Copenhagen Guide – Part 2
June 10, 2014
Welcome to the second part of our travel guide to Copenhagen. In this post we’ve recommended three places to visit and two areas to get lost in. Of course the best way to see this city is to walk and walk but we’d also suggest going on a canal ride – do this when your feet need a rest!
Part 2 – See Copenhagen
Ny Carlsberg Glypotek – Founded in 1882 this art museums collection is built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. It features some first class examples of sculpture from ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek cultures. It also a collection of ‘Golden Age’ Danish painting and French Impressionists works. These include Renoir, Degas, Monet etc but they aren’t the most notable pieces that have been made iconic by history. Just as notable as the work on show is the almost sculptural spaces they are shown in – Marble staircases, vast corridors and a palm court entrance with trees that are at least 40ft tall. Make sure you don’t miss the roof terrace.
Botanical Gardens – Unfortunately the main greenhouse was closed so we were only able to walk along the terrace but thankfully it was spring and there were lots of beautiful flowers in bloom around the grounds.
Tivoli Gardens – Is a famous amusement park and ‘pleasure garden’. It opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world. Oddly the site features an array of themed rides alongside respected and sophisticated restaurants (and the odd burger place) which means the young, old and families are all drawn to the Tivoli. During the summer they have free concerts on the central green every Friday night which means that the place is heaving by 7pm. Great fun but get there early.
Christianshavn (neighbourhood) treat breast cancer – This is a branch off the mainland of Copenhagen which has a really contrast of old and new. It is home to ‘The Church of Our Saviour’ with a helter-skelter style stairwell that means you can walk your way to the very top. On the other hand you have “the Green Light District’ where it is legal to buy, sell and smoke weed. There are signs everywhere demanding no photos but it feels laid back with lots of crafts warehouses, galleries, cafes and ramshackle homes all laid out like a giant commune. If you walk the full length of the water-front (starting at The Green Light District) you can see all the beautiful ‘DIY’ houses that have been built on the waterfronts out of reclaimed materials.
Nørrebro (neighbourhood) – This is ‘the Shoreditch of Copenhagen’. This is where we discovered the Urban Room no.11 featured in Retin-A without prescription the last post along side multiple independent boutiques and second-hand shops. This area is exciting and is constantly evolving so it’s worth just wandering around the back streets for a few hours.