Around Royal Copenhagen
Slotsholmen is a small island within Copenhagen Harbour. It was home to the city’s first castle in 1166 where Christiansborg Palace now stands, which is the home of the Danish Parliament. The island is basically the government centre, with courts, state rooms, offices, and several museums. We didn’t have time (or interest, to be honest) to visit the parliament or the state rooms, and much of those buildings appeared to be under scaffolding. We did, however, look specifically for two buildings on the island.
The other building we were particularly looking for was the Danish Jewish Museum. Now, I have to admit perhaps being a bit naughty here, as I had no intention of visiting the museum. I had read that Copenhagen had a Jewish Museum that was done by Daniel Libeskind. Now, as may recall, we’ve seen Libeskind buildings in several cities; and I’m more than a little sick of funky pyramids and ridiculous shapes in his buildings, and his repetitive Jewish museums (see this from Berlin, and I found a similar one in San Francisco that I had intended to blog about but forgot!). So, I intended to find a standard Libeskind and grab a picture to post here and complain about him…but it wasn’t quite as expected.
This museum is on the side of the Royal Library’s original building, a 1906 creation. The blending of this classic building with the Black Diamond (shown in the waterfront post) was an interesting challenge for the architects. In a peaceful square in front of the building is the Royal Library Garden, which was fairly simple but offered a nice spot to sit for a moment and enjoy the setting. This area was originally a naval harbour before being filled in 1867 and designed by landscape architects in 1920.
We also had a quick walk through Frederiksstaden, home to Amalienborg Palace. This area is just north of Nyhavn, parallel to the waterfront. The palace is the winter home of the Danish royal family and consists of four identical buildings in the Rococo style dating to 1760 that surround an octagonal courtyard.
On our last day we headed out to Frederiksberg, just west of the city centre and surrounded by parts of Copenhagen but has remained an independent city. We had brunch at Cafe Obelix, and then enjoyed a stroll through the park. There is a palace built on a hill, but we didn’t have time for a tour. Instead we enjoyed the magnificent grounds and parkland.
Posted on 03/09/2011, in Castles & Cathedrals, travel, Travel to Europe and tagged Christian IV of Denmark, Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Daniel Libeskind, Danish Jewish Museum, Royal Copenhagen, Slotsholmen. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.