After my pleasant visit in Copenhagen, I was eager to discover the countryside as well. I heard so much of the untouchable landscape and peaceful scenes, I wanted to see it by myself. Right after leaving the capital, cozy, little weekend houses were on my way, and again, I couldn't complain, it was such a beautiful, sunny day. Sweet escape!
Danish castles are like being in a fairy-tale, Kronborg Castle in the North is not far away from Copenhagen, definitely worth a visit. It took me about 1 hour to get there. Kronborg is a Renaissance styled castle and fortress located at a strategic position, it was built in the 15th century, today it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The coast of Sweden is visible from here, it's about 5 km far from the town of Helsingor.
My first impression was that the place is huge and it's beautifully decorated. I was heading to the main rooms, as you can explore the original design, it feels like being back in time. Shakespeare was so inspired by the impressive banquets held here, that his famous drama, Hamlet takes place in this castle, so you can actually walk in Hamlet's footsteps. Hamlet actually moved into the castle this summer, as interactive games and theater was organized on spot.
My favorite part was the room with tapestries and the grand ballroom. Mythology and legends appear on the silk carpets, these are real masterpieces and very expensive ones. Only a very few carpets survived from that era.
The ballroom is the largest one in Northern Europe. The wood carvings, the paintings and the large chandelier really takes us back to the time, when the most famous balls were organized in the country. Unfortunately due to fire, we will never be able to see the room in its original glamour.
The chapel is one of the oldest parts of the castle, it's not particularly big, but richly decorated. You will see an impressive organ in the back.
The view from the flag bastion was breathtaking. Strolling up on little stairs pays off when you finally reach the top and see the view.
Finally I was visiting the underneath passages, the so called casemate, pretty cold and damp place but it served as protection and saved many lives while there was a war outside. Truly mysterious!
However the destination of that day was originally the Kronborg castle, to be honest, I went with the flow and stopped every time I saw something interesting on the way. This is how I've found the pretty harbor, which looked like a local place with cute little bars and restaurants. After visiting the castle, it was time for lunch!
This little Cafe in Hornbaek offers a wide selection of fish dishes all year-round: home-made crab salad, smoked salmon, various salads. I chose fish ball with potato salad. The place was calm, you could enjoy your lunch with sea breeze, while seating outside and facing the harbor. Once you are in Denmark, add the Fish Shop in Hornbeak to your agenda!
The beach near the harbor was so peaceful, literally nobody was there, I couldn't miss the opportunity of sweet relaxation and walking for a short hour. The beach and the sea was tidy and windy, I enjoyed my escape so much. Check out my shots at the beach:
After this beautiful day in Denmark, I was ready to catch the ferry and finish my day in Sweden. The ferry ride was really short, the ship itself was modern and neat.
Inside the ferry
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When I left the hot summer behind me in Hungary, I didn't really know what to expect in Denmark. I was lucky enough to have lots of sunshine, a mild temperature and light wind, however weather is changing here so fast, always keep your umbrella close! Copenhagen was a peaceful, charming city at the first sight. As I arrived with my friends late afternoon, we were heading to the old wharf immediately.