Copenhagen – Tuesday 16 July
Another walk on this our final day of sightseeing in Copenhagen. We have searched and asked what else we should do and short of a day trip to the country, there is little else. We could have visited some museums rather than passing by, but still we have been very satisfied with our visit to this city. It is a city steeped in history and historic buildings, that is now converting its industrial waterfront for greater use by the community (we haven’t seen anyone playing water volley ball in the four enclosures opposite; we are also curious about what looks like a skate ramp down to a dead-end in the canal side re-development).
Today we walked up to the Royal Library and ducked behind it into the Christiansborg Palace grounds. Admittedly that was the rear entrance, as opposed to the main entry, but visitor friendly signs were distinctly absent. We had the benefit of a map we photographed as we ducked behind the library, so after trying one entrance to the palace, we went looking for the Royal Stables. All was quiet, a sign showed we were in the right place but nothing about opening hours (if any). What’s more the Riding Ground was being dug up. Eventually, we spoke to a worker who informed us that the stables would open at 1330 but all the horses had been sent north. She recommended visiting the Palace and Chapel, and showed us the way.
So we inspected the Royal Reception Rooms but the Parliament only had one guided tour a day in English and the ruins were closed. Very impressive rooms.
We then found our way to the Palace Chapel under the ‘Secret Passage’ (allowing the family to keep dry to/from the chapel).
A coffee in Hojbro Plads then a walk up to Kongens Nytorv (the State Theatre area) for some retail therapy. We returned down Laeerstraede (retail and restaurants; parallel to, but less crowded than Stroget) to Vester Voldgade (more restaurants), past the National Museum, and so back to the hotel.
Another great day in Copenhagen.
Tomorrow we board Emerald Princess for the next chapter of our adventure in Northern Europe.
Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot), on the islet of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office and the Danish Supreme Court. Also, several parts of the palace are used by the monarchy, including the Royal Reception Rooms, the Palace Chapel and the Royal Stables.
The palace is thus the house of Denmark’s three supreme powers: the executive power, the legislative power, and the judicial power. It is the only building in the world that houses all three of a country’s branches of government.
The Royal Stables (De Kongelige Stalde) is the mews (i.e. combined stables and carriage house) of the Danish Monarchy which provides the ceremonial transport for the Danish Royal Family during state events and festive occasions. The Royal Stables are located at Christiansborg Palace on the island of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1789 the number of horses reached a peak with 270 horses stabled. Today, there were no horses in residence but normally there are about 20 horses in the Royal Stables.
The Royal Stables are regularly open to the public. The state coaches and other carriages are kept there, along with about 20 horses (normally). We did not visit the stables today.
Christiansborg Palace Chapel (Church of Denmark = Lutheran) is part the palace which is at the disposal of the Danish Monarch. It is used for religious ceremonies for members of the Danish Royal Family, most notably baptisms, confirmations and official lying in state. It is also used by the Danish Parliament for the Church service in connection with the opening of parliament.
Just as we can see cruise liners departing Copenhagen, we can see – in the far distance – the Öresund or Øresund Bridge (Danish: Øresundsbroen, Swedish: Öresundsbron, joint hybrid name: Øresundsbron) is a double-track railway and dual carriageway bridge-tunnel across the Øresund strait between Scania (southernmost Sweden) and Denmark.
The bridge runs nearly 8 km (5 miles) from the Swedish coast to the artificial island of Peberholm, which lies in the middle of the strait. The remainder of the link is by a 4 km (2.5 mile) tunnel from Peberholm to the Danish island of Amager. The Øresund Bridge is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe, and connects two major metropolitan areas: Copenhagen, the Danish capital city, and the major Swedish city of Malmö. It connects the road and rail networks of Scandinavia with those of Central and Western Europe.
See various photos of the bridge on this link.
My favourite is this one. Imagine driving down into that hole!
See the Copenhagen Image Gallery on this blog
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and there are more on our Flickr pages