A day trip from Copenhagen: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

I’m a big fan of weekends. They just give me so much time to do awesome things and discover new places around this wonderful city. Pretty high on my “must see” list has been Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located in Humlebæk about 30min north of Copenhagen. Since we had booked a stay in a spa hotel near Helsingør on Saturday, we spontaneously decided to hop off the train in Humlebæk, which lies neatly on the way, and get a bit of culture done!

Again, the Copenhagen fall weather could not have been better, and we enjoyed the train ride up the coast, where you can catch glimpses of the Øresund and some pretty amazing houses and villas through the trees lining the tracks. From the train station, it’s only a 10min walk up to the museum, which gave us the chance to enjoy the fresh air and autumn sun.

The museum’s location can’t be beat, right there overlooking the sea. It’s a beautiful old house, extended by a massive compound of halls, hallways and underground passages, all surrounded in a huge, beautiful sculpture park. You could spend hours and hours there and not be bored!

We started out with the small exhibit in the old building, before heading towards the big Emil Nolde exhibit, comprising 150 paintings encompassing his entire painting career.



We wandered along the long glass corridors, enjoying the artwork and the amazing views into the park. My favorite room was this beautiful space with two-story high glass windows overlooking a small lake. How cool would it be to host a birthday dinner there?


The permanent exhibition in the underground passage contains some very cool photography, among others some very intense portrait work. I loved the “100 years” exhibit, where the photographer had taken 100 individual portraits of different people spanning from 8 weeks to 100 years old. I also really liked this work showing an old shipwreck on the beach.


We ended up in the cafeteria, but it was extremely crowded, so we decided to skip the cake (though it did look delicious!) and enjoyed the large terrace overlooking the Øresund. I’ll just never, ever grow tired of these beautiful ocean views.



We then walked back through the garden and sculpture park, enjoying the colorful fall foliage and the artwork on display. But my personal favorite is this amazing building. I just love the porch area with the small columns, it reminds me of houses in the South of the United States (maybe that’s how the museum got its name?).




Finally, we headed to the side wing to see the famed “Riverbed” exhibition by Olafur Eliasson. In four rooms, the artist has created a full-on riverbed setting, complete with a tiny little stream running through - including a waterfall. It was quite fun to climb over the rocks, and definitely something else than what you usually see!





Of course, I went above and beyond to get great pictures of the installation!

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Always walking the fine line between dedication and making a fool of myself in public!

After spending about two hours at the museum, we took the walk back to the station, rewarded ourselves with some ice cream, and hopped onto the next train to take us to our hotel for some well-deserved relaxation!

I thoroughly enjoyed Louisiana, and I will definitely come back and spend more time there. It is a great place to spend a weekend afternoon or even an entire day, with the vast park to stroll through and the amazing views to enjoy.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Gl. Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk (trains ca. 25-30min from CPH central station, Østerport, Nørreport), entrance DKK 110 (students DKK 95), louisiana.dk



Week 30: 5 things to do in Copenhagen this weekend

Hooray, we’ve survived another week in the heat, and the weekend is upon us! I’m doubling up on art this weekend, but if you’re not into that, there’s always food. Or music. Or free movies outdoors! Enjoy your weekend!


Guided tours at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

What – A guided tour through the collection “From block to body. French and Danish sculpture”, which includes pieces by Rodin and renowned Danish artists Sinding, Bissen and Jerichau.

Why – It might just be me, but I’m a big fan of sculptures. And if you’ve ever been to my favourite museum in Paris, the Musée Rodin, you’ll probably take the chance to see some more of his great work. Plus, I love guided tours as they always allow me to learn something!

Where – Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Dantes Plads 7

When – 24th-26th July, 13h

How much – DKK 15 for the guided tour (plus normal admission to the museum, DKK 75)

More information – Glyptotek website


RAW 2014

What – Denmark’s largest clubbing event, combining mainstream and underground electronic music

Why – Over 70 artists + 8 stages + 6.000 people = 12 hours of music and party fun! (or maybe a fraction of that if you prefer)

Where – Lokomotivværkstedet, Otto Busses Vej 5A

When – 26th July, start 19h

How much – DKK 170 (standard), DKK 210 (late ticket)

More information – Facebookrawcph.com


Free movies at Ørstedsparken

What – For three nights in a row, MIX Copenhagen is showing movies for free at Ørstedsparken. Since MIX Copenhagen is an LGBT film festival, all movies shown revolve around the subject, with a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Saturday, to celebrate the movie’s 40th anniversary.

Why – Watching movies outside is always fun, and with the weather being like this, there’s almost no excuse not to go!

Where – Ørstedsparken, Nørre Voldgade 1

When – 24th-26th July, 22h

How much – Free

More information – Facebook, mixcopenhagen.dk


Shiny Happy People – Danish contemporary art exhibit

What – You might have heard this thing about the Danes and happiness – they keep popping up at the top of all those happiness and quality-of-life rankings. This exhibition showcases seven Danish contemporary artists to explore a bit more of why exactly the Danes are so happy all the time (although a recent study suggests it’s in the genes).

Why – If you’re interested in art generally, and Danish art more specifically, you should take this opportunity to get to know some of the contemporary artists in Denmark. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a great new painting for your living room, too?

Where – Bredgade Kunsthandel, Bredgade 67-69

When – 26th June – 16th August

How much – Free

More information – bredgade-kunsthandel.dk


Creative kebabs in the Meatpacking District

What – The popular Bakken in the even more popular Meatpacking district (Kødbyen) hosts a series of special food events which center around a grill and a popular “drunk food”: kebabs. Served with homemade sides as well as freshly baked bread, British chef Lee Tiernan will be preparing the traditional dish with a creative twist.

Why – If you’re into food, a bit of a hipster atmosphere, and trying new things, you should head out to Kødbyen to try one of these creations!

Where – Bakken, Kødbyen, Flæsketorvet 19-21

When – every Thursday through Saturday between 18th July and 23rd August, from 18h

How much – ca. DKK 50 for a main course

More information – AOK