Photo exhibition: CIFF Kids - The SECRET TOUR OF COPENHAGEN
Experience this fascinating and magical city, through the eyes of the curious and adventure-seeking child. We will explore exciting and unknown corners and look at its most famous places with new and childlike wonder.
In Botanical Garden you will find Denmark’s largest scientific collection of plants from all over the world – including species from all over the world that are either threatened or extinct in nature. The garden has 27 glass houses of which ten are open to the public. The most notable glasshouse is the old Palm House from 1874 inspired by the Crystal Palace in London. The house is divided into departments, each with its special climate.
The Pantomime Theatre from 1874 with the brilliant peacock carpet is the only theatre in the world where pantomime is still presented as an independent art form. The theatre is one of Tivoli's landmarks and presents 16 pantomimes mainly from the 18th century featuring the iconic Pierrot, Columbine, and Harlequin. The guinea fowls ‘Ib’ and ‘Ib’ enjoy all the performances near the spectator seats (sometimes sleeping), and you might be able to have a chat with them before or after the shows.
The first part of the Copenhagen Metro was opened in 2002, and additional stations have been added several times, including a line which gave access to the Copenhagen Airport in 2007. In 2019 the 15.5 km City Circle Line serving 17 stations in will open. The excavation earth from the City Circle Line is being used to extend the Nordhavn area of Copenhagen where a new part of Copenhagen is being constructed.
Magstræde was created in the 1520s when the coastline upon completion was moved to present day Nybrogade. Magstræde is preserved as a unique environment with the original cobbling, and it features the oldest citizen houses in Copenhagen. Many films portraying 17th or 18th century Copenhagen include scenes from Magstræde.
Nyhavn is one of the main tourist attractions in Denmark. The harbor was excavated from 1671 to 1673 by Swedish prisoners of war from the Second Karl Gustav war as an alternative to the existing port. Originally, Nyhavn was a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs, and alehouses. Today, the beautiful old houses have been renovated, classy restaurants dominate the old port, and tourists are struggling to get the best spots and the best selfies.
Kløvermarken (the Clover Field) is a large green space in the island of Amager. Originally a military area, it has later been home to both Copenhagen's first air field and a camp for German refugees after World War II. It now sports football pitches and other sports facilities as well as a nature centre for children.
Sydhavnstippen' is a piece of wild Copenhagen nature unknown by many Copenhageners.The area was created by construction waste and surplus land poured in the harbor until 1973. Since then 'Sydhavnstippen' has more or less looked after itself as a grown-up home for strolling local grazing sheep and llamas.
Vesterbro used to be a working class district, and it featured Copenhagen’s version of a red light district. After a successful gentrification effort and a striking change of character, Vesterbro has become one of the most popular and hip districts with its pulsating soul still in one piece. Young people live side by side with families and the old residents of Vesterbro who have never let go of the neighborhood.
Finn Juhl’s House
Finn Juhl (1912-1989) was one of the leading figures in the creation of Danish Design. His private home built in 1942 in Charlottenlund, North of Copenhagen, is open to the public as part of Ordrupgaard Museum. His house is a textbook example of his project as an architect and as a furniture designer. Upon entering, one gets the sensation that Juhl just left for a stroll in the garden. The gentle Scandinavian light pours in from the wide terrace doors and large windows and is reflected off the soft white walls.
Kalvebod Fælled is one of Denmark’s most important wetlands and is known for its diversity of shorebirds and waterfowls. The area used to be mudflats with small underwater cuts, but in the 1940’s the 20 km2 area was submerged as an employment project making the island of Amager one third larger. Until the 1980’s Kalvebod Fælled was a military drill, but now it's a common place where everyone can move freely and enjoy the marvelous landscape and wildlife.
The Refshale Island, originally an island in its own right, but now annexed to the larger island of Amager, is a former industrial site in the harbor of Copenhagen. For more than a hundred years, it was home to the shipyard Burmeister & Wain which closed in 1996. Today, the Refshale Island is a showcase for Wind turbine technology. Here you can notice the noise from the seven wind turbines from Copenhagen’s first wind farm ‘Lynetten'.
The Copenhagen City Hall was built 1892-1905. At the architectural competition, Martin Nyrup broke with the time of construction and proposed a building inspired by the town hall in Siena, Italy. It should be cheerful and worthy, but not aristocratic. The City Hall is an exciting mix of northern Italian architecture and Nordic historicism. You will find wood carvings, frescoes, ornaments, glass mosaics and furniture that illustrate the history of Copenhagen.