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Copenhagen

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I am on my way to a Rivercruise exposition in Amsterdam, and stopped in Copenhagen for a few days - one of the few major cities in the EU that I have not visited before. It's truly a wonderful city. I can't imagine what it is like in the summer, because there were lots of tourists from around the world - judging by the languages spoken - visiting. The Dane's are hearty! In spite of the temperature being about 40 degrees, the outdoor cafe's t Nyhavn were busy - food and beer!

Following the traditional airline delays and hassles, I got a good nights sleep and headed off for a tour of the city on a 90 minute Hop-on, Hop-off tour. This gave me a great lay of the city overview. In Denmark the museums/castles are closed on Mondays, so I did the "outside" destinations.

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The first stop was the "Little Mermaid" where I got off the bus and started my way back to Nyhavn.
The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid becoming human. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen. Based on the 1837 fairy tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and has been a major tourist attraction since its unveiling in 1913. In recent decades it has become a popular target for defacement by vandals and political activists.

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After a short walk I ventured around Kastellet. Kastelletis a citadel located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is one of the best preserved fortresses in Northern Europe. It is constructed in the form of a pentagon with bastions at its corners. Kastellet was continuous with the ring of bastioned ramparts which used to encircle Copenhagen but of which only the ramparts of Christianshavn remain today. King Christian IV of Denmark initiated Kastellet's construction in 1626 with the building of an advanced post, St. Anne's Redoubt, on the coast north of the city. The redoubt guarded the entrance to the port, together with a blockhouse that was constructed north of Christianshavn, which had just been founded on the other side of the strait between Zealand and Amager. At that time the fortifications only reached as far north as present day Nørreport station, and then returned south east to meet the coast at Bremerholm, the Royal Shipyard. However, part of the king's plan was to expand the area of the fortified city by abandoning the old East Rampart and instead extend the rampart straight north to connect it to St. Anne's Redoubt. This plan was not completed until the mid-1640s, shortly after King Frederick III succeeded King Christian IV.

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Continuing my way back I stopped at the Fredricks Church. The church was designed by the architect Nicolai Eigtved in 1740 and was along with the rest of Frederiksstaden, a district of Copenhagen, intended to commemorate the 300 years jubilee of the first coronation of a member of the House of Oldenburg. Frederick's Church has the largest church dome in Scandinavia with a span of 31 m. The dome rests on 12 columns. The inspiration was probably St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The foundation stone was set by king Frederick V on October 31, 1749, but the construction was slowed by budget cuts and the death of Eigtved in 1754. In 1770, the original plans for the church were abandoned by Johann Friedrich Struensee. The church was left incomplete and, in spite of several initiatives to complete it, stood as a ruin for nearly 150 years. In 1874, Andreas Frederik Krieger, Denmark's Finance Minister at the time, sold the ruins of the uncompleted church and the church square to Carl Frederik Tietgen for 100,000 Rigsdaler — none of which was to be paid in cash — on the condition that Tietgen would build a church in a style similar to the original plans and donate it to the state when complete, while in turn he acquired the rights to subdivide neighboring plots for development.

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I then went on an hour canal voyage, that was part of my two day Hop-on Hop-off ticket.

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Then it was back to the hotel to rest up for dinner!

Posted by rpickett 16:48 Archived in Denmark Tagged copenhegen

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Wow you covered a lot of ground. Only thing I would recommend that you missed would be Tivoli.

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