Christianshavn Walking Tour, Copenhagen (Self Guided)

Christianshavn is one of the most picturesque areas of Copenhagen. Here you will find smiling faces, brightly colored houses, enticing bars and cafes. Be sure to visit freetown Christiania, an area that will add a non-conformist, creative flavor to your trip. Discover this fun, captivating district of Copenhagen on this walking tour.
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Christianshavn Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Christianshavn Walking Tour
Guide Location: Denmark » Copenhagen (See other walking tours in Copenhagen)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: EmmaS
Christians Kirke

1) Christians Kirke

Christian's Church is a magnificent Rococo church in the Christianshavn district of Copenhagen. It was built from 1754–59 and was originally called Frederik's German Church (Danish: Frederiks Tyske Kirke), as for many years it served as the German community's church in Copenhagen. Christian's Church was designed by Nicolai Eigtved, the leading Danish architect during the first half of the 17th century, shortly before his death. The church has a rectangular layout, with the nave occupying the space between the shorter rather than the longer sides of the rectangle, giving it exceptional width. The tower is positioned at the center of the main side of the building. Standing on a granite plinth, the church is a yellow brick (Flensborg sten) building with sandstone finishing for the portal and tower. Ionic pilasters decorate the portal and the round-arched windows are tall and slender. The tower stands 70 meters high.
Sight description based on wikipedia

2) Gammeldok

On your trip to Copenhagen, be sure to include a visit to Gammeldok in your itinerary. Most tourists to this city do not leave without paying a visit to this unique warehouse. This warehouse is named after the first ever dry dock in Denmark built in 1739 between the Old Dock Warehouse and Eigtved’s Warehouse.

Gammel Dok Warehouse itself was built in 1882 and is one of the most prominent and popular buildings in Christianshavn. At this warehouse, you will find the Danish Architecture Center. This center is dedicated to urban culture and architecture and fosters communication and development in this field.

Many famous exhibitions and open events are held here, against the backdrop of a great historic setting. National Workshops for Arts and Crafts is also located nearby.

You will find an impressive, modern square in front of the warehouse. The square is an apt reminder of those bygone days when the navy ships during Christian V’s period lay dock. The square was opened in 1998. Remains of the old dock were found during excavation of the ground where today's square stands. Gammeldok used to be and still is an intrinsic part of Copenhagen.
Church of Our Savior

3) Church of Our Savior (must see)

One of the uniquely designed churches you must visit on your trip to Copenhagen is the Church of Our Savior. Constructed in baroque style, it is most famous for its helix spire with an external winding staircase that can be climbed to the top, offering extensive views over central Copenhagen. It is also noted for its carillon, which is the largest in northern Europe and plays melodies every hour from 8am to midnight.

The first version of this church was a temporary structure constructed by Christian IV in 1617 to serve Christianshavn on Amager Island. The present Church of Our Savior was constructed in Lambert Van Haven design over a period of 14 years and opened in 1695. It was only in 1732 that a permanent altar was built here. The spire was constructed by architect Lauritz de Thurah who abandoned the original Van Haven design. This spire approved by the king was completed in 1752.

As you enter the church compound you will be impressed by the Greek cross layout and the Dutch Baroque style construction. A granite foundation made of colourful yellow and red tiles support the walls.

Tuscan order pilasters segment the facade. Capitals and bases of this facade are made of sandstone. The tile frieze on the sandstone cornice adds to the elegance. Do not miss out the tall, arched windows between pilasters made of iron and glass.

Why You Should Visit:
The church itself is beautiful and its architecture – particularly the famous spiraling bell-tower – is worth a visit on its own.
However, the main attraction is the possibility to climb on that tower – on the very top, if you wish!

There is no elevator and climbing up the steep, narrow staircase is pretty tough. Bring a bottle of water. You can also decide to stay on the topmost platform: views are already beautiful from up there.

Opening Hours:
[Church] Daily: 11am-3:30pm (closed for sightseeing during services)
[Tower] Mon-Sat: 10am-4pm; Sundays & Holidays: 10:30-4pm (Feb 23–Apr 30); Mon-Sat: 9:30am-7pm; Sundays & Holidays: 10:30-7pm (May 1–Sep 30)
The tower is closed from December 16th through February
Lille Mølle

4) Lille Mølle

Lille Molle was originally a windmill; in 1916 it was converted to a private home. Today it is a historic house museum located in Copenhagen’s Christianshavn neighbourhood. Every single detail is kept here intact exactly as it was when the house was inhabited.

Lille Molle or Little Mill, as it is called in English, was Christianshavn’s last windmill. A young engineer Ejnar Flach-Bundegaard acquired this property in 1916 and lived here with his wife. Their eclectic, five-storied home was built over the octagonal shaped mill base.

The couple also constructed a warehouse and factory on the other side of Christianshavn Voldgade which was later demolished. The house was converted to a museum after the death of Ejnar Flach-Bundegaard and his wife, in 1949 and 1974 respectively.

The widow donated the building to the Danish National Museum thus making it a popular tourist attraction frequented by thousands of visitors every year. Little Mill is certainly not a typical home.

Its eclectic style is unique and reflects the characteristics of its period. Interior is decorated in a uniquely personal and national romantic style. Walk into the home and you will be transported to a completely different atmosphere. Do not miss a visit to this interesting museum on your trip to Copenhagen.

You can visit Little Mill on the evening before Great Prayer Day (the fourth Thursday after Easter), and on Culture Night, the number of places is limited.

5) Christiania (must see)

Christiania is a popular "anarchist commune" and "partially autonomous intentional community" in Copenhagen. It is spread over 7.7 hectares (19 acres) in the borough of Christianshavn and houses about 850 to 1,000 residents.

Christiania has been a source of controversy since its creation in a squatted military area in 1971. Its cannabis trade was tolerated by authorities until 2004. Since then, relations between Christiania and Danish authorities have been strained. Since the beginning of the 2010s, the situation has been normalized and the common Danish law now applies there.

Christiania is considered to be the fourth largest tourist attraction in Copenhagen (and it has half a million visitors annually), and abroad it is a well-known "brand" for the supposedly progressive and liberated Danish lifestyle. Many Danish businesses and organizations also use Christiania as a showplace for their foreign friends and guests. The purpose is to show something Danish that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

The people in Christiania have developed their own set of rules, independent of the Danish government. The rules forbid stealing, violence, guns, knives, bulletproof vests, hard drugs and bikers' colors. Additionally, within Christiania itself, no private cars are allowed. However, some 100+ cars are owned by residents and need to be parked on the streets surrounding the Freetown. After negotiating with city authorities, Christiania has agreed to establish parking areas for residents' own cars on its territory. As of 2005, parking space for only 14 cars had been established within the area.

Come here to see another part of Copenhagen, but best to not come on your own!

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