Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the capital city, on the eastern coast of the largest island of Denmark. It has a metropolitan population of almost 2 million people. The city represents a cultural and geographic link between mainland Europe and Scandinavia. Since a few years, Copenhagen has seen strong urban and cultural development. The cityscape is characterized by parks, promenades, waterfronts and bicycle paths. Even during the winter months, Copenhagen offers a lot of activities, especially offering several interesting museums.

The city of Copenhagen has a multitude of districts, each with its unique character. The most populated districts are Vesterbro, Frederiksberg, Indre By, Nørrebro, Østerbro and Christianshavn. Indre By represents the city centre, the historical heart of Copenhagen. The Inner City includes Copenhagen’s oldest neighborhood with small, narrow streets. Here you will find some of the city’s most popular attractions. The canal Nyhavn is the most famous attraction, which is lined by brightly colorful 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafés and restaurants. Even in cooler weather people are sitting outside on benches with a beer and a blanket over their legs. The ‘Rundetårn’ (Round Tower) is one of the city’s most iconic buildings. It offers a wonderful view over the rooftops of the old part of Copenhagen.  The district of Christianshavn became a trendy part of the city with its own unique identity and maritime atmosphere. You will discover some charming 19-century houses along picturesque canals. The ‘Vor Frelsers Krike’ (Church of our Saviour) is one of Denmark’s most famous churches located on Christianshavn. The district of Nørrebro is one of the most vibrant and multicultural parts of Copenhagen. One interesting place on Nørrebro is the Superkilen public park. It is made up of three main areas: the red square, the black market and the green park. The park is intended to celebrate diversity, having objects from around the world, such as a fountain from Morocco, benches from Brazil and a swing from Iraq.

If you are into the arts, Copenhagen offers a lot of it! Some museums I’ve visited and that I highly recommend: First of all, The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, which is located 40 kilometers north of Copenhagen, in Humlebaek. The museum has gained a reputation as a museum of international contemporary art as well of modernist classics. It is the most visited museum in Denmark. Next to the permanent collection, the museum has 8 to 12 special exhibitions annually. Then, the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, which is located in Ishøj, south of Copenhagen, showing as well exhibitions of contemporary art, mostly Scandinavian and Danish art works from the period after 1990. Besides the museum building is an attraction in itself. Finally, the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC), which is actually located on Christianshavn. It is the main exhibition space in Denmark for architecture. The exhibitions change every two-three months, sometimes with a special focus on a Danish or international architect.

 

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