Built by King Christian V in 1670, King’s New Square (Kongens Nytorv) is famous for being the very oldest and most important square in all of Copenhagen. Slate grey, well-swept cobbles sweep around in a vibrant elliptical circle, edging the Scandi-style garden in the centre of which stands a statue of Denmark’s Christian V himself, horse et al.
A Danish painting in grandeur and quiet elegance, along each side of King’s New Square stand must-see odes to Copenhagen’s cultural elite – historical hotspots that deserve a visit.
The Royal Danish Theatre sits on one side, The Charlottenborg Palace with its arty Kunsthal Charlottenborg extension on anothera and the Magasin du Nord – Denmark’s first department store on yet another.
The strikingly pale architectural facades and delicately pointed railings of each of these national treasures greet you from each corner of Kongens Nytorv, and are set in strong contrast to the brightly coloured painters’ houses found just down the road, at another must-see destination, Nyhavn.
Visit early and grab a cup of coffee from the boutique café in its early 19th century, Baroque-style phonebooth, copper roof glinting in the crisp Danish sun, and start your morning stroll (or cycle of course, you stylish thing) through Copenhagen’s effortlessly clean and cool streets, knowing you have started the day at the City’s cultural epicentre.
Well worth a visit for some cool Copenhagen history, King’s New Square (Kongens Nytorv) is surrounded by must-see hotspots, all of which can be found in our oh-so stylish travel journal.