Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is lovely. Windy as hell, but lovely. I think Stockholm is more chic and Oslo is more friendly, but Copenhagen has a style and a vibe all its own. Great architecture, great shopping and great museums. The central city is quite compact, so in a little more than 2 days I was able to see pretty much all the main sites, and still had time to catch a movie and go for a couple of great dinners. Here are the highlights.


The most pleasant surprise of the weekend – my 19th floor hotel room and the great view of Copenhagen from my window.

Looking out at the main train station: 

Copenhagen, with Malmo (Sweden) across the water in the distance:

The Tivoli amusement park in the foreground; the bridge between Denmark and Sweden in the backgroud:

Tivoli is an old amusement park that takes up a couple of city blocks in the middle of Copenhagen. It was closed for the winter, but the view from the hotel provided an interesting peek inside. The daytime view:

And at night, with paths and buildings lit up for a concert on the grounds: 

And just because I like the old-school neon signs in Copenhagen:


The National Museum has an excellent collection of Iron Age and Bronze Age artifacts, and a very well-organized of Viking history.

Some of the massive “runes” or memorial stones:

Remnants of a Viking boat:

Viking music – some horns:

Celtic faces on a huge silver chalice (about 2 feet across):

Silver, the primary prescious metal of Viking trade:


This gallery includes European paintings and sculpted art. It is housed in a lovely building, with this winter garden at its center: 

Statues of Danish queens. Seems like the Queen gets mad respect in Denmark:



Rodin’s “Thinker”:

In the Rodin gallery, where someone prepares to sketch the lovely statue of a young ballerina:


This castle was build in the early 17th century by the Danish king Christian IV. It is in an ornate Dutch Renaissance style and holds royal collections from Christian IV and other Danish royalty of the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the Danish crown jewels.

Interior design inspiration? Eye-catching raspberry and pistachio stripes:

Decorate much? Christian VIII’s room.

Frederik IV’s room:

A small sitting room with an amber chandelier:

These kings liked pictures of themselves on their horses, especially when looking entirely unipressed while doing improbably jumps 🙂

There are special rooms for various collections, including a Bronze Room, Porcelain Room, Regalia Room, and this Glass Room:

The “Long Hall” with its throne:

At the other end of the Long Hall, three giant silver lion statues stand in front of another set of thrones:

Some of the royal collection in the Treasury, including a huge serving dish covered in dozens of carved cameos:

Skulls were so hot in the 1600’s:

Crown jewels!

Fit for a queen:

Well, time for bed. Tomorrow, I’ll post more about Copenhagen: food, shops, architecture, and observations on things Danes like.


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