Denmark, September 2021

Kronborg Castle, Helsingor

Friday, 17th September 2021

Tony and Tatiana standing under the arch of the entrance gate at Kronborg Castle. Beyond there is a substantial brick retaining wall with a moat hidden in front. Behind this the castle itself can be clearly seen with a large turret or tourelle projecting prominently from the corner of the roof.
Tony and Tatiana standing under the arch of the entrance gate at Kronborg Castle. Beyond there is a substantial brick retaining wall with a moat hidden in front. Behind this the castle itself can be clearly seen with a large turret or tourelle projecting prominently from the corner of the roof.

Kronborg Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. It is referred to as ‘Hamlet’ Castle, because it is believed Shakespeare used the castle as the setting for his play. It is situated on the extreme northeastern tip of the island of Zealand at the narrowest point of the Øresund, the sound or strait between Denmark and Sweden, although the provinces on the Swedish side were controlled by Denmark when the castle was built.

The castle has its origins in a stronghold built by King Eric VII in the 1420s to control this entrance to the Baltic Sea. From 1574 to 1585, King Frederick II had the medieval fortress radically transformed into a magnificent Renaissance castle. In 1785 the castle ceased to be a royal residence instead being used as a prison and then army barracks. It was renovated and opened to the public in 1938.

Tony and Tatiana in Kronborg Castle's central courtyard. Looking from above the castle is square in profile with this large square courtyard contained inside. Behind is a tower projecting from the castle's walls and rising above roof level. The tower includes a clock face and is topped by a large decorative cupola.
Tony and Tatiana in Kronborg Castle’s central courtyard. Looking from above the castle is square in profile with this large square courtyard contained inside. Behind is a tower projecting from the castle’s walls and rising above roof level. The tower includes a clock face and is topped by a large decorative cupola.
Tatiana and Tony in front of Ogier the Dane, a statue of a mythical character who it is said will reawaken in times of trouble to protect Denmark. This concrete statue is located in the castle's casemates or underground passages. A bronze version of the same statue also exists. Ogier is depicted sitting with a sword and shield.
Tatiana and Tony in front of Ogier the Dane, a statue of a mythical character who it is said will reawaken in times of trouble to protect Denmark. This concrete statue is located in the castle’s casemates or underground passages. A bronze version of the same statue also exists. Ogier is depicted sitting with a sword and shield.
Another view of Ogier the Dane with Tony and Tatiana in front.
Another view of Ogier the Dane with Tony and Tatiana in front.
A row of large cannons mounted on wooden gun carriages and pointing towards the Øresund sound. Tony and Tatiana standing along side.
A row of large cannons mounted on wooden gun carriages and pointing towards the Øresund sound. Tony and Tatiana standing along side.
View across the Øresund sound with a pair of large ships visible in the distance. In the foreground the tip of a cannon and grass covered earthworks can be seen.
View across the Øresund sound with a pair of large ships visible in the distance. In the foreground the tip of a cannon and grass covered earthworks can be seen.
Close-up shot of Tony standing in front of the cannons.
Close-up shot of Tony standing in front of the cannons.
Relief decoration on the castle walls, including an Ancient Greek style Medusa head.
Relief decoration on the castle walls, including an Ancient Greek style Medusa head.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. It is situated on the eastern coast of the island of Zealand and the adjoining island of Amager. The strait of Øresund separates the city from Malmö, Sweden, with a rail and road bridge connecting the two.

Saturday, 18th September 2021

View of Rosenborg Castle with a hedge-lined path leading to an entrance in the foreground. Two of the castle's towers topped with cupolas are visible above. The castle is Dutch Renaissance in style and was built as a country summerhouse by Danish King Christian IV in 1606. It was expanded several times in the following decades. It was used as a royal residence until around 1710. Since then it has only been used as a royal residence twice during emergencies: most recently the British attack on Copenhagen in 1801.
View of Rosenborg Castle with a hedge-lined path leading to an entrance in the foreground. Two of the castle’s towers topped with cupolas are visible above. The castle is Dutch Renaissance in style and was built as a country summerhouse by Danish King Christian IV in 1606. It was expanded several times in the following decades. It was used as a royal residence until around 1710. Since then it has only been used as a royal residence twice during emergencies: most recently the British attack on Copenhagen in 1801.
Tony and Tatiana stood in an entrance archway at Rosenborg Castle. The castle can be seen in the background.
Tony and Tatiana stood in an entrance archway at Rosenborg Castle. The castle can be seen in the background.
A large rock crystal chandelier inside one of Rosenborg Castle's state rooms. The castle has been open to the public since 1838. It exhibits the Royal Collections with a wide variety of artifacts from the late 16th century of Christian IV to the 19th century.
A large rock crystal chandelier inside one of Rosenborg Castle’s state rooms. The castle has been open to the public since 1838. It exhibits the Royal Collections with a wide variety of artifacts from the late 16th century of Christian IV to the 19th century.
A large bejewelled silver sword displayed in a protective case inside the Treasury at Rosenborg Castle. This is Christian III’s Sword of State, made in 1551 by the goldsmith Johann Siebe, and used at Royal coronations until 1648.
A large bejewelled silver sword displayed in a protective case inside the Treasury at Rosenborg Castle. This is Christian III’s Sword of State, made in 1551 by the goldsmith Johann Siebe, and used at Royal coronations until 1648.
Tatiana and Tony in front of a bronze statue of Queen Caroline Amalie of Augustenburg in the King's Garden at Rosenborg Castle. Queen Caroline Amalie (1796-1881) was Queen Consort as the second wife of King Christian VIII between 1839 and 1848
Tatiana and Tony in front of a bronze statue of Queen Caroline Amalie of Augustenburg in the King’s Garden at Rosenborg Castle. Queen Caroline Amalie (1796-1881) was Queen Consort as the second wife of King Christian VIII between 1839 and 1848.
A bronze lion sitting on a stone plinth, one of a pair in the King’s Garden, at Rosenborg Castle. The King’s Garden is Denmark's oldest royal garden and was embellished in the Renaissance style by Christian IV shortly before the construction of the main castle.
A bronze lion sitting on a stone plinth, one of a pair in the King’s Garden, at Rosenborg Castle. The King’s Garden is Denmark’s oldest royal garden and was embellished in the Renaissance style by Christian IV shortly before the construction of the main castle.
A large circular water feature in Kultorvet, a public square on Købmagergade, a busy pedestrian shopping street in Copenhagen city Centre. The water feature is a flat slightly raised platform enabling people to walk over the top. There are lots of small jets of water spraying through grates across its surface. It can also be used as a bandstand for special events.
A large circular water feature in Kultorvet, a public square on Købmagergade, a busy pedestrian shopping street in Copenhagen city Centre. The water feature is a flat slightly raised platform enabling people to walk over the top. There are lots of small jets of water spraying through grates across its surface. It can also be used as a bandstand for special events.
Tony and Tatiana stood at the bottom of the Round Tower (Rundetaarn) on Købmagergade. The tower was built in the 17th-century as an astronomical observatory by King Christian IV. Rather than stairs the tower contains a 7.5 turn spiral ramp enabling a horse and cart to move books and instruments to the library and observatory inside. The platform at the top is 34.8 metres above the ground. Today the tower is open to the public as an observation tower giving excellent views over Copenhagen. It additionally functions as an exhibition and concert venue, and is also still used for astronomical observation.
Tony and Tatiana stood at the bottom of the Round Tower (Rundetaarn) on Købmagergade. The tower was built in the 17th-century as an astronomical observatory by King Christian IV. Rather than stairs the tower contains a 7.5 turn spiral ramp enabling a horse and cart to move books and instruments to the library and observatory inside. The platform at the top is 34.8 metres above the ground. Today the tower is open to the public as an observation tower giving excellent views over Copenhagen. It additionally functions as an exhibition and concert venue, and is also still used for astronomical observation.
Looking up at the top of the Round Tower from ground level. The tower is built of brick punctuated by lots of windows.
Looking up at the top of the Round Tower from ground level. The tower is built of brick punctuated by lots of windows.
Tatiana and Tony at the Stork Fountain on Amagertorv, a pedestrian square, roughly half way along Stroget, the main pedestrian and shopping street of Copenhagen. The fountain was a present to Crown Prince Frederik (later Frederik VIII) and Crown Princess Louise for their silver wedding anniversary in 1894. It depicts three storks about to set off. The central pedestal of the fountain is bronze, with the storks in the middle, a pedestal beneath, and a bowl which holds water at the top. A nine-sided stone basin collects the water from three small cascades at the base.  Since 1950, it has been a tradition that newly graduated midwives dance around the fountain.
Tatiana and Tony at the Stork Fountain on Amagertorv, a pedestrian square, roughly half way along Stroget, the main pedestrian and shopping street of Copenhagen. The fountain was a present to Crown Prince Frederik (later Frederik VIII) and Crown Princess Louise for their silver wedding anniversary in 1894. It depicts three storks about to set off. The central pedestal of the fountain is bronze, with the storks in the middle, a pedestal beneath, and a bowl which holds water at the top. A nine-sided stone basin collects the water from three small cascades at the base. Since 1950, it has been a tradition that newly graduated midwives dance around the fountain.
Another view of Stork Fountain with Tony and Tatiana in front.
Another view of Stork Fountain with Tony and Tatiana in front.
Outside the Dubliner pub on Stroget. The pub is busy with people sitting at outdoor tables.
Outside the Dubliner pub on Stroget. The pub is busy with people sitting at outdoor tables.
View of City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) at the west end of Stroget. Stroget is the large and long pedestrian shopping street that runs through the heart of Copenhagen and connects City Hall Square and King’s New Square. Copenhagen City Hall (Københavns Rådhus) is almost out of shot to the left of the photo. The current city hall dates from 1905, and includes a 105.6 metre high tower, making it one of the tallest buildings in the city.
View of City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) at the west end of Stroget. Stroget is the large and long pedestrian shopping street that runs through the heart of Copenhagen and connects City Hall Square and King’s New Square. Copenhagen City Hall (Københavns Rådhus) is almost out of shot to the left of the photo. The current city hall dates from 1905, and includes a 105.6 metre high tower, making it one of the tallest buildings in the city.
Tony, Tatiana and Sarah in front of Tivoli Gate. Sarah is Danish and accompanied Tony and Tatiana around Copenhagen for the day. Tivoli or Tivoli Gardens is a large amusement park and pleasure garden in central Copenhagen. The park opened on 15th August 1843 and is the third-oldest operating amusement park in the world.
Tony, Tatiana and Sarah in front of Tivoli Gate. Sarah is Danish and accompanied Tony and Tatiana around Copenhagen for the day. Tivoli or Tivoli Gardens is a large amusement park and pleasure garden in central Copenhagen. The park opened on 15th August 1843 and is the third-oldest operating amusement park in the world.
Tatiana and Tony in front of Tivoli Gate.
An extremely large metallic statue of Hans Christian Andersen in City Hall Square. Tatiana is sitting on the statue's pedestal in front and Tony is standing on the pedestal and touching the statue along side. The statue is located next to HC Andersen Boulevard, a busy dual carriageway.
An extremely large metallic statue of Hans Christian Andersen in City Hall Square. Tatiana is sitting on the statue’s pedestal in front and Tony is standing on the pedestal and touching the statue along side. The statue is located next to HC Andersen Boulevard, a busy dual carriageway.