JON: Hello my name is Jon Olson, Welcome to
Next Stop from the bike capital of the world. NEXT STOP COPENHAGEN rolls
JON: Welcome to wonderful Copenhagen. On this episode. we’ll explore this incredible city
by canal, we’ll tour one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, and we visit world renowned
Tivoli Gardens. We’ll also discover a cafe breaking all sorts of norms, specializing
in Smushi. Stick around and find out, all this and more on Next Stop Copenhagen. The
fun starts now! Next Stop rolls
JON: We have toured cities all over the world by bus, by car, by bike, by foot, never by
canal…until today! GUILIA: Hi to all and welcome, my name is
Gulia, and I will be your guide for all this tour. We are now in the canal of Nyhavn, and
this canal was excavated between 1671 and 1673. The purpose was that the ships could
sail all the way into the cities new center where the Kings new square is, with their
goods. You can now see the royal theaters playhouse. The playhouse opened in 2008 with
Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It was designed by 2 danish architects called Lundgaard and Tranberg.
The opera house here on the right in 2005, it was designed by a danish architect that
is called Henning Larsen. Ship you see on the right side is a royal yacht that is called
Dannebrog.It was built in 1931 and it is the oldest royal yacht in the whole world that
is still in use today. You can now also see two identical buildings on the right hand
side, there are actually 4 of these buildings and this is Amalienborg, Amalienborg is the
royal residence since 1794. We are now in Gammel Strand which means the old beach, it
was here the modern city of Copenhagen was founded in 1167 by the bishop Absalon. You
can see a statue of him on the left hand side, he is on his horse. On the right side you
can now see the most modern castle of Christiansborg it is the third castle with this name in this
spot and it is from 1928. The building on the right hand side is the old stock exchange,
it was built between 1620 and 1640. The tower is made of 4 intertwined dragon tails and
on the top there is 3 crowns that symbolize the Kalmar Union. We are now back to where
we started, so the tour is over. Me and Jens hope you enjoyed it, have a nice day and thank
you for a nice tour. JON: What are the highlights for you on the
tour? GUILIA: The royal residence and the canal
of Christianborg which for me is breathtaking and the oldest part of the cities.
JON: Now we also sailed by the most popular number one restaurant in the world, Noma.
Have you been there? GUILIA: No, I haven’t. There is a 3 month
waiting list right now, and the top waiting time was 1 year I think, in the beginning,
now it is 3 months. JON: I think we will dine right over there
at the local polsevogn. GUILIA: Yes, that is a great idea.
JON: Thank you for your time today. GUILIA: Yep, no problem hi hi.
Next Stop logo JON: The changing of the guard takes place
every day at noon at the royal palace. The purpose of the royal guard is to protect Denmarks
royalty, especially Queen Margaret the second, the first female monarch in Denmark since
the 15th century. This is sometimes accompanied by music IF the Queen is residence, but if
you take a look at that building over there, the only one with 5 chimneys, there is no
flag flying. No flag, no Queen. For more information on this and other fun activities in Denmark,
go to visitdenmark.com Next Stop logo
JON: Frederiksborg Slott, or castle, located in Hillerod a town about 42 kilometers north
of Copenhagen is the oldest renaissance in Scandanavia, dating back to the early 17th
century, it also houses the museum of natural history. Hello Soren, I’m Jon.
SOREN: Hello Jon, my name is Soren, welcome to Frederiksborg.
JON: Thank you for inviting us to your home. SOREN: Oh you are welcome.
JON: This is a nice place you live! SOREN: Oh, it is a very nice place.
JON: OK, you don’t live here. SOREN: No, I don’t live here
JON: Who did? SOREN: Well in the 17th century the danish
king lived here, his name was Christian the Fourth, and he was one of the wealthiest persons
in northern Europe, and when you are wealthy you need of course a grand house.
JON: I’m dying to see the inside. SOREN: Well let’s go inside then.
JON: Let’s do it. JON: This is an absolutely gorgeous room.
SOREN: It is one of the favorite spots in the museum. It’s also the spot you can see
the kind of decoration the old castle were made with. It is again made to impress, it
is what renaissance was about, you have to be dazzled.
JON: Let’s talk about the shields on the wall, this is impressive,they must have deep
meaning. SOREN: It is going back to when Denmark was
an absolute monarchy. Whenever a person gets one of these shields he will have his coat
of arms made and painted and had the shield put on here. Well, you remember when I told
you the danish king was very wealthy? JON: Yes.
SOREN: He was also very practical. So you are now in the basement of the castle, it
is his treasury. Instead of walking down the stairs with his money he would slide the coins
through the slide down into this large chest. JON: Soren, this is one impressive display
of art. How many pieces are here? SOREN: Well we say we have approximately 10,000
paintings, but apart from paintings we have engraving, we have etchings, we have furniture,
we have chairs, we have cupboards. JON: So earlier today Soren promised us he
would show is where he had his wedding reception. Wow, this is pretty cool Soren
SOREN: It is, no wonder it’s called the great room.
JON: You didn’t have a wedding reception here, but this is a great room.
SOREN: It is, I wish I had, but it is a great room and it was built by Christian the Fourth
for having parties and functions. JON: I can only imagine, you have a nice office,
Thanks for having us. SOREN: Thanks.
Next Stop logo JON: Coming up, Denmarks knowledge center
for design, and the historic Admiral Hotel. Next Stop logo
JON: Danish design is well respected throughout the world. To learn more, we visit the Danish
Design Center. We begin our tour through history of the danish design in the 1950’s. What
was going on in the 1950’s? NILLE: 1950 was just after the war, so there
was not that much money, but there was a huge power to create something so a lot of the
things you see here was created at that time, and the thing was, there were new materials.
Lego is there, Lego started in 1952. Denmark is a nation of play, we like to work hard
but we also like to play, and lego is just the thing where you can build. You are not
supposed to do whatever you were told by your parents, you can just dream away.
JON: That is the great thing about legos, and that hasn’t changed.
NILLE: It is, it hasn’t changed. And you see even adults playing with legos now, they
put a lot of computers in them now so you can do things like robots.
JON: The psychedelic 60’s. NILLE: It is, yes, what we call the hippy
thing, the flower power of things, and what happened was when we look at the 50’s it
was all natural materials, so plastic was introduced, and we had this fantastic designer
called Verner Panton and he did this chair and all these environments sort of psychedelic
things and at the same time getting back to your roots, he also had these television things
that were a bit spacey, it was modern, they were in my home when I was a kid.
JON: really? NILLE: Yeah.
JON: Now we are in the 70’s when I was a kid, I would have liked this thing.
NILLE: Oh you should have one. The 70’s were you know, like systems, and the 80’s
was about systems, how we can get systems to work. The whole idea wasn’t, it wasn’t
just one thing, it was everything. JON: A lot of that is still true today to
though, because these are the same taps as in our hotel room.
NILLE: Yes. I have them at home, and I think my kids will always have them at home. So
they are here. JON: If it ain’t broke, why fix it? So now
we arrive at the 90’s. NILLE: Yeah, but let’s skip the 90’s,
we didn’t do much cool design in the 90’s, let’s go to the next.
JON: So now we are in the new millenium, and I love this, that is super cool.
NILLE: That is fantastic, it is a one of. The lamp is telling you that now materials
can do, and that technology is going into design.
JON: Nille, I am impressed, thank you very much for the tour and your time, and I can
see why danish architecture and danish design has been so relevant for so many decades and
for decades to come. NILLE: Yeah, come back in 10 years and we
will show you the next part. JON: I’d love to.
NILLE: See you. Thanks. Next Stop logo
JON: Copenhagen is one of the most ambitious cities of the world when it comes to sustainable
lifestyle. By the year 2025 Copenhagen plans to be the worlds first capital cities that
is CO2 neutral. Bikes are just one of the ways Copenhagen tries to stay green, they
are by far the fastest and least expensive way to get around, and of course they emit
no CO2. Copenhagen is truly a green city. Next Stop logo
JON: We are staying at the very lovely and very historic Admiral Hotel in Copenhagen.
Jesper, thanks for having us. JESPER: Thank you, and your welcome.
JON: This is a gorgeous property, and I love the history of it. Take us back to 1787.
JESPER: This used to be a storage place for corn and grain. We have a lounge with part
of our banqueting department that used to be the oven, drying out most of the grainery.
JON: So all the floors housed the grain and corn?
JESPER: Yeah, exactly, yeah. JON: And there were very historic events that
happened, that this hotel was very key in. 1801? What happened then?
JESPER: We had the bombardment of Copenhagen, but we survived, most of the buildings around
the hotel were on fire, a big part of Copenhagen history.
JON: Your location is spectacular, right on the water.
JESPER: Of course with a hotel that’s it location, everything is close by, the Queen
is living right down the road. JON: The Queen is your neighbor.
JESPER: Yeah, yes she is., and of course we’ve got the view of the water.
JON: One think that is unique I think is the hallway, when you walk down, the woodwork
on the ceiling. JESPER; All the hallways, and all the wood
and the walls, that is the original thing from when it was built.
JON: And when you walk in your lobby, it is very impressive, It is very long, there is
lots of depth to it, and your staff is so friendly, everybody has been so friendly the
entire stay. And you have an award winning restaurant.
JESPER: We do, yeah, the Salt restaurant has been with us for quite a few years now.
JON: There is something you have that is very different than any hotel we have ever stayed
at. JESPER: We do have the water, and together
with the water, we do have the ships. JON: As you can see, this is a very impressive
property, with a history dating back to the start of our country. On your next trip to
Copenhagen, we recommend you stay at the Copenhagen Admiral Hotel.
Next Stop logo JON: Up next, we learning about smushi, and
a unique bar hopping experience including an ice bar.
Next Stop logo JON; The food scene in Copenhagen is thriving,
in fact, for the last 3 years running they have the number 1 rated restaurant in the
world. For our food feature today, we are on the main walking street, the Stroll, to
feature the Royal Cafe, which is anything but your average cafe. Let’s Smushi. I have
been so excited to learn about your concept, not only about smushi, but cafe. You have
taken it to a whole new level. RUD: Our idea was to sort of emphasize everything
that had been famous in the past, which was smorrebrod, open face sandwiches.
JON: Which is very well known in Denmark. RUD: Yes, so we thought why not do it in a
modern, more up to date way, not have huge open face sandwiches, but maybe have small
tasty… JON: You can try more things that way.
RUD: Yeah. You know, as you can see in front of us we have 3 smushi standing here, this
is the ox filet, beef filet, call it how you like with a good old danish tomato. This is
new potatoes, new cucumber, what we would call a vegetarian dish, with a little radish.
The next one here is actually very interesting, it is called a danish shooting star, and the
way it is made, it looks like a star. JON: Now I feel like your cafe here, this
room is beautiful, I feel like we are having afternoon high tea.
RUD: You can see something there, a hand painted wall, or you can see one of these old paintings
from the castle, why not give people that experience?
JON: This is the most unique cafe we’ve ever been to and this is absolutely a wonderful
presentation, congratulations. RUD: Thank you, thank you very much.
JON: That is so awesome, you are redefining it. Good job.
RUD: Thank you for coming. Next Stop logo
JON: We hear that Copenhagen has one of the most active nightlifes in Europe. Let’s
find out for ourselves, we begin our night at Icebar Copenhagen. It’s summertime in
Copenhagen and we are in an ice bar. An actual ice bar. Now, I thought that there might just
be a little ice around, but we are talking full on ice here Pablo.
PABLO: Yeah, it is 40 tons of natural ice brought up from northern Sweden.
JON: So what is she making here behind us? PABLO: It is called construction. Our thing
is factories, so we have all the names of our cocktail are related to those things.
JON: So these glasses are all ice as well? PABLO: Exactly.
JON: They are special, what does it take to keep these things in stock?
PABLO: Well, we keep them in the bar. JON: Because once I put my mouth to it, it
starts melting, right? PABLO: Exactly. Once you don’t drink in
them, we have a slide, it’s there, where you throw them, and afterwards we will just
get rid of them. JON: How cool is that? No pun intended. Next
Stop, something equally unique, Ruby’s. JON:I love your place, so quaint, so different,
so unique. MORTEN: Yeah. I think it is a little but unique,
a little bit intimate, and still extremely friendly and it’s really simple, just treat
people with respect and try and try to have fun while doing it.
JON: I think that is a good philosophy. MORTEN: Upstairs is a little more happening,
where as downstairs is a bit more quiet and we try to do a bit more old school menu with
forgotten classics and we sort of went through our cocktail literature and found these interesting
drinks that we don’t see much anymore, and try to revive some of the old classics.
JON: So visit Denmark told me that you guys make some classic cocktails, and I have to
come check it out. MORTEN: Yeah, and have one of the signature
twists we are doing for you in a minute, or we can go to the bar and have a drink called
the rapscallion. JON: SO the other night my camera guy Mike
and I were rolling down the street looking for a pub, just a place to have a beer and
relax, and we came upon this place and we loved it. Walking in here, seeing the art
on the wall, this is my idea of a real neighborhood pub. But it wasn’t always a pub?
KENNETH: Actually is was a grocery store since the 60’s. There was this old man down here
selling mostly wine and liquor, and in the back, in there, he also invited his customers
on a schnaps, right? So already in the 60’s it was actually…
JON: A bar! KENNETH: A bar, yeah exactly.
JON: Well you guys have a very special place, we love it, and I would love to end our nightlife
segment by taking our schnaps and having it in the back room.
KENNETH: Yes, let’s go. Next Stop logo
JON: Coming up, learn where Walt Disney got his ideas, and one of the most unique music
segments ever on Next Stop. Next Stop logo
JON: Tivoli has been putting smiles on the faces of Danes for over a century. Let’s
have some fun. We have Disney, Denmark has Tivoli, a very, very magical place. it started
with this guy right here. How did he even invent this place back in the day, 1843?
ELLEN: He stole the idea actually, from a park in Paris that was called Tivoli. But
none of the original parks exist, it is only the Copenhagen one that has managed to survive
through to today. JON: How many rides are there?
ELLEN: Well at the moment we have 26, half kiddy rides, and half really wild, white knuckled
type of rides. JON: White knuckle rides! This ride looks
interesting. ELLEN: Yeah, it is probably our wildest ride,
it is called the vertigo, would you believe it?
JON: I can see why it would be called that, yes.
ELLEN: With all the power that is in actually slowing it down, we actually slowing it down.
JON: It stores it. ELLEN: So we pick up that power and reuse
it. 25% of the electricity that the vertigo uses is actually regeneration.
JON: That is very cool. So we are behind the scenes. This is one of the oldest roller coasters
I know that I have ever been on. ELLEN: Yes. 1914, there are only 6 roller
coasters this kind of age in the world. JON: So the brakeman actually sits here, how
does he work it? ELLEN: What you do it you pull this lever
towards you, thereby pressing the metal wings, so it is actually the friction that brakes
the car. JON: There is more to Tivoli than just the
rides. ELLEN: We have the rides of course and the
scenery, I hope you can see how pretty that is.
JON: This? ELLEN: And all the architecture, all the wining
and dining, everything from hot dogs to gourmet meals, and then we have all the entertainment.
There is free music everyday, once you have paid admission, you get free concerts. There
are shows you pay for, there is ballet, there is classical music, all sorts of things.
JON: Here is a pleasant surprise, our most unique Next Stop music segment ever.
MUSIC JON: It’s so cool, what you guys do.What
are the age ranges. HANNIBAL: Thank you, About 8 years to 16.
I am 16 now, and I have been with the guard 5 or 6 years so I am looking forward to.
JON: You are retiring! HANNIBAL: Exactly, actually I am yeah.
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JON: Tak sa meget for joining us on Next Stop from wonderful Copenhagen, and thanks to our
danish show sponsors, visit Denmark, wonderful Copenhagen, the Admiral Hotel and Iceland
Air, another great Alaska Airlines partner, with convenient connections to all of Europe
through Reykjavik. Thanks also to our title sponsors and good friends Alaska Airlines
and the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card. Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make
good memories everybody. Next Stop logo