A friend of mine, Kaloyan Vasilev, visited Denmark a couple of years ago. Every time we talk about going to a different country, he always mentions his experience in Denmark.
He describes Denmark as really different from his home country which is Bulgaria.
“They are really dim and tall”, he says.
The domes are sharp and pointy. It was impressive for him to see old buildings, that were in perfect condition, in the 21st century.
One of the buildings that impressed him the most was the train station in Copenhagen. This is an old building which connects antiquity and modern technology in one. The building is also one with a pointy dome. If you see it your first thought would be what a beautiful building. You’ll never think that it is a train station, if you don’t see the trains going out of there. When you go inside you’ll see all the lifts and escalators that are perfectly combined with the old architectural style of the building. Then there come the trains, which are really fast, ones that they didn’t have in the past for sure.
Even though Hamlet is a fiction character of Shakespeare, there is a castle named after the character. The actual name of the castle name is Kronberg. Kronborg is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. It is also part of UNESCO. Kaloyan was impressed by all the knight armors and old paintings in the castle.
Another place that impressed him very much was the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. In the museum you can see original real ships of the Vikings. Vikings were the first people to live in Denmark. The ships in the museum are reconstructed using leftovers from the damaged ones. They are made in the exactly same manner as the Vikings used to make them. Around the 11th century five ships were sunk at Skudelev in Roskilde Fjord. The point of this was to protect Roskilde from enemy attacks from the sea. The ships turned out to be different types ranging from ships used for delivering cargos to ships of war.
Another curious thing about Denmark is the people.
“The people are great they are so open minded and friendly”, says Kaloyan.
He told me that one can always ask for directions or just chat with strangers on the street, even in English. He is impressed by the fact that many people speak English, even if it is not that fluently, they are ready to help.
Kaloyan’s advice is if you ever have the opportunity to go to Denmark, you should go. Even if it’s just for a few hours between switching a flight to somewhere else, go around the city just to enrich your knowledge.