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Kongens Nytorv [the King's New Square] in Copenhagen - one of the city's most popular squares - all dressed up for the Holiday Season. This night looking especially inviting after years of giant restorations.

The ring of elm trees called 'Krinsen' [the Wreath] were cut down - due to the elm disease - and replaced with young linden trees, giving a clear view to the surrounding beautiful buildings. Traffic needs - including the Metro station - were optimized and the garden surrounding the statue of king Christian V was brought back to its former glory.

On the left hand side is the Royal Theater [Det Kongelige Teater], where the left part is the New Stage called 'Stærekassen' [the nesting box] due to its uplifted position over the street. It was added in 1931 to the original building from 1874.

The 'Greek temple' partly blocked by the dark statue belongs to the Danish Bank [Danske Bank]. Followed by the sumptuously decorated building of Magasin du Nord, the most beautiful department store in Scandinavia. Built in 1894 on the site of a former hotel called Hotel du Nord – hence the name - it was Denmark's first department store.

Café à Porta - the city's first patisserie from 1792 – squatting in the adjacent building and Hviids Vinstue - the oldest inn from 1723 – in the next block, are both a bit hard to see, partly due to scaffolding. This is where Strøget - the pedestrian street leading through the city to Rådhuspladsen [the Town Hall Square] – starts. Or ends…

Every Christmas the seasonal decorations of Hotel d'Angleterre is a long awaited 'highlight' of Kongens Nytorv. This year a curtain of light is revealing a merry-go-round, large building blocks and various toys - aiming at the newly born Prince of Denmark, as well as the bicentennial celebration of Danish storyteller H. C. Andersen.

The hotel was established in 1795 and the present building - containing the five-star hotel - was erected in 1874. It's one of the oldest hotels in the world and many are the royalties, presidents, celebrities and movie stars, who have added their names to its legendary guest list.

The illuminated ground in the middle of the panorama is part of a circular ice skating track surrounding the plantation. Due to the very mild weather it looks more like a snowy path, but I actually saw a couple of girls trying a run.

And it wouldn't be Copenhagen without a bike in the frame!
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Stitched in PF from 4 shots [6, 3.2, 1.6 & 2 sec] covering 180°, adjusted for contrast and levels, ran NeatImage 60%, resized for TE, applied USM, framed and saved for Web.

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 849] (2454)
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