Chapter 1060: Copenhagen Denmark Jan 2020 – Part 1

During the same month I went to Bremen in Germany, I also made a short trip to Copenhagen!! At the time I was very excited because I always wanted to visit the city. My dad actually went to Denmark with a few friends in his early twenties and told me how nice clean and nice the place is. I paid £34.91 for a return ticket with Ryanair. I know a lot of people have told me how bad the airlines was, but honestly out of a total of 11 returns trips I’ve had with them, only 2 times they’ve messed up my journey back home with severe delays thus causing me to miss my coach. But luckily, National Express Coaches are very flexible and always let me on (earlier or later than my reserved time slot) as long as I had a valid ticket. I landed around 10:30am, hopped onto the M2 metro that took me straight to Nørreport station, then from there I walked to Rosenborg Castle. I bought a 24hr Copenhagen pass in adavance and activated when I landed, so I was able to hop onto transport and go into selected attractions as part of the deal.
Rosenborg Castle is very famous because it was built by King Christian IV during the early 17th century. He reigned for 59 years which is longest time for Danish monarchs.
This is the place to go to see the crown jewels, kind of like the Tower of London where they also keep the crown jewels. The exterior of the building is made of brown bricks and is very pretty. It might have been because of the clouds, this photo’s makes it look old and haunted.
I was exploring every single room. This was Christian IV’s Winter Room, it said it is the best preserved room from the original castle.
The royal toilet, named Christian IV’s Toilet and nicknamed ‘The Secret’. There was a water cistern which was used for flushing. They said during the dry season it was difficult to get water thus leaving a stinky smell from below.
It had all these pretty ceramic wall tiles.
They had very realistic statues behind a glass booth. Almost eerie…
The ceilings are so pretty in the the Marble Room, the extravagant details…so beautiful. Originally this was said to be the bedroom of Christian IV’s morganatic wife called Kirsten Munk. At first I didn’t even know what morganatic meant but after some research I now know it’s when, a marriage takes place between a man of royal or noble background with a woman of a lower rank. She is cut off from rising to his rank and their children are not eligible, in this case, for the throne.
The Christian V’s Hall, in this room it had a very different vibe with a very decorated red wall. It was originally the living room of Kirsten Munk. She was from a noble family and the 2nd wife to Christian IV. They had 12 kids. That’s a lot of kids…But I guess back in the olden days it was common to have a lot. Kirsten’s mother negotiated that because their background is of nobility not a commoner, then Kirsten would be the wife of the king and not deemed a mistress. On the wall there are 2 portraits, one as of Christian V and the other of Queen Charlotte Amalie, both painted by Jacob d’Agar who was actually a French painter from Paris.
The walls so pretty here and the black and gold cabinet!! It was made during 1700, it’s found inside Frederik IV’s Hall.
Chandelier!! I’ve always wanted one. Probably the most prettiest light deco they have ever created.
The antique clock is designed to resemble an altar, it was made around 1700.
I love this kind of furniture…Very romantic and pretty.
This was a room called the Rose dating back from the time of Frederik IV.
So pretty!! These are cups made out of nautilus shell and semi precious stones. They were part of the collection in Christiansborg Palace during 1750.
The pretty piece in the middle with the cross is called the Grand Cross.
This piece was called the Mantelpiece clock, on the top is a figure of Christian VIII, he was king of Denmark during 1839 – 1848 and he was king of Norway in 1814.
There were so many beautiful badges.
This aluminium helmet belonged to Frederik VII. This was, at the time a newly developed lightweight aluminium.
The Knights’ Hall is on the second floor. It was the last room in the castle to be refurbished and it was finished during 1624. The hall was made originally for it to be a ballroom but during 1700 its purpose changed for holding audiences and banquets. Once you enter this room, the first thing your eyes will notice is the red throne. It was made by A.F. Holling in 1740 for the king. The red throne was originally placed at the Christiansborg Palace but there was a fire in 1794 the throne was then moved to Rosenborg castle.
I really like the checkered floors, it’s quite magical and almost something you’d find in a fairy tale.
On the ceiling, in the middle, there is the Coat of Arms.
The ceiling is very pretty.
The chair here was made with red velvet and the table is made with coverings of silver. It has the Norwegian lion embroidered and also Frederik IV’s monogram. The pieces were actually birthday presents from Queen Louise from 1715 and 1716. Red is such a pretty colour, and crimson red is one of my favourites.
Over on the other side there are 2 thrones. Apart from that there are 3 silver lion statues. They were made during 1665-1670 in Copenhagen by Ferdinand Küblich. The lions are a symbol of protection, solely to protect the royal Danish throne at the castle.
The porcelain collection was very impressive.
Inside this room there were so many porcelain and glass items.
A beautiful collection.
Next I went to the Treasury, they held beautiful silver rifles that look too pretty to be weapons. The weapon collection was founded by Frederik III. King Christian V had a keen interest in collecting weapons and he made sure to preserve them. During the 18th century most of Rosenborg’s collections were moved to Christiansborg where it all sadly got destroyed in the 1794 fire.
Golden figurines!
They also had Christian V’s breastplate and helmet on display.
In the cellar room, they displayed mostly ivory and amber artefacts. One of the amazing things you’ll find is this ship model made from ivory. It is called the Norwegian Lion and was carved in 1654 by Jacob Jensen Nordmand. The canons and rigging is made of silver.
At first I didn’t know what these were but they were giving me Sailor Moon Vibes. These are cups of ivory and ostrich egg.
This was a very interesting piece.
On the top…Definitely gave me Sailor Moon vibes…It looks like the holy grail.
Chess!! A game my sister forced me to play when many years ago.
There was a section called The Rosenborg Wine. The wine here is served at the Queen’s New Year banquet and special occasions. As it is an annual thing where royals take as tradition to drink the wine, they said there is enough wine here to last for the next 300 years.
They had big barrels.
More cool weapons.
And beautiful swords. I love swords, it’s so pretty to look at.
This was Ole Rømer’s Room, small but significant and you can’t miss it. Ole was an astronomer who studied at the University of Copenhagen. The glass-cased planetarium was design by Ole himself to show and demonstrate the orbit of the solar system. It was made by a royal clockmaker called Isaac Thuret who was from France.
The Green Cabinet area they kept a collection of handicrafts, small portraits and parade arms. This was the impressive piece The Green Cabinet area they kept a collection of handicrafts, small portraits and parade arms. This was the impressive piece of Christian IV’s riding trappings. It was used his coronation in 1596, it was made out of black velvet with gold and pearls.
There were so many beautiful displays.
Inside the treasury one of the most eye catching items you’d find is this sword, Christian III’s State Sword. So beautiful!! The treasury is located in the basement of the castle, it was opened to the public in 1975.
I didn’t expect to see a skull jug. It symbolises eternity for all mankind. It was made for Duchess Augusta of Holstein-Gottorp in 1632, she was the sister of Christian IV’.
This golden piece was the Coronation Cup. Such a detailed and beautiful piece of art. It looks so magical.
A collection of canes and accessories.
So many rings!!
Beautiful royal crowns! Matching, king & queen.
This was Christian IV’s crown. The detail is so beautiful…there was so much going on. It was made between 1595-1596 by Dirich Fyring. The crown is made from gold, enamel, stones and pearls. The weight of it was 2895g…I’m not sure how it felt to wear something like that, I would imagine a combination of neck, shoulder and back pain…
Rosenborg castle wasn’t the main home of the royals. It was originally built to be a summerhouse in 1606.
Across the small bridge way, there were 2 green lions, this one looked shocked.
It was a wonderful visit to the castle and I enjoyed admiring all the beautiful things inside.
Out in the court yard…
It was a cold day but endurable. The tree lined naked down this path way.
There were many hedges.
And around the other side of the hedge was a statue of Hans Christian Andersen who was a famous Danish writer. That’s it for part 1 of my trip to Copenhagen.

—Tofu

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