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North Zealand

Out of town castles and in town playgrounds

sunny 12 °C
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First thing I made my way back to the Rundetarn as soon as it opened to take in the view and it didn't disappoint. The Rundetarn (Round Tower) is 115 get high with a ramp up to the top rather than steps. Apparently when Christian X had it built in the 1640s he wanted to be able to ride his horse to the top! I was particularly keen to see it as I had seen it's copy built by Danish ex-pats in Solvang, California with my second cousin Mary the previous year.
The Rundetarn's spiral ramp up to the top

The Rundetarn's spiral ramp up to the top

Copenhagen's famous Rundetarn (Round Tower)

Copenhagen's famous Rundetarn (Round Tower)

The Observatory's Telescope at the top of the Rundetarn

The Observatory's Telescope at the top of the Rundetarn

The view north from the Rundetarn towards the Rosenborg Slot

The view north from the Rundetarn towards the Rosenborg Slot

The view north east from the Rundetarn towards the dome of the Marmorkirken and the Amalienborg Slot

The view north east from the Rundetarn towards the dome of the Marmorkirken and the Amalienborg Slot


The view down Kobmagergade from the top of the Rundetarn

The view down Kobmagergade from the top of the Rundetarn


However my focus of the day was to take maximum advantage of my 48 hour Copenhagen Card and get out and visit the two most famous castles out of the city in North Zealand. First up was Fredericksburg Slot at the end of the regional train line out to Hillerod and a must see according to all the guide books. Originally built in1560 in Dutch Renaissance style on three islets in the middle of a lake it's certainly impressive. There were 80 odd rooms to explore but apart from the chapel, the great hall and few select rooms they were again bare of much period furniture and artefacts, I guess different countries have different ways of presenting their history. I guess we're pretty spoilt in the UK with the National Trust and all its volunteers! I did find the 1814 gallery explaining Danish History and split with Norway interesting.
First view of Frederiksborg Slot walking up from the railway station

First view of Frederiksborg Slot walking up from the railway station

Me outside Frederiksborg Slot

Me outside Frederiksborg Slot

The entrance up to the external courtyard of Frederiksborg Slot

The entrance up to the external courtyard of Frederiksborg Slot

The fountain and external courtyard at Frederiksborg Slot

The fountain and external courtyard at Frederiksborg Slot

The internal courtyard of Frederiksborg Slot

The internal courtyard of Frederiksborg Slot

The Knight's Room at the start of the tour of Frederiksborg Slot

The Knight's Room at the start of the tour of Frederiksborg Slot

Looking down on the internal courtyard from inside Frederiksborg Slot

Looking down on the internal courtyard from inside Frederiksborg Slot

The Chapel inside Frederiksborg Slot

The Chapel inside Frederiksborg Slot

The Great Hall of Frederiksborg Slot

The Great Hall of Frederiksborg Slot


After a quick bite to eat (I do enjoy the Danish way of doing hotdogs!) I got the train for the half hour trip to Helsingfor to see Kronberg Slot - Shakespeare's Hamlet's Castle. Again the rooms were bare but I loved the history of the place collecting 'Sound Dues' on all boats passing in or out of the Baltic. I bought my Hamlet "To be, or not to be" T-shirt and got my first view of Sweden over the barrels of the canon in the Flag Bastion overlooking the strait.
Kronberg Slot with a model of itself in the foreground

Kronberg Slot with a model of itself in the foreground

The entrance into Kronberg Slot

The entrance into Kronberg Slot

The Great Hall of Kronberg Slot

The Great Hall of Kronberg Slot

The courtyard of Kronberg Slot

The courtyard of Kronberg Slot

Looking down on the Flag Bastion at Kronberg Slot

Looking down on the Flag Bastion at Kronberg Slot

Kronberg Slot Chapel with the guide dressed up as Hamlet!

Kronberg Slot Chapel with the guide dressed up as Hamlet!

Canons on the battlements of Kronberg Slot

Canons on the battlements of Kronberg Slot

Ferries arriving from Sweden beneath the battlements of Kronberg Slot

Ferries arriving from Sweden beneath the battlements of Kronberg Slot


It was then a 40 minute train trip back to Copenhagen where after a quick visit to the H C Andersen Experience - full of animatronics recreationing his famous fables but not really worth the effort - I arrived at the city playground Tivoli. Open late for a 2 week season up to Halloween and full of brightly lit pumpkins and witches it we would hard for anybody not to love Tivoli :-) It's an urban amusement park first built in 1843 between Copenhagen Town Hall and the main railway station. Imagine a cross between Victorian antiquity, Disneyland and a fairground and you've got Tivoli; I loved it, with its hairy amusement park style rides, live shows, restaurants, marching bands including the pint sized Tivoli Boy Guard and fairground attactions such as bumper cars there was something for everyone.
The Little Mermaid at the Hans Christen Anderson Experience

The Little Mermaid at the Hans Christen Anderson Experience

The main entrance into Tivoli all themed up for Hallowe'en

The main entrance into Tivoli all themed up for Hallowe'en

Illuminated pumpkin lanterns hanging above the path into Tivoli

Illuminated pumpkin lanterns hanging above the path into Tivoli

A show underway on the Tivoli Pantomine Stage

A show underway on the Tivoli Pantomine Stage

The Pirate Ship on the Lake at Tivoli

The Pirate Ship on the Lake at Tivoli

The Mountain Rollercoaster above stalls at Tivoli

The Mountain Rollercoaster above stalls at Tivoli

The Windmill and an illuminated carousel at Tivoli

The Windmill and an illuminated carousel at Tivoli

The Chinese Pagoda illuminated at night

The Chinese Pagoda illuminated at night

The broomstick below gives this super high carousel a Halloween theme!

The broomstick below gives this super high carousel a Halloween theme!

Stirring the Witch's Brew in a big pot at Tivoli

Stirring the Witch's Brew in a big pot at Tivoli

Posted by FrancisRTW 02:00 Archived in Denmark

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