Travel: top 5 must-see in Copenhagen

by Elodie Chermann

1) Nyhavn

A sea arm sinking into the city, old wooden boats moored along the quay, houses with colorful facades. Welcome to Nyhavn (which means “new port” in French). The canal that crosses it was dug in the 12th century to allow merchants to transport their goods directly to the heart of the city. “Today, people come here for a drink or dinner at the many cafes and restaurants that populate the streets,” comments Philippe Gloagen, founder of Guide du Routard. There is a really good atmosphere in the evening. »

2) New Carlsberg Glyptoteket

The Carlsberg Glyptothek

It is one of the richest museums in the capital. New Carlsberg Glyptotek, located a few meters from Tivoli, was created in 1888 by Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of the famous Danish beer brand Carlsberg. It houses not only Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiques, but also sculptures by Rodin, the complete series of bronzes by Degas and paintings from the Impressionist and post-Impressionist era. In particular, there is one of the finest collections of works by Paul Gauguin in the world. “Married to a Danish woman, the painter settled in Copenhagen in 1883”, says Philippe Gloagen. »But he did not care about the Scandinavian winter or the Danish society, which he found too petty-bourgeois and contemptuous. After a year, he therefore gave up his wife and children to return to live in Paris. The opportunity to rediscover his work in a new light.

Practice. Open Thursday from 10:00 to 21:00 and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. Free on Tuesday.

3) Tivoli

“Tivoli, inaugurated in 1843, is the second oldest amusement park in the world,” emphasizes Philippe Gloagen. Just above the main entrance you are immersed in a magical atmosphere with entertainment of all kinds. “There are dolls, Ferris wheels, slides, rifle shooting, parades …”, lists Philippe Gloagen. Something to amuse young and old.

Practice. Open from April to September from 11:00 to 23:00 from Sunday to Thursday and from 11:00 to midnight Friday and Saturday.

4) Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

“I want everyone here to feel at home, like visiting an art – loving uncle,” said businessman Knud W. Jensen, when he inaugurated the Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk near Copenhagen in 1958. A successful bet if we are to believe the spectator numbers: Every year, 750,000 visitors visit the place. You enter through a beautiful 19th-century building before discovering the museum’s modern wing. A maze of glazed corridors winding through nature. Between 6 and 10 temporary exhibitions are arranged there every year. “The permanent collection includes works by great masters such as Ernst, Miro, Calder …”, remembers Philippe Gloagen. Before you leave, do not forget to take a walk in the sumptuous sculpture garden overlooking the sea.

Practice. Open Tuesday to Friday from 11.00 to 22.00, and from 11.00 to 18.00 Saturday and Sunday

5) Christiansborg Castle

Christiansborg Castle
Christiansborg Castle

The former residence of the Danish monarchy until 1794, Christiansborg Castle, located on Slotsholmen in Copenhagen, is still used today by the Crown for gala banquets and public audiences. It also houses the Folketing, the Supreme Court and the Prime Minister’s Office. However, it is still possible to stroll through the rooms of the king and queen, the royal library, the throne room, the banquet hall and the impressive tapestry room, which represents 1000 years of Danish history. The royal stables, which house old-fashioned carriages, are also open to visitors.

Practice. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:00.

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