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has become a cosmopolitan city but still has this Scandinavian charm
and culture. Arriving at the airport gives you a taste of what the
town is like. Its inspiring Danish design is almost everywhere.
I found agreeable how convenient and close to the city centre the
airport was. You can catch the train directly from there to Kobenhavn
Central station. It only takes twenty minutes.
Then I was only
ten minutes by foot away from my hotel. The Hotel Alexandra situated
on the main street H.C. Andersens Boulevard. The place is known for
having gathered over the years exclusive pieces of design furniture
by world famous Danish Architects such as Arne Jacobsen , Ole Wanscher
, Hans J. Wegner and Finn Juhl.
Some rooms have
been entirely and individually decorated with selected Danish design
furniture as well as Danish art. My room was an homage to Danish architect
Hans J.Wegner and had some of his best pieces of work. It seemed interesting
how not only the rooms were decorated that way but the rest of the hotel
such as the lobby and the restaurant had also been filled with Danish
design chairs and tables. It made the place feel unique or rather made
me feel unique. I guess anyone could appreciate their own uniqueness
for every room is different whether one is here for business purposes
or in search of a romantic escapade.
Tivoli gardens may be to Copenhagen what the Tuileries garden are
to Paris on a smaller scale but the difference is that it is also
an amusement park open all year round located right in the city
One of the stage theatres is strongly inspired by Asiatic architecture
and stands out from the rest. There are many attractions, restaurants
including the Hard rock cafe and souvenir shops. With its open-air
stages, all kind of events are held during the year. Home to Europes
longest tropical salt water aquarium. You can admire over a thousand
fishes, sharks and rays in its thirty metres long reef.
Hundred of trees
and thousands of flowers surrounds the fountain in the middle of the
garden. The sight is quite mesmerising.
Right at the entrance is Tivoli workshop, a paradise for children and
young at heart where you can build a bear. There is an extensive choice
of bears in different shapes such as Dinosaurs, Rabbits, Pandas and
Almost any animal you could imagine. They stuff them in front of your
eyes. You can then dress your bear by choosing among the important selection
of outfits. Some have Denmark flags or Tivoli inscriptions on them while
others range from classical to disney outfits. It can sound a bit weird
but that is what makes this shop special to Denmark.
Tivoli gardens is the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. It is an art
museum dedicated to sculpture and paintings. Sculptures from ancient
Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire. Several sculptures of Marcus
Aurelius titled with Roman emperor. It seems that I also knew him
as a philosopher. Many unknown Romans sculpted faces. The paintings
focused on Danish and French art from the nineteenth century onwards.
There is a large number of pieces by the artists of the Danish gold
age (1800-1850) including Eckersberg, Kobke and Lundbye.
The French paintings
focus on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism with mainly works by Gaugin
but also widely represented are Monet, Van Gogh, Pissaro or even Signac.
Degas has its magnifique and famous "Danseuses" sculptures.
There is a winter garden in the center of the museum where you can have
a coffee while enjoying again the furniture. As the museum cafe is exclusively
decorated by Danish design furniture. The museum art bookshop has an
interesting choice of books covering the entire museum collection published
by the museum itself.
The Danish National Gallery or Statens museum for kunst is located near
Norreport train station but is also accessible by foot from the city
centre. Danish and foreign works from the fourteenth century and up
to our time are exhibited there. New contemporary artists are also holding
From the city hall square you can take a walk through the Latin Quarter
nice pedestrian streets that has a lot of cafes, restaurants and shops.
Then through the park to the port and admire the little mermaid statue.
It seems that she wears a bunch of roses at the moment. I heard many
different stories about the signification of the little mermaid statue.
One said she was known to have waited a long time around the port for
her lover to come back. I understood then that her lover had came back
as she was carrying beautiful red roses or maybe not she was simply
carrying them as a gift for her lover when he comes back.
Walking back towards the square through Bredgade Street where you can
see the golden onion domes from a distance of the Russian Orthodox Church.
From there on your left is the Amalienborg palace and royal residence.
If you are around noon you will certainly come across the guard walk,
as there is a changing of the guard daily.
At the top of the street, the most popular place in Copenhagen, Nyhavn
around the canal is a colourful pedestrian street with many terraces
cafes. The famous Hotel dAngleterre stands at its ends along the
royal theatre and department store Magasin du nord.
You can also choose to visit other museums than the ones I visited with
the Copenhagen card. It gives you unlimited free access to transportation
around the town and free entry to most attractions and museums. It has
also discounts advantages for selected restaurants and shops.
It gives you the opportunity to appreciate and discover fully Copenhagen
in a short time.
General and tour information, reservations:
Hotel Alexandra is situated in the city centre walking distance form
tivoli gardens, nyhavn and little mermaid.
Nicely decorated with Danish design furniture.
H.C. Andersens boulevard 8,
DK-1553 Copenhagen V
Museums and attractions:
-Ny carlsberg glyptotek
Dantes Plads 7,
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm
-Statens museum for kunst
1307 Copenhagen K
Tuesdays-Sundays 10 am- 5 pm.
Wednesdays 10 am- 8 pm.
Montfront November 2008
weekend in Helsinki
I was taken aback by its calm serenity. There was something beautiful
about all of this.
Weekend in Geneva
think of Switzerland, They think of Geneva. It is the third largest
city in Switzerland.
"One never feels comfortable anywhere but one only feels comfortable
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