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    The David Collection - Not To Be Missed

    by johngayton Updated Oct 25, 2014

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    This is one of Copenhagen's "hidden-in-full-view" gems and doubly precious because it is a freebie.

    The "David Collection" began as a private collection by the attorney Christian Ludvig David (1878 - 1960) who, as a successful lawyer and businessman, began it in the 1910's by buying paintings and sculptures by Danish artists for his townhouse at Kronprinsessegade 30. As the bug bit he diversified firstly into 17th and 18th century European furniture and artworks and then developed an interest in Islamic culture.

    By 1945 he had amassed a considerable diversity of material and decided that he wanted to create a museum open to the public to be owned and administered by a public trust - The C L David Foundation. David never married and upon his death in 1960 his fortune was bequeathed to the Foundation for the development of his house as a museum and to enhance the collections.

    In the 1960's and 70's the Foundation invested in a broad spectrum of additions but around 1980 began to concentrate on expanding the Islamic collection which is now reckoned to amongst the finest in Europe.

    The Foundation aquired the building next door at Kronprinsessegade 32 in 1986 to house the now much enlarged collection and in 2005 to 2009 completely redisigned the interiors of the two buildings to showcase the three main foci - European 18th century Art, Danish Early Modern Art and the Islamic Collection.

    We spent about three hours here (during pub opening time!), mostly in the enthralling Islamic section, and probably didn't even take in 10% of what was there. By the time we called it a day we were suffering from serious cultural overload which took quite a few beers to alleviate - HIC!

    Amazing place and definitely on my list for many more revisits.

    Opening times are: Tues and Friday - 1300-1700; Weds 1000-2100; Thurs 1000-1700; Sat and Sun 1100-1700. It is closed on Mondays, New year's Eve and for the three days around Christmas.

    Photography (no tripod or flash) is allowed throughout but they do have a wierd regulation that when not in use your camera should be kept in a plastic bag (provided). As I mentioned earlier admission is free, as are guided tours on spring and autumn Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

    Full details are on the website below as is an excellent overview of the collections and history of the museum.

    Culturally Shocked - Need A Beer! Female Sufi A Very Small Set From Miniatures Collection Islamic Jewellery Islamic Coinage (with touch screen for details)
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    Just walking

    by solopes Updated Sep 30, 2014

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    I can't invite you in, because I've just lent this small boat to the queen.

    Anyway, central Copenhagen is an easy and pleasant place to walk. Let's forget the boat and do it, however, if you like to have look (from the outside) I think that the Queen doesn't mind.

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    Enjoy the architecture

    by leics Written Sep 16, 2014

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    Although little in Copenhagen is really 'old' (in my terms) it is nevertheless a most interesting place to wander on foot. There are numerous twiddly spires, plenty of dragons to spot, oddities of elaborate ornamentation.......a couple of unexpected onion domes...some rather nice 'terraced' cottages which were clearly once barracks.......ornamental brickwork.....

    There's plenty to enjoy in the city if you are interested in architectural details. :-)

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    Central Station

    by leics Updated Sep 16, 2014

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    Although many people use this station....and it has a good selection of places to eat 7 drink inside...I doubt many look closely at its architecture.

    As soon as i stepped down from the airport train I was struck by the arched airiness of the platforms and, later, I spent a while looking more closely.

    This is the third version of Copenhagen's most important station, completed in 1911. In the main entrance hall, look up to see the arched beams overhead, the wooden detailing, little bits of stained glass and the vari-coloured geometric brick patterns set into the walls along its length.

    The main entrance has some rather interesting sculptures outside....some look to me as if they portray traditional costumes of Denmark, though I may be wrong.

    It's well worth having a closer look rather than just whizzing through on the way to catch your train. :-)

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    Sankt Hans Torv

    by illumina Written Aug 12, 2014

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    Sankt Hans Torv is a public square in Nørrebro, just off Nørrebrogade and not far from the Lakes. It was created in 1993 as part of an urban renewal programme and is now known for its cafes and the large sculpture by Jørgen Haugen Sørensen at its centre. It is also host to concerts during Distortion and the Jazz festival among other events. It's a nice place to sit out on a sunny day.

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    Huset KBH

    by illumina Updated Aug 9, 2014

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    Huset (the house) in Magstræde is a cultural centre, with approx 1400 annual events spread over 7 diverse stages with everything from live music, theatre performances, stand up comedy, spoken word and a small cinema.

    On the top floor is a theatre and concert hall, the third floor houses a music cafe, which I believe is a practice area for bands as well as a venue; the second floor is a cinema and bar, the first floor is a Jazz club, and there is a cafe on the ground floor (which has the biggest collection of board games I have ever seen!).

    I have been to the cinema here fairly regularly as there is an international film club showing great old movies for a good price (usually 30-50 kr). Check the website for listings.

    They have regular screenings of Rocky Horror Picture Show, and as of 2014 Big Lebowski drink along nights (the film and 10 shots of white russians for 100kr!). Usually in early August there is a week of open-air screenings (in the courtyard next to the cafe) which has included Flash Gordon for the last two years!

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    Arbejdermuseet

    by illumina Written Aug 5, 2014

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    The Arbejdermuseet or Worker's Museum is situated close to Kongens Have and the Botanical Gardens, in a side street off Gothersgade. It is housed in the trade union movement's oldest hall, which was built in 1879. It's main purpose is to show the daily life of Copenhagen workers over the last 150 years.

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    Frederiksberg University Gardens

    by illumina Written Aug 2, 2014

    A small park hidden away in the middle of Frederiksberg, the Univeritetshaverne hold plant collections for teaching, as well as being a park and study garden and a "green oasis for all"! It lies between Bülowsvej and Thorvaldsensvej, around the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Science buildings, and has three areas - the green farm, the sculpture garden and the Romantic garden.

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    Amager Strandpark

    by illumina Written Aug 2, 2014

    The Amager beach park lies along the eastern coast of the island of Amager and was created in 1934. Since 2005 it has included a 2km long artificial island separated from the original beach by a lagoon, crossed by 3 bridges. The beaches stretch for 4,6km (2.9miles) and the area is used for picnicking and barbecues, ball games in specially made courts, kayaking, kitesurfing and diving, as well as swimming of course.

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    Fælledparken

    by illumina Written Aug 2, 2014

    Fælledparken is a large open park and playing field lying adjacent to Parken, the national stadium, in Østerbro. It was created from the areas of common land (fælled) between 1906 and 1914, and is used by Copenhageners for the usual park activities such as exercise and relaxing in the sun, but also for the Mayday celebrations and demonstrations, the Copenhagen carnival, and dancing and open air films in the summer.

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    Amelie Haven

    by illumina Written Jul 31, 2014

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    The Amalie Garden (Danish: Amaliehaven) lies between Amelienborg Palace square and the harbourfront. Established in 1983, it was a gift from the A.P. Møller and Chastine McKinney Møller Foundation to the citizens of Copenhagen and designed by Belgian architect Jean Delogne.

    The park is now part of the so-called Frederiksgade axis; the central fountain designed by Italian Arnaldo Pomodoro sits directly on the axis.

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    Christian IV's Bryghus / Kongernes Lapidarium

    by ValbyDK Written Jul 30, 2014

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    Christian IV's Bryghus (King Christian IV’s Brewery) was not originally a brewery, but was part of Copenhagen’s fortifications. But during the years, the building lost its importance as a military construction, and King Christian IV ordered it to be used as a brewery (great idea…). The brewery has been destroyed by fire a couple of times, but was rebuilt - and got its present appearance in the middle of the 18th century.

    And also since the middle of the 18th century, Christian IV's Bryghus has served as a warehouse and has been used for art exhibitions, but recently (in June 2014) opened Kongernes Lapidarium (The Lapidarium of Kings) here at the old brewery. Kongernes Lapidarium is an exhibition containing around 300 sculptures and architectural fragments from Danish palaces, gardens, and squares. The building and exhibition is well worth a visit.

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    Christian IV's Bryghus

    by illumina Written Jul 30, 2014

    Christian IV's Brewhouse is a building dating from 1608, situated on Slotsholmen, by the harbour on the corner of Christians Brygge and Frederiksholm Kanal. It was initially built for defensive purposes; a corner bastion, part of Christian IV's fortification of the city, with a flat roof and parapet with embrasures for canons. However, within only a few years the construction of the ramparts and bastions of Christianshavn had made it obsolete, and it was taken over by Kongens Bryghus (the King's Brewhouse), as two previous brewhouses had been destroyed by fire. At this point it was given a huge roof with pointed gables.Unfortunately this Brewhouse was also burned in 1632 and rebuilt a few years later - and burned again in 1767, when the function of brewing was moved to the neighbouring site, after which this building became a magazine (ammunition depot) and given a new high tiled roof, its present appearance.

    It has stood empty for many years, but recently it has been given a new lease of life with renovation and it is currently being used as a museum of architectural stonework: Kongernes Lapidarium. I was fortunate enough to visit the building during its renovation and have photos of the interior from that time.

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    Frederiksborg Castle

    by illumina Written Jul 23, 2014

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    Even further afield than Frilandsmuseet, but well worth a trip is Frederiksborg Slot, situated in Hillerød. It was built as a royal residence for King Christian IV between 1602 and 1620 replacing a previous castle erected by Frederick II in 1560 (although some parts of that structure survive), constructed on islands in the middle of a lake. It was damaged by fire in 1859 and was subsequently restored - it is now a museum and home of an important collection of portraits and historical paintings.

    The gardens and park surrounding the palace and lake are free to the access, and make for a lovely walk.

    Entry fee to the castle (July 2014): 75kr

    Take the S train (B line at weekend, E during week) from Central station, Nørreport, Østerport etc. From Hillerød station, turn left and walk to the junction, then right, then follow the main road until you see a sign saying Frederiksborg Slot pointing to the right - follow to the entrance.

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    Buildings and Statues near City Center

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 17, 2014

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    In addition to the City hall the ugly Industriens Hus representing Danish industry is in this area. There are four main sculptures
    The Dragon Fountain (Danish: Dragespringvandet), depicting a bull and a dragon in combat.
    The Weather Girl (Danish: vejrpigen),
    The Lur Blowers and
    Hans Christian Andersen sculpture

    But I also took photos of the Zodiac statues in Axeltorv Square which is across from Tivoli where we waited for the bus. It is named for Bishop Absalon, Copenhagen's founder, whose (little used) Danish name was Axel. A 12.5 metre long water basin with nine bronze amphoras was installed in the square in 1991. It was designed by Mogens Møller in collaboration with the architect Mogens Breyen and is called Zodiac

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