HANNA'S WALK

Is this the top of the tower, Mom? The boy stepped out into the sunlight as the first of a small English family. He looked eagerly over the red-tiled roofs of Copenhagen, with the beautiful verdigris copper spires and towers.
I can take a photo he said and soon the little group established themselves in front of a lovely boy with a camera.

They chose the right day to enjoy the view from Rundetårn. There is an obvious reason to consider the other towers in Copenhagen, when standing at the top of Rundetårn.

Frelserkirken, Christianshavn

Frelserkirken, Christianshavn

The view is spectacular and so is the sight of the Saviour’s Church. I told the family about the famous spiral ramp on the outside of the tower and how it inspired Jules Verne in his book, A trip to the bowels of the earth.
But I forgot to tell them about the English Bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807 and how the soldiers chose to aim after the spires in Copenhagen. Luckily the Saviour’s Church survived but Our Lady Church, Vor Frue Kirke, burned down and so did many old buildings in the centre of the city.

On an artificial island outside Dragør town is Dragør Fort, as part of Copenhagen’s Fortifications from the years around the 1880 to 1920.
Last time I was here, the sun shone and the sea glittered at every little ripple. The yellow houses with red tiled roofs stood in a wonderful contrast against the blue sky on this glorious summer day.
I was so interested in the many sights in the harbor, and had no time to take a closer look at Dragør Fort. But today it’s different, today the fort is my goal.

It’s bitterly cold, with a fresh breeze from the south, but the view is unique here on the top of Dragør Fort. Øresund Bridge is looming sharp against the blue sky and a large container ship looks as if it will topple down into the gap behind the horizon line.

Turning my back at the sea I have the opportunity to admire Dragør town 400 meters away on the mainland, and the houses lights up the landscape with the beautiful yellow masons and red tile roofs.

“Most of the fortifications were built between 1885 and 1894 in response to Denmark’s crushing defeat to Germany in 1864. During the first World War fortifications were manned by almost 50,000 soldiers. But when the war was over, the technological developments had outpaced the fortifications and the great defense ring was abolished as defense. “1. befaestningen.dk

Did you became curious about The Fortifications of Copenhagen? If so you will be able to read more about on this site: vestvolden.info

På en kunstig ø uden for Dragør by ligger Dragør Fortet, som en del af Københavns befæstning fra årene omkring 1880 til 1920.

Sidste gang jeg var her skinnede solen, og havet blinkede ved hver en lille krusning. De gule huse med de røde tegltage stod i en vidunderlig kontrast mod den azurblå himmel på den dejlige sommerdag. Jeg var optaget af de mange synsindtryk i havnen, og havde ikke tid til Dragør Fortet, men i dag er det anderledes, i dag er fortet mit mål.

Det er bidende koldt, med en frisk kuling fra syd, men udsigten er enestående her oppe på toppen af Dragør Fortet. Øresundsbroen aftegner sig skarpt mod den blå himmel, og store containerskibe ser ud, som om de vil vælte ned i gabet bag horisontlinjen. Vender jeg ryggen til havet ligger Dragør by 400 meter inde på fastlandet, og lyser i landskabet med med de smukke gule og røde farver.

Er I blevet nysgerrige kan I læse mere om fortets opgaver på Københavns Befæstning og Dragør Fortet

“Hovedparten af Befæstningen blev opført mellem 1885 og 1894, som reaktion på Danmarks sviende nederlag til Tyskland i 1864. Under 1. Verdenskrig var Befæstningen bemandet med næsten 50.000 soldater. Men da krigen var slut, havde den teknologiske udvikling overhalet Befæstningen, og den store forsvarsring blev nedlagt som forsvarsværk.” 1. befaestningen.dk

The Tombs and The Sunken Roads

There is a network of ancient roads on Zealand from Lejre via Roskilde and Furesø Municipality up to Elsinore. It is along these sunken roads that one might find 5,000 year old dolmens from the Neolithic.
Here is a rarity: One of the few known well preserved and exposed dolmens is with all four tombs. A total area of the elongated measuring 25x8x1 meters. There are a total of 30 border stones. All four chambers are quite large – between 1.6 and 2.10 meters long.

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Dronningedyssen

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Dronningedyssen

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Ved Dronningedyssen

 

Jeg har før skrevet om Bondestenalderens hulveje fra Lejre gennem Roskilde og videre op mod Helsingør og Nordkysten. I kan se mit indlæg her fra Det Største Forsvarstårn i Nordeuropa

“Firkammerdyssen eller Dronningedyssen med reference til Kongedyssen også kaldet Dæmpegårdsdyssen.
Et stykke længere oppe ad oldtidsvejen ved Avlskarlevold ligger øst for stien en imponerende langdysse med velbevarede randsten. Dyssen har fire kamre, det nordligste og ældste kammer ligger på langs med dyssen, de andre tre på tværs. Det største kammer, som er restaureret, har en stor dæksten, som er flækket, og en lille gang. Et af kamrene er blevet fyldt op med jord, og det sydligste kammer mangler sin dæksten, men har velbevarede bæresten og spor efter en indgang.” ¹. Oldtidsstier.dk

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Seværdigheder i Tokkekøb Hegn

Oldtidsstier i Tokkekøb Hegn

The Habour

Some years ago, I took the train every morning from Hillerød towards Hundested to work.
At Christmas, I could see a Christmas tree brightened up the harbor area from my window. It was lashed to a crane in the harbor. An evocative sight.
The harbor is the focal point of the town.  In summer, the town is filled with travelers, but I like it best in winter. Nature becomes more present due to sea storms and the changing light from the sea. Maybe I’m biased by my penchant for ships and water, but the harbor is a very exciting place.

If the weather was fine finishing work hours, I walked up past Knud Rasmussen’s house and further along the coast down to Kikhavn. From here I went along small country roads to the nearest train station. Always late supper 🙂
In the year 2013 Hundested was selected as the best port in Denmark because of the many wonderful activities.

Hundested Havn

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Hundested

 

Knud Rasmussens Hus

Knud Rasmussen planned his next polar expedition from his study with a tantalizing view over the sea.

Her sad Knud Rasmussen, og planlagde de næste ekspeditioner til polarområdet  med udsigt til Kattegat fra arbejdsværelset.

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Spodsbjerg Fyr

I nogle år tog jeg toget hver morgen fra Hillerød mod Hundested for at arbejde.

Ved juletid kunne jeg se et juletræ lyse smukt ud over havneområdet fra mit vindue. Det var surret fast på kranen nede i havnen. Et stemningsfuldt syn. Havnen er omdrejningspunktet i byen.
Om sommeren er byen fyldt med feriegæster, men om vinteren er byen bedst. Naturen bliver mere nærværende i kraft af havets storme, og det skiftende lys. Måske er jeg forudindtaget med min hang til skibe og vand, men havnen er til stadighed et spændende sted, også om vinteren.

Hvis vejret var fint, når jeg skulle hjem fra arbejde, gik jeg op forbi Knud Rasmussens hus og videre langs kysten ned til Kikhavn. Herfra gik jeg ad små landeveje til den nærmeste togstation. Altid sen aftensmad 🙂
I året 2013 blev Hundested Havn valgt som bedste havn i Danmark på grund af de mange dejlige aktiviteter.

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Nordkyststien – Fra Hundested til Gilleleje

Sejl til Hundested Havn

Hundested Fiskerihavn

 

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