MAY 01: COPENHAGEN HIGHLIGHTS
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Danish tourism organization rocks and it’s proven to us at oikotimes.com once again! Despite our big plans to share as many as possible delegation promo tours as rehearsals were not taking place at the B&W, we ended up at North Sealand a wonderful city of Denmark which we kinda explored. Camilla Kjærsgaard from Visit North Sealand was our guide and di an amazing tour in addition to an amazing hosting for lunch. Here is what we learned today:
Kronborg Castle is known worldwide as Hamlet’s and Shakespeare’s castle. It was Frederik 2 – father of Christian 4 – who built and named the splendid Renaissance castle we know today. The castle was built 1574-85 inspired by European monarchs as a symbol of wealth and power. The history of the castle goes back to 1420, though, when Eric of Pomerania built the fortress Krogen in order to control the Sound and charge the profitable Sound Dues. Sound Dues were very important to Elsinore for more than 400 years, and made the city and the castle known worldwide – even Shakespeare heard about it!
Kronborg was devastated by a major fire in 1629 which only the chapel survived. Christian 4 rebuilt the castle with extensive new decorations in the baroque style, but in 1658 Kronborg again was struck by disaster when the Swedes bombarded and occupied the castle and took many precious art treasures as booty. In 1690 the castle was strengthened as a fortress with Crownwork of Christian 5. Hereafter the castle was hardly ever inhabited by the royal. From 1785 until 1923 it was used by the military, and only in recent time thoroughly restored and brought back to Frederik 2’s and Christian 4’s heyday. In 2000 Kronborg was admitted to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Follow the sloping bridges down into the old dry dock between Kronborg Castle and the Culture Yard and enter an underground museum, designed by the world renowned architectural company BIG. Here you will meet a colourful world of numerous exhibitions telling the story of Denmark, as one of the leading maritime nations both past and present. The rich collections of the museum are exhibited in dramatic exhibitions with large projections on the architecture. Here you can see, listen and interact as you discover the maritime world.
Take a break in the M/S Café and enjoy a delicious lunch, hot and cold drinks, pastry and sweets. The museum shop M/ S Cargo is an experience in itself. Here you will find products in interior design, applied arts, books, jewellery, tea & coffee, scents and beauty products, toys, and fashion to fit any budget. Everything is imbued with quality and modern design, relating to the museum’s exhibitions. The museum shop is also available as online shop.