The most arty of arty bars with really surreal sculpture that sets the mood - melted plastic, baby doll head lampshades etc. Great food too. The menu has been rather static for years but why change it when it works. Great beer and coffee, wine and tea, whatever your fancies are you won’t be disappointed. Filled with locals and arty types at all times so getting a table can be difficult, but well worth it.
First off, Louisiana isn't located in Copenhagen, but it's a quick and easy train ride away.
Artists featured include Picasso, Lichtenstein, Calder, Moore, Warhol and Rauschenberg. The building itself will satisfy architect buffs and the grounds, with green, grassy hills sloping into the Orestund Strait are gorgeous. Sit outside and sip wine or coffee and Dane-watch (they're a good-looking bunch).
Museum website: www.louisiana.dk/dk/Service+Menu+Right/English
If you liked Rosenborg Palace in Copenhagen you'll like Frederiksborg even more because it's in the same Danish Renaissance style (toy soldier castle) but even bigger. Like most royal things in Denmark it was originally built for Christian IV (about the time of our Charles I) but suffered a disastrous fire in the 19th century. It was then restored to its original appearance by the brewing family of Jacobsen (of Carlsberg fame) and since then has been the Danish Museum of National History.
Its interiors are magnificent and show a range of works of art, including the national portrait collection. Beautiful gardens outside.
Hillerod, a short train and bus ride from Copenhagen. S-tog lines A or E. Buses nos 701 or 702 from Hillerod station. www.frederiksborgmuseet.dk
Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770 - 1844) was a neoclassical sculptor and gained a huge reputation during his lifetime. He is justly celebrated in Denmark and this museum is well worth a visit, especially if you like Wedgwood blue Jasper ware - his work is of that kind. Thorvaldsen, like some other Scandinavian sculptors, such as Gustav Vigeland at Frogner Park in Oslo, was never knowingly understated, and there are some huge and ungainly pieces here. But the best of his work is elegant, cool and fresh. At his own wish, Thorvaldsen himself is buried in the museum's rose garden but you may not want to know that.
Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, Copenhagen. Closed Mondays.
www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk Buses 1A, 2A, 15, 26, 29. S train or Metro to Norreport.
This is a small public gallery showing paintings and some sculpture in a former private house (often the best way to show art collections) and concentrates largely on Danish work of the 18th and 19th centuries.
If you like landscape, interiors and small genre painting, this is a good place to visit. The house is around the back of the main national gallery and across a small park.
Stockholmsgade 20. Metro stop Norreport. Buses 6A, 14, 40 and many others (check bus stop signs). www.hirschsprung.de
Don’t go to Copenhagen without checking out Louisiana art museum. It’s a great building in a beautiful setting to the north of the city. It has a good permanent collection and usually interesting exhibitions too. Don’t miss it!
You can take the train very easily...it’s only about 20mins away. Can’t remember the name of the station but it’s easy to find out.
A former hippy commune, and also former hash-market, it used to represent everything that was great about Denmark; relaxed, accepting, friendly, open...now that the government has come over all conservative, it is being systematically shut down to eventually be sold for redevelopment. Shame on you Denmark!
Still well worth a visit for the arts/crafts and cafes/concerts, as well as a peaceful stroll around the lake; very unusual and uniquely Danish. Enjoy it while you can!
Take a number 8 bus from the main station or cycle over the bridge, hang a left and you can't miss it!
After a 30-minute train ride out of Central Station, through suburbia and into what appears to a one-way mission to getting lost, the Louisiana Museum is will worth the visit. A fantastic building, nestled on the coast, and inside - Picasso, Warhol, (Danish ..he he) Bacon and a variety of gems of modern art. Once you've had your fill of art, wander outside to the nearby grounds and beaches. It's a beautiful and intimate setting, with treats like Henry Moore sculptures and amazing views as a background ... I loved it!
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