Copenhagen then and now

Online photo exhibition shows how the streets of Denmark’s capital have transformed over the past 100 years

A view of Copenhagen in 1890-1900 (photo: Detroit Publishing Co.) A view of Copenhagen in 1890-1900 (photo: Detroit Publishing Co.)
January 13th, 2016 4:13 pm| by Lucie Rychla
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A retrospective online photo exhibition hosted on the Copenhagen city archive website showcases how the streets of Denmark’s capital looked 100 years ago and how they look today.

The city archive has collected a large number of images dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, and then took photographs of the same spots in 2015.

The more things change, the more they remain the same
Despite the dramatic changes that have taken place in the capital’s urban landscape over the past century, many of the streets have remained surprisingly intact and are immediately recognisable.


Most of the contemporary images were taken by Mads Neuhard, a department head at the city archive, who wanted to offer visitors the same experience he has when he traverses the streets of Copenhagen on his bicycle.

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The photographs are best viewed on a computer.