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Latin Quarter Walking Tour (Self Guided), Copenhagen

The Latin Quarter is one of the most entertaining areas of Denmark's capital city. It is a young-spirited place, as the campus of Copenhagen University is located here. The Latin Quarter is well known for its hang-out spots, alternative shopping and 17th-century architecture. Discover the history and culture of the Latin Quarter on this self-guided tour.
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Guide Name: Latin Quarter Walking Tour
Guide Location: Denmark » Copenhagen (See other walking tours in Copenhagen)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: EmmaS
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Our Lady's Church and Square
  • Copenhagen University
  • Sankt Petri Kirke
  • Studiestræde
  • Vestergade No 18 - Hans Christian Andersen's Former Residence
  • Copenhagen University Library
  • Paludan’s Bog & Café
  • Arnold Busck
  • Rundetårn
  • Kultorvet Square
Our Lady's Church and Square

1) Our Lady's Church and Square

Frue Plads (literally "Square of (Our) Lady") is a public square located on the north side of the Church of Our Lady in Latin Quarter of Copenhagen. It occupies a rectangular space which is bounded on the other sides by University of Copenhagen's main building to the north, Nørregade to the west and pedestrianized Fiolstræde to the east.

Situated close to the University of Copenhagen, Church of Our Lady is one of the popular churches in the city. This cathedral was constructed in neo-classical style in 1829 by the famous architect Christian Frederik Hansen. Tourists from across the world come here to enjoy the unique architecture and amazing sculptures.

The church is huge in size measuring 33 m in width and 83 m in length. At least 1100 people can be seated if all galleries are left open. There are four church bells housed in the tower that is 60 m tall. You will find the largest bell in Denmark here.

Bronze statues of Christ and the Apostles can be found at the pediment. There are piers in the central nave and the twelve apostles in front of each of the piers. Interior is also decorated with Risen Christ showing his bodily wounds.

All sculptures are made of Italian marble and were sculpted by Danish sculptor, Bertel Thorvaldsen. Among portraits of deans and bishops, you will find Thorvaldsen’s bronze bust modeled by Herman Wilhelm Bissen. Do not miss a visit to this interesting church on your trip to Denmark.

Why You Should Visit:
This church is of very severe exterior appearance but upon stepping inside, you become engulfed with the beautiful lighting and outstanding decorations, statues, altar, columns, ceiling and arches.

If possible, try to come during the jazz service on Sunday during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival every year – but come early. That's an event you will remember forever: informal and at the same time very inspiring.

Opening Hours:
[Church] Mon-Thu, Sat: 8:30am–5pm; Fri: 8:30–10:30am / 12–5pm; Sun: 12–4:30pm
[Exhibition] Mon-Thu: 11am–4pm; Fri, Sun: 12–4pm
Copenhagen University

2) Copenhagen University

University of Copenhagen is one of the oldest and largest universities in Denmark. This research institution serves many scholars and students from around the nation and across the world. Copenhagen University was founded in 1479 and imparts knowledge to at least 37,000 students. It employs over 7,000 employees and has many different campuses around the city. The oldest campus is situated in central Copenhagen.

The university attracts many students from Nordic countries. There are over 2800 foreign students presently studying here. Along with the Yale University, University of Oxford, UC Berkeley, Australian National University and University of Cambridge, this university is a member of the IARU or International Alliance of Research Universities.

A board of 11 members governs the university. Director, pro-rector and the rector are appointed by this board. Deans of various faculties and central administration directors are appointed by the rector. Heads of 50 departments here are appointed by the dean.

This university is visited by tourists from around the world. They come here to enjoy going around the ancient main university building that takes you right back to those olden days. Do not miss a visit to this university on your trip to the Danish capital.
Sankt Petri Kirke

3) Sankt Petri Kirke

Serving the German speaking community in Copenhagen, St. Peter’s Church is a mid-15th century single nave church. At this Parish church, you will find an intricate complex of Sepulchral chapels. The church holds the distinction of being central Copenhagen’s oldest.

During the middle ages, there were four Catholic Parish churches in Copenhagen and St. Peter’s Church was one of them. It is believed to have been established in the 12th century. Burnt down in 1380, the church was again rebuilt shortly. It was used as a bell foundry and canon for a brief while after the Reformation.

It was in 1585 that St. Peter’s Church was presented to the German speaking population of the city by Frederick II. Hans van Steenwinckel the Elder renovated the building adding a gablet upper floor to the tower. A spire replaced this floor in the 17th century. The church went on to become an important spot and a meeting point for the city’s economic, political, military and cultural elite.

The historical fire of 1728 damaged this church to a great extent. Though the outer walls remained intact, the interior was lost completely to the flames. It was rebuilt shortly after by Johan Cornelius Krieger.

Danish Palaces and Properties Agency maintains this church today and it continues to attract tourists from across the world.

4) Studiestræde

Studiestræde is a street in central Copenhagen. The oldest section of the street, between Nørregade and Vester Voldgade, is part of Copenhagen's Latin Quarter and is home to many small shops, galleries and cafés. Most of the buildings date from the years after the Copenhagen Fire of 1795.

Copenhagen 's second Town Hall was located at the beginning of the street which was then called Rådhusstræde ("Town Hall Alley"). In 1479, a new city hall was completed on nearby Gammeltorv and the old building was taken over by the University of Copenhagen which was founded the same year by King Christian . The name of the street was then changed to Gammel Rådhusstræde ("Old Town Hall Alley"). The street was destroyed both in the Copenhagen Fire of 1728 and in the Fire of 1795. The houses in the street were subsequently rebuilt.

Studiestræde 6 is part of the Studiegården complex, part of University of Copenhagen. The building at No. 6 was built as a professorial residence in 1795 and expanded with an extra floor in 1832. It was home to the Rechnical College (now DTU) from 1829 until 1890. Hans Christian Ørsted its first director had his home in the building from 1824 until his death. Most of the other buildings along the first section of the street (until Vester Voldgade) dates from the years after the Copenhagen Fire of 1795 and many of them are listed.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Vestergade No 18 - Hans Christian Andersen's Former Residence

5) Vestergade No 18 - Hans Christian Andersen's Former Residence

Vestergade (lit. "West Street") is a street in central Copenhagen which defines the southern boundary of Copenhagen's Latin Quarter. Most of the buildings in the street date from the years after the Copenhagen Fire of 1795.

The name Vestergade ("West Street") testifies Gammeltorv's original status as the most important square in Copenhagen. In the Middle Ages, Vestergade was Copenhagen's main street, linking the square with the Western City Gate at its western end. The north side of the street was lined with guesthouses. The city gate was moved a little further to the south in 1668 but Vestergade maintained its role as the principal entrance road for traffic coming from the west. The street was completely destroyed in the Copenhagen Fire of 1728 and again in the Fire of 1795.

No. 12 is the former guesthouse Tre Hjorter ("Three Deer"). Gardergården at No. 18 is another former guesthouse. It received its current name when it was rented out to the Royal Horse Guards . 14-year-old Hans Christian Andersen stayed the first couple of weeks at Gardergården when he first arrived in Copenhagen.

The Metropol department store (Vestergade 9/Kattesundet 3/Frederiksberggade 16) was built in 1906–08 to design by Anton Rosen. In 1924, the Jugenstil building was converted into a theatre by Viggo Jacobsen and Albert Oppenheim.

The C. W Obel House at No. 2 was built as a combined inn and brewery in 1797. No. 5, which is also from the 1790s, was built for aleading tobacco manufacturer, Christian Augustinus, whose company was later merged with C. W. Obel. Politikens Hus (Vestergade 28/Rådhuspladsen 37) is the headquarters of the newspaper Politiken. The building is from 1896 and was designed by Philip Smidth. The building on the opposite corner (Vestergade 37 / Rådhuspladsen 45-47 / Frederiksberggade 40 ) is the former Hotel Bristol, now also known as Absalons Gård.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Copenhagen University Library

6) Copenhagen University Library

Founded in 1582, the Copenhagen University Library is the oldest library in the city and also one of the main research libraries in Denmark. The old main building of the library is located in Fiolstræde in central Copenhagen. It was designed by Johan Daniel Herholdt and completed in 1861. A second library, known as the Copenhagen University Library North, is located in Nørre Allé and is the library for natural sciences and medicine.

The University Library grew considerably in stature through the 17th century and many more books, including Peder Hansen Resen’s book collection and Royal Historiographer’s archives, were added to it.

Copenhagen University Library was ravaged during the great fire of 1728. At least 30,000 books were destroyed in the fire. Along with other buildings of the complex, the library was restored having books and manuscripts still added to its collections until today. Tourists from across the world flock to this library and get impressed with the extensive collection of books it possesses.
Paludan’s Bog & Café

7) Paludan’s Bog & Café

If you get tired of roaming the busy streets of Copenhagen, take a rest at the romantic, restful Paludan's Café. Located in the Latin Quarter just across from the University Library, Paludan's is a book cafe where you can enjoy a warm drink and a good book. Paludan's sells both used and new books and has a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books in English, Danish and other languages. The book cafe is a favorite for visitors of all ages and has a great atmosphere, with jazz music and warm colors inside.
Arnold Busck

8) Arnold Busck

Arnold Busck is one of the most well-known bookstores in Copenhagen. It is actually a bookstore chain, and its flagship store is located in the Latin Quarter. The bookshop contains a wide selection of English titles, including a large number of art and architecture books, as well as fiction, science books and more. The place is popular, and many visitors enjoy the Baresso book-cafe on the shop's second floor.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm.

9) Rundetårn (must see)

Located in central Copenhagen, the famous 17th-century tower known as Rundetårn – or the Round Tower – was constructed to serve as an astronomical observatory as a part of Christian IV’s architectural projects. Tourists from all over the world come especially to enjoy the expansive view of Copenhagen from the top of the tower that can be climbed through its 7.5-turn helical corridor.

Astronomy grew to be very important in 17th century Europe and this led to the mushrooming of many observatories. The Rundetårn observatory came into existence in 1637 and was originally referred to as STELLÆBURGI REGII HAUNIENSIS. It consisted of an academic library, the Trinitatis Church and a university chapel where scholars spent their time. A part of the Trinitatis Complex, Rundetårn is the first purpose-built facility of the Copenhagen University Library.

Walk along the ramp of the tower to access the Library Hall above the church. This hall is always bustling with activity as regularly plays host to exhibitions and concerts in its capacity as an active cultural venue.

***Hans Christian Andersen's Copenhagen****
The library hall once housed the entire book collection of the university. Denmark`s famous writer H.C. Andersen used to visit the library and he found inspiration for his work here.

As a new attraction you can now see the tower's core by standing on a glass floor, hovering 25 metres above the ground. The glass is more than 50 mm thick and can carry up to 900 kg per square meter.

Why You Should Visit:
Another tall tower with a city view, this one is slightly more interesting on the inside with its slow increasing grade walkway, some good information as you go and a gallery half way up.

There's a little café above the church next door that has a really cool vibe. It's a good place to stop for a simple coffee where you won't have to fight with crowds.
There is also a clean toilet and baby changing room halfway through the tower, as well as a good quality souvenir shop before you access the outside balcony.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Wed: 10am-9pm; Thu-Mon: 10am-6pm
Kultorvet Square

10) Kultorvet Square

Kultorvet Square is where the Danish people used to purchase coal for their ovens and stoves. Also known as the Coal Square, this square today houses many popular bookshops and is a major tourist attraction.

A famous bookshop situated on the side street in Kobmageragade is Arnold Busck. This square is close to the University of Copenhagen and is frequented by college and school students. The book shops here specially focus on books on architecture and art. You will also find an extensive collection of fiction books here.

Arnold Busck holds discount sales through the year attracting large crowds. On your trip to Copenhagen, visit this book shop at the square. It is on the third floor of the building and has been an intrinsic part of the city since its establishment in 1900.

Browse through the assortment of books on architecture, food and wine, photography, children’s books, tourist maps and guides and audio books. If you are looking for Danish books, you will find a range of them here. Enjoy a steaming cup of delicious coffee at Baresso, the coffee bar. This bar is on the second floor of the building. Enjoy a relaxed evening at Kultorvet Square, especially if you love books.

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