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Culture Night | October 10, 2009

Wow. What a night. Kultur Natten. Every year, Copenhagen celebrates its unique culture, history, art and language in one spectacular evening. The zoo, museums, ministries, churches and public monuments all open their doors from 5 pm-5 am for the small price of $17. The package also includes completely free use of the Metro and bus system all night long, as well as access to more than 200 locations around the downtown area.

Fortunately for our group: myself, Jeff (American), Marine and Albane (French), and Simone and Martina (Italian), the weather was perfect for an evening of wandering around for several hours checking out sites and inhaling the culture. We started our evening by meeting at Frederiksberg Metro station, grabbing a cup of coffee and walking over to the zoo. Along the way, we stopped in one of the parks to tour a full-size labrynth. Once done solving the puzzle, we walked a little further to catch the animals before the sun set completely.

Walking the streets of CPH

Walking the streets of CPH

We caught the zoo at the perfect time. Right after walking in, we ran into a family of lions, and it was feeding time! The zoo curator brought in some huge piece of animal meat, and the lions immediately circled around the entrance, salivating over the coming meal. After watching the male lion inhale his food, we headed through the rest of the exhibits. Among the highlights was a huge indoor rainforest, as well as a good look at some sleeping chimps.

With the lions

With the lions

Walking to Rådhuspladsen

Walking to Rådhuspladsen

From the zoo, we took a bus downtown, and then walked over to the National Museum. In a word, fascinating. We walked through exhibits showcasing medieval Denmark, modern Denmark, peoples of the world, and Danish art. Danish history stretches back to the 11th century, and wandering through artifacts, clothing, weapons, and art really brought home how rich with history Europe is. Another surprise for me during the our time in the museum was how colonial Denmark has been through its history. At one point, Denmark controlled parts of Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Africa. The Danish empire spanned three continents in the 17th and 18th centuries. I could have spent several more hours reading, but we had to move on.

Walking insde the National Museum

Walking insde the National Museum

12th Century Viking Horns

12th Century Viking Horns

After leaving the museum, we spent 20 minutes walking over to the Round Tower near Nørreport. The builiding was completely lit up, but we didn’t have a chance to make it to the top because of the lines. Instead, we decided to grab a couple beers, and we stuck around for a country, yes country, concert inside the Tower. But country music is country music whether you’re in the US or in Denmark, and we didn’t stick around long. We took from the Round Tower and decided to head back home. We left our residence at 5:15 pm, and when we checked the time at the Metro Station, it read 1:30 am. What a night.

The Round Tower lit up red for Kultur Natten

The Round Tower lit up red for Kultur Natten

Jamming out to some country music

Jamming out to some country music

I ended up snapping almost 200 photos during the evening, and I have the full albums posted on my Facebook as well as the NCSU Flickr account. You can check them out here. There are 4 albums:

  • Culture Night Part 1 – The Zoo, Food, Rådhuspladsen
  • Culture Night Part 2 – National Museum: Danish History
  • Culture Night Part 3 – National Museum: Peoples of the World
  • Culture Night Part 4 – Round Tower, Conclusion
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