Bjarke Ingels is one of Denmark's most famous architects, making waves with famous buildings at home and around the world. In the USA, Bjarke Ingels has won projects to redesign downtown Manhattan and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. In Denmark, the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is behind many of Ørestad's most iconic new buildings, including 8 Tallet (8 House).
If you're looking for things to do in Copenhagen and have time to go a little further afield, then head north along the Danish Riviera of North Zealand. It's the perfect place to venture out on day trips from Copenhagen, or to extend your holiday with a stay in North Zealand's hotels, inns or holiday homes.
Denmark is a haven for culture. Arts, music, dance, theatre, fashion, events – Denmark offes it all, all year round. Here's a brief guide to some of the best cultural activitites in Denmark.
Copenhagen is rich in history. The Danish capital was officially founded in 1167 by Bishop Absalon, but research suggest that the location was inhabited already in the late Viking age. Copenhagen was a busy and strategically important merchant city throughout the medieval period where it controlled much of the lucrative trade and traffic to and from the Baltic Sea.
There are many beautiful and interesting castles and manors on Zealand, Møn and Lolland-Falster. They are a very visible and important part of the landscape and their history stretches over a whole millennium. They all tell tales of events, aesthetics and the way of life through centuries. The oldest buildings, which date back to The Middel Age, are found as preserved castles and ruins.
Romantic, English and rococo. Peonies, tulips and rare trees. The beuatiful parks surrounding the casles and manors in the region each tell it's own story through various styles and with loads of various and often rate plants. Visit Liselund Castle Park and experience one of the most exquisit romantic gardens, visit the beautiful rococo gardens in Ledreborg Palace Park or enjoy the impressive display of tulips at Gavnø Castle.
Take a tour of castles and manors and learn about their history. Some have regular tours for all to join, others arrange tours for larger groups only.
A visit to Dragsholm Castle gives you a special treat with special attention to detail. It’s the owner’s ambition to give the guests a high quality experience. “We focus on giving our guest a complete experience including nature, gastronomy and history and we’re very attentive to give a top quality service”, says Mads Bøttger, the Manager at Dragsholm Castle.
The city of Aalborg offers something for everyone, regardless of interests and budget. The harbour is a buzzing new area of cultural attractions, including the Utzon Centre, and a great place to walk and take in views of the city. Venture just a short way outside the city and you can enjoy ancient historical sites like Lindholm Høje.
Four of Denmark's seven medieval round churches (rundkirke) are located on Bornholm. The round churches were used as fortresses, as well as places of worship, and the fact that such a high concentration of them are found on Bornholm, is testament to the island's strategically important location in the Baltic Sea.