Olly Newport
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Interrail 2017: Copenhagen, Denmark

The view from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (you can see Malmö, Sweden in the distance)

Most people assume Copenhagen in Denmark is an expensive city (and they're absolutely correct). Having travelled from Stockholm in Sweden, I had wondered how Scandinavia could further increase in cost... I braced myself.

Pleasingly, not everything ravaged my bank account. It's possible to eat out for £5-10 at lunchtime, or if you swing by a street food market. One way of draining your budget is to drink it: alcohol is exceedingly pricey (£7-8 for a 0.5L beer) and served in smaller measures than would normally be found in the UK... it's best to save any booze sessions for neighbouring Germany.

Despite the overwhelming cost, it didn't prevent me from more than occasionally partaking in liquid daylight robbery. I made a trip to a different Mikkeller bar almost daily (there's 11 in the city), to choose a few 100ml pours from a selection of 50 draught lines. Cost: £3.50-4 each. Exceptions must be made occasionally.

What is there to do?

Exceptional galleries; Viking history; impeccable cuisine; accidentally wandering into a free state with the open sale of drugs, and (mostly) intimidating balaclava clad men sporting insane dreadlocks, gathering around oil drums on fire whilst smoking blunts. (Keep reading to see my recommendations!)

 

You'll get used to remote train stations if you decide to go InterRailing


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Louisiana Museum

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog ...I also slipped and fell flat on my arse when trying to take this photo (dying for my art?)

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog ...I also slipped and fell flat on my arse when trying to take this photo (dying for my art?)

Gleaming Lights of the Souls by Yayoi Kusama

35km north of Copenhagen is the Louisiana Museum, located directly next to the coast of Øresund Sound in Humlebæk. To visit the gallery, you must walk down a long straight road past well appointed houses, and brace yourself against the funnel of frozen, salty air from the sea.

The gallery is designed much in the same way a James Bond villain would envisage their lair—with most of the building set into a cliff face—this only becomes obvious when observed from the beach below.

Once inside, it's easy to get lost in the architectural sprawl, but you have the time; Tuesday to Friday the collections are open 11am-10pm. I arrived around 6pm on Tuesday, and the building was almost empty... a positive for me, as this meant I could spend a great deal of time snapping selfies inside Yayoi Kusama's installation (pictured).

The colour immediately contrasted by Louise Bourgeois twisty, medieval constructions.

Structures of Existence: The Cells exhibition by Louise Bourgeois

 

Open:
Tuesday—Friday: 11am-10pm
Saturday—Sunday: 11am-6pm
Monday: Closed

Adults: 125 DKK (£15)
Student: 110 DKK (£13)
Under 18: Free
Tuesday: Free

 

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

 

If the name Carlsberg sounds familiar, it might be because you might have had the misfortune of drinking the beer. No such misfortune can be said of visiting the Glyptotek. An astonishing collection of antique sculpture purchased in the 19th century by Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. 

It's not just the artefacts on display that are astonishing, the architecture that ties the works together is a fusion of neo-classical, Venetian renaissance, and modern day minimalism; to simply sit and bask in the building's Palm Gardens courtyard would be worth the price of admission alone (especially to shelter from the arctic winds of January). If you're in the city on a Tuesday, admission is free!

Open:
Tuesday—Sunday: 11am-6pm
Thursday: 11am-10pm
Monday: Closed

Adults: 95 DKK (£12)
Under 27: 50 DKK (£6)
Under 18: Free
Tuesday: Free

 

a photographic interlude / The sights of Copenhagen


Olly visited

Food & Drink

  •  Torvehallerne
  • The Living Room
  • The Coffee Collective
  • Meyers Bageri
  • Bevar's
  • Café Tænk

Beer

  • Mikkeller & Friends Bottle Shop
  • Mikkeller & Friends
  • Warpigs Brewpub

Museums & Art Galleries

  • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
  • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art