About one week ago I went on a little excursion to Elsinore in Denmark. A cute European city I have been to many, many times. However I think it was about 15 years ago since my last visit. But I can tell you that not much had changed in 15 years. Lol! The lovely little town of Elsinore was exactly as I remembered it, a cozy Danish pearl.
Now Elsinore (in Danish: Helsingør,) is a city of just under 50.000 residents. It is located in the north eastern corner of the island Zealand in Denmark. Elsinore is the closest city to Sweden with frequent ferry connections to its twin city across the strait; Helsingborg. Elsinore is best known for the magnificent Kronborg castle, its historic city centre and as the setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
On our way to the ferry in Helsingborg in Sweden.
Time to board.
On our way.
The ferry ride took about fifteen minutes.
Arrived to Helsinore port in Denmark.
Over there was the Kronoborg Castle.
A side street in the historic city center of Elsinore in Denmark.
The main street in Elsinore.
Where there were lots of lovely little restaurants.
And this most adorable pup!! Aww!!
Cheese is a huge export item for Denmark. Two thirds of the Danish cheese production of between 700,000 and one million tons is shipped abroad and represent between five and ten percent of Denmark's total exports. Now something very special with Danish cheese is that it has a tendency to smell pretty bad! Like as sweaty feet in fact. Luckily most Danish cheeses do taste a lot better than they smell, something I personally can vow for. Hehe.
Say Cheeeeese! ;-)
A typical Danish cheese shop filled with lots of different cheeses (and Danish cheese odours). Hehe.
Dare to try? I did. :-) This one did not smell that bad though.
This cheese however smelled really bad! But I tried it and it tasted OK. I would not buy it though. Lol!
Another Danish specialty is their red sausage which are usually sold in a pølsevogn (sausage wagon). Oddly enough though I could not find one single pølsevogn along the main street of Elsinore... Weird! Anyway, the Danish red sausages are are traditionally served on a small rectangular paper plate with a side order of bread (similar to a hot dog bun, but without a slice in it), and a serving of ketchup, mustard and toasted onions. The sausage is hand held, dipped into the sauces and eaten. The bread is eaten alternately and also dipped into the sauces.
A typical serving of Danish red sausages served with a bottle of Danish beer.
Now on to my favourite Danish food item - Danish pastry! The Danish pastry began as a variation on the cinnamon bun but has in recent years evolved differently depending on tradition and taste. My favorite version of Danish pastry is covered with chocolate and filled with vanilla cream. Yuuum!!! And I for one never leave Denmark without having bought some Danish pastry to bring home with me. :p
Some typical versions of Danish pastry.
A few more.
And this is the one I had. Yuuuuummy!!! I also bought a couple of these to take home with me. :p
Because after we had devoured some Danish pastries it was time to leave Elsinore for this time.
This Thursday I went with my sister on a day trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. Now Denmark is one of those countries that almost feel like a part of Sweden to me. Mainly because I have been there countless times, but also because it's located so close to Sweden. However, what quickly reminds me of that this is not the case is the language barrier. Because even though some Danish words are very similar to Swedish ones, I still find it hard to understand Danish! Not sure how the Danes feel about understanding Swedish though? So even though Denmark feels familiar to me, Danish does not. Lol. Which is why I prefer to speak English with the Danes.
Anyway, it was a long time since my last visit to Denmark and I felt it was about time I took quick trip over there again. So I convinced my sister to tag along with me to Denmark's capital Copenhagen. And the easiest and quickest way to travel there from where I live, in Karlskrona, Sweden, is by train. It takes 3,5 hours, no transfers, which is very convenient as well. So away we went! And below are some pics from our day trip in Copenhagen. :p
Train station Karlskrona. This is the train we traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark with.
Copenhagen, Denmark. Behind the Sightseeing bus is the entrance to Tivoli.
Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world. It first opened in 1843. And every year Tivoli have around 4 million visitors.
Rosenborg Castle. It was the former Danish monarch King Christian IV who ordered this castle to be built. The construction took almost 30 years before it was finished in 1632. Rosenborg Castle is now a museum where you for instance can see the Danish crown jewels.
Here I am at the entrance to Rosenborg castle. I think it looks like an old ghost castle actually, I even got some freaky vibes while I was there. I mean, just look at the scary lion type guard statue in the right pic. Yikes!
This large building is the Town Hall of Copenhagen. It was built during 1892-1905. In this building you can find the worlds most advanced clock, designed by Jens Olsen. This clock has 13 different clockworks that shows the exact time from all over the world and the exact position of all planets.
Creatures we found portrayed around Copenhagen. We saw them on churches, old buildings, fountains or as statues. And I think they look a bit creepy, hehe. Although I don't know what they symbolize? But a few places we found them at were: Top left: Outside Town Hall. Top right: Also on Town Hall. Bottom left: Fountain of creatures on Town Square in Copenhagen. Bottom right: Close up of one of the foutain creatures.
Nyhavn, or "New Port". I love this part of Copenhagen! It's so colorful and has such a lovely historical feel to it.
Nyhavn was founded in 1670-73 by King Frederik V as a gateway from the sea to the old inner city. Back then the canal area reached all the way to the Kings Square, where ships unloaded their cargo and fishermen their daily catch. Many of these wonderful houses are 300 years old.
And you can also find the Longest Bar in Scandinavia here.
The main shopping street in Copenhagen is Strøget, which is one of Europe's longest shopping streets with its 1.1 km (0.684 miles).
And there sure are a lot of things to see, do, shop and eat along Strøget! Like buy souvenirs, watch a headless man, check out world records, bargain flowers and/or eat ice cream! :p
Something I ALWAYS buy home with me from Denmark when I visit are these! Danish pastry, or simply Danish. There are a ton of variations of Danish pastry but my favourite ones are those in the pic. And of course Danish pastry taste best when they are made and bought fresh in Denmark! Yuuummy!!!
Train station Copenhagen. This is where we boarded the train back to Karlskrona, Sweden. And I already look forward to my next visit. :-)