Springtime in Copenhagen – Family fun and Kierkegaardian love
Explore the wild at Copenhagen’s new aquarium, the Blue Planet, and at the new Arctic habitat in the city’s zoo. You can also enjoy parkland fun at the magical Tivoli Gardens – and exhibitions celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of the Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard.
One of Europe’s biggest aquariums opens in Copenhagen on 22 March. The swirling new design, called the Blue Planet, is located by Copenhagen’s 5km sandy urban beach and is one of the city’s most inspiring new architectural landmarks – visible from above as you land at Copenhagen Airport. And the city’s zoo has also opened a new attraction – an Arctic habitat complete with an underwater glass tunnel that lets you experience polar bears and seals as they tumble in the icy cool water!
Spring is when Copenhagen’s family parks welcome the new summer season. Located in the heart of town, one of the world’s oldest and most magical classical amusement parks, Tivoli Gardens opens its gates on 11 April 2013. Among this year’s novelties is a giddy ride dedicated to Denmark’s famous renaissance astronomer Tycho Brahe. The city’s other great family park, Bakken, opens on 21 March. Set among the leafy oak trees of a historic deer park just north of the city, visitors can reach the amusement park by horse-drawn carriage.
This year, Denmark celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of the nation’s great thinker, Søren Kierkegaard. Opening on 5 May 2013 – the philosopher’s birthday – is an exhibition at the Museum of Copenhagen on ‘Kierkegaard & Love’. The philosopher’s diaries are also on display at the Black Diamond in a new and imaginative exhibition devised by Russian avant-garde artist Andrey Bartenev (until 31 December 2015). And a portrait exhibition at Frederiksborg Castle also spotlights Denmark’s famous philosopher whose existential brooding later inspired great thinkers such as Sartre and Heidegger (opening 25 April).
A city of art and design
Copenhagen is a city of architecture, design and art. At the Danish Architecture Centre you can explore the transformation of the city’s docklands as a living part of town. And you can enjoy a little early spring at the Danish National Gallery, which features a major exhibition of historic floral motifs – many of which have never been on public display.