This is one of Copenhagen's main squares, with lots of people and bicycles, and a bi-directional bicycle route. Højbro is the name of a nearby bridge. Høj means hill or high, bro means bridge and plads means square, so I suppose Højbro Plads means High Bridge Square. (Not that the bridge is very high, but never mind.)
The girl in the foreground of the first photo has a green cloth shoulder bag which I didn't pay any attention to at the time (otherwise I would have spoken to her). I've enlarged it in the second photo. The text on the bag is in German and reads:
Auto? Habe ich nicht nötig! autofrei leben! www.autofrei.de
A car? I have no use for one! Live carfree! -- followed by the internet address of the German Carfree Society, a member of the World Carfree Network.
The woman in the third and fourth photos has a plastic Illums Bolighus bag in her bicycle basket. As I have mentioned on another tip, Illums Bolighus is a very up-market store for interior design and accessories ("By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark") located at Amagertorv 10, which is on the Strøget close to Højbro Plads.
This for me is a typical Copenhagen scene: an unpretentious young Illums Bolighus customer rides her bicycle there to go shopping, wearing pink trainers (sneakers or tennis shoes to us Americans), grey trousers, a red pullover and a black leather jacket.
The fifth photo shows a typical Pølsevogn (sausage wagon) doing business on Højbro Plads, behind the bicycles and in front of the equestrian statue. Click here to hear how the Danes pronounce the word Pølsevogn.
1. Bicycles and a girl with a green bag
2. What it says on her green bag
3. Walking her bike with an Illums Bolighus bag
4. The same Illums Bolighus customer walking her bike
5. Petersen's Pølsevogn on Højbro Plads
A wide square leading off from the Stroget and opening up onto Christiansborg, Hojbro Plads came about through the Great Fire of 1795. The area, once razed by flames, was left open as a fire break. Later, to celebrate the 700th anniversary of his death, the statue of Absolon was inaugurated. This state of the great warrior-bishop, a man famed for founding Copenhagen, has since become the central piece in the square. He stands now looking towards Christiansborg Palace, where he built his castle in 1167.
As the girls kept heading east along Strøget, they came to another large sqaure (Højbro Plads) with another green statue. Personally, the gals never understood the European love for green statues on horseback. It wasn't too different over here in Scandinavia as most the the kings and founders are suitably depicted as green equestrians. Now, guess the occupation of this chain-mail covered, gung-ho horse back rider. If your answer is king or general you can't be further from the truth. Though he looks ready to charge, he's Bishop Absalon and the grand founder of Copenhagen! Behind him is the green steeple of Nikolai Kirke which dates back to the 16th century.