Placeholder Image

Subtitles section Play video

  • JON: Hello my name is Jon Olson, Welcome to "Next Stop" from the bike capital of the world.

  • JON: Welcome to wonderful Copenhagen. On this

  • episode. well explore this incredible city by canal, well tour one of the most beautiful

  • castles in Europe, and we visit world renowned Tivoli Gardens. Well also discover a cafe

  • breaking all sorts of norms, specializing in Smushi. Stick around and find out, all

  • this and more on Next Stop Copenhagen. The fun starts now!

  • Next Stop rolls JON: We have toured cities all over the world

  • by bus, by car, by bike, by foot, never by canal...until today!

  • GUILIA: Hi to all and welcome, my name is Gulia, and I will be your guide for all this

  • tour. We are now in the canal of Nyhavn, and this canal was excavated between 1671 and

  • 1673. The purpose was that the ships could sail all the way into the cities new center

  • where the Kings new square is, with their goods. You can now see the royal theaters

  • playhouse. The playhouse opened in 2008 with Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It was designed by

  • 2 danish architects called Lundgaard and Tranberg. The opera house here on the right in 2005,

  • it was designed by a danish architect that is called Henning Larsen. Ship you see on

  • the right side is a royal yacht that is called Dannebrog.It was built in 1931 and it is the

  • oldest royal yacht in the whole world that is still in use today. You can now also see

  • two identical buildings on the right hand side, there are actually 4 of these buildings

  • and this is Amalienborg, Amalienborg is the royal residence since 1794. We are now in

  • Gammel Strand which means the old beach, it was here the modern city of Copenhagen was

  • founded in 1167 by the bishop Absalon. You can see a statue of him on the left hand side,

  • he is on his horse. On the right side you can now see the most modern castle of Christiansborg

  • it is the third castle with this name in this spot and it is from 1928. The building on

  • the right hand side is the old stock exchange, it was built between 1620 and 1640. The tower

  • is made of 4 intertwined dragon tails and on the top there is 3 crowns that symbolize

  • the Kalmar Union. We are now back to where we started, so the tour is over. Me and Jens

  • hope you enjoyed it, have a nice day and thank you for a nice tour.

  • JON: What are the highlights for you on the tour?

  • GUILIA: The royal residence and the canal of Christianborg which for me is breathtaking

  • and the oldest part of the cities. JON: Now we also sailed by the most popular

  • number one restaurant in the world, Noma. Have you been there?

  • GUILIA: No, I haven’t. There is a 3 month waiting list right now, and the top waiting

  • time was 1 year I think, in the beginning, now it is 3 months.

  • JON: I think we will dine right over there at the local polsevogn.

  • GUILIA: Yes, that is a great idea. JON: Thank you for your time today.

  • GUILIA: Yep, no problem hi hi.

  • JON: The changing of the guard takes place every day at noon at the royal palace. The

  • purpose of the royal guard is to protect Denmarks royalty, especially Queen Margaret the second,

  • the first female monarch in Denmark since the 15th century. This is sometimes accompanied

  • by music IF the Queen is residence, but if you take a look at that building over there,

  • the only one with 5 chimneys, there is no flag flying. No flag, no Queen. For more information

  • on this and other fun activities in Denmark, go to visit denmark.com

  • JON: Frederiksborg Slott, or castle, located

  • in Hillerod a town about 42 kilometers north of Copenhagen is the oldest renaissance in

  • Scandanavia, dating back to the early 17th century, it also houses the museum of natural

  • history. Hello Soren, I’m Jon. SOREN: Hello Jon, my name is Soren, welcome

  • to Frederiksborg. JON: Thank you for inviting us to your home.

  • SOREN: Oh you are welcome. JON: This is a nice place you live!

  • SOREN: Oh, it is a very nice place. JON: OK, you don’t live here.

  • SOREN: No, I don’t live here JON: Who did?

  • SOREN: Well in the 17th century the danish king lived here, his name was Christian the

  • Fourth, and he was one of the wealthiest persons in northern Europe, and when you are wealthy

  • you need of course a grand house. JON: I’m dying to see the inside.

  • SOREN: Well let’s go inside then. JON: Let’s do it.

  • JON: This is an absolutely gorgeous room. SOREN: It is one of the favorite spots in

  • the museum. It’s also the spot you can see the kind of decoration the old castle were

  • made with. It is again made to impress, it is what renaissance was about, you have to

  • be dazzled. JON: Let’s talk about the shields on the

  • wall, this is impressive,they must have deep meaning.

  • SOREN: It is going back to when Denmark was an absolute monarchy. Whenever a person gets

  • one of these shields he will have his coat of arms made and painted and had the shield

  • put on here. Well, you remember when I told you the danish king was very wealthy?

  • JON: Yes. SOREN: He was also very practical. So you

  • are now in the basement of the castle, it is his treasury. Instead of walking down the

  • stairs with his money he would slide the coins through the slide down into this large chest.

  • JON: Soren, this is one impressive display of art. How many pieces are here?

  • SOREN: Well we say we have approximately 10,000 paintings, but apart from paintings we have

  • engraving, we have etchings, we have furniture, we have chairs, we have cupboards.

  • JON: So earlier today Soren promised us he would show is where he had his wedding reception.

  • Wow, this is pretty cool Soren SOREN: It is, no wonder it’s called the

  • great room. JON: You didn’t have a wedding reception

  • here, but this is a great room. SOREN: It is, I wish I had, but it is a great

  • room and it was built by Christian the Fourth for having parties and functions.

  • JON: I can only imagine, you have a nice office, Thanks for having us.

  • SOREN: Thanks.

  • JON: Coming up, Denmarks knowledge center for design, and the historic Admiral Hotel.

  • JON: Danish design is well respected throughout

  • the world. To learn more, we visit the Danish Design Center. We begin our tour through history

  • of the danish design in the 1950’s. What was going on in the 1950’s?

  • NILLE: 1950 was just after the war, so there was not that much money, but there was a huge

  • power to create something so a lot of the things you see here was created at that time,

  • and the thing was, there were new materials. Lego is there, Lego started in 1952. Denmark

  • is a nation of play, we like to work hard but we also like to play, and lego is just

  • the thing where you can build. You are not supposed to do whatever you were told by your

  • parents, you can just dream away. JON: That is the great thing about legos,

  • and that hasn’t changed. NILLE: It is, it hasn’t changed. And you

  • see even adults playing with legos now, they put a lot of computers in them now so you

  • can do things like robots. JON: The psychedelic 60’s.

  • NILLE: It is, yes, what we call the hippy thing, the flower power of things, and what

  • happened was when we look at the 50’s it was all natural materials, so plastic was

  • introduced, and we had this fantastic designer called Verner Panton and he did this chair

  • and all these environments sort of psychedelic things and at the same time getting back to

  • your roots, he also had these television things that were a bit spacey, it was modern, they

  • were in my home when I was a kid. JON: really?

  • NILLE: Yeah. JON: Now we are in the 70’s when I was a

  • kid, I would have liked this thing. NILLE: Oh you should have one. The 70’s

  • were you know, like systems, and the 80’s was about systems, how we can get systems

  • to work. The whole idea wasn’t, it wasn’t just one thing, it was everything.

  • JON: A lot of that is still true today to though, because these are the same taps as

  • in our hotel room. NILLE: Yes. I have them at home, and I think

  • my kids will always have them at home. So they are here.

  • JON: If it ain’t broke, why fix it? So now we arrive at the 90’s.

  • NILLE: Yeah, but let’s skip the 90’s, we didn’t do much cool design in the 90’s,

  • let’s go to the next. JON: So now we are in the new millenium, and

  • I love this, that is super cool. NILLE: That is fantastic, it is a one of.

  • The lamp is telling you that now materials can do, and that technology is going into

  • design. JON: Nille, I am impressed, thank you very

  • much for the tour and your time, and I can see why danish architecture and danish design

  • has been so relevant for so many decades and for decades to come.

  • NILLE: Yeah, come back in 10 years and we will show you the next part.

  • JON: I’d love to. NILLE: See you. Thanks.

  • JON: Copenhagen is one of the most ambitious

  • cities of the world when it comes to sustainable lifestyle. By the year 2025 Copenhagen plans

  • to be the worlds first capital cities that is CO2 neutral. Bikes are just one of the

  • ways Copenhagen tries to stay green, they are by far the fastest and least expensive

  • way to get around, and of course they emit no CO2. Copenhagen is truly a green city.

  • JON: We are staying at the very lovely and

  • very historic Admiral Hotel in Copenhagen. Jesper, thanks for having us.

  • JESPER: Thank you, and your welcome. JON: This is a gorgeous property, and I love

  • the history of it. Take us back to 1787. JESPER: This used to be a storage place for

  • corn and grain. We have a lounge with part of our banqueting department that used to

  • be the oven, drying out most of the grainery. JON: So all the floors housed the grain and

  • corn? JESPER: Yeah, exactly, yeah.

  • JON: And there were very historic events that happened, that this hotel was very key in.

  • 1801? What happened then? JESPER: We had the bombardment of Copenhagen,

  • but we survived, most of the buildings around the hotel were on fire, a big part of Copenhagen

  • history. JON: Your location is spectacular, right on

  • the water. JESPER: Of course with a hotel that’s it

  • location, everything is close by, the Queen is living right down the road.

  • JON: The Queen is your neighbor. JESPER: Yeah, yes she is., and of course weve

  • got the view of the water. JON: One think that is unique I think is the

  • hallway, when you walk down, the woodwork on the ceiling.

  • JESPER; All the hallways, and all the wood and the walls, that is the original thing

  • from when it was built. JON: And when you walk in your lobby, it is

  • very impressive, It is very long, there is lots of depth to it, and your staff is so

  • friendly, everybody has been so friendly the entire stay. And you have an award winning

  • restaurant. JESPER: We do, yeah, the Salt restaurant has

  • been with us for quite a few years now. JON: There is something you have that is very

  • different than any hotel we have ever stayed at.

  • JESPER: We do have the water, and together with the water, we do have the ships.

  • JON: As you can see, this is a very impressive property, with a history dating back to the

  • start of our country. On your next trip to Copenhagen, we recommend you stay at the Copenhagen

  • Admiral Hotel.

  • JON: Up next, we learning about smushi, and a unique bar hopping experience including

  • an ice bar.

  • JON; The food scene in Copenhagen is thriving, in fact, for the last 3 years running they

  • have the number 1 rated restaurant in the world. For our food feature today, we are

  • on the main walking street, the Stroll, to feature the Royal Cafe, which is anything

  • but your average cafe. Let’s Smushi. I have been so excited to learn about your concept,

  • not only about smushi, but cafe. You have taken it to a whole new level.

  • RUD: Our idea was to sort of emphasize everything that had been famous in the past, which was

  • smorrebrod, open face sandwiches. JON: Which is very well known in Denmark.

  • RUD: Yes, so we thought why not do it in a modern, more up to date way, not have huge

  • open face sandwiches, but maybe have small tasty...

  • JON: You can try more things that way. RUD: Yeah. You know, as you can see in front

  • of us we have 3 smushi standing here, this is the ox filet, beef filet, call it how you

  • like with a good old danish tomato. This is new potatoes, new cucumber, what we would

  • call a vegetarian dish, with a little radish. The next one here is actually very interesting,

  • it is called a danish shooting star, and the way it is made, it looks like a star.

  • JON: Now I feel like your cafe here, this room is beautiful, I feel like we are having