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Phone: (45) 32 511400
Fax: (45) 32 513701
Kastruplundgade 15, Kastrup, DK, 2770
- Phone: (45) 32 511400
- Fax: (45) 32 513701
With more than 20,000 creatures on display, Den Bla Planet is one of Europe's largest aquariums. The aquarium's eye-catching building and the facilities inside are intelligently designed to resemble a whirlpool. The facility is divided into numerous areas, with marine life separated based on their habitat and origin. From cold water and native creatures to marine life from the Amazon and coral reefs, the aquarium's collection is all-encompassing. A guided tour of the facility is recommended to completely experience the aquarium's treasures. There's an on-site restaurant as well as a gift shop. Check website for more.
Home to the Danish National Broadcasting Corporation, the DR Byen is an outstanding piece of architecture. Located in Copenhagen, this complex caters to media and technology. It houses production studios, a radio studio, and concert halls which has awesome acoustic capabilities, which make it a top spot for live rock, pop & jazz performances. Accompanying the events space is an in-house cafeteria that takes good care of the much needed refreshments after a long event. There is also an in-house cafeteria serving light snacks. Tours to the facility are conducted as well. Call ahead or check website for more details.
Holmen is a former military area, but when the navy pulled out in 1996, this big scenic area was opened to the public. The main entrance is at the end of Prinsessegade on Christianshavn. Another way to get to Holmen is to go by boat with the canal tours from Nyhavn or Gammel Strand. The big rigging-tower, a stone construction with a copper roof dating from 1749, is the landmark of Holmen and a part of the Copenhagen skyline. The Navy has resided on Holmen since 1690. Gunshots still thunder from Sixtus Batteriet at sunset and dawn. Cultural activities and artists have also moved into Holmen with the four art schools located there. Now an extensive residential building project is being carried out. It's nice to sometimes get away from the noise and stress of the big city. Try the restaurants along the harbor. Near the water, it is cool even on the hottest days. From here you have a magnificent view over Amalienborg and Marmorkirken.
Christian's Church is a common national church with enough space for the creative arrangements in theater, ballet, and concerts that you often find here. It is situated on Christianshavn, the small island between Copenhagen city and Amager. The church is characterised by its blue-black tile roof that shines and glimmers in the sun, its sandstone walls, and its tower. It was built in 1755-59 by Nicolai Eigtved, who was inspired by the Baroque movement. The interior is almost theatrical, with benches on the floor and boxes on the balcony. The King's box is opposite the altar. There are no admission fees.
It's no secret that the city gets a limited amount of precious sunshine throughout the year, and Copenhageners make the most of the warm weather by going for a dip in the numerous outdoor baths around the city. One of the first and probably the biggest to open in the city Havnebadet Islands Brygge, has no less than four outdoor pools, with one dedicated exercise pool, one diving pool and two smaller ones for children. Visitors can relax or perhaps even have a picnic in the large open space next to the pools. Enjoy beautiful views of the city as you go for a refreshing dip.
The Copenhagen Opera House is a gift to the Danish state by shipping magnate Sir Mærsk McKinney Møller. It was formally inaugurated on January 15, 2005. Located on the waterfront of Holmen, the former Royal Naval Dockyard, it is set to become one of the largest cultural centers in Northern Europe. The main architectural attraction of the Opera House is the floating roof, which covers four stories. It also has galleries, a restaurant and accommodation for travelers.
One of the first harbor baths to open in the city, this facility originally opened in 2002 at Islands Brygge, but was shifted to Fisketorvet the next year to accommodate larger facilities at the original location. The facility comprises three pools, with exercixe pool, a diving pool and children's pool. There's a little area behind the pool, with lounge chairs for visitors to relax. Water quality is constantly monitored and lifeguards are always on call. Bathing season lasts from June 15 to August 31. Check website for more.
Though it's one of the smallest harbor baths to open in the city, Havnebadet Sluseholmen boasts of a unique design that somewhat resembles a coral reef. The architects have done a stellar job of incorporating the bath's facilities into the wave design. There are four pools, one each for diving and exercise, and two for children and youth. Bathing season lasts from June 15 to August 31. Check website for more.
Located in Dragr , the Sbad is a bath for people of all ages. Being less crowded and the water being low lying, it is a place for children to enjoy. With a modest entry fee, it is a place for some fun with water on a warm sunny day. For further information, call on the numbers mentioned.
The Stock Exchange is one of Copenhagen's most spectacular and oldest buildings. Christian IV had it built in 1620, in an effort to turn Copenhagen into a financial center that would rival Amsterdam. The Stock Exchange was built on top of water, on filled-in foundations. Because canals surrounded it on three sides, the building has managed to survive the various fires that have ravaged Copenhagen through the years. The long building is magnificently decorated with dormer windows, but the Stock Exchange's most noticeable feature is the spire. Four dragons with intertwined tails form the spire, and it is topped by three golden crowns that symbolize the three Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Today, the Copenhagen Chamber of Commerce still uses the big hall for meetings, even though the stock exchange has moved to Nikolaj Plads. Visitors cannot enter, but the building itself is breathtaking.
The site of Holmen Church (Holmens Kirke) originally housed a blacksmith's shop, but in 1619 King Christian IV commissioned its reconstruction into a church for the Danish Navy. Built in the shape of a cross, a small copper tower rises from the middle, in Renaissance style. The church is situated by one of the bridges that join Slotsholmen, the island with Christiansborg on it, with the center of Copenhagen. The decorative chapel alongside the canal is beautifully made. This church is one of the few to have survived the great fires in the history of Copenhagen. Because of that, it has been very well preserved and stands as it was originally designed. Today, it functions as a common public church. In 1967, the Danish queen Margrete was married to Prince Henrik in this church. The graves of Danish seafaring heroes like Tordenskjold (1690-1720) and Niels Juel are found inside. Both were men of a time when Denmark was one of the leading naval nations of the world. A statue of Tordenskjold is situated in the churchyard, facing onto the canal.
Christiansborg Slot is home to the Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Prime Minister's Department. Bishop Absalon built his castle on this site as far back as 1167, though in 1732 the building of a magnificent Baroque castle began at the request of Christian VI. Christianborg had to be rebuilt twice after it burned down, once in 1794 and once in 1880. A third Christiansborg was built between 1907 and 1923 in Baroque style according to architect Thorvald Jørgensen's drawings, and this is the one that stands on the site today. Behind the castle, you'll find stables and grounds that date from Christian VI's old Baroque building. In the summer, the riding grounds are used for theater performances and concerts (jazz, rock and classical music).