Velkommen tilbage den kongelige byen – Welcome back to the Royal City!
This is my second post about my fabulous day with Ann-Christine. So we are back in Copenhagen and let’s pick up where I left with a very strong view on a “kartoffelkage” in the end of the day. Strøget was packed with people, plenty Chinese’s and Russian tourists plus Swedes of course. Copenhagen is a very cosmopolitan city. Every mayor square was under some reconstruction through the city center – digging everywhere, but the traffic seemed to manage it very well.
When leaving Strøget did we end up on Kongens Nytorv – Kings New Square – there also constructions work was ongoing. At Kongens Nytorv is where the Royal Theater and the Charlottenborg Art museum is to be find – magnificent buildings. I notice that the pavement into Charlottenborg’s courtyard was made of wooden tiles, never seen that before – looked old, but in very good condition.
Nyhavn and the waterfront – the place to be on during anytime of year – always packed to the rim in the summer; day, evening and night. Here is where all the action is, even the naughty ones.
Now the sun was out in full blast at times and the area was just packed with people, every chair at every little restaurant was taken, the harbor tour boats was full loaded – there was some fantastic private yachts in harbor, mostly owned by Norwegians – one of the most richest nations in the world, due to their oil.
Then we came to the new Royal Theater, “Skuespilhus” – stunning modern building … built on a new dock – first time I been there, was open in 2008. Very interesting inside with dark corridors, nearly black washrooms (hardly any light – bit scary) and the most extreme paintings of Danish actors on every wall. They have almost daily free performances during the summer in the big entrance hall.
Just opposite “Skuespilhus” is the new stunning opera house, that’s designed by the architect Henning Larsen and it was built in less than 3 years. It is also one of the most expensive opera houses ever built with construction costs well over 500 million U.S. dollar. Had grand opening in 2004. Built on the island Holmen .
You have take the Route 903 of the Copenhagen Harbour Buses shuttles from Nyhavn out to the opera house or as the Danish call it “Operaen” – we saved that for next them. The Danish loves culture – and Copenhagen have always so much on offer.
Loads of construction work going on there too – new bridge over to the other side of the harbor and the opera house plus some new interesting dock development next to the “Skuespilhus”. Just like everywhere else in the city cranes, excavators and big holes in the ground. Maybe they are digging for oil!!!! *smile
After that we went to meet some royal roses at Amalienborg castle, the Royal Castle. The park still had some beautiful roses blooming and both of us was more interested in them than the castle.
At that time we – was at a breaking point for a cup of coffee and we both had that Lagkagehuset in mind, but it was miles away from where we was. But we put the long leg first and charged on – and it seems like an endless walk back.
But we met new objects from our cameras during the quick walk. As some stunning REAL blue orchids (Vanda) at the glorious Hotel D’Angleterre, established in 1755, just sitting there outside beside the traffic – and just before them my eyes caught some fantastic posters of dancers on the paling around one of building site by Ingrid Bugge, a Danish art photographer – check out her website it’s pure magic!
During our walk back to the “Lagekagehuset ” Ann-Christine was joking about … if the cakes that we had put our minds to was going to be sold out and that wasn’t a joke … NOTHING left in the goodies displays what so ever. So we had to settle with a muffin each, one carrot and one rhubarb. Nothing wrong with the muffins, but they were so hugely far away from a “kartoffelkage”. The coffee was great.
After coffee was it time to buy candles and spices at the colorful “Tiger”, next to the bakery – and then walk back to the station. Time for sore feet to travel home. So the answer on my question – “kartoffelkage” wasn’t to be!!!!!
When we passed the Rådhuspladsen – The City Hall Square – there was 2 fantastic musicians from Peru, I guess … in the most fantastic costumes. We stopped to enjoy the beautiful panpipes music – until all silly tourists came along and wanted to have their photos taken with the guys. Just like they were cirques freaks or rare animals of some kind – so degradable and they didn’t give any money or bought their CD. The whole thing made us just sick.
Along the way I showed A-C the fantastic Library Bar at Copenhagen Plaza Hotel, that is just opposite the station … and I took a photo of the ugly hotel where I worked for nearly a year and were my career as a chef started in 1968 – at the SAS Royal Hotel, now SAS Radison Blu Hotel. Still the same ugly building.
Our departure back to Sweden was from track 4 and 7.32pm – what a day … and my poor feet wasn’t back to normal for 2 days, but all worth it. But I wish that my day in Copenhagen had also contained a kartoffelkage. So next time I will have the cake so soon as I arrive … because when we returned to the station we saw the bakery had an outlet at the station.
I have to mention that the best hamburger in the world has landed in Copenhagen and of course it’s Swedish – MAX. A reason good enough for you to visit Copenhagen. The first thing I notice as we arrived Copenhagen station – the massive poster with a MAX hamburger – Well done MAX!!! Look out Burger King and McDonald’s … we Swedes are on our way. Just have to make a post about MAX too.
Very suitable have Carlsberg named the beer, Copen♥hagen. It will be launched worldwide next year.
“To wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Salty old queen of the sea
Once I sailed away
But I’m home today
Singing Copenhagen, wonderful, wonderful
Copenhagen for me”
“Wonderful Copenhagen” was written 1952 for the movie “Hans Christian Andersen” by Frank Henry Loesser (1910-1969). The movie had more notable songs such as “”Anywhere I Wander”, “Thumbelina”, and “Inchworm”. He wrote both music and lyrics . Danny Kaye played the roll as H C Andersen and sang this song in the movie – and it’s now of course the official song of Copenhagen.
Related post; “kartoffelkager”, to be or not to be???!!!!!!!
Carlbergs beer photo provided by and thanks to: belowtheclouds.com