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Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.

Alain recently posted my batch of pictures from Austrian castles. I spent four days around Copenhagen last week, so here are some pictures of the castles (or “Slots”) I have visited there.

Kronborg from the ferry

We arrived via ferry from the Swedish side of the Oresund in Helsingor (Elsinore) where the fortress Kronborg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronborg) guards the passage between the North and the Baltic sea.

The cannons on that fort made sure that all passing vessels paid dues to the Danish crown.

Model of Kronburg

This model of Kronborg shows the more modern fortifications thate were added to defend the stronghold against more advanced artillery.

Kronborg was used by Shakespeare as the location for the play “Hamlet”. In contrast to some of the Bard’s other plays, the story behind Hamlet is not based a historical event.

Rosenborg Castle

Within Copenhagen itself, Rosenborg Castle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenborg_Castle) is used as a museum for the collected treasuries of the earlier Danish Kings. An attached vault also houses the Danish crown jewels.

While most of the rooms in Rosenborg are dedicated to individual kings, the top floor is a single large room decorated with the symbols of the absolutist kings.

From the collection

This one is for the American BJ readers.


We skipped Christiansborg and had a look at Amalienborg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amalienborg).

Four rather small palaces are arranged around a central plaza. One of them is the residence of the current Queen of Denmark, another one acts as a museum for the more recent kings of Denmark. Here, as in Rosenburg, individual rooms are dedicated to each regent. Usually this is his office, which gives a nice overview how the style of the interior changed over the years.


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14 replies
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    eclare says:

    Wow, impressive fort! Just heard thunder, hope we get some rain. Yay! More thunder!

    ETA, just reading about the fires in CA, how awful. I hope everyone here is safe.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Heh, “rather small palaces” indeed.

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    Baud says:

    Good shots.

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    Currants says:

    Love the photos, Otmar. I’m not as familiar w DK as Sweden, but if you crossed at Helsingør you probably left from Helsingborg, crossing the Kattegat strait (Skagerrak is the portion also bordering Norway and leading to the North Sea). Again, I don’t know about DK but Sweden has tons of great hiking/walking paths, and the Kategattleden (the Kattegat trail) wanders along the coast in some gorgeous territory. Just in case anyone’s up for that kind of trip.

    I’m planning to walk St Olaf’s trail in Northern Sweden for my 60th birthday. (From the Gulf of Bothnia to Trondheim)

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    debbie says:

    My sister-in-law and her mother just left for a tour of England’s castles. I am most jealous.

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    rikyrah says:

    The castles are imposing and beautiful 😄

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    We were in Copenhagen two years ago. In that last picture, the horse is a square surrounded by royal buildings, including a museum off to the right. My wife was walking the perimeter of the buildings on the other side of that statue, and an armed guard with an automatic rifle decided she was too close, and warned her back out to the outer edge of the sidewalk. It was a curious experience in what was such a peaceful setting, with no evidence of threat. But apparently those building are guarded with some intensity.

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    JPL says:

    CBS this morning has a segment on Copenhagen. Beautiful pictures.

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    satby says:

    I was in Denmark at age 16, and saw all that but it didn’t really register, we were more anxious to hang out at the Tivoli Gardens every evening. So thanks otmar, your pictures brought back some memories.

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    MomSense says:

    Thank you, Otmar.

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    J R in WV says:

    Nice job, Otmar. Thanks!

    In the days of absolute monarchs, they built the best living quarters they could, cost no object. But they heated with huge ceramic stoves in the rooms with them, no chimneys. How did they stand the smoke? Was that why the ceilings are 16 feet up, top 8 feet filled with smoke? And this was in Italy, what was it like in Denmark?

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    otmar says:

    @Currants: yes, we took the ferry from Helsingborg. We booked our hotel in Malmö, so we also saw a bit of Sweden.

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    Origuy says:

    I was in Copenhagen some years ago. I took the overnight train from Stockholm, before they built the Øresund bridge and tunnel. They loaded the train cars onto a ferry at Helsingborg. I got to Amalienborg Castle in time to see the changing of the guard. It’s quite a spectacle; the guards leave Rosenborg Castle and march through the city to Amalienborg.

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