Thorvaldsen at court
Never mind Lars von Trier, Mads Mikkelsen or Michael Laudrup – sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) was the original Danish superstar. Thorvaldsen was Denmark’s first internationally famous artist, and created works of art for the Pope, Napoleon and many of the royal families in Europe. The exhibition Thorvaldsen & the Royal Court at Thorvaldsen’s Museum is about the many connections between the Danish Royal Family and Thorvaldsen. Had it not been for their royal inte-rest in his work, Thorvaldsen might not have been as internationally recognised as he is today.
Home to Denmark’s Parliament (Folketinget) and Supreme Court, Christiansborg Palace has been at the centre of power in the kingdom of Denmark for more than 800 years. Also housing the Palace Chapel, the Royal Reception Rooms and the Royal Stables, Christiansborg Palace is still used by the Danish royal family today. Take a walk through the Royal Stables and see the fascinating creatures up close, or stop by the grand Royal Reception Rooms used by the Queen for banquets and public audiences. Entrance to the Royal Stables and Royal Reception Rooms from the inner
palace courtyard, with Thorvaldsen’s Museum only a short walk away (christiansborg.dk).
Smushi and tableware
Feeling hungry? Stop by the Royal Smushi Café on Amagertorv in the centre of Copenhagen. The Café specialises in the concept of smushi, a fusion of sushi and the traditional Danish open sandwich, smørrebrød. Smørrebrød usually consists of a piece of dark rye bread topped with different toppings. Here it’s prepared in bite- sized mini versions piled in layers like sushi. Served on luxurious hand-painted china from Royal Copenhagen, purveyor to the Royal Danish Court, you’re sure to feel like a queen! If you find yourself falling for the delicate tableware, the Royal Copenhagen Flagship Store is available right next door.
Every day at noon, visitors in town can witness the ceremonial changing of the Royal Guard in the cobble stoned courtyard of Amalienborg Palace, the residency of the Danish royal family in Copenhagen. The Royal Guard (Den Kongelige Livgarde), a regiment of the Danish army, has been protecting the royal family since 1658. Marching through the city streets with their bearskin hats, accompanied by the traditional tunes of the Royal Guard orchestra, you can’t help but think of the steadfast tin soldier in the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The parade of the Royal Guard starts off daily at around 11:30 from the entrance on Gothersgade at the barracks of the Royal Guard at Rosenborg Castle, near Nørreport station. If you can’t find them, just listen for the music of the marching band.