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Assistants Cemetery

On our first walk around Copenhagen we went through the aforementioned Assistens Kirkegård cemetery where Niels Bohr and Hans Christian Andersen are laid to rest. This place is incredible. It has atmosphere and then some. There is a rich flavor to the entire cemetery. The greens are lush, the trees old, and the varieties endless.

assistants cemetery

Around one corner you may find a couple having a picnic. Around another you may find curious tombstones in a unique setup. Some gravestones have runes on them as well. I’m not sure if they are Viking, Anglo-Saxon, or, more likely, Younger Futhark or Rok.

Assistens Kirkegård

The only thing that disappointed was the graffiti. Niels Bohr’s tombstone is a mess on the backside (not pictured). You can see what Hans Christian Andersen’s currently looks like below.

Hans Christian Andersen

The graffiti relates to The People’s House Copenhagen located at Jagtvej 69. I don’t know all the details but apparently the government sold the building, and the new owners are going to demolish it against the wishes of many people.

Niels Bohr

This is the front of Niels Bohr’s gravestone. The graffiti on the backside contains several English curse words. I have no idea why.

Probable change in Copenhagen apartment

In just over 10 days we’ll be in Denmark. I just found out today that there will probably be a change in plans for our apartment. We were planning on staying in Norrebro, as previously mentioned. Now it looks like we’ll be staying in a slightly larger place closer to where I will be working in Frederiksberg.

copenhagen

The building looks just as nice, if not nicer than the other one. The green courtyard is missing, but we are still a block or two from the reservoir. We’ll now be on the southern end of it instead of near the middle of the reservoir. We are closer to Tivoli.

My guide book isn’t as enthusiastic about Frederiksberg. “Frederiksberg was a green, prosperous country village that became increasingly popular as the upper and middle classes began to revel in the countryside in the 18th century. It is now a tranquil, upmarket residential area…”

We will be close to the Tycho Brahe Planetarium which I look forward to visiting. We will be a short bike ride to Norrebro as well. The Forum is a block away, but nothing is on the their calendar while we are there. We’ll probably catch Chris Cornell at Vega though.

My other guide book is a little more positive stating, “Leafy, stately Frederiksberg begins further west at Frederiksberg Alle. This broad, tree-lined avenue is lined with fin de siecle apartment blocks some of the most desirable in the city. It finishes at Frederiksberg Have, the city’s most romantic park, with a boating lake, rolling lawns and, looking down from the hill, Frederiksberg Slot and Copenhagen Zoo.”

aerial view of copenhagen denmark

In the above image I’m trying to get my bearings. #1 is where our first apartment was going to be. The blue dot is our probable new location. CBS (Copenhagen Business School) is where I will be teaching. T is for Tivoli. K is for Kastellet.

Pictures from Copenhagen, Denmark

How can I possibly have pictures from Copenhagen already when we don’t arrive for another three and half weeks? Well, thanks to information provided by Copenhagen Insider, aerial photos are possible even if you are on the other side of the world. So I took a few pictures to share with you of our future lodgings and the neighborhood.

apartment in Copenhagen Denmark

Although I’m not 100% certain, I’m pretty sure part of the above is our apartment building. We are on the 4th floor. There appears to be a nice courtyard, garden, green area, whatever you want to call it, behind the place. We will be in a part of town called Norrebro. According to one of my guidebooks, Norrebro “is a lively, multicultural part of the city with plenty of bars, cafes, and alternative shopping centres.” In this part of town is the Assistens Kirkegard which is a famous cemetery. My guidebook goes on to state that “it is a wonderful place to relax or take a romantic walk. The churchyard is beautiful and is located in the trendy Norrebro district.” Sounds good.

My other guidebook says, “Norrebro is one of the most delectable nightlife destinations in the city and it is also a cutting-edge fashion centre.” It also provides more details on the famous, leafy cemetery including who is buried there. I will be living in the same neighborhood as the remains of Hans Christian Andersen and Niels Bohr. Cool. In Paris I’ll be in the same neighborhood as Jim Morrison. Last year, on our trip to Japan, we were next to Tokyo’s most famous cemetery as well. Ending up close to famous grave yards seems to be an unintended commonality on our travels.

walking along the sortedams so in Copenhagen Denmark

Less than a block from our apartment is a reservoir called the Sortedam So. You can see people walking along it in the above picture confirming what my guidebook says. “You can lounge along their grassy banks or enjoy the scenic view from the bridges that cross them.” I’ll post that scenic view from the bridge for you here in a month or less. Stay tuned.

botanisk have in Copenhagen Denmark

A short walk over the bridge will have us spilling into the Botanisk Have (pictured above from a bird’s eye view) which my guidebook describes as “among the prettiest outdoor spaces in the city, these gardens are studded with lakes, bridges, and lovely flowerbeds. Climb the winding staircase for a great view of the exotic trees below. A geological and botanical museum are also here.” Needless to say, I can hardly wait.

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