Things to do
Museums corner: Baroque botanicals, brotherly brews, barrack bravado and blistering barnacles!
The summer is only here for a fleeting moment, and in the same way we make sure we spend as much of it outdoors as possible, so do the museums and attractions in Copenhagen.
It’s time to embrace the big outdoors (nobody understands the already hackneyed phrase ‘Winter is coming better than the Danes’) before there’s no good weather left to do it in.
From checking out ‘The Orangery’, a temporary pavilion in the gardens of the Gl Holtegaard art museum, to testing your military mettle at Mosede Fort, and from enjoying good company and cuisine at Carlsberg to exploring the waters around Experimentarium, there’s something for everyone to get excited about this summer.
Temporary, contemporary architecture
Gl Holtegaard, Attemosevej 170, Holte; ends Oct 18, open Tue-Sun 12:00-17:00, until 20:00 on Thu; glholtegaard.dk
Over the course of the next three years, a total of three temporary pavilions will be created in the baroque gardens at the Gl Holtegaard art museum. The Orangery, the first of the new pavilions, links the Baroque era to our current day in the form of a strong, artistic work that presents itself as a unified whole. You can enjoy summertime walks through the beautiful baroque garden exploring this recently reinterpreted orangery.
Mosede Fort, Mosede Strandvej 87A, Greve; open exercises: July 12 & 26 and Aug 9 & 23; danmark1914-18.dk
On four Sundays over the summer, children can visit Mosede Fort in Greve to take part in military athletics exercises and find out how the Danish soldiers kept themselves fit during the First World War. Try out your strength when the coast gunners from the fort guide the visitors through hand grenade exercises and a tug-of-war. On other days visit the fort as ‘new recruits’ and walk around the building’s green space and solve tasks and puzzles in order to prove you can become a real soldier ready for battle. Soldier books and caps can be purchased to complete the ‘training’ and the look.
Carlsberg, Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11, Cph V; open Fridays in July, 16:00-21:00; visitcarlsberg.com
When the afternoon sun is high, Visit Carlsberg transforms its cosy courtyard into a Friday bar with DJs, barbeques and lots of cold beer in an international setting. If you want to learn more about Carlsberg, the exhibition is exclusively open and free of charge to enter. To get there, you can take a free shuttle bus from the city centre at Vesterbrogade 6 outside the Royal Hotel.
Experimentarium City, Trangravsvej 10-12, Cph K; ongoing, ends Aug 30
Clap a crab, meet a cod and play with water all summer long at Experimentarium City. Outside in front of the Experimentarium you can build sand castles, experiment with water tubes and look inside a cod or a squid when the expert dissects the slippery animals. If you go inside Experimentarium, you can explore a special exhibition, ‘The Brain’, which offers visitors a wide range of activities that will pull your brain out of its familiar routines, shake it up, surprise it and challenge it to a vigorous mental workout.
Museums Corner is provided by Copenhagen Museums & Attractions.