Malmo is third-largest city in Sweden, and it’s very close to Denmark, separated from Copenhagen by the famous Oresundbridge. A day trip to Malmö is the Danish people’s favourite place for a getaway from Copenhagen. It takes just half an hour to get to Malmo from Copenhagen by train. I absolutely fell in love with Malmo because it’s quaint. It's packed with everything from medieval castles, catacombs and cathedrals, to inspiring architecture, Malmo has plenty of style. A visit to Malmo is an absolute must for those travelling to Sweden or Europe in general.
Getting around Malmo is easily done on foot. Most of the major sights are all within easy strolling distance of the ciy centre. Malmo used to be under Danish rule for centuries. It was also a Hanseatic League port town. All this legacy is still visible in the city along with modern developments. With a planned trip to Malmo, you could complete a Copenhagen experience while discovering another country as well.
Brumleby is a historical residential area in Copenhagen, which has a very characteristic look of yellow and white lime paint. The buildings, however, were originally constructed due to an extensive outbreak of cholera costing the lives of 5,000 people in Copenhagen in 1853. With waiting-lists for housing taking more than 20 years, Brumleby is today a highly popular, trendy and remains in the peaceful residential enclave of Østerbro district in Copenhagen. To add a different take on the houses and literally twist the traditional look of the buildings, the shape of the houses was stretched and squeezed as if they were bursting with energy.
At one end of the development is a playground designed to reflect the area’s unconventional character. Described as the "Crooked House" playground, it is full of quirky fixtures that seem to turn the world upside down. The idea of the playground is to create a small piece of these old buildings to remind us of its fantastic history.
I found the Crooked House playground in the Brumleby neighborhood in Copenhagen looks exactly as the Crooked House playground at Block 330 Yishun Ring Road in Singapore. I did a photo documentary on "Cube House Themed Playgrounds" in August 2021, click here to view. These crooked house playgrounds are actually built by a Danish design firm MONSTRUM, MONSTRUM has built more than 230 playgrounds, mostly in Denmark and Sweden, but also in other parts of the world.
Kronborg Castle (a.k.a. Elsinore) is located in Helsingor, a pleasant, salty Danish seaside town that's often confused with its Swedish sister, Helsinborg, just across the channel. The history of Kronborg is inextricably linked to that of Shakespeare, who set here the drama of Hamlet. Naturally, my interest was piqued when I found out that just a short train ride from Copenhagen is the castle where Shakespeare’s Hamlet is set.
Helsingor is a 45-minute train ride from Copenhagen Central Station. The train ride itself is gorgeous — I passed quaint Danish towns and lush forestland. At the Helsingor station, the Kronborg Castle is just within 10 minutes of walking distance. Most of the "Hamlet" castle you'll see today was built long after the historical Hamlet died (more than a thousand years ago), and Shakespeare never saw the place. These days, various Shakespearean companies from around the world perform Hamlet in Kronborg's courtyard each August.
Kronborg Castle was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in year 2000. To see or not to see? Although a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a lot of people come to the castle without going inside. Whether this is the right decision is really dependant upon which aspects of Kronborg are most interesting to you. You don’t need to have read the play to appreciate a Kronborg Castle visit. In my view, the castle is most impressive from the outside. The free grounds themselves are lovely to walk around and between the walls and sea are great, with a close-up view of the strait between Denmark and Sweden.
A Museum Treasure In The Heart of Copenhagen, Denmark: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek 丹麦哥本哈根城市中心藏着宝珠：新嘉士伯艺术博物馆
Copenhagen’s roster of museums and galleries is the envy of cities the world over. Apart from Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (click here to view my blog story on that), Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is my second most favourite art museum in Denmark.
Located 5 minutes from the Copenhagen Central Station, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek presents antique art in an intense interaction between architecture and a large collection of more than 10,000 works of art spanning 6,000 years. It is founded by the famous danish beer founder Carl Jacobsen, he was a collector himself. Eventually, he built this museum and put all of his collection and open it for public. The legacy and influence of the Carlsbergs are visible all over Copenhagen. He also commissioned the famous Little Mermaid statue in the city (I will blog about the Carlsberg Beer brewery and the Little Mermaid in upcoming photo posts.)
If ancient art, Greek and Roman sculptures aren’t really your thing, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek has rooms of French and Danish paintings as well. The imposing and beautiful architecture outside is already a great preview of the art treasures it housed inside.
博物馆名称让人立即联想到那世界闻名的啤酒品牌。事实上这博物馆起初的藏品正是这啤酒品牌创办人之子 Carl Jacobsen 的私人珍藏，当中大多数是雕塑。后来随着藏品渐多，供展出的私宅不敷使用，他于是把藏品奉献给丹麦政府，条件是政府需提供展示场地，这场地正是今日的新嘉士伯艺术博物馆。从石棺到雕塑，每一件艺术品都展现了历史上意义深远的转折，让我流连忘返。
I can't help but fall in love with Copenhagen's historical architecture. The Danish attention to detail is absolutely stunning. History is everywhere in Copenhagen where cobblestone streets, palaces and royal artefacts make for a beautiful backdrop to the modern life lived by the Copenhageners of today. Remarkably, you rarely find the new clashing with the old. More often than not, the contemporary architecture in Copenhagen actually heightens the experience of the historic buildings and streets. Whether you are into old historical, royal castles or enjoy exploring urban architecture, Copenhagen has it all and best of all, within easy walking distance from each other. Walking is certainly the best and most pleasurable way to see Copenhagen. Just be careful not to step on to the bicycle lanes that run along beside the pavements. This is strongly frowned upon as bikes have the right of way here. The normally placid Danes take serious umbrage to that, especially during rush hour.
If you wish to save some time or energy, you can also get around Copenhagen using the city’s efficient metro/urban train transportation system. This will prove particularly useful in order to get to some of the further lying attractions. All the major attractions in Copenhagen are easily accessible by public transport, and switching from one form of transport to another is very seamless.
The Copenhagen Card is a convenient city pass that accords you free access to many best attractions and sights in the city. The other advantage of having the Copenhagen Card is that it gives you unlimited free access to the city’s public transport network in the greater Copenhagen region. The Copenhagen Card has a 24-, 48-, 72-, or 120-hour validity. Overall, I found the Copenhagen Card is an inexpensive way to experience the best of Copenhagen. Ultimately, the question of whether the Copenhagen Card is worth it depends on how much you want to get out of the city. If you plan on visiting a lot of cultural attractions and museums, then it is definitely worth investing in the card. If not, then maybe the Copenhagen Card isn’t worth buying.
Frederiksberg, like every other neighbourhood in Copenhagen, Denmark, brings a lot of history and affluence to the table. There are a lot of reasons to go here. You have not been there before so you might not know this. However, on getting to Frederiksberg, you will agree with me that you should not have missed it for the world.
Much of my time in Copenhagen was spent taking long walks through the city. One of these walks took me along Frederiksberg Allé while heading towards one of the most lovely parks in Copenhagen, Frederiksberg Gardens (Frederiksberg Have). Frederiksberg Allé was originally intended to be the king's private road leading to his summer residence, Frederiksberg Palace.
This is the most Paris boulevard feeling you get in Copenhagen - if that's what you are looking for. By visiting Frederiksberg, I spent a perfect day in the green village of Copenhagen. This lovely wide boulevard is an open space, broad street, unusually spacy sidewalks and lined with lovely linden trees all the way the Frederiksberg Gardens. There are a number of beautiful buildings located along the length of it. Some of these buildings are elegant homes while some of the larger buildings house top-end shops and restaurants. I enjoyed walking along this picturesque part of the road admiring the nice buildings and pleasant surroundings while on my way to Frederiksberg Gardens.
Copenhagen is no stranger when it comes to art. I was intrigued by Denmark's artsy side. With a wide selection of national galleries and museums, has always been a destination for art lovers. But you don’t have to be a Picasso expert to appreciate the unique designs in every day life of Copenhagen, or to admire the well known sculptures scattered around the city.
Unlike many art museums around the world that compile ample collections within the walls and hallowed halls of enormous and imposing architecture, there is something different about seeing art at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. It feels accessible. And not because it’s small. The permanent collection here is extensive and impressive – one of the largest in Scandinavia.
With over 4,000 pieces from 1945 to the present, mainly painting and sculpture, Louisiana’s collected works represent a broad swath of modern art from artists around the world. Louisiana remains one of the world's most respected exhibition venues. Also, the museum sits by the sea is definitely worth making the extra effort to explore. It was a perfect day out in Denmark.
I actually thought the museum was named Louisiana after the architecture but the truth is that the name Louisiana actually came from the original owner's three wives. They were all called Louise. Interesting coincidence, don’t you think?
美食界有米其林评级，米其林的三星被认为是值得专门为此餐厅计划一次旅行的目的地。如果博物馆界有米其林，我认为丹麦哥本哈根的路易斯安那现代艺术博物馆（Louisiana Museum of Modern Art）一定是三星+。