Believe It or Not! is a museum collection of talented Mister Leroy Ripley, a famous caricaturist, traveler and collector. He travelled around the globe, visited its farthest places, and collected various strange and wonderful items, which are annually displayed to millions of people in the museum named after Ripley.
Address: Rådhuspladsen 57, Copenhagen
Web: Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum
Open hours: every day during the summer from 10 am till 10 pm, rest of the year from 10 am till 6 pm
Admission: adults - 85 DKK, children 11 - 14 years 68 DKK, 4 - 10 years 43 DKK, up to 4 years free of charge.
It is possible to buy combined tickets to two or three museums besides Ripley’s (Guinness Records, Believe It or Not! and Andersen’s World of Wonders) at a lower price than to buy a single ticket in each of the museums.
Here you will be able to see only extraordinary, illogical and unclear things: a harp without strings playing nice tunes, Taj Mahal made of matches, as well as a portrait of queen Margrethe created of 300 thousand sulphur covered chips, mammoth skeleton, an incredible robot and even a convict, who survived after 13 bullets shot in him during execution (who was by the way released from custody after this wonder).
You will learn what Scotts have under their kilts, how to write a letter on a rice grain, whether it is possible to keep balance in a rotating tunnel, how to kill a vampire and lots of absolutely useless but unbelievably amusing items. And in the room entitled ”Three Ball Charlie” you will meet Charlie, who demonstrates the ability to whistle tunes with a billiards, tennis and ping-pong balls in his mouth.
During the school holidays in the the Royal Gardens around the fabulous Rosenborg palace, free puppet shows are held for children.
Address: Øster Voldgade 4A, Copenhagen
Web: Rosenborg palace
Open hours: from 1 May to 31 October - 10 am till 4 pm. From 1 November to 30 April - 10 am till 2 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Admission: adults 105 DKK, children up to 17 years free of charge.
Rosenborg palace is the only palace of the epoch of king Christian IV (1577-1648) that has been preserved with no changes from the time of completion in 1633. The king himself designed the palace as his summer residence in the Dutch Renaissance style. During the construction period the style was subject to modifications several times and by 1624 it gained the looks it has today.
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The palace served the royal residence until 1710. After the rule of Frederick IV, Rosenborg was used as the royal residence in emergencies only twice. The first occasion was when Christiansborg palace was burnt down in 1794, and the other during the British attack on Copenhagen in 1801.
In 1838 the palace was turned into the museum. It exhibits a vast collection of weapons, furniture, jewels and precious stones of the Danish Royal family starting from the late 16th to the 19th century, as well as the collection of Royal porcelain and silverware. The palace is a popular sight of the city and it is annually visited by about 200 000 visitors.
Special tourist interest is in the exhibition of Royal jewels and Danish Royal regalia. In summer the palace is especially impressive, since it is located in the middle of the "Royal Gardens" (Kongens Have) and it is possible to observe the blossoms of numerous flowers and plants. The Royal Gardens are the oldest gardens of the Renaissance time, and it is visited by some 2.5 million people a year.
Great Hans Christian Andersen himself adored spending free time here getting ideas for future fairy-tales. Thus, in one of the park alleys there is a monument to the renowned author.
The Round Tower (Rundetårn) is the observatory within the university campus, which was erected at the Copenhagen Trinity church upon the order of king Christian IV in the middle of the 17th century. Denmark may be proud that one of the most prominent figures of the Renaissance, Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe worked in the observatory of "Heavenly castle" on the small Danish island Ven.
There Tycho Brahe was among the scientists doing their research. However, once based on the money issue he quarrelled with king Christian IV. The king needed money to implement all his architectural projects, whereas Tycho Brahe also needed money to do his research work. As a result, falling out with the king, Tycho Brahe got offended and left for Prague. And here Christian IV had the idea to build the Round Tower, with the observatory on the top floor. The construction period was from 1637 to 1642. The Observatory in the tower is one of the oldest in Europe. With time the tower turned into one of the symbols of the Danish capital. In the literary fairy-tale "The Tinderbox" by Andersen it is said that the biggest dog has the eyes the size of the Round Tower.
Address: Købmagergade 52A, Copenhagen
Web: Round Tower
Open hours: every day in summer from 21 May to 20 September from 10 am till 8 pm. Every day from 21 September to 20 May, except Sundays from 10 am till 6 pm.
Observatory open hours are variable. Read more about it here.
Admission: adults 20 DKK, children up to 15 years 5 DKK.
The top level of the tower that has the height of 36 meters is occupied by the Observatory. There are no stairs inside. The gentle rampant twists the tower 7.5 times and leads to the viewpoint. The length of the spiral rampant is 210 meters. Owing to this design the observatory could be accessed by carts and equestrians. In 1902 an automobile got to the top of the Round tower for the first time. On the upper wall of the tower four gilded Jewish letters symbolizing the Sacred name were carved.
It is a Lutheran church, located near the winter royal residence Amalienborg. This place is one of the main baroque sights of Copenhagen. Its unique feature is in the gigantic greenish dome – the biggest one in Denmark with diameter of 32 meters.
Address: Frederiksgade 4, Copenhagen
Web: Marble church
Open hours: Mon. - Thur. from 10 am till 5 pm, Fri. - Sun. from 12 till 5 pm.
Admission: free of charge. Admission to the tower: adults 25 DKK, children up to 18 years - 10 DKK.
Entrance to the tower: in summer from 15 June to 30 August, every day from 1 pm till 3 pm. Rest part of the year only at weekends at 1 pm and 3 pm.
The construction of the Marble church (Marmorkirken) started in the middle of the eighteenth century of the Norwegian marble. The first stone in the foundation of the temple was put by king Frederik V, thus immortalizing himself in the name of the church. However, the architect – Nicolai Eigtved – soon died, marble became more expensive, money ran out for this project and the erection of the church was suspended by 100 years when there appeared a private investor, Tietgen, who was primarily a financier and then a patron.
Tietgen funded the completion of the marble church. It should, however, be noted that the church construction material was then limestone, the project was reconsidered, for example Tietgen decided to refuse from the chapels, which were supposed to stand on the sides of this church to reduce the cost of the project. Nevertheless, it looks very impressive: outside it is decorated with numerous bas reliefs and statues of the saints, and inside there are stained glass windows, carved wooden benches, a gilded altar and inspiring silence. The money for constructing the gigantic dome was raised by the Danish public.
On Sundays the marble church holds services at 10:30. Annually the church is visited by about 250 000 people. There are annually about 60 services, some 45 children’s baptismal services, about 3 adult baptismal services, 22 confirmation rites (transition from childhood to adulthood), 25 musical concerts, some 15 engagements, 10 musical concerts and around 15 thematic performances.
Amalienborg is the official winter residence of Danish monarchs. The palace ensemble was built within a short period of time (1749-1755) and was designed by N. Eigtved (1701-1754) in rococo style. Four identical palaces are located opposite each other on an octagonal ground. The equestrian monument to Frederick V is in centre.
Address: Slotsplads 4, Copenhagen
Web: Amalienborg palace
Open hours: The square is open all the days of the weeks. Christian VIII palace, where Amalienborg museum is located open from 21 April to 30 December from 11 am till 4 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Admission to Amalienborg museum: adults - 60 DKK, children up to 17 years - free of charge.
In Amalienborg there are museums in the palaces of Christian VII and Christian VIII. In the latter the visitors may see personal rooms of the Danish royal family Gluckborg of 1863 – 1947. Furniture and household items have been preserved from those times. Every day at 11:30 royal guardians come out of Rosenborg palace and go along the streets of Copenhagen accompanied by wind orchestra. This ceremony lasts half an hour and at noon the traditional change of guards can be watched in Amalienborg.
New Carlsberg glyptotheca (Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek) is a museum of fine art, located in Copenhagen near Tivoli amusement park. It was established in the 19th century by the son of the Carlsberg brewery founder — Carl Jacobsen.
Address: Dantes Plads 7, Copenhagen
Web: New Carlsberg glyptotheca
Open hours: every day, except monday from 11 am till 5 pm. On Mondays museum is closed. Free admission on Thuesdays.
Admission: adults - 75 DKK, children up to 18 years - free of charge.
The glyptotheca exhibits the works of art from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. The Etruscan collection is considered one of the richest outside Italy. On the lowest floor there is also an extensive collection of sculptures, including around thirty works of Rodin. This is the most significant collection of his sculptures outside France. The museum includes bronze sculptures by Degas, e.g. a series of dancers, and a wide variety of works by Danish and Norwegian sculptors. On the upper floors there are Impressionist paintings — Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, postimpressionists — Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard and Gauguin. The glyptotheca keeps around 50 works of Gauguin. The museum includes a wide range of works of the Golden Age of the Danish painting. In 2006 glyptotheca Carlsberg was restored.
In the National Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunst) there is Children’s museum, where all the exhibits are shown on the child’s eye level. The Danish National Gallery is located in the beautiful Østre Anlæg in the centre of Copenhagen.
Address: Sølvgade 48 - 50, Copenhagen
Web: Danish National Gallery
Open hours: every day of the week, except monday from 10 am till 5 pm. On Mondays museum is closed.
Admission: free of charge, special exhibitions from 50 to 150 DKK.
This is the main museum of fine art in Denmark. Its collection is devoted to the arts of Denmark and other countries: it is especially proud of its collection of the Western European fine art after the 14th century. The Museum exposition includes Mantegna, Titian, Rubens, Gijsbrechts, Abilgaard, Hammershøi, Willumsen, Nolde, Jorn, Lemmetrz, as well as an excellent collection of Danish Golden Age artists, including Eckersberg and Kobke, works by Picasso and a worldwide famous collection of Henri Matisse.
Tycho Brahe Planetarium is a place well worth visiting with young space lovers.
Address: Gammel Kongevej 10, Copenhagen
Web: Tycho Brahe Planetarium
Open hours: every day of the week from 11.30 am till 8.30 pm.
Admission: adults - 135 DKK, children 3 - 12 years 85 DKK.
Marvelous architecture of this cylindrical building with a skewed top can be seen from afar. It was built in 1988 by Danish architect Knud Munk for placing here an advanced technology planetarium. The complex was named after the great astronomer Tycho Brahe (he managed to discover a new star in the constellation of Cassiopeia with no telescope) and his motto in Latin was carved on the floor: ”I think, therefore I am” (Cogito ergo sum).
Inside the building there is a small museum with telescopes and other devices to study sky life, but, the most exiting is a high-tech IMAX cinema, where every hour on the huge dome-shaped screen with the area of 1000 sq. m are shown films about space, stars, planets, and also about the mysteries of the Earth nature. While watching, you feel as if you were exploring faraway space or were allowed to land on the Moon, or trying to escape from a giant crocodile jaws of impenetrable tropical jungle. The films are shown in Danish, but at the price of 20 crowns it is possible to get head phones with English translation.
The city zoo (Zoologisk have) houses over 2000 different animals. For the small visitors there is a mini zoo, where they can closely communicate with each animals, pat them and even feed it with grass. Here are also some domestic animals.
Address: Roskildevej 38, Copenhagen
Web: Copenhagen ZOO
Open hours: every day from 10 am till 4 pm during the winter and from 10 am till 9 pm rest of the year.
Admission: 110 DKK in winter, 140 DKK in summer, children over 3 years - 50 DKK in winter, 80 DKK in summer, children up to 3 years - free of charge.
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The Zoo is split by a street into two parts, linked to each other by a tunnel. Seven zones have been set up here: tropical, Arctic, Asian, African, South-American, Island and children. A large area was allocated to the Elephant House, where you can push buttons on a special display and listen to elephant cries that they get in different life situations. Nearby there are leopards, pandas, bears and penguins. Fine man-made tropics feature a real jungle with angry crocodiles, and gigantic butterflies of rare colouring fly high above your head. Here you will see Emu ostriches and pink flamingos, striped zebras and cheerful lemurs, kangaroos and hippopotami.
Children can ride a pony, enjoy themselves on the Rabbit town playground, where they can crawl in rabbit holes and learn more about the life of these wonderful animals.
The most exciting hours in Copenhagen zoo are feeding hours:
seals – at 10.30 and at 14.30 (on Friday at 14.00)
sea lions – at 11.00 and at 15.00 (on Friday at 14.15)
chimpanzees – at 15.30 (on Friday at 15.45)
predators – at 13.00.
A real paradise for children is the Tivoli Gardens, which is a must-go, especially if you have come to Copenhagen with a child. Here there is such a variety of attractions and playgrounds that the child’s happiness will be endless.
Address: Vesterbrogade 3, Copenhagen
Web: Tivoli gardens
Open hours in 2016: 6 April - 25 September, in autumn during Halloween from 14 October till 6 November, in winter time for Christmas holidays from 19 November till 31 December. Sun.-Thu. from 11am till 11 pm, Fri.-Sat. from 11 til midnight.
Admission: Tivoli entrance fee is 95 Danish crowns (DKK). For children under 8 the entrance is free. Many attractions should be paid extra. A Multiride ticket can be bought for 299 DKK and gives the right to unlimited number of visits to any attractions. Visiting the Aquarium costs extra 25 DKK, for everybody except children under 3 years.
Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest (1841) and best amusement parks in Europe. One can hear non-stop jolly screams from there, and they are often comes not from children. Beyond the crowns of beautiful old trees there are astounding towers: an 80-meter Star Flyer (Himmelskibet), "free fall" – The Golden Tower (Det gyldne Tårn), Roller coaster Daemons, attraction Vertigo etc.
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Tivoli Gardens is located in the very heart of the city. It is beautiful, neat and appealing park for any time of the year. Tivoli is incredibly popular not only with guests, but also with the locals. There are at least three dozens of attractions plus some twenty funfair attractions, several stages and over 35 restaurants, cafés and snack bars.
Attractions are just a part of Tivoli Gardens, since the place is full of other entertainments: a puppet and mime theatres, live open air concerts, dancing music, rock concerts on Fridays. And on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday there are parades of the Tivoli Guard* – march of the military orchestra: Danish youngsters, dressed in the same uniform as those standing in the guard of Amalienborg palace.
The concert hall in Tietgensgade street is the venue of concerts given by world-famous stars of classical and popular music. On the ground floor of this recently renovated hall there is Tivoli Aquarium, where one can see sharks and rays face to face. When night comes, Tivoli gets lit with unbelievable colours and backlit with lights of various shapes, whereas on Saturdays nearly at midnight there are fantastic fireworks.