The thing i try to do in my trips is to walk round the city on my own. trying to get the essence of the new place and the thrill of getting lost in a new city. This time, my walks led me by the famous Rosenborg Castle (partly occupied by the NATO and houses the Royal Treasury), the Amalienborg Palace (the residence of the Danish Queen and the royal family) and the Christmas Market... After the night stroll, the quest of 'Authentic Danish Cuisine' led me to this little Danish Restaurant. The trip that was thoroughly sumptuous - consisting of varieties of pickled Herring, Smoked Salmon and Mackerel and a mail course of local preparation of roasted lamb - left a deep hole in my pocket.
Day 2 - I hopped onto a train at Hillerød Station to get to Helsingør. The train ride was about half an hour. I enjoyed the scenic view along the way to Helsingør very much. Kronborg Castle is in the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. This 16th-century castle was built by the Danish King, Eric of Pomerania. It was located at an elevation of 12m, on a small foreland jutting out into the narrowest point of the Øresund, which is the sound between Danish island of Zealand and the Swedish province of Scania. Not forgetting to mention, Kronborg Castle is immortalized as Elsinore in the famous tragedy play of William Shakespeare called Hamlet. Taking a stroll along the Helsingør harbour and its town centre on a chillax Saturday is just perfect! There are souvenir shops in the town centre and if you are a postcard collector like me, it is convenient to purchase postcards here because some of the shops do sell stamps too. There are so many restaurants and cafes to pick for lunch and the atmosphere of the town is pretty laid-back, which make it a good choice for a weekend getaway.
Church of Our Saviour
Day 5 - The baroque church, Church of Our Saviour or Vor Frelsers Kirke in Danish, is definitely worth the visit. Paying an entrance fee of 45DKK (~ 9AUD) offers extensive views over central Copenhagen led by its most famous helix spire with an external winding staircase that reaches about 90m to the top. The design came from the inspiration of Sant'lvo alla Sapienza's spiral lantern where its external winding staircase also turns four times in anticlockwise manner. I tried to overcome my acrophobia but as as I was half way through to reaching the external winding staircase, it just got to me with the stairs becoming narrower as I go higher. It's a shame that I decided to turn back and not pushing my way through up to the top for the magnificent view of central Copenhagen :(
Day 4 - I was absolutely stunned by the stunning Gefion Fountain. It is a large fountain on the harbour front in Copenhagen, featuring a large-scale group of animal figures being driven by the legendary Norse goddess, Gefjun. It is just minutes walk away from The Little Mermaid statue. The fountain was donated by Calsberg Foundation on its 50-year anniversary to Copenhagen. The fountain was designed by Anders Bundgaard and was first activated on July 14, 1908. Right next to The Gefion Fountain is St. Alban's Church, also known as the English Church by the locals. The Anglican church was designed by Arthur Blomfield as a traditional English parish church in the Gothic Revival style. Inside the church, it was so stunning and beautiful! I took my sweet time walking along the harbour to Nyhavn. The waterfront view is just gorgeous!
Dome of Visions
Day 5 - Dome of Visions, the building that caught my attention the most throughout my whole trip. It is located right opposite of the Black Diamond, and offering the ideas of the possibilities in vitalising the space between buildings and temporary sites that always spring up when new buildings are constructed. Its construction is based on the ideas conceived by Buckminster Fuller, who is an American architect and futurist, in 1940s. The construction of the dome aims to challenge construction industry on balancing both daily life and ambitious climate goals when developing cities. Flexible plastic made up the surface of the dome that gives visitors a feel to stay in a greenhouse during the change of seasons, and thus giving a clear overall picture of the dome's ability to function as a residential and living room in harmony with the seasons and the power of sun.
Day 2 - I took a 30-minutes train ride from Nordhavn Station to Hillerød Station. When I was walking past the town centre to get to Frederiksborg Castle, I was absolutely stunned by the magnificent view of Frederiksborg Castle across the lake. This Renaissance castle was built in the first decades of 17th century by the legendary Danish King Christian IV. Since 1878, the castle has housed The Museum of National History. The entrance fee is 75DKK (~15AUD) that lasts for the whole day. I was told that the development of Denmark from the Middle Ages to 21st century was beautifully displayed in many beautiful rooms in the castle. However, I was never a fan of museums and being tight on budget, I decided to take a stroll along the town centre and treat myself to a good brunch instead. I would say that "serenity" is the perfect word to conclude Hillerød.