The Scandinavian Adventure: Helsingborg – Copenhagen

The Scandinavian Adventure: Helsingborg – Copenhagen

This post was updated on August 31st, 2018

Sunday, July 13, 2014

When we woke up the weather had unfortunately not changed for the better, so our plans for having a sightseeing tour through Helsingborg before crossing the Öresund and riding our bikes back to Copenhagen got destroyed. Neither of us fancied riding in the rain.
We considered for a little while to take the ferry over the Öresund and making it from Helsingør by train back to Copenhagen, but I was unable to find a route that would not have forced us to change trains at least once.
So instead we decided to see if the Swedish Railway (SJ) would take us and our bikes directly back to Copenhagen as well. I cannot say that I had a lot of hope for this because the SJ had crossed our plans to go from Narvik by train to Stockholm before. But in this weather, it was at least worth trying.
Thankfully on this train it was no problem to get a ticket for both us and our bikes and soon we were back at the same hotel we had just left a day ago to stay for two more nights.

It was sad to know which great areas of Zealand we had missed out on, due to the weather, but neither of us regretted the decision.

First in the early evening the rain stopped, and we went out again for dinner and a short evening walk through Copenhagen.


Our evening walk led us from Nyhavn via Amalienborg, the residence of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (*1940, ♛ 1972), along the harbor toward the statue of the Little Mermaid to remember the tale Den lille havfrue by Hans Christian Andersen (*1805, †1875), the famous Danish poet.


Amalienborg Palace is built in the rococo style, which developed from the heavier baroque style when the original castles got crowded and King Louis XV of France chose to stay in city Palais rather than his castle of Versailles. The style spread from France to other parts of Europe as well, and the Amalienborg Palace is considered one of the finest examples of Rococo architecture in Europe. Built during the reign of King Frederick V (*1723, ♚ 1746, † 1766) to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the coronation of King Christian I of the house of Oldenborg, and designed by the court’s architect Niels Eigtved (*1701, †1754), who also designed buildings in the surrounding area.
The Palace is constructed on an octagonal site and consists of four equal buildings, which originally were given to the four noblemen A.G. Moltke, Christian Frederik Levetzau, Joachim Brockdorff and Severin Løvenskiold. Already during the building period, the Palais for Severin Løvenskiold was sold to the Schack family.
After the royal palace of Christiansborg burned down — during the night of February 26th-27th 1794 — leaving King Christian VII (*1749, ♚ 1766, †1808) without a roof over his head, he acquired the Palaces of Moltke and Schack and turned Amalienborg Palace into the winter residence of the royal family.
Today the Queen resides in the Palais Schack, Palais Moltke is temporarily accessible by the public as a museum, while Palais Levetzau houses the family of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie when they are in Copenhagen. And the Palais Brockdorff is, since 2010, the residence of the crown prince Frederik and crown princess Mary Elisabeth.

Direction Original owner Palais Name Today’s usage
30˚ Joachim Brockdorff Palais Frederik VIII Residence of crown prince Frederik and crown princess Mary Elisabeth
150˚ A.G. Moltke Palais Christian VII Publicly accessible as a museum
240˚ Severin Løvenskiold / Schack Palais Christian IX Queen Margrethe II’s residence
330˚ Christian Frederik Levetzau Palais Christian VIII Residence of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie


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