Exploring Copenhagen’s cultural side.

Last Sunday Sarah, Carina and I went to a flea market on Islands Brygge on Amager. This quay is so beautiful and apparently one of the most popular areas along the harbourfront in Copenhagen. The architecture there is very extraordinary – a mixture of old buildings and modern architecture, which makes the area even more interesting. It was a very typical flea market with a huge variety of offerings for young and old. We didn’t pay close attention to them because it was way more interesting how people were behaving and in what things they were interested in, so we only got coffee, wandered around and talked a lot.

The market was also very close to a very special bridge – the so-called “Circlebroen” (The Circle Bridge), which only opened in August 2015 and connects Christiansbro and Appelbys Plads. The bridge consists of five different sized circular platforms and is a pedestrian bridge. According to the internet, the bridge should represent a ship by the quay as a reference to the shipping history of Copenhagen :D

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Cirkelbroen

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On the Circklebroen
Enjoying the view

As I have mentioned in a previous blog post, CBS has various societies, including CBS Wine. This society holds several events a year where they try to teach you some important things about wine. Carina and I gave it a go and went to one of their events: Wine Tasting 101. IMG_2531

There was even an Austrian wine connoisseur at the event and his name was Rudi (couldn’t be any more stereotypical, could it?!). We could try one sparkling, three white and five red wines from France, Italy, Germany and Australia. Some of them were really good! The event was very well organised, we even had spit buckets on the table (in case you didn’t like the wine or didn’t want to drink it all so you could pour it in the spit bucket). The connoisseurs gave us an overview of how the different types are made, what impact the glass shape has on the taste and other interesting things.

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Probably the most interesting part of the week was Friday night. It was Kulturnatten. This is a bit like “Lange Nacht der Museen” in Austria, which means many museums are open to the public for free. However, in Copenhagen you have to get a ticket for only 90 Kroner and there are many special events on Kulturnatten, such as light installations and dance performances.

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Ticket for Kulturnatten

Sarah, Carina and I only had a rough plan what we wanted to do and see, so we stumbled upon a few interesting things on the way. One of it was a beer tasting in a church. Sarah still had to get her ticket and most of the 7-elevens didn’t have tickets any more so we had to go to a church in the centre where they still had some left. Funnily enough, a beer tasting also happened to be at the same place, so why not go and try one?!

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The beer (dark and light) was really delicious and I don’t know why but I didn’t even look at the brand so I have no idea what the beer was. Definitely not Carlsberg or Tuborg though.

We then walked around in the city so we could have a look at a few installations so we also came across a light installation (or light show?!) of “Tolkien’s Universe” at the Royal Danish Arsenal Museum. In the inner yard was this huge light installation where you could see Hobbiton of Lord of the Rings. This wasn’t just a picture, it was kind of a video, as after some time, Gandalf came with his horse carriage and shot some fireworks and so on. It was so beautifully made!

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Hobbiton
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Hobbiton
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Gandalf’s firework
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Burning front
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Tolkien’s Universe

We also wanted to go to the House of Horrors, but the lady at the entrance told us that “this is only for kids” and we should go away. Ts. We then had a peak at the Glyptotek (no bags allowed inside, so we walked out again) and waited for a bus in the freezing cold for 20 minutes so we could look at babies in jars. The official name was “Museum Saxtorphianum” and it was an exhibition at the Medical Museum of the University of Copenhagen. It is the Saxtorph collection which started in the late 1700s and consists of bones, fetuses, instruments and so on. It was very interesting to look at, but very creepy and disturbing on the other hand. I did not take pictures of any fetus or bone but there were a few other parts of the exhibition that didn’t consist of a thing in a jar.

The last station of our tour was the SMK – State Museum of Copenhagen. We only looked at the International and Danish art of the last 100 years as this part was the most interesting one to us. However, we also came across a few strange pieces.

Carina and I also wanted to go to the Botanical Garden, which was right around the corner of SMK, but it was already 11:45 and everything closed at 12 so we could only have a peak inside the Garden and we went home afterwards.

All in all, we had a lot of fun, although it was a very cold night and we had to either walk long distances, wait in lines or wait for the bus for 20 minutes… :D

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