Rasmus Mortensen

We have asked our teachers to recommend a place, a Danish artist or Danish literature. This is what Rasmus recommends.

Do you have a favourite place in Copenhagen?
”I like looking at Copenhagen through a historical lens when I walk around. I love the history of Copenhagen, and I am particularly interested in the Middle Ages. Although the history is rich, not many buildings remain from that time. A place where you can catch a glimpse of the past is Jarmers Plads, where you can see the ruins of a tower between two car lanes. Jarmers Tårn is all that remains of the city wall from the 1520s. Back then, the wall surrounded the city. If you close your eyes, perhaps you can imagine just how impressive it used to look.

I am also very fond of Gothic churches from the Middle Ages, but since there aren’t that many of those here, I’d rather point out a more unique structure: Grundtvig’s Chruch in Bispebjerg in northwestern Copenhagen. It was built in the 20th century and consists almost entirely of yellow brick. Well worth a visit if you haven’t been yet – it’s magnificent.

If you’d rather go out and listen to some live music, there are plenty of options in Copenhagen. One of my favourite albums in Danish is ‘Hip’ by Steppeulvene from 1967. Sadly, the lead singer Eik Skaløe died the following year at a very young age, but the band’s guitarist, Stig Møller, is still active. The first Monday of every month, you can hear him perform at Drop Inn along with bass player Peter Ingemann. They both sing as well. The city also has several historical bars, and on Kultorvet you can visit the pub Hvide Lam which has been around since 1807 and has live jazz every night.

My final recommendation is the museum The David Collection. Go there to see Danish painters such as Vilhelm Hammershøi, and its formidable collection of Islamic art. Entry is always free.