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Open Air Museum in Copenhagen

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Today's entry is going to be about one of the underrated gem (in my opinion) in Copenhagen. Normally, a tourist would associate the little mermaid and Tivoli when they hear Copenhagen but this city has many more attractions than these. For the record, I find Tivoli to be a rather pleasant park and the little mermaid worth at least a look and some photos if you haven't seen it.

I am a fan of the outdoors and open air museum is something I enjoy. Let's go through a visual journey of the open air museum in Copenhagen. This museum is known as Frilandsmuseet and is located in Lyngby, which is around the northern outskirts of Copenhagen. There is direct drop off at the entrance unless you take a taxi. I recommend going with the public train or buses and walk the few hundred meters, it will be tough to get lost thanks to the good direction signs around the area but there is a possibility of missing your stop if you are not paying attention. To take both of these public transport, head to Norreport Station in Central Copenhagen (this is main transport hub, you can't miss it), bus number 184 and the S-train goes there, stop at the Sorgenfri Station. Entry is free, rejoice!

This is an open air museum, if you have been to one, you'd know that means lots of walking, a good pair of shoes is a must and you must be comfortable getting dirt on it. This museum covers 40 hectares and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The moment I step in, I get to see large animals at a close distance, that made me happy.
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You will start seeing buildings in their original rural environment. All of them are from 1650-1950.
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And then you can explore them, starting with the courtyard
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And then the room, while marvel at the attention to details. Note that you can actually touch some of the exhibits.
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I was amazed at the lack of security guards and general cleanliness of the areas. People just behave in a highly civilized manner, this should be one of the cultures we should actively try to emulate. Best behavior even during absence of supervision. Coming from an Asian background, these civil standards have always been pleasant surprises.

As you stroll along, you will also see gardens with small ponds. Though lacking in symbolism like the gardens in Japan and China, it is still a good visual feast.
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The dirt road is long and winding
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With some interesting huts along the way
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and in the distance
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Emerging out from different walkways transport me to different eras which was really interesting. (This exhibit is in the 1700s)
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Ancient luxury baths (looks like not much have changed in the modern era too)
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This museum has more than 100 buildings and the amazing thing is, all of them are original. They have been moved piece by piece from their original location and then rebuilt here with gardens and surrounding landscapes. Visitors can go experience all social living conditions. From a manor to a poor house. This visitor is so impressed with these attention to details and he visited every single one of the exhibits. (PS: if you can't walk that much, there is a horse carriage service, I do not know how much it will cost though)

Besides the houses and mills, there is also agriculture landscape on exhibit.
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I meet geese as well. After being chased by them when I was boy, I didn't dare to get too close and attempt to touch them
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I am more comfortable with horses so I got real close and managed to pet them as well
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As the building exhibit becomes more modern, you will know that you have reached the end of the museum
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I recommend this place and it should be a good adventure for an afternoon when you are in Copenhagen. History buff will love this place.

I was absolutely famished after the walkabout and went to have one of my favorite food, the smorrebrod. Note that this is a very classic Danish food and can be an acquired taste. The Smorrebrod is essentially a rye bread with some rather exotic toppings (for an Asian). In simple English, one can call it an open sandwich. Since I am on my day off, I went to Ida Davidsen in downtown Copenhagen. This place is a family business and they serve some of the best smorrebrod in Copenhagen. Here are some pictures.
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The bread is more elaborate than usual, in a more normal meal, you'd only get cold cuts or cheese on top.

That's all for today. Stay tuned for more.

Posted by canglingy 20:31 Archived in Denmark Tagged landscapes gardens horses museum sightseeing travelling

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