the country of denmark, a kingdom (still) is located between norway, sweden and germany, and consists of the jutland peninsula and many islands.
jutland and the main islands sjaelland and fyn have been settled for a very long time, since around 12000 b.c. much much later, around 700 a.d, ribe, the oldest town of denmark, was founded, and a new runic alphabet was created. then denmark emerged as a kingdom, mainly a seafaring nation. from 1387 to 1523 denmark & norway & sweden ruled together in an overarching kingdom. after wars with sweden, denmark finally kept the faroe islands and greenland (both originally norwegian) and, until 1918, iceland.
denmarks population is 5.9 mio, and the capital city is copenhagen.
i have visited denmark many times, from 1963 (my first-ever travel) onwards, especially copenhagen. 1984 historic ribe was the special target. at that time all my photography was done to create pictures for voyage albums. of those, just a few got scanned for digital pic's. these are presented in the following gallery.
MINI OUTLOOK DENMARK
because of my very restricted material: no galleries, just a mini-outlook, with a few pictures of well-known places.
here are the city's praised pedestrian area, called the stroeget, and the famous city harbour, the nyhavn.
not copenhagen, ribe is the oldest town, be far. it was first cited in 854 - first town in whole scandinavia. ribe soon became an important trade center. scandinavia's first church was built there, later, in 1150, the cathedral. it also had a large townhall.
ribe provides a cosy city space, and the center is now a heritage quarter.
south of odense is the very handsome egeskov castle - more a residence than a military building.
in billund, located in the center of jutland, is the headquarter of lego! and they created "legoland", full of entertaining features - including models of towns built almost completely with lego stones.....
in sum, because of its 'art-full' cities, denmark is certainly worthwhile to visit.