The number of Cohens in Cohenhagen tripled two weeks ago when my parents visited me for Easter weekend! It was so great having them visit and getting to show them around that I thought I’d give you a highlight of some of our favorite activities to do around the city! (And thanks again for visiting guys, it was one of my favorite weeks here 🙂 )
The Round Tower
The Round Tower (Rundetaarn in Danish) was built by King Christian IV from 1637-1642 and is part of Trinitatis Complex which includes a church, library, and observatory located in the same building. Though I frequently walk by the Round Tower and work in the cafe next door, I had never actually gone up the tower to the observatory until my parents visited. I guess that just shows how studying abroad makes you feel like a local after just a few months in the same place.
Anyways, the Round Tower is unique because the observatory was used by the University of Copenhagen until 1861, making it the oldest in Europe. The path up to the observatory is also unique because it is one giant ramp that winds around itself 7.5 times for a total of 209 meters! But why? Well, it’s much easier to get scientific equipment up a tower by having horses pull it up there rather than try to carry it up stairs the whole way. Just another example of how the Danes always seem to think outside the box to maximize efficiency! And once you get to the top, the views of Copenhagen’s city center are great!
Like I said in my previous post, Hamlet’s Castle, also known as Kronborg Castle, is a great place to spend time if you want to see more than just Copenhagen when you visit Denmark. The castle has a rich history with Denmark, Shakespeare, and the town of Helsingør is a great place to walk around and get lunch. Check out my previous post for more info on one of Denmark’s fabulous castles!
If it’s your first time visiting Copenhagen or even if you’ve spent time here before, I highly recommend going on a canal tour while you’re here! The tours that I’ve been on start in either Nyhavn or Gammel Strand and take you on a tour of the Copenhagen Opera House, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, the Black Diamond Library, and the Little Mermaid. Plus, they take you through the canals of Christianshavn and Christiansborg which gives a completely different perspective than walking around these areas. Tour guides or a recorded guide provide tons of information at each stop and the clear tops of the boats both keep you warm on colder days and allow for great pictures to be taken whether inside or outside of the boat. Though these tours can feel a bit touristy, they actually provide a great starting point for a trip to Copenhagen because you get to see a bit of all of the tourist attractions and decide what you want to go back to and what you’d rather avoid. 10/10 would recommend!
Did you know that Carlsberg is the fourth largest beer brewing company in the world? Though it might not get as much fame as Guinness or Heineken, it means the world to Danes. J.C. Jacobsen founded Carlsberg in Copenhagen in 1847 and opened his laboratory in 1875 which focused on researching new, innovative ways to brew beer. Though DIS does not encourage drinking, if you are of legal age I would suggest visiting Carlsberg to get to know more about this company nd the technical advances they have made in regards to the beer industry. It gives even more insight into Danish ingenuity and is a more relaxing tourist attraction than some of the others I’ve recommended in the past. Plus, you can see part of the Guinness World Record collection of unopened beer bottles that Carlsberg owns which currently totals more than 22,000!
National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen
The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen is another tourist attraction that I hadn’t visited until I went with my parents and I think I could go back 4 more times and still not cover the entire museum because it’s that big! Located in the Prince’s Palace which was built in 1743-1744 the collection spans over 4 floors and 20,000 years. You can see everything from an ethnographical collection, a collection of classical and near eastern antiquities, a coin- and medal collection, a toy museum, archaeological finds from the Viking and Bronze Ages and so much more! Everyone can find something that they’re interested in in this museum which makes it a great place to spend as much or as little time as you want. And if you feel like you need a break from all of this history and need to spend some time in the present, buying a ticket for the day allows you to leave and come back to the museum that same day; how great is that! Just make sure that you grab a brochure in the lobby detailing the Top Ten Things to see in the museum during your visit, they’re some of the coolest pieces of history Denmark has to offer!