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We started our Scandinavian vacation in Copenhagen, Denmark. We did our usual extensive walking tour of the city, photographing the many interesting sites of the Danish capital. We visited Christiansborg Palace where we toured the lavish royal reception rooms(after putting on protective vinyl booties on our shoes). The elegant rooms displayed beautiful furniture, highly decorated walls and ceilings and intricate, colorful tapestries. All the appointments were truly fit for a king.
Although we didn’t enter the Amalienborg Palace, we toured the adjacent courtyard with its large fountain. From this vantage point, we had an excellent view of Frederik’s Church, popularly known as the Marble Church. Frederik's Church has the largest church dome in Scandinavia with a span of about 101 feet.
The Rosenborg Castle is another nearby royal residence. It dates from the early 1600’s when it originally served as a summerhouse for Christian IV. It’s situated a in the King’s Garden, a spacious, leafy public park.
Whenever you see a photo of Copenhagen, you’ll often see Nyhavn. This canal, waterfront collection of brightly colored 17th and 18th century townhouses is fronted by cafes, bars and restaurants and many people having a good time.
Situated about a mile north of Nyhavn is the famous statue of The Little Mermaid. Of course it is a very popular tourist spot and you can fight your way down the rocks to the water to get your own photo of the lovelorn, Little Mermaid.
Tivoli Gardens is a Copenhagen amusement park that first opened in 1843 and continues to a major attraction for local residents as well as for tourists visiting Copenhagen. Along with the many rides, the park contains many restaurants(simple and fancy), cafes, a theatre, bandstands, flower gardens, an aquarium and a lake.
The Copenhagen Opera House is the national opera house of Denmark, and among the most modern opera houses in the world. It is also one of the most expensive opera houses ever built with construction costs well over 500 million U.S. dollars.
From Copenhagen we headed west across the Great Belt Fixed Link (The Great Belt Bridge) to the island of Funen. Here we visited Hans Christian Andersen’s home and museum in Odense, birthplace of the famous fairytale writer.
On to Aarhus and Den Gamle By. Den Gamle By is a collection of completely furnished old Danish town houses.
At Frederikshavn, we boarded the Stena Danica and made our way across the Kattegat to Gothenburg.
Børsen is a building on Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, Denmark. It was built by Christian IV in 1619–1640 and is the oldest stock exchange in Denmark
The Circle Bridge connects Christiansbro and the promenade by Danisco and will be about 38 meters long. The purpose of the bridge is not only to make it easier for Copenhageners to bike and walk back and forth, tere are also hopes that the bridge will be a new hangout like other public squares and places in the city. Canal boats and other minor boats will still be able to sail through the canal. Bigger boats can get through as well, because the bridge can open horizontally like a swing bridge.
One of many sites in Copenhagen and the ever present bicycle riders that we enjoyed seeing...