the city centre to walk down Storget towards Christiansborg Castle (Christiansborg Slot). The castle fronts on to canal.
It now houses the Parliament, official rooms of the Queen as well as the Supreme Court. The original castle was built on this site by Bishop Absalon in 1167. This was demolished in 1369 to make way for the Copenhagen Castle. This castle was demolished in 1731 to make way for the first Christiansborg Castle which burnt to the ground in 1794. The Royal Family then moved to Amalienborg Castle and it has been their winter residence ever since.
The second Christiansborg Castle also burnt down in 1884. The third Christiansborg Castle is the present one built between 1907 and 1928. While building this castle they uncovered the ruins of both the Copenhagen and Absolon's Castle.
We took the tour which first takes us underground to the ruins. Here are some pictures.
Next we toured the Reception rooms of the Monarchy.
We took the lift to the Tower for some magnificent views over Copenhagen.
The first picture below shows the Stock Exchange with its twisted tower with the three legs representing the three Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Lastly, we visited the Royal Stables which are close to 500 years old. Being away from the castles meant they survived all of the previous fires which destroyed the castles.
This picture below is the carriage used in the wedding of Prince Frederick and Princess Mary (formerly Mary Donaldson of Tasmania).
Tonight we met our Tour Director for our Trafalgar Cossack Adventure that will take us through Scandinavia and end in Berlin.
On Sunday our local guide took us on a morning sightseeing tour, which included the Little Mermaid, the Renaissance Stock Exchange, Royal Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace.
We took an optional Castles and North Zealand Tour in the afternoon.
Here is our chariot with our Tour Director, Ulf Erickson, and our driver, Gena.
This is Amalienborg Palace, the winter home of the Monarchy in Copenhagen since 1794. The Royal Guards come from an elite commando regiment that served in Afghanistan.
We went to see the Little Mermaid who turned 100 last year. On the way we had to dodge bike riders as today was the Ironman Marathon which involved 2600 competitors from 25 different countries.
The following three photos show Frederiksborg Castle, built by King Christian IV in 1606. The second and third photos show the Coronation Church in the palace which was also built in 1606.
We travelled along country roads to reach The Peace Palace, the Summer Palace of the Monarchy. The first photo shows the view of the front of the palace. Prince Frederick and Princess Mary have made their home in the right wing of the palace shown in the second photo. The guard out the front indicates that the royal family were home.
This next photo was taken near a seaside town and it shows Sweden just 4 km away to the right.
In the morning we say farewell to Denmark and leave for Sweden.
So, what did we think of Copenhagen? It is a very safe city. The weather was kind to us. It is a very expensive place to stay. Lunch in many of the cafés and restaurants will likely cost around $60AUD for two. We had soup one night in one of the restaurants at the Bella Sky and it cost us 200 DK which is around $40 AUD.
We would highly recommend Copenhagen for atmosphere, history and good living.