Majestic Drama: The Court Theatre
The atmospheric Theatre Museum at the Court Theatre is situated at Christiansborg Riding Ground at Slotsholmen in the very centre of Copenhagen, just behind the Danish Parliament Christiansborg. Thus the museum resides in the middle of the vibrant history of the monarchy. King Christian VII was allegedly quite the actor himself, and consequently he had the Court Theatre built in 1766 in one of the stables of Christiansborg. His theatre, which is the oldest theatre in Denmark, is today open to the public. Wander freely among historic costumes, see the royal balcony where kings and queens have taken a pew for centuries, and stand on the stage where H.C. Andersen once performed.
History Carved in Stone
Have you ever wondered what happens to statues after they are removed from parks and squares? Not far from the Theatre Museum is the Lapidarium of Kings; a sort of retirement home for old royal and remarkable sculptures. Like most royal families, the Danish monarchs have used statues to symbolise power for decades. Now you can study a great variety of over 300 of them at the Lapidarium in Christian IV’s beautiful Brewhouse on Slotsholmen. Should you want to experience more of the royal collection of sculptures, you can head over to the Royal Cast Collection in the old West Indian warehouse by the harbour. Here you will find the casts of major works from antiquity through to the Renaissance.
The Royal Cast Collection is open on special occasions and by appointment.
Royal Tea Time
A.C. Perch’s teashop is the oldest teashop in Europe and a ‘Purveyor to the Royal Household’. The charming family-owned shop in Kronprinsensgade offers a wide selection of fresh quality tea from fine tea gardens all over the world. Enjoy your afternoon tea in the lovely café with a traditional spread of finger sandwiches, pastries and scones. You can even make your own tea blend of your favourite flavours or perhaps try HM Queen Margrethe’s ‘Daisy’s Blend’, specially made for her 40th anniversary in 2012. Good tea takes time, so kick back and relax in these calming, historic surroundings in the heart of Copenhagen.
A World of Written Treasures
The Royal Library is in itself a gem of both striking architecture and legendary literature. Situated on the edge of Copenhagen Harbour, this stunning ‘Black Diamond’ is worth paying a visit, even if you are not exactly a bookworm. The permanent exhibition of rare literary treasures, ‘Treasures in the Royal Library’, provides exclusive insight into why the library can be seen as the capital of the Danish cultural heritage. Study the notes of Søren Kierkegaard, the diaries of H. C. Andersen, the letters of Karen Blixen, and many other exquisite books and manuscripts.
Kathrine Maria Amann