Radhuisplad and Rosenborg

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Radhuisplad and Rosenborg Slot


This chapter of the Copenhagen travelogue covers the parts of the city that I visited first and last, the areas not far from the train station (which Str°getwas also about where my hotel was.  This was the 'downtown' area -- with the shopping, restaurants, and other city trappings that the locals tended to populate.

It was a very energetic time.  When I went there in early October of 2001, the Danish national soccer team was facing its final matches as it sought a berth in the World Cup Finals of 2002.  On the day I arrived, Denmark hosted Iceland in the national stadium in Copenhagen.  A win was expected, and a win gave Denmark a ticket to Korea and Japan.  Consequently, the downtown was flooded with Danish soccer fans whooping it up in anticipation of the match, and that night all the bars and nightclubs had the game carried live.  It was unlikely than I would ever see Copenhagen so electric as I did that day.

One of the main centers of energy was the pedestrian strip known as the Str°get, partly shown in the first photograph.  The Str°get was a fantastic shopping zone.  Running about a half-mile it seemed, it included both major European-chain outlets and a Radhuispladwhole string of memorabilia shops (I bought a Viking hat).  Along the way, I joined a flow of several hundred Danish patriots walking down the street wearing Danish red and white, Viking hats, and all other sorts of red and white painted objects, chanting and singing.  Despite the obviously large amounts of alcohol being consumed (those who weren't drinking beer were carting the cases for those that were), it was a very good natured event.  In fact, a pair of Icelanders were in the middle of the crowd dressed in their blue-white-red.  One was chanting "Ahhhh-frahm Ees-lan" (Afram Island), the Icelandic rah-rah chant, at regular intervals.  But, all the Danes were shaking this man's hand and offering him brews.  Perhaps they were being sympathetic, as the Danes were absolutely expected to win.  But truthfully, at no moment did I feel like the situation would ever get out of hand.  I was perfectly relaxed as I moved with the crowd.

With that as the atmosphere, these were the places I visited.  The second photograph shows the Radhuisplad, or town hall square.  The structures shown were pretty typical for Danish architecture -- red brick, squarish, with a single or multiple tall skinny towers with a copper or black spire on top.  (Of course, the "Sony" signs were not part of the tradition.  :-) )  The town Cirkushall was off this photo, but it was similar to the building at right, the Palace Hotel.  The massive square in front had several huge statues and memorials of several varieties -- old-style monuments to famous individuals to newer abstract works.

Close by was the one major Copenhagen attraction that I did not visit -- the Tivoli.  The Tivoli was the main amusement park, with rides and shows much like Disneyland in the states.  If I was to do Copenhagen again, I would probably make a point to visit it.  In the meantime, I must leave the cultural stuff to the third photograph showing Copenhagen's beautiful music hall, the Cirkus.

The opposite end of the Str°get contained some of the older and more unique attractions.  The fourth photograph shows one of the main gallerias, Jorske's Passage, an impressive shopping center with trendy eateries.  There was also the Frue Plads, the arts and crafts market square.  While there wasJorske's Passagen't an active market while I was there, it was surrounded by several galleries or churches -- the Fredericus Sixtus Building and the Vor Frue Kirke (Church) were ones I photographed.  The Str°get ended at a major restaurant square with a number of high-class international restaurants and the beginning of a huge canal leading in the direction of the royal palaces, which I subsequently visited (these are covered in the Christianborg and Nyhavn chapter).

That evening I watched the first half of the soccer match from a pub near the Radhuisplad.  I only watched the first half since it ended 4-0 in favor of the home crowd and I was tired and figured I ought to get out of there before the crowd celebrated too much.

But the next morning, I had the opportunity to visit the Rosenborg Slot (castle), shown in the fifth photograph.  The Rosenborg was probably my favorite attraction from all of Rosenborg SlotCopenhagen.  The castle was located on the west side of downtown, surrounded by a huge park.  It contained a museum of the Danish royal treasury, which I was surprised to learn allowed photographs for a minimal surcharge (but posting on the Internet would not have been cool).  The treasury included a number of extraordinary works of ivory and bone, and a gilded horse saddle.  The rooms were very well preserved.  The hunting room in the first floor had a number of murals of hunting scenes and lots of trophies on the wall.  The ceiling sculptures were extraordinary, and there were numerous gold and ivory statues all over the place.  Even the commode (a newfangled feature in those times) was beautifully tiled.  My favorite room of all was the storage room for the royal dishes, which were mounted on the walls in very showy patterns.  The value of the materials in that room were probably as much if not more than the stuff in the treasury.

When I returned from the Rosenborg, I made one more pass by the Str°get.  Unfortunately, the weather had turned cold and rainy, but that didn't stop the Danes from celebrating their World Cup berth.  It also didn't stop one of the posh clothing stores from conducting an outdoor fashion show.  Forty degree weather and slinky models showing off summerish fashions... I didn't get it.

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Trip taken 6-7 October 2001 -- Page Last Updated 01 September 2006 -- (C) 2001, 2006 Tom Galvin


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