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Carlsberg Visitor Centre
Carlsberg Visitor Centre is basically a 90-minute self-guided tour through two centuries of brewing history in 10,000 sq.m of former production halls and includes a visit to the stables–though the dray horses only pull the brewery carts for show these days–as well as to the peaceful Jacobsen’s Garden, with its collection of sculptures. It ends on the first floor of the Jacobsen brewhouse in the centre’s bar, where you can exchange the vouchers handed to you at the beginning of the tour for a beer or soft drink of your choice. Worth visiting even if you’re not interested in beer, simply to learn more about fascinating arts patron and entrepreneur Carl Jacobsen. With the exception of the small Jacobsen brewhouse, brewing no longer takes place on the premises, and instead Carlsberg Byen is being developed as a cultural quarter. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.
A masterpiece of elaborate baroque architecture, Frederiksborg Slot was built in the early 1600s on the orders of King Christian 4. The castle – located near Hillerød north of Copenhagen – has been home to Denmark’s National Museum of Natural History since 1878, and the lavish oil paintings of Danish kings, queens and other nobility merge wonderfully with the ornate grandeur of the palace setting. With its fairytale turrets, Frederiksborg Slot is made all the more wondrous by its lake and gardens, a kind of ‘Nordic Versailles’ with elaborate, box- tree monograms and fountain. Both the Romantic and Baroque Gardens – ‘Frederiksborg Slotshave’ – are located on the other side of the lake north of the castle.
Sankt Petri Kirke
Medieval Sankt Petri Kirke, a German Lutheran church in Copenhagen’s Latin Quarter, is Copenhagen’s oldest surviving church and was built as a single-nave church in the mid 1400s; its noticeable spire was added in the 17th-century, when it was also substantially expanded to serve its rapidly growing congregation. Like much of inner Copenhagen the church suffered in the great fire of 1728, but survived: It was less than successful keeping its support during the Schleswig War of the 1800s, tense times between Denmark and Germany. Since 1994, the church has been under the care of the state-run Palaces and Properties Agency and completely restored, though it is still used by Copenhagen’s German-speaking congregation. A school, Sankt Petri Skole, is also attached to the church