Posted by: hdoubt | September 6, 2012

Touristy things…

This morning I woke up with burst of energy and decided that I would take a bike trip down to the harbour to check out some of the sites I have yet to see in Copenhagen. It was a beautiful sunny day – and it has been like that for some time now I must say – so I knew I was in for some great pictures.

I started by first going to Nyhavn:

Everyone who knows anything about Copenhagen will associate this street with the city. A beautiful site, Den Nye Havn, ‘the New Haven’, was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area teemed with sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs and alehouses. ‘Den Nye Havn’ eventually changed its name to ‘Nyhavn’ (‘Newhaven’), and gradually the beautiful old slanted houses were renovated and classy restaurants started popping up.

No. 9, Nyhavn, is the oldest house in the area dating back to 1681. The design of the house has not been altered since that time. I have a picture!

I than took by bike down the water a little to Amalienborg:

It is made up of four identical buildings – The Christian VII’s Palace is also known as Moltke’s Palace, The Christian VIII’s Palace is also known as Levetzau’s Palace, The Frederik VIII’s Palace is also known as Brockdorff’s Palace and The Christian IX’s Palace or Schack’s Palace –spread around the octagonal courtyard.

This is the main residence of the Queen. When the flag is raised, it signals that the Queen is present. I don’t know if the flag was raised…I only researched this after. Oops.

I then continued down the waterway to what every tourist who visits Copenhagen has to see: The Little Mermaid.

The story of the Little Mermaid is from writer Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale by the same name, a story about the unhappy mermaid who wish she goes on shore.The statue was inspired by ballerina Ellen Price, who in 1909 danced the lead role in the ballet The Little Mermaid at the Royal Theatre.

According to history Ellen Price, however, would not model in the nude for sculptor Edvard Eriksen. Therefore, only the statue’s face is modeled after the ballerina, while the body is modeled after the sculptor’s wife Eline Eriksen.

My last stop was Rosenborg Palace:

Rosenborg was built in 1606-1634 by King Christian IV as a royal pleasure retreat outside of the closed city. Today it is a museum with objects related to the Danish monarchs during the last 400 years. Rosenborg Castle is a beautiful historic building and a fascinating museum of cultural history. It houses some of Denmark’s greatest cultural treasures, not least the Crown Jewels and the Danish Crown Regalia.

It was an awesome day and I expect many more like today in my travels ahead.

H

Fun Fact #2: Denmark has the oldest existing flag in the world (June 15, 1219)

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Responses

  1. The pictures of the harbour are breathtaking. Keep up the good work!

  2. Hey Hunter,
    Great blog….Glad to see you are having some nice weather for the start as you tour around. Pretty fancy apartment you have — and quite a view. Have you had any herring yet?? Britta

    • I have not had herring yet! I’ll be sure to let you know when I do! Hope all is well Britta!

  3. Hi Hunter
    Love the blog and the pictures are great. Wow, classes two days a week! Can’t get much better than that! xoxo aj

  4. Hi Hunter,
    Intersting blog and terrific pictures. Makes me anxiou to visit.
    xxxooo Gram


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