The three storks atop the Storkespringvandet are ready to take flight! And from this central location they could go almost anywhere. It’s a meeting place, a resting place, a taking-off place and curiously, a dance floor: since 1950, newly graduated midwives dance around the fountain to celebrate to start of their careers. Will it be them delivering the babies, or the storks?
Copenhagen’s northern port is a playground of great design as well as a literal playground. High up on the roof of a building is Konditaget—a bright red landscape with swings, training equipment, trampolines, and space to kick a football while taking in epic views of the harbour. Down below, you can go for a dip in the canal or visit the many design showrooms dotted around the port.
If you’re visiting Copenhagen for 3daysofdesign, you might like to pass by this rather French street with a rather difficult to pronounce Danish name. Being there, however, is easy. Værnedamsvej is a short street with a big and charming atmosphere—there are nice boutiques beside cosy cafes and bistros where you can rest your feet and re-fuel before continuing your exploration of the nearby design events.
On your way to Kuglegården, take a stroll over the so-called “kissing bridge” whose two sides “kiss” closed after a ship has passed through. While you’re there, look down into the deep Øresund sea which is fabled to be full of mermaids… Could you imagine if the famous statue further down the shore came to life at night and swam away to meet her friends?!
Do you see a Danish flag flying above one of the four palace roofs? This means a member of the Royal family is home, sweet home. If you’re lucky, you might see one of them riding around Amalienborg on their bikes. It’s fun to watch the very serious guards change places at noon each day. Just you try to make them smile while they go about their royal routine!
The vast public space beside Torvehallerne is heaven for food and sports fanatics alike. The charming glass market halls are full of delicious treats while the adjacent Israels Plads is made for action: its a basketball court, skate park and occasional loppemarked (vintage market). Many feet have wandered through here, and many Nike shoes were used to make the courts!
What do Danish designer Kaare Klint, leg length, the Designmuseet (Design Museum Denmark) and chairs have in common? Well, it was at the Designmuseet where the forefather of Danish Modern started a school and taught the importance of anatomy in good design. Klint encouraged his students to size-up the human form before putting pen to paper, thus revolutionizing functional design.
The majestic Marmorkirken (Marble Church) is a beloved fixture of the Copenhagen skyline. In fact, it’s one of the largest domes in all of Europe. While Marmorkirken’s scale makes for a dramatic sight, it doesn’t make for subtle acoustics… So be sure to tip-toe and whisper if you pay this architectural gem a visit while you’re in town.
Today, Kongens Have (The King’s Gardens) are an elegant hangout for locals and visitors to enjoy the beautifully manicured hedges, rose gardens and cherry blossoms, not to mention the 17th century Rosenborg Castle which houses the Royal treasure. But it’s not all roses here… Bears used to roam the gardens and it’s said there’s a throne made of unicorn horns inside the castle…
Rundetårn (The Round Tower) is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. The building got its unusual spiral shaped path to allow the royal horse and chariot to ascend to the top, where all of Copenhagen can be seen. In H C Andersen's fairytale 'The Tinder Box', one of the frightening dogs guarding the treasure has eyes as big as the Round Tower... Look out!