COPENHAGEN — Frederiksberg

Frederiksberg is found next to Copenhagen’s city centre, but it has its own city hall. Frederiksberg is very fashionable and has lots of shops especially on the main street of Gammel Kongevej. There are also parks, a zoo and a palace.

The sights found here are:
Bakkehus Museum
Museum of Modern Glass Art
Copenhagen Zoo
Frederiksberg Palace
Frederiksberg Park
Storm P Museum
Museum of Revue Theatre
Frederiksberg Town Hall
Møstings Hus
Royal Copenhagen Factory Outlet

Bakkehus Museum
The Bakkehus Museum is a literary and cultural museum. It was once the house of two of the most prominent personalities of the Danish Golden Age, academic and critic Knud Rahbek and his wife, Kamma. They ran a salon which supported the careers of many of the prominent figures of the time, including a young Hans Christian Andersen. The museum preserves furnishings and some artefacts connected with Rahbek and his wife. It is surrounded by pleasant gardens, and is the setting for many cultural events such as chamber concerts.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://bakkehusmuseet.dk/English/frontpage.html

Museum of Modern Glass Art

Museum of Modern Glass Art
This is quite an unusual museum in that it is housed in 140 year-old former water cisterns beneath Søndermarken Common. Two glass pyramids mark the entrance to the museum. There is no natural daylight here but instead artificial illumination is used to create unique saturated colours in each of the glass works. The museum contains a major collection of modern Danish stained glass in a display area of over 4000 square metres. It also contains some 18th century pieces. The artists represented here include Robert Jaobsen, Carl-Henning Pedersen, Per Kirkeby, Bjørn Nørgaard, Tróndur Patursson, Arne Haugen Sørensen and Peter Brandes. There are also special exhibitions held here throughout the year.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.cisternerne.dk/home.aspx

Copenhagen Zoo

Copenhagen Zoo
This zoo was founded in 1859 and has recently undergone modernisation. The zoo includes a Tropical House, an African savannah and a South American pampas amongst others. The Copenhagen Zoo features Europe’s largest Children’s Zoo where kids can pat the pygmy goats, meet the tame rabbits and the snakes. There is also a safe riding track where kids can ride the ponies. There is a restaurant and kiosk on site as well as picnic facilities. The zoo is open every day.
For information about the zoo visit the website at: http://uk.zoo.dk/VisitZoo.aspx

Frederiksberg Palace

Frederiksberg Palace
This royal palace was built by King Frederik V as his summer palace and the original building dates back to 1699 but it was extended over time to become a much grander place. It was placed on the top of Valby Hill which was one of the highest spots on the outskirts of Copenhagen. The architecture was in Italian Baroque style and the palace and the park area surrounding it was inspired by the Frederik’s travels to France and Italy. Originally the road leading up to the palace was used as a private road for the royal family and it wasn’t until 1862 that the road opened to the public. The interior of the palace is very well preserved and many of the state rooms haven’t changed since the time of Frederik V. The palace museum houses a large collection of portraits and belongings illustrating the history of palace.The palace’s church dates back to 1734. The palace has guided tours at 11am and 1pm on the last Saturday of the month except in December. The palace is found at Roskildevej 28 and you can get there by taking buses 6A, 18 and 26.

Frederiksberg Park

Frederiksberg Park
This is one of the most beautiful parks in northern Europe and together with the neighbouring Søndermarken it covers an area of 64 hectares making it one of the largest park areas as well. The park was established by Frederik V as part of Frederiksberg Palace. Work on the gardens began in the late 1690s in the Baroque style after gardens found in Italy and France which were popular at the time. In 1800 the park was adapted to the English style with winding lawns, lakes, canals, grottos, temples, pavilions and summerhouses as well as beautiful flower beds. Every year on Midsummer Eve, the park is a rallying point for thousands of people who attend community singing, speeches, music and a symbolic witch-burning bonfire at the lakeside in front of the palace.

Storm P Museum
This museum is dedicated to Robert Storm Petersen who was a Danish cartoonist, writer, illustrator, painter and humourist. On display in the museum are his drawings and paintings, ranging from the sociocritical satire of his early years to the humorous newspaper drawings of his later years. Also on view are his study, his large pipe collection and items relating to his time as a performer (theatre, cabaret, film and cartoon film). The museum is found at Frederiksberg Runddel. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 4pm and it closed on Mondays. Admission costs around 45DKK for adults and it is free for children under 18.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.stormp.dk (in Danish only)

Traveller's Tip

Be aware that you are not allowed to take photos inside the museum.
  • It is quite cold in this unusual museum, around 9 degrees centigrade all year so dress appropiately.

    Museum of Revue Theatre
    Frederiksberg has for many years been the centre of light entertainment, show business and revue. The Museum of Light Theatre houses a unique collection of pictures, theatrical props, costumes, posters and so on from the old variety type of theatre to the musical theatre of today. There are also special exhibitions held here from time to time. The museum is found at Allégade 5 and is open every day except Monday and some public holidays such as Easter and the Christmas holiday from 11am until 4pm and it costs 35DKK.

    Frederiksberg Town Hall

    Frederiksberg Town Hall
    The massive town hall of Fredriksberg was founded between 1942 and 1953. It includes a wedding room, an auditorium, library and assembly room. On the first Saturday of the month you can take a guided tour of the tower at 1pm but you must call ahead to make an appointment.

    Møstings Hus

    Møstings Hus
    This pretty little house is found next to the Frederiksberg Park and contains a changing art exhibition. It is found at 5 Andebakkesti and is open from Tuesday to Friday from 11am until 4pm.

    Royal Copenhagen Factory Outlet
    This is the outlet store of the original Royal Copenhagen Factory which was found here. The production centre has now moved elsewhere. The store has two floors of 2nd quality porcelain as well as discontinued products at special prices. You will find dinnerware, collectibles, figurines, home decor amongst others.
    For information about the factory outlet visit the following website at: http://www.royalcopenhagen.com/en/about-us/service/63/4