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Copenhagen: Danish War Museum Entry Ticket

1. Copenhagen: Danish War Museum Entry Ticket

Take a walk through the Danish War Museum and step back in time as you explore exhibitions that cover Danish war history from the 1500s until present day with the War in Afghanistan. The war museum is located in the historic “Tøjhus” – Arsenal building, built by Christian the 4. in 1604 and functioned as an armory. See the shining armor of 15th-century Danish knights. Learn about the 17th-century war with the Swedes and the 19th-century conflict with the English. Sit back in a hammock and listen to Danish stories from the seven seas. Discover how World War II and the Cold War affected the country. Uncover Denmark's role in 21st-century conflicts. Experience life as a deployed soldier as you step into Danish military camps from Afghanistan. Stay alert in the watch tower, and climb into an actual PMV hit by a roadside bomb while you hear the choppers above you. The exhibition depicts a Danish camp as realistically as possible. At the Museum you can see: a ship model made of bones a 150-year-old biscuit a military car that ran over a roadside bomb in Afghanistan - but everyone survived! the world’s only complete example of a uniform from the American Civil War

Copenhagen: Slotsholmen Royal History Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Copenhagen: Slotsholmen Royal History Self-Guided Audio Tour

Slotsholmen, the island in Cophenhagen’s harbour, has been a power base for nearly 900 years, for Copenhagen’s founder, Denmark’s kings and today’s Danish parliament, housed in the beautiful Christiansborg Palace. This walking tour starts at the very spot where Copenhagen’s story began in the 1100s, Højbro Plads, before crossing over to ‘the Castle Island’, as Slotsholmen is known. There are centuries worth of fascinating tales to listen to and several historical buildings to take in before our tour ends in front of Thorvaldsen Museum, dedicated to Bertel Thorvaldsen who inspired kings and nobles. You’ll hear how the original fortress evolved over the centuries into a series of castles and, later, spectacular palaces. I’ll show you how to spot where earlier palaces have been blended into the current complex, and I’ll tell you how to access the underground ruins of the medieval castles. You’ll also hear about Denmark’s rulers, including Christian IV, the larger-than-life “builder king” who created beautiful buildings but bankrupted the country. Then there’s Frederik VII, the unlikely hero king who avoided a revolution, and Christian VI, the shy king who created northern Europe’s largest and most awe-inspiring palace. You’ll also discover a secret garden! Other highlights you can look forward to on this tour include: • Seeing the statue of Copenhagen’s founder, Bishop Absalon • Taking in the Palace Chapel, where for generations monarchs have been baptised, married, and lain in state after death • Spotting the Christiansborg Palace balcony, from which new monarchs are proclaimed to the people • Finding out about the doorway to Folketing, the Danish Parliament, with its controversial engravings • Discovering the peaceful tranquility of the Royal Library Garden, one of the city’s best kept secrets with an unlikely history • Hearing about the Royal Library and its bold modern extension, the Black Diamond • Travelling back to 1943, when the Danes united to rescue almost all of the country’s Jewish population before they could be seized by Nazi occupiers • Passing the ornate and historic Court Theatre Allow at least 90 minutes to get the most out of this tour. Music and sound effects, including a magnificent royal pageant with hundreds of white horses, help bring the stories to life.

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