On Tuesday I took a stroll down the Eurovision Fan Mile – backwards. My mobile tracking device tells me that from the middle of Nyhavn (forgot to turn it on) to the top of Rådhuspladsen is a shade over a mile, hurra! With photo stops it took me 30 minutes to walk.
Before we set off towards Rådhuspladsen though let’s imagine we’ve just made it to Kongens Nytorv, “the finest and largest square of the city” and want to take the shuttle boat to Eurovision Island.
Currently a building site due to works for the new Metro City Ring (current ETA ~2020). If you are emerging from the metro bear right to get to Nyhavn. Simples.
Coming from Strøget, bear left. This will take you past a 10m2 space which will be occupied by a herd of plastic horses during the summer, and quite possibly by our friends from Malmö during #escdk. The back wall is covered by Happy Wall, an “analog interactive pixel screen”which passers-by can turn into messages aka artworks.
Nyhavn and shuttle boats
Nyhavn, yer classic CPH, lots of heritage, history and hygge. Bottom right you’ll find the 993 shuttle boat stop – see our travel guide for more on arriving by water. Visit Copenhagen’s travel guide offers a rather different vista
which we’re still trying to get to the bottom of – here’s the full story.
Strøget and the squares
Back on message, if you must you can translate Strøget as ‘walking street’ – it’s the original pedestrian precinct, dating from 1962. Actually several streets punctuated by a series of squares (torv, plads), but don’t worry about it.
The shops aren’t much to write home about – a better bet is to duck down the side streets. This church is now an art gallery.
Pressing on, walking ‘up’ Strøget the first square you come to is Højbro Plads, the potential home for Chinese liondancers and Hamburgers:
Next up, Eurovision Village, aka Gammeltorv/Nytorv. Hang a left across Nytorv and it’s no distance to Huset and the Euro Fan Café:
Rådhuspladsen and the countdown clock
Same deal as Kongens Nytorv, building site. As we’ve seen efforts are being made to cheer things up with a range of artworks being established around Byens Hegn (the City Fence; Facebook). Here there’s Suburbia, a photo exhibition exploring suburban areas at night.
We love the gimcrack countdown clock so much we’ve started a photo gallery – if you are in CPH for #escdk and get a picture of the clock in action, do send it to us!
BTW sorry for the grey filter. According to the weather forecast the sun should come out next Wednesday, and things tend to brighten up a tad by May.
Now, let’s get this party started!
Featured image at top of post via Blogilkar. Bottom left: Knippelsbro, leads to Christianshavn.