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Old August 28th, 2013, 11:49 AM   #1
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My "Copenhaguen - Stockholm - Oslo - Göteborg" trip this summer 2013

Copenhaguen / kĝbenhavn
Copenhagen is the most "European" of the Scandinavian capitals, and is quite reminiscent of some German cities. its location between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea gave it great importance in the past because this city was able to control everything that went in and out of the Baltic.

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Tivoli amusement park in the center of the city close to the railway station:
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A church, the spire which you can walk up to get a view of the city:
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Brownfield / old port warehouses have been converted into district offices:
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Nyhavn, the most touristy area in town:
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Christiania, a "hippie" district, denying the consumer society, and especially smoking some kind of herb..to sum it up roughly
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The left building is the stock exchange :
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The famous "Little Mermaid":
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Stockholm

Almost an imperial capital feel .. with the air of a seaside town. The setting is gorgeous .. the arms of sea, these islands, nature that mingles with the city. In some ways, it is quite reminiscent of Venice. Modern architecture was a bit relegated to the periphery. Still we can find some contemporary architectural achievements in the center.

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The belfry of the town hall:
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An expressway cuts the heart of the historic center in two:
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The City Hall:
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The famous Vasa ship that sank on its opening day in the 17th century and was raised in 1961:
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The "City" office neighborhood:
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The amusement park in the city:
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Oslo
Gives quite a provincial feeling, it looks modern at first sight. In summer you can swim in the fjord, and winter skiing on the hills a few miles behind the town. The Opera has a beautiful location and a great architecture.

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The City Hall:
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The Vigeland statue park:
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The countryside a few miles away:
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Gothenburg / Göteborg
Does not look very attractive at first sight but is definitively worth a visit.

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Malmö
Is a kind of binomial with Copenhagen just opposite on the other side of the Oresund. We pass easily from one to the other by train for a few crowns. This is a bit of a boomtown rapidly expanding since the opening of the fixed link over / under the Oresund.

Crossing the Oresund on the train:
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Old August 28th, 2013, 12:50 PM   #2
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Didn't you visit any of the historical areas in Oslo?
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Excellent thread and outstanding photography, Cyril.

Stockholm is certainly the most impressive capital in the Baltic region.
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Old August 28th, 2013, 02:53 PM   #4
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Didn't you visit any of the historical areas in Oslo?
Yes of course. I guess I was more impressed by the new developments on the fjord shores

OSLO - some more traditional city pictures:

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I visited the National Museum, Munch museum, Vikings Museum on Bigdoy island..etc
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Excellent thread and outstanding photography, Cyril.

Stockholm is certainly the most impressive capital in the Baltic region.
Thanks! Now I'll have to visit Finland and Baltic countries as well..some day.
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Old August 30th, 2013, 03:20 PM   #6
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Ur pics deserve far more credit.The forum friends cheerleading each other but not the best pics like urs.Gud show.
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Thanks for your kind words. Well I suppose this thread needs a better advertising
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Amazing set!
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Great pics.

Did you ever get a chance to see the Green Light District in the "Free Republic of Christiania" in Copenhagen or the Louisiana Museum in Humlebĉk?

By the way how was Stockholm and Goteborg? Unfortunately I ran out of time so I did not get a chance to visit those two cities when I was in Scandinavia.
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Loved! What is this Freia thing? A chain of stores?
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@dj4life: Thank you!
Are there any highrise developments in Stockholm? Like in Paris, it looks like projects are proposed out of the centre.
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Great pics.

Did you ever get a chance to see the Green Light District in the "Free Republic of Christiania" in Copenhagen or the Louisiana Museum in Humlebĉk?

By the way how was Stockholm and Goteborg? Unfortunately I ran out of time so I did not get a chance to visit those two cities when I was in Scandinavia.
I walked through Christiania but did not see the Green light District ; there was an area where photography was not allowed. I heard of the Louisiana museum but did not visit it.

Stockholm feels like a big capital city..almost like a former empire Capital. I really enjoyed the natural setting..those islands, nature..great diverse old architecture. Göteborg is different, more provincial, still quite interesting.
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Are there any highrise developments in Stockholm? Like in Paris, it looks like projects are proposed out of the centre.
Yes, there are. However, all of them are/were built outside of the city center. One of the places where highrises were built is Kista (or Kista Science City) where a famous Victoria Tower (a hotel) and Kista Science Tower are located. This place is a potential La Défense area of Stockholm. Some other notable towers:

Kista torn, Kista, Stockholm, 120m (U/C)

Helix & Innovationen (Tors Torn), 117m & 99m, in Stockholm innercity (approved)

Nacka tower, Stockholm, 120m (proposed)

Gasklockan, Stockholm, 140m (approved)

Stockholmsfyren, Stockholm, 187m (proposed)

Tellus Tower, Telefonplan, 225m (proposed).

You can see some towers in the panorama of the city:

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Loved! What is this Freia thing? A chain of stores?
It's a old chocolate factory that used to be located in Oslo. The sign is from 1909 and is considered to be oldest in Europe of its kind.
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Stockholm feels like a big capital city..almost like a former empire Capital. I really enjoyed the natural setting..those islands, nature..great diverse old architecture. Göteborg is different, more provincial, still quite interesting.
Sweden once was an empire. The Great power-era was during the 17th and early 18th centuries.
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Yes of course. I guess I was more impressed by the new developments on the fjord shores

OSLO - some more traditional city pictures:
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I visited the National Museum, Munch museum, Vikings Museum on Bigdoy island..etc
So you didn't visit any of these areas?

- https://maps.google.no/maps?q=oslo&l...204.81,,0,0.85
- https://maps.google.no/maps?q=oslo&l...02.82,,0,-0.43
- https://maps.google.no/maps?q=oslo&l...32.99,,0,-4.34
- https://maps.google.no/maps?q=oslo&l...,11.49,,0,8.22
- https://maps.google.no/maps?q=oslo&l...256.56,,0,5.55
- https://maps.google.no/maps?q=oslo&l...36.21,,0,-0.37
- https://maps.google.no/maps?q=oslo&l...66.42,,0,-3.63

I.e. where there actually are large areas with historic buildings? Most locals don't consider the absolute centralmost areas to be of much interest.
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Ok thanks. Now I know what I'll have to visit next time
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Stockholm sailboats, water and buidings.
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Sweden once was an empire. The Great power-era was during the 17th and early 18th centuries.
Yeah, when Sweden became a European power in the 17th century, the kings decided that Stockholm needed to become more "representative". Fortunately they didn't tear down the old town (though plenty of new palaces were built in it), but an ambitious program of "monumentalization" was implemented. The plans were never fully finished, but it did leave Stockholm much grander than before.

Stockholm's not very good at modern architecture, unfortunately. There's a few decent buildings, but nothing really exciting. The modern areas are usually well maintained and pleasant, but that's about it.
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Stockholm is good as it is. There is quite a lot of elements of modern architecture that doesn't disturb the charm of the old one in the city center. What we need is less conservative architecture in the suburbs.
Anyway, I love this city as it is. It is untypical in many ways.
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