Copenhagen is just across the straight, or the sound, or the Øresund, from Malmo Sweden. We took the train across, which only cost about 13 US dollars. As we were travelling across the Øresund Bridge, we could see a really cool wind farm to the south.
Once we got to the Copenhagen airport, we took the Metro train to Kongens Nytorv or The King’s New Square. There was a construction wall around the entire square, so we didn’t actually get to see it. Here is what the new square looks like on Google 3D maps right now.
Right when you exit the underground Metro station in the King’s New Square, you are greeted by a grand department store called Magasin. Here is a photo of the storefront.
In the above photo of the department store, you can see two pyramid shaped glass structures on street level. Those are big skylights opening down into the underground Metro station. Pretty cool. And if you look closely you can see several large glass prisms mounted inside the glass pyramids. On a sunny day I bet those prisms shine a rainbow of light down onto the Metro passengers below!
Directly across the street from this grand department storefront stands another big beautiful and distinguished building. It’s the Det Kongelige Teater, or Royal Danish Theatre. This photo is actually the side of the building.
And this is the front. Quite elaborate. Inside it seats 1,600 and as a theatre geek I really wanted to peek inside the auditorium. The lobby was open and there was a small cafe inside, but everything else was closed.
This is a bar and some really neat architecture that we noticed behind the Royal Danish Theatre. It’s almost an alleyway, but it’s quite beautiful.
Just around the corner from the Royal Danish Theatre is this bright and fun canal street called Nyhavn, or New Harbour. I dare you to try and take a photo of this place that isn’t postcard or magazine quality! It’s practically impossible!
Nyhavn is a walking street, not a driving street. There are a ton of small shops and bars and restaurants. And the street is filled with these little wooden sheds selling local goods. It’s very much a street-fair atmosphere.
Many boats and small ships line the canal. The vintage schooners are there on permanent display and some are quite historical. The boat pictured below is actually an old lightship. Think lighthouse, but actually on the water. This particular lightship served Gedser Reef in southern Denmark for over 50 years.
This was new to us. Love locks attached to a bridge railing. Apparently it’s a relatively new tradition for younger folks to show their unbreakable love by attaching a lock to a bridge and then tossing the key into the water. Interesting tradition.
Some municipalities consider it vandalism. I’m torn on the subject. It’s kind of beautiful. But I can see how it could get out of hand.
We noticed quite a crowd continuing past the New Harbor canal and over a bridge beyond the river. We had nowhere to be so we joined the crowd. There had to be something good over there.
There was a big warehouse building across the river that most people were going to. Out front these giant seagull statues looked to be made out of thin plywood sheets. Pretty cool.
Then we saw some people eating food outside the building so we knew we were about to enjoy a surprise lunch. The decor for this dining area was extremely industrial and warehouse-like. Check out the 2 story shipping container dining area pictured below. Amazing.
Yeah. Now I totally see that guy smirking at me while I took that photo. I’m just glad he didn’t do anything to completely ruin my photo! 🙂
We were pleasantly surprised when we went inside the building. It was a large warehouse space filled with about 40 colorful and fun street food vendors selling some awesome street food! It was pretty amazing! It’s called Copenhagen Street Food.
It’s sort of like an American food court at a shopping mall, but way way better! Way way more choices and super unique choices too! It’s quite literally a food truck party!
My wife and I couldn’t decide between an ostrich burger or a pulled duck burger. So we got one of each and then we shared! Both were crazy good! But I couldn’t get over how yummy and juicy the pulled duck was. There was no sauce or anything. I think it was just pulled and then simmered in some sort of light oil. Or maybe grease. Don’t care. It was delicious. I wonder what Thanksgiving turkey would taste like if you pulled it and then simmered it in oil or grease.
The dessert selections were also pretty great. We decided on these yummy looking cheesecakes.
In the same warehouse building, next to Copenhagen Street Food, was the Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center. It was inexpensive and we had the time, so we paid admission and checked it out. There were quite a lot of displays that used multimedia technology. Videos, audio, lasers, projectors, etc.
One of the art exhibitions was a virtual reality exhibit. Each wooden room ran a different visual and audible virtual reality loop that you could interact with. It was pretty interesting to interact with art in that manner.
As the sun was setting, at about 4pm, the Nyhavn canal started to become lit up for the evening street party. During our leisurely walk back through the street-fair we bought some souvenirs and also some hot chocolate. It was too early for us to eat dinner. Plus we had just eaten lunch at the food trucks not much earlier. But there are lots of restaurants and pubs to choose from on Nyhavn street.
One evening while we were there, we noticed all the TV’s at the pub we were eating at were showing a big World Cup qualifying game between Denmark and Ireland. And that game was being played right there in Copenhagen! We had no idea. If I had known, I would have looked into tickets to attend the game. Even though neither myself nor my wife are into soccer (football), it would have been a pretty cool thing to witness first hand right there in Denmark.
Tomorrow I’ll publish a blog post all about the wonderful food that my wife and I got to experience while we were in Malmo and Copenhagen!
Thanks for your interest!