COPENHAGEN — Vesterbro

This area was once famous for its red light district which still exists close to Central Station with its sex shops and massage parlours. But along with the more seedy areas there are also trendier areas with bars, restaurants and cafes. Parallel to Istedgade is Vesterbrogade which is a local shopping street with supermarkets and midrange clothing and shoe stores, as well as one or two good restaurants and bars. At the interesection with Værndemsvej you will find trendy clothing stores as well as restaurants and food outlets.

The sights found here are:
Carlsberg Visitor’s Center
Enghaveparken
Copencabana
Copenhagen Meatpacking District
Istedgade
Skydebanehaven
Museum of Copenhagen
Det Ny Teater
Tycho Brahe Planetarium
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

Carlsberg Visitor’s Center
Carlsberg is one of the biggest breweries in the world. It was founded by Christian Jacobsen in 1801 but was renamed in 1847 to Carlsberg after the founder’s grandson. The company has contibuted much to the social and cultural life in Denmark over the years through donations. The Visitor’s Center tells the story of Carlsberg from the beer-making process through to the story of Carlsberg’s global success. A beer tasting is included at the end of the tour.
For information about the centre visit the website at: http://www.visitcarlsberg.dk/Pages/front.aspx

Enghaveparken

Enghaveparken
This public park dates from the 1920s and is designed in the Neoclassical style. The park has six spaces including a water garden, a rose garden, a perennial garden, a sports section, a playground and a place for people to meet. At the far end of the park is a bandstand designed by Arne Jacobsen which is used for open air concerts. The park is popular for sunbathing and for picnics as well as for the sporting facilities that it provides.

Copencabana

Copencabana
This harbour-based swimming pool complex is very popular in the summer months. It is found at Havneholmen in front of the cinema in Fisketorvet shopping centre.

Copenhagen Meatpacking District
The Meatpacking District of Copenhagen consists of three large areas: The White Meat City, The Grey Meat City and the Brown Meat City which are named predominately for the colour of their buildings. The White Meat City is a huge city run property dating from 1934 that houses meat companies, creative industries, supermarkets, galleries, and restaurants. The Gray Meat City is a smaller area with cultural activities, offices, and meat industries. The Brown Meat City is the oldest area and is the area closest to Central Station. The original building dates back to 1883 but since 2000 the area has changed and it now contains galleries, art cafes, nightlife and small creative businesses. You will also find here a sports complex with swimming pools and a conference centre.

Istedgade

Istedgade
This kilometre-long street which is found west of Copenhagen Central Station starts in the cheap hotel district and moves through the porn and drug area and ends up at the gentrified end with its trendy design shops and cafes.

Skydebanehaven

Skydebanehaven
This small public park is named after the former shooting range of the Royal Copenhagen Shooting Society which used the park as its location. The most distinctive feature of the park is the Shooting Range Wall that was built in 1887 to shield traffic on Istegade from stray bullets. At the other end of the park is the Museum of Copenhagen.

Museum of Copenhagen
This museum is found close to the Visitor’s Centre. It is housed in a beautiful mansion dating from the 1700s which was the former headquarters of the Royal Copenhagen Shooting Society. The collection shows the last 300 years of Copenhagen’s history with its exhibitions about Copenhagen’s diverse cultures and metropolitan development and conflicts. You can see the unique collection of clothes, furniture, and letters that belonged to the Copenhagen philosopher and author Søren Kirkegaard.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.copenhagen.dk/en/

Det Ny Teater

Det Ny Teater
This is one of the largest theatres in the country with room for around 1,000 people. The theatre mainly shows spectacular musicals and for information about what is playing visit the website.
For information about the theatre visit the website at: http://www.detnyteater.dk (in Danish only)

Tycho Brahe Planetarium

Tycho Brahe Planetarium
This planetarium is named after the Danish astronomer, Tycho Brae who lived between 1546 and 1601. He is famous for mapping the position of more than 1,000 fixed stars without the aid of a telescope. There is a permanent exhibition called The Active Universe as well as exhibitions on natural science and astronomy. There is also an IMAX theatre with its dome-shaped screen showing films about space, planets, galaxies, star clusters and so on.
For information about the planetarium visit the website at: http://www.tycho.dk/in_english/

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
This hotel was Copenhagen’s first skyscraper and the largest in Denmark at the time it was built which was between 1958 and 1960. It was designed by Arne Jacobsen, one of the patriarchs of Danish design who also designed most of the furnishings in the hotel as well. You can still stay in Room 606 which is kept just as it was in 1960 though it has been repainted and repaired over time.
For information about the hotel visit the website at: http://www.radissonblu.com/