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Crazy about animals

Soft fur, rough tongues and giant paws. Some animals are small, soft and cuddly, while others are large and majestic. Take a trip to the world of animals and meet them all: from farm animals to the more exotic species. Cross fields and meadows, traverse dense jungle or encounter the animals of the big city and the underwater ones.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Coaches and white horses
The hooves strike the ground, sounding like castanets working overtime, when the horses transport Queen Margrethe and her royal entourage around the city in her golden carriage every New Year. When the impressive white horses are not transporting the royal court, they are housed at Christiansborg Palace in the Royal Stables. The Stables were built in 1745, and today there are approximately 20 horses between the stables’ marble columns. Every day, the horses are exercised in the Christiansborg riding arena and in the streets. Step into the royal atmosphere and enjoy the fairy-tale horses and royal coaches at close quarters.

I have horses, pigs, cows and sheep on my farm
At Flynderupgård Museum and the Open Air Cultural Centre you can encounter cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and ducks. There are also horses, but they are a far cry from the world of ball gowns and golden carriages. Farm animals are definitely not for decoration. They are working animals and dinner. Everything cultivated or slaughtered is used on the farm or in the historic eatery, Folkestuen. Flynderupgård presents rural life in the last century, and agricultural animals and fishing in the Øresund. You enter living history. At Flynderupgård they still farm, as they did when your great-grandfather was a boy. (You cannot visit the stables at weekends.)

The miller, the lord of the manor and the peasant on his farm
At the National Museum of Denmark’s Open Air Museum, you can travel back in time and visit houses, farms and mills dating from 1650 to 1940. Meet the farmer, the miller and the lady of the manor, and witness how they slept, ate and worked back then. Among the thatched houses stretch green fields and meadows, the habitat of numerous animals of old breeds. They help take care of the museum’s grounds, when they graze on the pastures. In the 18th they started to breed animals systematically, so they were adapted to suit different climates and the needs of the peasant farmers. Meet quacking ducks, bleating goats and sheep, honking pigs and crowing roosters: making the same sounds they have always done. The Open Air Museum is open from Spring to Fall.

Exotic animals
From green fields and meadows to savannah and jungle. From farm animals to the more exotic kinds. In Copenhagen Zoo you can travel round the world and the whole animal kingdom, exploring everything from tiny birds and reptiles to the giant elephants and giraffes of the savannah. There is just something fascinating about the zebra’s stripes, the leopard’s spots and the huge paws of the polar bear. The polar bears live in the new Arctic Ring. While the audience huddle in the underwater tunnel, the white giants frolic just above them. At feeding time, you can also see the lions hurling themselves at large chunks of meat and witness how the elephant makes cunning use of its trunk.

Touch the animals
Under the water live the most quirky and curious animals. Some of them have loads of arms and others change colour. At The Aquarium of Øresund you can dive beneath the surface of the sea to see the fish and the other creatures that live in the Øresund. In the aquarium’s two large touching pools, you can get really close and feel the slippery scales of the fish and the nose of a thornback ray. You can also touch crabs, sea anemones and sea urchins and, if you dare, you can reach into the water and be lucky enough to pat a shark on the back, as it swims past.

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Anne-Sofie Stampe