Just thought I’d tell any prospective tourists what they can expect to see in the Danish capital over the next few years.
The powers that be have decided that Copenhagen’s metro system needs a new circle line, and that the city needs new cables and sewer lines and whatnot.
Which of course means lots and lots of construction work.
Bernstoffsgade, with Copenhagen Central Station in the background
The good news is that traffic is severely restricted around the Central Station area.
The Post Terminal seen from Stoltenbergsgade
The bad news is, so is everybody else. And so are your views of the city.
Copenhagen Central Station, with constructions in the foreground.
The large building in the background, mostly obscured by the blockades, is Copenhagen Central Station. It is hard to hide but they seem to have camouflaged it pretty well from this angle.
Axeltorv, where the Scala building used to be.
The old Scala building was also removed. Not a great loss…
The former Scala building, from a different angle
But it sure beat the current empty lot, the fences, the containers, and the dirt!
Copenhagen Town Hall, the large building behind the construction site.
For the bazillionth time they are remodelling Town Hall Square. The large building almost hidden behind all the debris is Copenhagen Town Hall.
Another, more obstructed, view of the Town Hall building
More construction works.
Industriens Hus, or “Industry’s House”
The “Industriens Hus” is also being remodelled. Well, it used to be uglier than it is right now so I suppose it doesn’t really matter. ;)
“Industriens Hus” (literally, “Industry’s House”) is the headquarters of the Danish Employers’ Association (“Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening”).
On Gammel Strand, along the canal near Amagertorv, they are building a new Metro station. The sign says it will be finished in 2018, which I suppose means another five or six years of construction works.
Helligåndskirken, or The Church of the Holy Ghost
The Church of the Holy Ghost (in Danish “Helligåndskirken”) off the pedestrian shopping street “Strøget”, Niels Hemmingsensgade and Valkendorfsgade has also been partly camouflaged with containers and cranes. A pity, it is quite beautiful. On certain times during the day its bells play a selection of Danish hymns. If you can hear them over the construction noise. ;)
Niels Hemmingsensgade seen from Gråbrødre Torv
Niels Hemmingsensgade is partially passable for pedestrians and compact cars. This view is from Gråbrødre Torv.
Valkendorfsgade, view towards Niels Hemmingsensgade and Helligåndskirken
Valkendorfsgade, on the other hand, is only passable if you are flexible.
Skindergade, view towards Købmagergade
Pedestrians and bikes can pass from Skindergade out into Købmagergade. Skindergade literally means “Skinner Street”, Købmagergade means “Merchant Street” and is an important shopping street.
It is on Købmagergade that you find the Round Tower (actually the tower of the Trinitatis Church (“Trinitatiskirken”)). Right now, though, the problem seems to be finding your way into Købmagergade. ;)
Danes often associate Købmagergade with the robbery against the large post office in this street on November 3, 1988, during which a young police officer was shot and killed. The robbers turned out to be a gang responsible for a series of violent robberies in Denmark, who committed their crimes in order to raise money for the Pupular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, or PFLP – a terrorist organization. None of the gang members were sentenced for killing the police officer, since in court they all “didn’t remember” who fired the killing shot.
Nørreport Station, the busiest station in Denmark, is also being rebuilt. It is expected that the “New Nørreport” will be finished in 2015; until then only buses are allowed to drive here. Trains arriving at the subterranean platforms are also restricted at certain times, either not stopping or stopping at one or the other end of the platforms.
Øster Voldgade, view towards Nørreport Station
As you can see, work is also ongoing here in Øster Voldgade.
Østerport Station, camouflaged behind containers, fences, etc.
Work is also ongoing near Østerport Station in eastern Copenhagen.
I am really looking forward to getting my nation’s capital back. Until then, I heartily suggest that tourists who wish to see Wonderful Copenhagen wait four or five years, when the city is hopefully wonderful once more!