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Goodbye Denmark, Hello Sweden!

The long train ride north to Stockholm

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My train to Stockholm wasn't until the afternoon so I had a lazy morning revisiting some places I had already been to so I could get some better pictures and then ventured the other side of the harbour. First up was the Kastellet, I was determined to get a better picture of its garrison's windmill after visiting Solvang in California with all its Danish windmills the previous year.
The southern entrance over the most at the Kastellet

The southern entrance over the most at the Kastellet

The garrison windmill at the Kastellet

The garrison windmill at the Kastellet


I then strolled down through Amalienborg Square and along the harbour's edge opposite the new Opera House to Nyhavn where I decided to try Smorebord,, this time the traditional way buttered with lard and with cold herring. Although it cost more it was much better and more authentically Danish than what I had before and I actually enjoyed it, however its best described as akin to British Ploughman's Lunch rather than haute cuisine.
King Frederik V's statue in the middle of the square at the Amalienborg Palace

King Frederik V's statue in the middle of the square at the Amalienborg Palace

Danish Frigate moor<br />Ved by the Masterkranen (Mast Crane) at Holmen Naval them

Danish Frigate moor
Ved by the Masterkranen (Mast Crane) at Holmen Naval them


The Opera House - apparently it's roof is the size of 3 football pitches!

The Opera House - apparently it's roof is the size of 3 football pitches!


Before getting the metro to Christianshavn I had a peep over the fence at the building work going on for the new metro line in the centre of Kongens Nytorv that so disorientated me when I first arrived in Copenhagen. Apart from a small area around Christian V's statue in the middle the whole square had been dug up! It was then over to Christianshavn where I saw tower of Vor Frelser Kirke with its spiral staircase to the top on the outside (!) And then walked through the hippy community of Christiana. Apparently it was originally started by squatters in the early 1970s but has been tolerated by the authorities with it's alternative way of living. There were lots of craft stalls, wooden shacks and grafitti... and a lot of strange smells of stuff being smoked which I'm not entirely sure was legal!
Kongens Nytorv (King's New Square) all dug up for the new subway

Kongens Nytorv (King's New Square) all dug up for the new subway

You can just about see Christian V's Statue amid all the building work for the new subway at Kongens Nytorv

You can just about see Christian V's Statue amid all the building work for the new subway at Kongens Nytorv


Escalators at a Copenhagen Metro Station

Escalators at a Copenhagen Metro Station

Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Saviour's Church) with its outside spiral staircase

Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Saviour's Church) with its outside spiral staircase

The entrance to Christiana, Copenhagen's hippy community

The entrance to Christiana, Copenhagen's hippy community


It was now time to make my way back to Copenhagen Central Station to catch the high speed train to Copenhagen. When I booked the trip what I was interested in was going the Oresund Bridge that now links Denmark and Sweden but the weather was awful and there wasn't much of a view :-( It was a long, long journey - 5 hours - with journey empty for the first and last hour and very busy in the middle as we passed through major towns I really taken much notice of before such as Norrkoping and Vaxjo but will remember in future.
Double decker bicycle storage outside Copenhagen Station

Double decker bicycle storage outside Copenhagen Station

The main concourse of Copenhagen Central Station

The main concourse of Copenhagen Central Station

A Swedish high speed train arrives in Copenhagen Station to take me to Stockholm

A Swedish high speed train arrives in Copenhagen Station to take me to Stockholm


Inside a Swedish high-speed train to Stockholm - before all the people got on a couple of stops on

Inside a Swedish high-speed train to Stockholm - before all the people got on a couple of stops on


Going over the Oresund Bridge in train to Sweden - unfortunately the weather was awful so no views!

Going over the Oresund Bridge in train to Sweden - unfortunately the weather was awful so no views!

Posted by FrancisRTW 02:00 Archived in Denmark

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