See it for free in Copenhagen
Duck indoors when the Danish weather is rainy and cold
(Originally posted September 2017, updated January 2021 – check website for current opening status)
Come to Copenhagen she said. But I heard it’s tremendously expensive you said. While the cost of living in the Danish capital can be at the top of the list – visiting doesn’t have to be. IF. You plan ahead and make the most of your time in wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen.
Many of Copenhagen’s major museums offer free days for you to delight in their collections. If in the capital on a Tuesday – make your way inside the Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket right near the historic center.
CENTURIES OF ART HISTORY TO EXPLORE
A fixture of fine art, the Glyptoteket has been an oasis in the city since 1888. Founded by Carl Jacobsen, of the famous beer-brewing family Carlsberg, the historic building contains works that span history. You’ll find classisk sculptures from the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians in the Antiquities sections.
AN OASIS IN THE CITY | SEE THE WINTER GARDEN
Even if you don’t care for ancient art, the Glyptoteket is worth a stop. Jacobsen wanted the building to be an oasis in the city. Somewhere that was accessible for its citizens to enjoy a serene setting where to witness art. As soon as you deposit your backpack and coat in the free lockers downstairs, and step across the threshold you enter the magic and beautiful space of the winter garden. Giant palm trees and flowering tropical flowers tower overhead up to the beautiful domed roof. Benches set around fountains with stunning white sculptures invite you to sit. Koi swim in the pond. It’s impossible not to be impressed. It doesn’t feel like Copenhagen. And yet, it does.
DON’T FORGET TO LOOK DOWN
Everywhere else in Copenhagen, I’d remind you to look up not to miss the essential details that define this fair city. But at the Glyptoteket – look down. The tiled mosaic floors here are a delight in themselves. Elegant details that coordinate with the art they stage. Florals and patterns and pretty swirls. There were lotus flowers in the Egyptian room.
UP ON THE ROOF
From the floors to the top, make sure to head up to the Roof Terrace for terrific views over the city. Right next door to Copenhagen’s iconic Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park, you can watch as thrill-seekers ride the rides and hear their shrieks and giggles. You can see the many spires and domes that dot the Danish skyline and on certain evenings you can order a glass of cava or a coffee and sit up here all civilized.
GOOD TO KNOW:
Dantes Plads 7, 1556 København
Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Thursdays 10:00 – 21:00
Book tickets ahead online here.
Adults 115 DKK
Under 18 FREE
Tuesdays = FREE FOR ALL
Note: If you have purchased the Copenhagen Card for your visit, the Glyptotoket will be FREE any day you want to visit.
A little more than free, but worth it for the view – take a break at the beautiful café set inside the Winter Garden. Coffee, cakes, sandwiches, and salads for a small break or full lunch.