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Rubjerg Knude lighthouse (photo: Visit Denmark)

Much to do in Denmark in 2019

With the anniversary of its national flag, several new attractions opening and others with significant changes to experience, Denmark has much to offer in 2019.

This year Denmark is celebrating 800 years of its flag. The Dannebrog, meaning the Danish banner, is the oldest known national flag in the world. Legend has it that it fell from the sky on 15 June 1219 in a battle with the Estonians.

Many new attractions are opening in the country. In the capital the new Museum of Copenhagen is open in a new location on Stormgade 18, a source of information on the city’s past, present and future and a reference point for its archaeology.

A series of modern art installations can be experienced at Copenhagen Contemporary Exhibition Centre, the city’s new art centre in the old industrial harbour of Refshaleøen.

Meanwhile, in the harbour of Copenhagen at Knippelsbro the Kulturtårnet (Culture Tower) is an old copper bridge tower which has been restored to offer a new cultural venue for art, music, podcasts, talks and dining with unique views across the city.

The new Cityringen Metro is opening in July. The 15.5 km underground loop under downtown Copenhagen’s ‘bridge quarters’ and Frederiksberg will link the Nørrebro and Vesterbro areas with the city centre, making the airport accessible from the centre in 20 minutes.

CopenHill, the new artificial ski slope and recreational running and hiking trail built on top of Copenhagen’s new Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant is also set to open soon. Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, it stands some 85 metres high, with views of the city from the roof top café at the top of the ski slope.

About one hour south of Copenhagen, people can also ascend a 45-metre-tall hourglass-shaped tower for a birds-eye view of the forest of Gisselfeld Monastery.

And this year is the last chance to see Rubjerg Knude lighthouse in its original location. Built in 1900 on the North Jutland coast, the historic structure will be moved to a new location to avoid the encroaching sea.

Food news
The big news on the restaurant scene in Copenhagen is the opening of several new and exciting restaurants in the Refshaleøen area of the city. Firstly, in January 2019, Matt Orlando, the former head chef at Noma and the creator of Amass opened Broaden & Build, an organic brewery and casual eatery. It is located in the house of the former Royal Theatre’s scenery storage unit and shares the space with the new Empirical Spirits distillery.

Next to Broaden & Build is the re-opening in Refshaleøen of Rasmus Munk’s Alchemist restaurant.

Meanwhile, the trend for street food courts continues with the expansion of Copenhagen Street Food from its original location on the Paper Island (Papirøen) to a new site also in Refshaleøen called Copenhagen Street Food Reffen.

Additionally, with 19 international restaurants, including two vegan offerings and five bars, Boltens Food Court opened in a renovated building near Kongens Nytorv in the centre of Copenhagen.

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