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. :-)
What a colossal building the Station was, busy too!
I didn't realize this was the 3rd Central Station. The first was built here in 1847, then the second Central station was built in 1864 on the opposite side, and lastly, the one I caught the Trains from was built in 1911.
The present Central Station was opened in 1911 by prince Christian - later King Christian together with 700-800 exclusive invited guests and thousands of Copenhageners.
The Central Station is the biggest train station in Denmark and the centre for all train traffic in the country.
The building is designed in the same style as Copenhagen’s Town Hall as both properties were built in the same period, it even has a special lounge for the Royal family, with departure of the Royal Saloon from platform 1. Inside there is a Clock, which un-beknown to me, was used as a meeting place for Copenhagers'. I happened to choose the same place to meet my husband!
Individual locker facilities are available. The Price for 24 hours is approx. DKK 40-60.
If you aren't already coming into or leaving from Copenhagen's Hovedbanegarden Central Train Station, it is still worth a brief visit. Beneath its barrel-vaulted ceilings there is a thriving metropolis! A cross-roads for people from all walks of life, many countries and cultures who are coming and going or just passing through. It seems to be the main arrival point for backpackers, and trekkers, and of course daily commuters. The thin light streams through lovely stained-glass windows and onto the maddening crowd below.
Only a 15 minute, inexpensive ride from Kastrup Airport, the central train station on the southwest border of the Old City is a hub for regional trains, commuter trains, buses and the metro. It's a good starting point for exploring the Old City (Gammel Stand) and you will find a post office, currency exchange, fast food restaurants, shops and even a small supermarket here. It is directly across from a side entrance of Tivoli Gardens, and close to several hotels. Outside the main entrance or one of the side entrances, you might get lucky and find one or two of the specially-marked bicycles for rent for a returnable coin which you can use to explore Copenhagen in a different way. I particularly liked the train station because of its old architecture, it has many useful conveniences, and because of the variety of people you see here!