Just over a week ago Copenhagen hosted Kulturnatten. It is similar to la Nuit Blanche in France or the White Night in the UK. During one night only 600 venues are open to the public and host various events. The pass cost Kr80 and can be used in all venues. It also gives free travel on trains and metro all night too.
600 venues is rather a lot, especially when one is new to the city. So we decided to get some help from the Tourist Office near Tivoli gardens. When we arrived someone was on the floor having what looked like a seizure! A few members of staff were with him giving him assistance. They tried to put the man on a recovery position. After about 5mn the guy stood up, looking rather unstable and wobbly, and started attacking the staff who helped him. He was clearly on something and was sweating buckets! Ollie and I felt obliged to help in trying to calm him down and eventually sat him on a sofa just when the paramedics arrived. Apparently the guy wasn't alone - his friend was with him but didn't help at all. He said he'd never seen his friend in this state and swore he didn't take any drugs. They were apparently from Finland and had just arrived to Copenhagen.
Anyway, this was our bit of action for the day. The visit at the tourist office - which they like to call themselves Wonderful Copenhagen - wasn't very wonderful or productive, and quite frankly pointless. The senior 'adviser' was rather useless and all we got from her was that she didn't read the programme and that there were too many events to give us the top highlights. Her best advise was to go in the centre and walk around! Great, I hadn't thought about that one! -)
So a few hours later we took the initiative to go to the centre of Copenhagen and walk around. The city is divided in several areas and one of them is Slotsholmen, literally the Castle Islet. It's part of the inner city (Indre by) and where Christiansborg Palace can be found. It is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister's Office and the Danish Supreme Court. Also, several parts of the palace are used by the monarchy, including the Royal Reception Rooms, the Palace Chapel and the Royal Stables. And that's what we visited. Some of the rooms are usually closed to the public. We even had some coffee, cake and pancakes!! We also visited a jailhouse that is not normally open to the public any other day. There is very little information about it because it is still being used. The jailhouse is mainly for criminals to spend the day before going to the adjoining courthouse and before being transferred to the main prison in Copenhagen. I didn't understand much of the talks in Danish but many years ago one of the most notorious female inmates was jailed here for having killed 23 babies.
Finally we caught a boat tour along the canals of Copenhagen by night. It was a very good night of culture and cheap drinks (Kr15/£1.60 for a pint at the jailhouse!!) so roll on Kulturnatten 2014!! This time we'll know exactly where to go and hopefully be able to understand all the stories in Danish -)