Designed by visionary architect Henning Larsen, Copenhagen's Opera House is a building whose architecture and design spares no expense. Stood upon canals to give the impression that it is floating upon an island, you enter by crossing over bespoke bridges made from Denmark’s oak trees, in to a foyer floor covered by Sicillian Perlatino marble. The most well equipped (and expensive) opera house in the world it may be, but with all performances state-subsidized, your experience there doesn’t have to be.
Meanwhile, Copenhagen's beautiful Royal Danish Theatre, standing proudly in the awe-inspiring Kongens Nytorv (New King’s Square) since 1748, is a cultural hub and majestic ode to Denmark’s Golden Age. Also home to The Royal Danish Orchestra, the world’s oldest orchestra, and The Royal Danish Ballet, the world’s third oldest ballet company, your opera glasses will never have felt so popular.
What's more, The Royal Danish Theatre is a theatre to which 14-year-old fairytale storyteller Hans Christian Andersen once devoted his early ambition; so who knows what new seeds of inspiration Denmark may spark in you.
Should a taste of the stylish-theatrical be your scene, then take note, this summer the curtain will rise upon Sanders, a luxuriously exclusive hotel owned by none other than Alexander Kolpin, once principal dancer at The Royal Danish Ballet, and on the very same road as The Royal Danish Theatre. Stagger out an evening performance and straight into Sanders' snug luxe bar - you'll see all of Copenhagen's cultural elite there too.
For other must-see destinations in Copenhagen, check our choc-a-bloc Travel Journal for a full rundown of each hotspot included on this guide.
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