Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Various Sights in Copenhagen

A popular area for residents and tourists is Stroget. It is one of the longest pedestrian shopping areas in Europe. And as you can see by the photos below, very busy!

Strøget was created in November 1962 when cars were beginning to dominate Copenhagen's old central streets. Building on its success, the network expanded in 1968, 1973, 1980, and 1992. From the initial 15,800 square metres of the Strøget, Copenhagen’s pedestrian network has expanded to about 100,000 square metres.

Many of the city's most famous and expensive stores, such as Illums Bolighus, Magasin du Nord, the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory, and chain stores, are located along the strip.

Royal Copenhagen is the reddish-brown brick building with gables in the photo above.

One of the oldest buildings in Copenhagen is the Old Stock Exchange built by King Christian IV (1577-1648 – ruled Denmark and Norway 1588-1648) in 1619-1640. The King was called the great builder and architect of Copenhagen, and had the ambitions to turn Copenhagen into a financial and trade centre by creating this magnificent building that housed the Danish stock-market until 1974.

We learned quite a bit about King Christian IV during our trip and I will be posting about many of the other buildings he had constructed. The Stock Exchange was designed in the Dutch Renaissance style with a prominent spire of four dragons with their tails twisting towards the top and ending in a spear with three crowns representing the union between Denmark, Norway and Sweden. This was to symbolize the close relationship among the three Nordic countries.

Copenhagan, like many other European cities was built with canals.

A canal tour was a great way to see the older sections of the city.

During a walk we happened by the Canadian Embassy.

Here we are in Central Station, a rail hub dating back to 1847.

Copenhagan is a city of bicycles and we soon learned not to stand in the bike lanes!

Nyboder(meaning New[small]houses) is an area of historic row houses that were former Naval barracks that were planned and first built by Christian IV. These barracks are now homes for Copenhagan residents

This elaborate building is a store, Magasin Du Nord.

And finally, here I am beside my new car, I wish,lol!

Hope you enjoyed this little tour around Copenhagan, more to come soon.


Rosemary said...

Interesting city, pedestrian walkways seem like something we should adapt..... So much history ,love the canals.. and I was sure I saw that car in your driveway.....

Regan said...

looks amazing

Avril Tanner said...

looks like a great place to visit! love the pic of the car!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tour of Copenhagen...the buildings are really beautiful but I sure liked that car!!
Brenda in Kit

Deanna said...

Nice car girl!

Jeannie said...

How cool ... it'd be neat to visit Copenhagen and especially the Strøget. Nice car ... good taste!