At least with traveling halfway across Europe with bus, I got the splendid idea to break the trip along the way. So with only a couple of days notice, I checked if our friends the Petersens were home in Kolding - which they were! Yay! So good to see them, it had been quite a few years since last time!
We started out strong by doing some sightseeing, and visit Koldinghus, together with Dorte and Anna.
Koldinghus is probably the main attraction of Kolding, a Danish royal castle first founded in the 13th century that have had many functions since then, from fortress and royal residence to museum.
Here in the Great Hall, with some beautiful tapestries created by Berent van der Eichen.
We all also enjoyed to visit the Historic Workshop and the Royal Sewing Studio.
Finally we climbed up the Giants' Tower, 'Kæmpetårnet', named after the four statues of giants from the Greek and Roman myths that once stood at the top of the tower, Hannibal, Scipio, Hercules and Hector. Today only Hercules remained. It was really, really windy at the top, but we got great views all over Kolding, the castle lake and the fjord.
We finished our visit at the courtyard, where the girls tried their hand at a game, looking a bit like bowling: