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Copenhagen - off the beaten track

You have no problem finding many tourist attractions of very high quality in the Copenhagen area. However, there are a few that are generally unknown, but definitely worth visiting, or must-visit places that deserve mention.

Museums

Den Hirschsprungske Samling

[Hirschsprungske Samling - seen from Østre Anlæg]

This little museum bases its collection on the collection of a patron of Danish painters in the 19th century. What is on display is a unique representation of Danish painters, and is a real pearl if you like combining the art of painting with the characteristics of the country you're visiting. I discovered it because it is the closest museum to my appartment - you do not normally notice it, as it is "hidden away" behind the larger State Museum of Art, which in my opinion is somewhat overrated.

Den Hirschsprungske Samling
Stockholmsgade 20
Copenhagen OE

Davids Samling

[The David Collection]

The David Collection is a truly unique museum. Its collection consists of Islamic art of an exceptionally high quality. You don't expect to find Islamic anything in Denmark, but this you have to see if you can.

Davids Samling
Kronprinsessegade 30
Copenhagen K

Musikhistorisk Museum

The Museum of Musical Instruments has an extensive collection of musical instruments, and many opportunities for you to stop and hear more about how the instruments sound. I was invited there as part of another arrangement, but it turned out to be a really memorable part.

Among other things, you'll find a couple of ingenious instruments that were invented by Benjamin Franklin.

Musikhistorisk Museum
Åbenrå 30
Copenhagen K

Restaurants

Copenhagen restaurants muster a total of 11 stars plus 2 rising stars in the Guide Michelin, which is more than any other Nordic capital can present. Being a chef has a stadily increasing status in Denmark, and the number of cooks trained and educated every year has never been higher. You will notice this when you visit Copenhagen. Not only the large, well-established restaurants deliver. If you go looking for the smaller restaurants which are owned by their chefs, then you are in for a culinary experience you will remember for quite a while. Imagination, experience and a passion for delivering the best in gastronomy every night is all around you - and with just a little imagination and creativity of your own you'll find them. Have fun!

Note that some restaurants close for summer breaks in July and some persist into August.

Det Lille Apotek

[Det Lille Apotek]

This restaurant used to be the favored dining and drinking place of many of the renowned Danish poets, of which one was Hans Christian Andersen. Today it has managed to keep the atmosphere from 200 years back, and offers what is probably closest to real Danish food in Copenhagen. Many tour operators are well aware of the place and will bring you here, but if you're on your own, this is your chance to visit Danish history and try Danish cooking at the same time. The management is very aware of the status of the restaurant, and you can get a flyer in 3 languages about its history when visiting, but they haven't commercialized the place in such a way that it spoils the atmosphere, which is important.

Det Lille Apotek
Store Kannikestræde 15
Copenhagen K

Visitor's suggestions

Arbejdermuseet

The Workers' Museum is - as its name implies - a museum on the workers' life and work conditions through time, with typical home and work environments rebuilt. In addition you can visit its "Restaurant Ølhalle", the Beer Hall, which is quite an experience in itself.

Suggested by Helle Tømming

Arbejdermuseet
Rømersgade 22
Copenhagen V

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