OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Vesterbro and Nørrebro - some truly unique museums, sights and academia-relaxers
1) Start out at Rådhuspladsen, the main square in Copenhagen and look up at the big city hall building, built in a "Skønvirke" style, the Danish version of the famous Art Nouveau or Jugend style. If you dare, it is possible to go up the tower where you will be able to see all of Copenhagen from an outdoor platform. Guided tours in English are Monday to Friday at 15 o'clock, Saturday at 10 o'clock.
2) Head up Istedgade in Vesterbro through the filthy red light district, then the bohemian and artist area along the Enghave area, go through the old Carlsberg Breweries cultural district on Ny Carlsberg vej, cross Valby Langgade and enter the park of Søndermarken - you cant miss it.
3) Go up into the park and up the hill until you see the two pyramid shaped glass constructions. The one on the right is the entrance to one of the most interesting museums in Copenhagen: Cisternerne is 4200 square meters underground museum of modern glass art with exhibitions by some of the most famous Danish artists. The setting is the old water cisterns that provide a dark, wet, drippy underground experience while amazing echoes are created from every sound made.
4) Bike left from Roskildevej opposite the Zoo of Copenhagen, on the other side of Søndermarken Park, go down the steep hill (use the brakes!) at the end of the hill on your right, then take the Green Cycle Road, Den Grønne Sti – a new invention in Copenhagen that will expand in the following years. It will eventually crisscross the city through a car-free terrain of green ... a unique idea and the first in a world dominated by cars. For now, it goes all the way trough the area of Frederiksberg and Nørrebro.
Make a stop at the Nørrebro neighborhood's famous graveyard Assistensen, where a great deal of historic figures are burried, amongst them philosopher Søren Kirkegaard. A place of tranquility. Take a walk, and sit down somewhere .
5) Bike down Nørrebrogade through the heart of the ethnic and bohemian Nørrebro quarter and take a look around, then head into the city crossing the lakes – make a stop at The Workers' Museum, Arbejdermuseet, at Rømersgade just before Nørreport.
The Workers’ Museum is both an art museum and a cultural history museum with many exhibitions. The building now housing the Workers’ Museum at Rømersgade is itself in many ways a piece of cultural history. As the former Workers’ Assembly Hall, the building is intimately linked to the Labour Movement and its struggle for better lives for workers and their families.
6) Then go to the Botanical Garden 2 minutes away, put down the bikes and take a stroll, see the greenhouses and walk around the small lake and up the small hills. Maybe buy an icecream at Nørreport and bring it inside, while you strectch your legs after a long bikeride and enjoyable day on the cycle.