We spent the second day exploring the centre of Copenhagen – walking along Strogert, the famous pedestrianised urban centre (the focus of Jan Gehl’s research into urban space), exploring some of the key historic landscapes and buildings of the city, and finishing down by the harbour at Nyhaven (New Harbour) – the classic Copenhagen photograph of brightly coloured buildings.
Just before lunch we went up the RoundTower http://www.rundetaarn.dk/en/the-tower/ a 17th Century brick structure with a 209m long spiral ramp running from ground level up to the roof – a completely original building found nowhere else in the world. Views from the top across the whole of Copenhagen, over the offshore windfarms to Sweden.
And yet another discovery – shared space streets between the barracks, same material running across the whole space with trees, picnic tables, seats, lights helping to turn what could be a vehicle focused street into a pedestrian focused place.
Walking through the 18th Century barracks built for the navy defense of the city. The buildings are beautifully coloured using natural pigments in unexpected combinations – in fact the whole city celebrates colour in its architecture with a sense of joy missing from so many other places.
On to the Citadel – the final part of the defensive structure built around the city in the 18th Century. A massive star shaped landform with buildings sheltered in the centre, overlooking the sea to the East and protecting the city to the West. Now a public park with barracks, some residential buildings, paths and a memorial.