Secret places of Copenhagen, which you will not find in a typical guidebook

The history of this city began in the XI century. Then it was a coastal village “Havn”, and now Copenhagen is one of the prosperous European capitals. As in all ancient cities, Copenhagen has many amazing sights.

1. Tower of Tuborg

The Danes say that, besides Queen Margaret, who, by the way, they respect very much, they have another king – the beer “Tuborg”. The subjects of Margaret II love him so much that in 1888 they even put a monument to Tuborg. And even what!

The Tuborg Tower is a 26-meter beer bottle with a brand name label. That you have estimated the scale: in this “vessel” can fit about one and a half million ordinary bottles of beer.

When the monument was only being built, it was often compared with the Parisian Eiffel Tower. And all because it was the first construction in Denmark, equipped with a hydraulic lift, which raised the audience to the very top, to the observation deck, located in the “traffic jam”.

Originally, the tower was located in the center of the city, not far from the mayor’s office, (the Danes wanted to show how proud of their bottled beer at the North Industrial Exhibition), and then moved it to the Hillerod area. But from the observation deck Tuborg you can still admire the views of Copenhagen.

Address: Hellerup

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2. The Mirror House

If you think that the architecture of Copenhagen is extremely neat houses with orange roofs and pompous palaces, then you are deeply mistaken. Copenhagen is a modern city where design is very developed.

A striking example is the “Mirror House”, built in the fall of 2011 in the Central City Park. This is the creation of the design and architecture studio MLRP, which has set itself the task of making a building that blends seamlessly into the landscape of the park. To the aid came mirrors (or rather, polished steel sheets) – they were faced with part of the facade. As a result, the park reflected in the walls creates a natural transition between the structure and the landscape.

At night, “mirrors” are closed, and the house looks quite normal, and in the afternoon he, like a magnet, beckons to them walking in the park kids.

Address: Fælledparken, Corner of Blegdamsvej / Frederik V vej

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3. Guinness World Records Museum

Did you know that the length of the longest whiskers in the world is 339 cm? And what was the name of the man who ate 18 bicycles? All this and much more you will learn in the Copenhagen “Guinness World Records Museum”.

Its founder – the famous American cartoonist artist, journalist (or rather, as we said today – a blogger) and traveler Robert Leroy Ripley. He dreamed of becoming a baseball player, but fate decreed in his own way.

All his life Ripley searched and found (!) Something unusual, amazing imagination. He visited more than 200 countries, and from every trip he brought some strange thing. Gradually, the collection began to be collected. To date, the world has about 30 Ripley’s museums called “Believe it or not.”

I visited 201 countries, including Hell (Norway), and the strangest thing I ever saw was the Man. Robert Ripley

There are two museums in Copenhagen with the name of Mr. Ripley: “Believe it or not” (it is located at Rådhuspladsen, 57) and the “Guinness World Records Museum”.

In the latter, as already mentioned, the installations of world records entered in the Guinness book are collected. In addition, separate rooms in it are dedicated to the pop king Michael Jackson and the Hollywood diva Marilyn Monroe. In this regard, the Guinness World Records Museum will be of interest not only to children, but also to adults.

Address: Ostergade, 16
Working hours: from June 15 to August 31 – daily from 10:00 to 22:00, the rest of the year – on Thursdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00, on Friday and Saturday – from 10:00 to 20:00

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4. Ørestad College

College Erestad is a unique educational institution. Its main principles are creativity and innovation. There, students are taught to live and work in a society where knowledge and experience are highest. The college is famous for its innovative approaches to teaching, and also for the fact that there is no “teacher / pupil” distinction within its walls – teachers and their students are, first of all, partners. In addition, Erestad is so strongly developed IT-environment that students call it “Virtual College”.

A non-standard pedagogical approach is reflected in architecture. Ørestad was built in 2007, the building project was designed by the architectural studio 3XN, led by Kim Herfort Nilsen.

The heart of the building is an atrium with a spiral staircase. They are both the main “transport arteries” and the common meeting place. In college there are no classes and audiences that we are accustomed to. The task of architects was to make a unique environment where teachers and students can interact in a form convenient for them. Thanks to this, students lying on huge orange cushions with laptops in their hands are an ordinary picture of Erestad College. Diko? What can you learn with this approach? Nevertheless, from the walls of Ørestad there are good specialists in public relations, because one more of his pedagogical principle is a responsible attitude towards his education.

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Address: Ørestads Boulevard, 75

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5. The astronomical clock of Jens Olsen

The astronomical clock is a mechanism that simulates the solar system and shows the time, date and motion of the planets. The most famous astronomical clock is, perhaps, Astravarium Giovanni de Dondi. But in Copenhagen has its own astronomical clock.

They were designed by the Danish watchmaker Jens Olsen (Jens Olsen). One day, traveling around Europe, Olsen saw the clock of the Strasbourg Cathedral and “fell ill.” He learned the watchmaking business and began developing his watch. These became the goal of his whole life. In 1932 the project was ready. But for its implementation, money was needed – the next 10 years went to the search for funding. Then another 12 years on the construction itself. As a result, on December 15, 1955, the clock was launched by the King of Denmark Frederick IX. Unfortunately, Olsen did not live to see this, but the clock was named in his honor.

The clock of Jens Olsen consists of 15,448 parts. They show the day of the week, month, year, world and solar time, as well as the difference between them. One of the discs can tell the time anywhere on the Earth, and on the other – the time of sunrise and sunset. A special section of the clock shows a map of the starry sky over Denmark. In addition, Olsen’s mechanism demonstrates the movement of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Earth around the Sun.

You can watch the work of these astronomical hours in the building of the Copenhagen Town Hall.

Address: Radhuspladsen, City Hall
Working hours: Monday-Friday – from 8:30 to 16:30, Saturday – from 9:30 to 13:00

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6. Beach Islands Brygge

Københavns Havnebade is a network of unusual city beaches. They are located along the city embankment. Currently, there are 4 such objects in the capital, the most popular of them is located in the Iceland Brugge area, on the Amager Island.

The Iceland Brugge is on the banks of the Strait of Øresund, with a total capacity of 600 people. In the territory of the bathhouse there are original pools. Two of them are children’s. And the third has a length of about 50 meters and is great for diving and jumping from a springboard. By the way, the latter was built in 2003 on the project of JDS Architects and Bjarke Ingels Group.

If you visit Copenhagen in the summer and you will have a nice day, be sure to check one of these beaches. They are completely different from ours, there you can have a lot of fun and actively spend time.

Address: Islands brygge

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7. Silos Towers

In the area of ​​”Iceland Bruges” there is another unusual place. Once, in the middle of the twentieth century, it was a large granary belonging to the Danish soybean plant, but in the 1990s the plant closed, and residential buildings and offices began to appear in the once industrial area. So, in 2002, abandoned silo towers were decided to be rebuilt for a modern comfortable residential complex.

In 2005, the twin towers Gemini Residence (from the Latin “Gemini” – the sign of the zodiac “Gemini”) appeared on the quay “Iceland Brugge”. The project was designed and implemented by the well-known Dutch architectural bureau MVRDV, who also built, for example, WOZOCO apartments in Amsterdam.

MVRDV specialists also found the original architectural solution: 42-meter towers were united in the form of an infinity sign, the premises used for storing feeds were transformed into spacious lobbies with stairs and elevators, the apartments were placed along the walls and balconies were attached to each along the length. As a result, the towers turned out, like pictures from the film about the future, probably, our descendants will live in such dwellings.

The building includes 84 apartments. Its construction cost 163 million Danish kroner (about 29 million dollars). You can look at this amazing structure not only from the outside, but also from the inside. However, since Gemini Residence is a private domain, it is necessary to agree on a visit in advance.

Address: Islands Brygge, 32

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8. Museum of workers

“Museum of Workers” or “Arbeyder Museum” is a museum dedicated to the life of the working class of the Danish capital at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. It is located in a place where once ardent fighters for the rights of the laborers – Karl Liebknecht, Rosa Luxemburg and Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.

The museum has about 63,000 exhibits, including 12,000 works of art. The most interesting part of the exposition is devoted to the life of workers in the 50s of the last century. You can see how they lived, where they bought food and how the Copenhagen workers were entertained at that time.

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Even in the museum you will be told the story of Stawwing Thorwald – a descendant from a poor working family who started his career at the age of 10 years and subsequently became the State Minister of Denmark.

In addition, the museum has a children’s room, a cafe and a souvenir shop.

Address: Romersgade, 22
Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 16:00

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9. Copenhagen Skate Park

Copenhagen is a city of cyclists. Driving a car is expensive, long and not environmentally friendly, so many people moved to two-wheelers. Even tourists are accustomed to this – anyone can rent a bicycle in a special parking lot, leaving a few crowns as collateral, and skate around the Danish capital as much as you like.

But a bicycle is not the only option for traveling around Copenhagen. The city is also very developed skate-movement. And exactly there is one of the largest skate parks in Europe. It refers to the type in the door, that is, the covered skate park.

Inside – a huge 4-meter ramp, characterized by a soft radius and a large roll-in (the transition from a flat platform to the rise), as well as excellent pools (swimming pools).

In addition to convenient infrastructure, the CPH skate park is famous for the fact that there is a skateboard festival Copenhagen Pro. This is a very prestigious competition, which annually attracts a lot of athletes from all over the world. Many of them are real stars of skateboarding.

If you know how to skate or roller skate and like active rest, then you can not find a better place in Copenhagen.

Address: Enghavevej, 80
Working hours: Monday and Friday – from 19:00 to 23:00; Tuesday, Wednesday – 14:00 to 21:00; Thursday – 14:00 to 20:00; Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 19:00

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10. The Arctic Circle

If you come to Copenhagen more than two days, that is, have already seen all the cultural and historical attractions in the city center, then be sure to go to the Copenhagen Zoo. This is one of the oldest zoos in Europe (founded in 1859) – there you will find a lot of interesting things.

For example, almost a real “Arctic Circle”. This is a piece of the Arctic in Denmark. In 2012, the management of the zoo decided to create an ideal habitat for polar bears. For this, they built an enclosure, one to one repeating landscapes of Greenland, with its mighty cliffs, pebbles and meager vegetation.

Also for the bears recreated a piece of the Arctic Ocean – a huge pool, containing 2,500 cubic meters of water. The walls of the pool are transparent, and under it a tunnel is laid, through which visitors can observe how polar bears behave under water. At the Arctic Circle of the Copenhagen Zoo, you can learn how polar bears produce food as they live in such a harsh climate.

In addition, light and sound special effects create the impression that you are really beyond the Arctic Circle – you can see the northern lights, hear the howling of the wind in the middle of the ice, how the snow creaks under the feet of predators.

Address: Roskildevej, 38
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Working hours: The opening hours of the zoo depend on the time of the year – in September it is open on weekdays from 10:00 to 17:00, on weekends and on public holidays – from 10:00 to 18:00

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11. House-eight

In Copenhagen there is an amazing area called “Ørestad” (Ørestad). This is a completely new area – some 15-20 years ago it was not yet on the map of the capital. “Erestad” reminds the city of the future, and has already managed to develop its own sights.

One of them is a house in the form of a figure-eight – 8TALLET. This is the largest residential complex of Copenhagen and the whole of Denmark, its area is 62 000 sq.m, 10 000 of which are occupied by commercial objects. There are 501 apartments in the building: 92 townhouses, 109 penthouses and 273 apartments.

The house was built in 2010 by the project of Bjarke Ingels (Bjarke Ingels). The construction budget amounted to 543.5 million Danish kroner – almost 96 million dollars. The house has several prestigious architectural awards. So, in 2011 at the World Architectural Festival (WAF) 8TALLET was named the best home for life.

This unusual structure is open to tourists, but visitors are urged not to forget that the G-8 is a private domain.

Address: Richard Mortensens Vej, 81
Working hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00

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12. Experimentarium

Officially it is a museum of engineering and science. But, to be honest, we can not call the “Experimentarium” the language of the museum. The entertainment center, the laboratory of a mad scientist – anything, just not a museum!

After all, the museum exhibits are accurately laid out on glass shelves. And here all the subjects are “live” – ​​they can and should be touched!

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There are several permanent and temporary exhibitions in the “Experimentarium”.

Each person believes that he is unique, but physiologically all people are the same. You can make sure of this in the exhibition hall “You and I: a man from head to foot”. There you can look inside the human body, measure the capacity of your lungs, learn how your brain works, how strong you are, how adroit, how enduring you are, and how many more experiments you can perform.

In the “Energy” hall you will learn all about this phenomenon: the types of energy, where it comes from and how it is spent? You will be able to feel the “smell of the future” and “the climate of the future”.

But children, for sure, most of all like the pavilion specially created for them. By the way, in Copenhagen there are a lot of children and places for their leisure. In the “Experimentarium” your baby will turn into a young Einstein and learn a lot about the world around him.

Among the temporary exhibitions in the “Experimentarium” are now working rooms dedicated to dinosaurs, inventions and water.

In the laboratories of the “Experimentarium” you will be shown how a balloon flies, how to find yourself inside a giant soap bubble and how the person sees the eye.

In this “museum” you can spend the whole day with the whole family and not even notice how the time will fly. Entrance is available with children from 3 years.

Address: Hellerup, Tuborg Havnevej, 7
Working hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday from 09:30 to 17:00, Tuesday from 09:30 to 21:00, weekends and holidays from 11:00 to 17:00

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13. Underwater sculpture “The Water and the Seven Sons”

One of the main attractions of Copenhagen is, of course, the statue of the Little Mermaid. But not many people know that Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the unhappy love of the sea creature to man is nothing but the interpretation of the ancient Danish epic.

According to legend, one day a young peasant woman Agneta walked along the shore, and suddenly from the sea bottom appeared water. He held out his hand and said: “Come with me.” The girl fell in love at first sight and followed the watery one. She bore him seven sons and, as they say, they would live happily ever after. But, agonizingly, Agneta, sitting at the cradle of her youngest son, heard the bells ringing from the land. Her heart tightened – so she missed the house. The girl began to ask her husband for permission to go to church. He allowed me to water, but with several conditions: do not let my hair in the church and not stand on my knees, and also not see my mother. Agneta agreed, but did not follow the instructions of her husband.

She went ashore and did not return to the sea. Since then, Vodyana and his seven sons have been waiting for her.

This story was immortalized by the artist Suste Bonnen. See how Water and his children are “waiting” for Agnet, you can on a fine day, standing on the bridge Højbro.

Address: Holmens Canal, between Højbroplads and Christiansborg, Højbro Bridge

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14. The Blue Planet Oceanarium

Another amazing place – the oceanarium “Blue Planet”. And although geographically it is located in the suburbs of Copenhagen. Moreover, it is easily accessible by public transport.

The history of the Danish aquarium started in the distant 1939, and in spring 2013, its new “residence” was opened. This grandiose structure in the form of a sea wave is designed by the studio 3XN and is located on the shore of the Gulf of Öresund.

There are several aquariums in the aquarium. For example, “Ocean” – there over you will be four million liters of water, in the thickness of which swim sharks. And in the aquarium “Evolution” you can see some of the most ancient inhabitants of our planet – turtles, alligators, etc. Pavilion “Coral Reef” will introduce you to various bright marine fish, such as a clownfish. And in the “Cold Water” hall you will learn what sizes sturgeons reach and how the flounder changes color, sinking to the bottom.

The area of ​​the Blue Planet is about 10,000 square meters, so it is better to plan a whole day for his visit, which can become a beautiful end to Copenhagen.

Address: Kastrup, Jacob Fortlingsvej, 1
Working hours: Monday from 10:00 to 21:00, Tuesday to Sunday – from 10:00 to 18:00

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The Danes have a saying: the sea is beautiful from the shore, the beach is beautiful from the sea. Copenhagen is beautiful from everywhere. A fabulous, a bit mysterious, but at the same time very modern and developed city will not leave you indifferent.

If you find your secret places in Copenhagen, be sure to tell us about it in the comments.