10 architectural highlights in Copenhagen, by Astrid Maria

Astrid Maria Rasmussen is a Copenhagen-based freelance photographer and Instagrammer, going by the name @astridkbh, and focusing on the city’s architecture and development. She collaborates with a number of architecture firms and hosts photo walks at places normally inaccessible to the public. For this guide, she picked out 10 highlights that showcase Copenhagen as an architecture destination.

#1 Amager Beach Park

Et opslag delt af Astrid Maria (@astridkbh) den31. Jan 2016 kl. 9:42 PST

Amager Beach Park is an artificial island that stretches for several miles with a view of Sweden across the sound. Not just a place for devouring ice cream or tanning, this spot is also heavily used by joggers and dog-walkers, or for diving, kite surfing, skateboarding, playing kayak polo, going on dates and all kinds of other activities; year-round and round the clock.

#2 The palm house in The Botanical Garden

Et opslag delt af Astrid Maria (@astridkbh) den16. Maj 2017 kl. 11:02 PDT

In my eyes, this is one of the prettiest oases in town. It’s a gigantic greenhouse in the middle of The Botanical Garden, which in and of itself is a green breathing space in the heart of Copenhagen.

#3 The many courtyards in the city

Et opslag delt af Astrid Maria (@astridkbh) den21. Maj 2017 kl. 4:53 PDT

Copenhagen has an abundance of cozy courtyards, particularly in the older neighboUrhoods, that offer a little glimpse of the everyday life of Copenhageners. Many of them are open, so you’re able to pop in and enjoy the calm and often hidden side of the classic Copenhagen townhouses.

#4 Ørestad

Et opslag delt af Astrid Maria (@astridkbh) den26. Feb 2017 kl. 8:07 PST

One of the newest neighbourhoods in Copenhagen, Ørestad is full of great examples of modern architecture, several of which are designed by the world-renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (BIG).

#5 Sluseholmen

Et opslag delt af Astrid Maria (@astridkbh) den6. Apr 2015 kl. 11:32 PDT

Another new and modern area in Copenhagen, Sluseholmen is known for its canals and colored houses that draw on inspiration from the newer part of Amsterdam.

Bonus fact: DAC (Danish Architecture Centre) do excellent guided tours to both Sluseholmen and Ørestad. The architecture centre itself, including the exhibitions, the café and the book shop, is also worth a visit.

#6 The Black Diamond

Et opslag delt af Astrid Maria (@astridkbh) den6. Dec 2016 kl. 10:39 PST

From an architectural point of view, The Royal Library is one of the most interesting buildings in Copenhagen. A modernist extension has been added to the old library via walkways, creating a sharp contrast between old and new. On the inside, both buildings also contain some very pretty spaces, and the library garden is a real hidden gem in the middle of an otherwise busy area.

#7 The bike bridges

Et opslag delt af Astrid Maria (@astridkbh) den23. Feb 2016 kl. 10:12 PST

In recent years, several bike bridges have seen the light of day in Copenhagen. Not only are many of them beautiful works of architecture in themselves – they’re also a great way of getting a bit closer to the water and the picturesque canals in the city while going from A to B.

#8 Copenhagen’s Police Headquarters

Et opslag delt af Astrid Maria (@astridkbh) den16. Feb 2016 kl. 9:01 PST

This is one of the best-looking works of architecture the city has to offer. It’s still being used as the actual police headquarters in Copenhagen, so sightseeing requires booking a guided tour at The Police Museum, located in Fælledvej, Nørrebro (the museum itself is also worth stopping by!)

#9 The city’s many roofscapes

Et opslag delt af Astrid Maria (@astridkbh) den1. Apr 2015 kl. 11:32 PDT

Copenhagen is slowly beginning to get an actual skyline. However, skyscrapers are still so few and far between that merely ascending seven stories (like the tower of Christiansborg Palace) or visiting a sky bar (like the one in AC Hotel Bella Sky) will provide a vantage point of the entire city.

#10 Refshaleøen

Et opslag delt af Astrid Maria (@astridkbh) den24. Sep 2016 kl. 6:24 PDT

Originally the site of the city’s shipyard industry, Refshaleøen is one of the few remaining areas in Copenhagen that hasn’t undergone any urban development. These days, it’s home to a plethora of creative workshops, offbeat characters, an adventure centre, fine dining restaurants, houseboats – and even a rocket and submarine construction site.

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