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    Ørestad

    by Nemorino Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    1. The Metro in Ørestad
    2. A new apartment building in Ørestad

    One track of the Metro gets wet feet in Ørestad, the other stays dry. This is a very watery area, so they can put in canals wherever they want to, for decoration but also for drainage.

    Ten years from now I might look at this tip and wonder why I put Ørestad under "Off the Beaten Path", of all categories, so let me just say that when I first visited in 2009 it was still mainly a construction site and hardly anyone went there who didn't have to. But Denmark has big plans for Ørestad, which is a narrow strip of land just south of the Copenhagen city center, near the airport and on the way to the bridge that goes to Sweden. Two universities are already located there, as is the headquarters of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

    Ørestad is a planned town, developed on the basis of an international architectural competition in 1994. The competition was won by a Finnish architectural firm, ARKKI, which was selected to create the master plan for the development of the town.

    Almost 20,000 people are already studying in Ørestad, and the plan is that after twenty years at least 80,000 people will be working in Ørestad and at least 20,000 will be living there, in addition to the students.

    My own reason for going further into Ørestad (beyond the concert hall) was simply that after thirty-six hours the rain had finally stopped and I wanted to do a bit of unimpeded cycling. As in Copenhagen itself, the major roads in Ørestad all have good raised cycle tracks, separated by curbs from the street and the sidewalk, and there are also some separate bicycle routes with no car traffic at all.

    GPS 55°38'2.18" North; 12°34'55.42" East

    1. The Metro in ��restad 2. A new apartment building in ��restad
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  • Spend a morning in a sauna

    by lijil Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On the recommendation of a friend, we bought day passes to the Hotel d'Angleterre's spa and fitness centre, Arndal, and spent hours lazing in the jacuzzi, in the sauna and in the turkish bath. We lazily swam laps in the large, pseudo-Roman pool and afterwards we applied facial masks that we'd brought along. We didn't use the gym, but it was clean and had good equiptment. At noon on Sunday there were only a few people there. The first Sunday of every month, 10-12 am is reserved for rowdy kids. We were happy to be there at a quieter time.

    It was an amazingly relaxing morning, and set us up for the best day of our mini-vacation.

    Cost: 300 DKR for a day pass.
    Place: Hotel d'Angleterre, at Kongens Nytorv, right up at the end of Strøget.

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    Bryggen

    by sorenf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I went there for a Russian trance party, which is not my cup of tea normally, but what the heck. It's situated on Amager on an abandoned rail track, and was a little difficult to find. We got there early around midnight and the place was basically abandoned, but slowly it filled up with a funny mix of Goa heads with dreads, bodybuilder types, chewing gum girls and some normal people too. Eventually the party took off and we ended up staying there until 6 am.

    The place is well worth a visit if you are into that sort of music and like an underground feel. The place looks like something in between an abandoned warehouse and a local community center if you can imagine that.

    Directions: Amagerfaelledvej 40, on Amager. Get off at the Shell petrol station on Amager-faelledvej. Next to the station there’s an abandoned railroad line. Walk down that for about 200m in complete darkness and you will see and hear it on your left.

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    Daytrips from Copenhagen

    by ValbyDK Updated Oct 31, 2010

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    If you get bored in Copenhagen you could take a day trip and visit one of the nearby cities. I will surgest:

    Roskilde with the Roskilde Cathedral and the Viking museum
    Helsingør with Kronborg Castle
    Hillerød with Frederiksborg Castle
    Dragør (an old fishing village)

    Sweden is also an option and Lund, Malmø or Helsingborg are very easy to reach from Copenhagen.

    Check out the cities here on VT. Many members have great pages...

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    Odense, Funen, Denmark

    by obcbreeze Written Aug 14, 2010

    Who could pass up the home of Hans Christian Andersen? Not us. Odense is about a 90 minute train trip from Copenhagen. We just went to the ticket window, told them where we wanted to go, and that was it. The train station is within easy walking of the HC Andersen House and Museum. They have a fascinating collection of documents and such. We enjoyed a nice lunch at the restaurant on sight. If you have about half a day, this is a great place to visit.

    Jerry at HC Andersen entrance Lunch at the HC Andersen Museum

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    A green breather?

    by Secondhandviking Written May 10, 2010

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    Denmark has absolutely no hills to boast (Highest point is 164 meters above sea, I think)so you should go for the beach instead (of which we have a lot!!) It is quite easy to get to a great beach from Central Copenhagen. Easiest is if you go south. Take S-train line A direction Hundige and get off at Brøndby Strand (15 minutes from f.ex Central station) . From the station it's a 5 -10 minutes walk to the beach (just go with your back to the communist looking highrise in kinky colors :-D you cant miss it..
    Or you can continue by train to Ishøj. The walk from the station is longer (there might be a bus connecting.. www.rejseplanen.dk can tell you) Then you can combine contemporary art and a day at the beach. This plan has an advantage: You never know about the summerweather in Denmark! It can be cold and windy or the sun is shining from a blue sky..Or both within hours. Be prepared for windy on all accounts..
    If you are feeling energetic, then rent a bike. You can bring it on the train for free.. There's a beatiful bicycling path from Ishøj, past Brønshøj Strand almost to city centre - most places right next to the beach. By June there should still be some roses blooming. And a couple of places to buy ice-cream on the way..

    In central Copenhagen, Kongens Have (Next to Rosenborg Castle) is within fairly easy reach from most of the sightseeing. A great place to have an ímprovised picnic and do some people-watching. You can bring a blanket and have a rest there. Many other people do.
    Assistens Kirkegård is a cemetary/park. It is very old and many Danish "celebrities" are buried there - for example Hans Christian Anderson. People use it as a park and a place to picnic. Might sound morbid, but it is really charming with a lot of old trees. On a windy day it is great. If you happen to be sightseeing in the neighborhood, go there for a breather. It is also ok to lie down and catch a nap on the grass as in most other parks.

    On a sunny day Frilandsmuseet in Brede might be just the thing for you! Personally I love this place. It has a collection of old houses from the various parts of Denmarks countryside, complete with little cornfields and gardens and brooks - 200% idyllic and you can see as much as you like or just camp somewhere in the grass and enjoy the silence.. ADMISSION IS FREE!

    Frilandsmuseet - pure idyl
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    Dissapointed by the little mermaid?

    by Secondhandviking Written May 10, 2010

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    That's understandable! I think most Danes would agree, that she is just too small and too nondescript to deserve the attention she gets.. Not that I begrudge her any, but there are so many other great sculptures to see!
    There's one here, that is so powerfull and expressive, that it litterally gives goosebumps everytime I see it..
    You can find it in Glyptotekets garden (right next to Tivoli) and admission to the garden is free. It is called "Troll smells cristian blood" and it is spooky! The pictures doesn't do it justice, you have to go see it for yourself.
    It was done by Niels Hansen-Jacobsen 1896 and bought by Carl Jacobsen (founder of Carlsberg) He bought it for Jesuskirken in Valby, where it was supposed to counterpart a large crucifix. It symbolizes the evil in the world, and my guess is that the citizens of Valby found it a tad too expressive, as they just didn't want it near their church. It was then put in the garden of Glyptoteket..
    100 years later a copy has been made and put at Jesuskirken in Valby as originally intended, so you can also go see it there, if you feel like it..

    The copy at Jesuskirken, Valby
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    Bella Center

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 6, 2009

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    Photos:
    1. Bella Center entrance
    2. Welcome poster for the Rheumatology Congress
    3. Construction site of the Bella Hotel

    When I first saw the signs pointing the way to the Bella Center I thought it must be some kind of dog show, but it turns out to be Copenhagen's Congress Center (that would be a Convention Center in American English) in Ørestad.

    They say that this is already "Scandinavia's largest exhibition and conference centre", even though parts of it are still being built. The name "Bella Center" comes from the Copenhagen district of Bellahøj, which is where the center was located for the first ten years of its existence before being moved to its current location in 1975.

    Among other things they are building a huge new hotel (third photo), which will be the largest hotel in Scandinavia when it opens in 2011. Note the leaning towers -- currently something of an architectural fad, if you ask me (not that anyone did).

    Update: The Bella Center is the site of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen from December 7 to 18, 2009.

    Center Boulevard 5, DK-2300 Copenhagen S
    GPS 55°38'13.50" North; 12°34'40.47" East

    1. Bella Center entrance 2. Welcome poster for the Rheumatology Congress 3. Construction site of the Bella Hotel
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    Genetically Modified Little Mermaid

    by millicon.dk Written Apr 26, 2009

    The Danish sculptor, Bjørn Nørgaard, created his own Little Mermaid, which is not too far from her more famous sister, but unless you know it is there, you might miss it. It can be found in the water next to the square called Dahlerups Torv.

    Gene Manipulated Little Mermaid
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    Copenhagen: a city of spires

    by MikeBird Written Aug 27, 2008

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    If you can get up high in Copenhagen, for example from the spinning tower in the Tivoli Gardens, you will appreciate how many spires - mainly of churches - there are in Central Copenhagen. It was noticeable though how few other tall buildings there were. It seemed to me that the authorities have tried hard to restrict the development of high rise structures in the city leaving mainly the church spires to rise above the other buildings.

    St Nikolaj Kirke from Stroget Not a church this one St Nikolaj from the waterfront

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    Street Art

    by deptlads Written Jun 4, 2008

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    There is some interesting (and fun) municipally sponsored street art around at the moment (May 2008), particularly related to the litter problem. This includes this giant coffee cup in Vesterbro (Enghave plads) as well as pizza boxes and beer cans.

    Sculpture at Enghave plads Sculpture at Enghave plads Sculpture at Enghave plads

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    The Merman with seven sons

    by deptlads Written Jun 4, 2008

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    Not so much "off the beaten track" as "often goes unoticed", this unusual underwater sculpture "Agnete og havmanden" ("The Merman with seven sons"), by Suste Bonnén is located in the canal by the Højbro bridge, right in the centre of Copenhagen (look the other side of the bridge from the fisherwoman sculpture). Originally installed in 1992, the sculpture was renovated and "re-unveiled" in August 1997.

    This is an unusually moving and original sculpture which is inspired by the Danish ballad "Agnete and the Merman". according to the legend:


    Agnete was a young peasant girl who was walking by the shore as a merman emerged from the waves and offered her his hand. Agnete fell in love with him immediately and went to the bottom of the sea with him, where she gave birth to his seven sons. After eight years, however, as she was sitting by the crib of her youngest son, Agnete heard the sound of churchbells ringing from her old village, and she felt homesick. She got permission from the merman to go to church, on the one condition that she would come back to him after mass. But of course, once on land again, Agnete found that she missed the church and her family too much, and she wouldn’t return.

    (above quote from At The Lighthouse)

    The sculpture shows the merman and his sons (the seventh and youngest is in the merman's arms) all facing towards the land, in apparent despair, begging Agnete to return. It is a paticularly effective and evocative piece, and possibly a little disturbing - look and the young son to the far right, with his arms outstreatched, or the older son at the front with his head in his hands. The expression of grief and loss is unmistakeable, even if you are unaware of the story behind the piece.

    The Merman with seven sons The Merman with seven sons The Merman with seven sons

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    Oslo Kaj......Amerika Plads

    by Bigs Written Mar 28, 2008

    The terminal from the Oslo Ferry is something for architecture fans. It's an eye catcher at the Amerika Plads. Not to mention that a sea trip to Oslo is something you might want to do as well.... I would like to even if I don't like long cruises...

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    Tuborg Havn

    by Bigs Written Mar 28, 2008

    Right behind the old Tuborg factory a huge building site is under construction, the Tuborg Havn. A lot of modern flats and business buildings are build here. I guess it's not the cheapest place in Copenhagen to live, but you can park your yacht right next to your flat.....

    I found it funny that the lights at the ports entrance are beer bottles........

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    The central Railway station

    by sourbugger Updated Feb 1, 2008

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    I passed through the main railway station a number of times when visiting Copenhagen, and was impressed by the efficiency and feeling of space that it has.

    Designed back in 1911 to provide more capacity, it is perhaps a mark of the Danish Character that they have managed to re-model and update the place to meet the demands of the present day.

    I especially like the wooden beamed structure of the main hall, although it doesn't seem to be a celebrated piece of arcitecture.

    It struck me as saying something about the Danish character : it is a little understated, yet sturdy. Has a sense of history, but is still up to date. Does this make any sense, or am I just waffling - LooK ! I just like the station - OK ?

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