Friday, May 31, 2019

Zuiderdam MegaVoyage 2018-2019, Copenhagen, Denmark

This is our third visit to Copenhagen and we decided to purchase the Red Bus Hop on Hop Off tickets as our shuttle from Oceankaj to the city. Weatherwise, the day did not start out that well, heavy mist, fog and a steady rain for the morning but we made the most of it and went to a venue that was open early and promised to be very interesting and the Kastellet fit the bill. The bus let us off at The Swedish Church adjacent to the Kastellet, a pentagram-shaped fortress was constructed as protection against the Swedes...we walked the grounds of the fortress seeing the Citadel, Windmill, barracks and the church. Leaving the Kastellet grounds we made our way to St. Albans Church and the dramatic Gefion Fountain, a bronze statue of the goddess depicting Gefion ploughing land to create Copenhagen. Next, we headed for Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a beautiful Russian Orthodox Church with stunning gold onion domes. Not far down the street is the beautiful St. Mary’s Cathedral or the Marble Church, known for being one of the largest domes in Europe and the setting for royal ceremonies. The cathedral overlooks the circular Amalienborg Palace, the home of Queen Margrethe...the Royal family was in residence today so no tours permitted. We stopped for a morning break and had delicious Danish pastry...big change in the weather, the sun broke through and the clouds disappeared...what a difference the sun makes! We made our way to Rosenberg Palace grounds, the former royal residence is now a museum for the Crown Jewels, and we walked through Kings Garden, a pretty park surrounding the palace. Our next stop was the Trinity Church Round Tower built in 1642 as an observatory, it is 114 feet high and I climbed the internal ramp that spirals to the top affording good views of the old town. On our last visit to Copenhagen we were unable to climb the Christianborg Palace Tower so we decided to take a short walk through old town to the Palace to go to the Tower...the wait to ascend the tower was too long and we had to be back to the ship in time for sailing...maybe on our next visit to Copenhagen. The Christianborg Palace is located on an island which was the original village of Copenhagen, today this palace is home to the Danish Parliament, the Jewish Museum and the Palace Church. We made our way back to the ship and did get a quick glance of the Nyhavn canal on our way by. Another nice day in Copenhagen...we will have to do some planning for what to see on our next stop in this beautiful city.  Life is great onboard the Zuiderdam….