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Top 7 Best Scenic Tower Views in Copenhagen

By With camera like a tourist

Getting to the top viewpoint of a flat city is difficult. Fortunately we have plenty of towers that will provide a stellar view to the city. And you can get into them for free or a small fee. Some are easy to access others will give you absolutely free fitness on the plentiful stairs. But where is the very best views actually in Copenhagen? Views where you can enjoy the old skyline and the historical details on the old buildings?

The skyline of Copenhagen is very low due to former fire regulations. But in the recent 20 years we see loads of Minecraft building block (cubes) inspired architecture popping up all over. Slowly hiding the old towers and vibrancy of the core city.

So, get out there before the skyline will look a suburban shopping center!

However, when you are up in a beautiful tower, you wont see that one in your panoramic view. But I would suggest you go for at least a two tower trips. Which will give you the best views towards the core of the city. The towers are quite close to each other so you can walk from A to B to C.

I have mapped all of them into this google map for your convenience: Map of Towers in Copenhagen

Green Marker: Generous opening times during the day

Blue Marker: Restricted access to certain hours, days or seasons.

1) Church of our savior | Vor Frelsers Kirke

The Church of Our Saviour (Danish: Vor Frelsers Kirke) is a baroque church in Copenhagen, Denmark, most famous for its helix spire with an external winding staircase that can be climbed to the top. the helix is build counter clockwise. It is also noted for its carillon, which is the largest in northern Europe and plays melodies every hour from 8 am to midnight.

It is a very beautiful tower where you will experience loads of stairs an an adventurous ascent. Not for the fainthearted!

The view is very spectacular facing all the other towers and even a top view on Christiania and the all the new Minecraft inspired block buildings on Amager.

Address: Sankt Annæ Gade 29

Website check for fee and opening hours:

Getting up: Fairly easy first part. The last part is getting narrow before you enter the helix. If you have fear of heights this might not be the adventure for you. The rail is designed in 1752 where people were not that tall. It’s a thrill!

The view from Church of our Savior:

Windmills at sea and the industrial area. In Front a look into Christiania and the green area.

2) The Tower | Tårnet

-is basically the tower on the parliament building Christiansborg Castle. The palace is home to the three supreme powers: the executive power, the legislative power, and the judicial power. It is the only building in the world that houses all three of a country’s branches of government. The name Christiansborg is thus also frequently used as a metonym for the Danish political system. Or “Borgen” as in the TV-series. You do not get to the very top, but the view is really good. You’ll get the best view towards The church of our Saviour, The old Stock Exchange (Børsen) with the dragon tail tower. The tower has 4 super big openings where 2 of them covers the old core of the city. It is a very roomy viewpoint just as The Round Tower. But it can have a crowded que to get up there in high season.

Address: Slotsholmen

Website check for fee and opening hours (this one is FREE):

Getting up: There is a security check where your bags gets scanned. There is basically no stairs. You have the chance to go full elevator up. First will get you to a restaurant. Second to a platform hosting another elevator or stairs for the last few meters. Thus meaning there is access for wheel chairs here! Also a very good opportunity for the not so mobile elderly to get a top view.

The view from Tårnet

3) The Round Tower | Rundetårn

The Round Tower was built by Christian IV between 1637 and 1642. It was the first part of the Trinitatis Complex, which combined church, library and observatory in a single building. Maybe that was the reason tor the trinity name. The spiral walk is 281 m long and winds itself 7,3 times round the hollow core of the tower. The Round Tower is Europe’s oldest functioning astronomy observatory. Used by amateur astronomers and others who wish to explore the skies. The view is literally in the middle of the city with a perfect look toward Vor Frue Kirke. The fence around the platform might be a bit spoiling but you will get fine info graphic telling which towers you see in the horizon.

Address: Købmagergade 52A

Website check for fee and opening hours:

Getting up: You walk upwards on a spiral ramp. The last final steps are on stairs to the view platform. There is a kiosk on the top trying to sell overpriced souvenirs and ice cream.

The view from Rundetårn

The ascent and descent is always a thrill for children!

4) The Marble Church | Marmorkirken – Frederiks Kirke

This is the 5th largest dome church in Europe. And it is a part of the line architecture around Amalienborg. The church was planned and started to become built in 1749. In 1770 the process stopped due to the next King did not want to spend money on it or he just lacked money. Later a rich guy named Tietgen, who obviously managed his wealth way better than the royal family, spent some of his wealth to finish the church and it opened 1894. The inside of the church is worth to explore. The view is mathematically perfect towards the Royal residence and the Opera.  This is the very best view towards Frederiksstaden (the city area containing Amalienborg – Royal Residence).

Address: Frederiksgade 4

Website check for fee and opening hours (only guided access @13 in summer):

Getting up: You walk upwards in a wide staircase to a exhibition platform circling the bottom of the dome. The you take a narrow spiral staircase before entering the dome hall. The rest of the way is on modern metal stairs with a fenced rail. From here you can explore the dome from inside. It is a small run so you will not be exhausted.

The view from The Marble Church


5) Copenhagen City Hall | Københavns Rådhus

Construction began in 1892 and the hall was opened on September 12, 1905. The City Hall has been used for scenes in Danish hit tv series like “The Killing” and “Borgen”. The style of the building is national romantic with a lot of decor. Take your time to explore the main hall on exit. It’s worth it. The view is perfect towards Christiansborg. The platform is big and roomy with all 4 sections open.

Address: Rådhuspladsen 1

Website check for fee and opening hours (only guided access):

Getting up: You walk upwards in a wide staircase to a exhibition platform.Then you get a spiral staircase followed by rather large wooden section to the top. Quite easy to access.

The view from Copenhagen City Hall

6) Church of Our Lady | Vor Frue Kirke

The Church is worth a sightseeing. Especially due to the work of famous Sculptor Bertil Thorvaldsen. And the clear building style. It has the best view towards Rundetårn. The riddle on the side of the tower is fully visible in a very nice perspective.

Address: Nørregade 8, 1165 København.

Website check for opening hours (extremely limited access to the tower):

In 2018 you may visit the tower from 12-14 on these dates only:

1+2/7 – 22+23/7 – 5+6/8 – 26+27/8

Getting up: Spacious stairs all the way. Really easy access. On the way up you pass the bells. The large bell made in 1828 is the largest church bell in Denmark.

The view from Church of Our Lady

7) Nikolaj Kunsthal

St. Nikolaj Church originated in the early 1200s and is Copenhagen’s third oldest church. As a consequence of the Great Fire of Copenhagen in 1795, the building’s history as a church came to an end in 1805. Since then it has had numerous different functions including, being a fire station, a naval museum and a public library. In 1981 the building became Copenhagen City Council’s official exhibition space.

The view is fine but expensive. The staircase is pretty average. You may only access with a storytelling guide and the story and drop off comments are the same as on the website. The artwork in the tower looks like left-overs from a workshop and is really do anything. The art hall is see itself as a prime source of contemporary art (to the trashy material side.  You will rarely see superior craftsmanship). However, the art exhibition is free on Wednesdays (the tower is never

Address: Nikolaj Plads 10, 1067 København K

Getting up: Wooden stairs most of the way. Only the last bit demands some narrow parts.

The view from Nikolaj Kunsthal

KMM 2018

By Blandet

Her et lille videoessay med billeder fra eventen Københavns Middelalderfestival som blev afholdt i Valbyparken:

UC3 Nautilus ubåd – UC3 Submarine

By Illustration

I 80erne var jeg første gang nede i en U-båd. Det var en tysk bygget sag der på Skagen var ved at blive trænet ind til Peru’s flåde. Det er jo fascinerede at vi kan bygge en metaltube der kan snige sig rundt dybt under vand. Så her for nylig kunne jeg ikke lade være med at tegne lidt aktuelle U-både fra mediebilledet. Den tragiske Nautilus UC3 hvor ubådsføreren Peter Madsen er anklaget for mord på en medrejsende journalist, Kim Wall. Kun Hr. Madsen ved hvordan Frk. Kim gik af dage den skæbnesvangre nat. Ligfundet er uden tvivl noget af det mest makabre der er set i lang tid; parteret og molesteret:

carta marina project

Carta Marina colouring process ( The medieval monster map)

By Illustration
carta marina project

The colorization of the map is finished. See a full version of the final Carta Marina here.

I have started a personal project. To colour the magnificent Carta Marina map made by Olaus Magnus. I got my hands on a version from Uppsala University library. The true original is completely without any colour. I have decided to put colour on the map made in 1539. This page will show detailed progress in my work.

Move the slider to see origin.

The map is centered on Scandia, which is shown in the largest size text on the map and placed on the middle of Sweden. The map covers the Nordic lands of “Svecia” (Svealand), “Gothia” (Götaland), “Norvegia” (Norway), Dania (Denmark), Islandia (Iceland), Finlandia (Finland), and Livonia (Estonia and Latvia).

The map, which 1.70 m wide by 1.25 m tall, was printed in black and white from nine 55×40 cm woodcut blocks sequenced from west to east and north to south and identified in the center with the letters A through I.

See the original map from Uppsala universitetsbibliotek

Updates to Carta marina (finished):


  • The all-seeing whale
  • The Loch Ness


  • The Working troll
  • The maelstrom
  • Trolls in the mountains


  • The war ship
  • Battle in Estonia
  • The hunt around Moscow –  and the eagle


  • Faroe Islands
  • Battle at sea
  • Skating the Baltic sea (Gulf of Finland) and a Swedish Knight

The all-seeing whale

The Loch Ness

The working troll

Trolls in the mountains

The Maelstrom

The war ship

carta marina battle ship carta marina battle ship

Battle in Estonia

The hunt around Moscow –  and the eagle

carta marina moscow bitmedia

Faroe Islands

Battle at sea

Skating the Baltic sea (Gulf of Finland) and a Swedish Knight

Den Kolde Krig Kort

Den Kolde Krig – Cold War Map

By Illustration

Her har jeg tegnet et kort der viser jerntæppet som det så ud i 1989 under den kolde krig. Det var først ved Berlinmurens fald i 1989, hvor det delte Tyskland startede genforeningen i 1990, at Europa faldt tilbage i almindelige landegrænser. Der er opstået nye stater og nationalismen blomstrer i både de nye og gamle nationer. Sovjetunionens fald i 1991 blev startskuddet til mange nye nationer. Historikere er enige om at den kolde krig sluttede i 1989. Det blev også proklameret at de 2 dominerede atommagter USA og netop Sovjet det år.

Jeg har tegnet de nye nationer ind med stiplende linjer, så det er nemmere at relatere til den nye virkelighed for Europa.

Det var en tid med permanent trussel om atomkrig, og et meget polariseret verdensbillede med Nato (dannet 1949) på den ene side, og Warszawapagten (dannet 1955) på den anden. Idag er der Nato tilbage.

Nato har indlemmet mange tidligere Warszawapagtlande, som man må antage har provokeret atommagten Rusland en del.

Af de neutrale områder er Jugoslavien interessant. I 1992 gik området i opløsningen og der brød en række nye krige ud på den europæiske kontinent. Jugoslavien var en føderation af flere befolkningsgrupper, der alle gerne ville bestemme selv. Der har været relative fredeligt i området siden 2001.Den Kolde Krig Kort

Her har jeg lige en print af kortet fra originalfilen. Det er printet på mat bomuldspapir, så det ikke skinner når lyset falder ind på det.


Nato lande er blå og har en blå tank som indikator. Neutrale lande under den kolde krig er gule med en skildpadde som indikator. Og Warszawapagtlande er røde. Nato har et logo som er en stjerne med et sigtekorn. Warszawapagten havde ikke noget bestemt logo. Jeg har anvendt sovjetunionens hammer og segl med stjerne. Det var meget brugt dengang. Og også som memoralia idag.

Kortet over den kolde krig kan købes i 3 størrelser.

Fantasidyr i Photoshop

By Illustration

Det er ikke så tit det sker, men forleden var der en af mine kunder der skulle bruge et dyr i en reklame for dyrlægeprodukter til gnavere og krybdyr. Så en tur på stock fotoportalerne til at finde dele. Og så en tur i Adobe Photoshop for at sy dem sammen på bedste gensplejsningsmaner:

Og her lige en billedliste til æsken med dyr:

Kort over Fælledparken i København

By Illustration

Dette kort design af Fælledparken giver et grundlæggende fint overblik på placeringen af de mest populære steder og mødesteder. Fælledparken har undergået en større forvandling de senere år med bedre legepladser og flere aktivitetsarealer. Udover det er det et yndet sted at dyrke sport. Derfor bliver der hvert år tegnet boldbaner op til de omkringliggende fodboldklubber. Der er løbende aktiviteter iværksat af de mange foreninger i København.

Kort design fælledparken

Sort hvid version af kort over fælledparken:

Om Ikon designet

Jeg har designet ikoner der integrerer i et minimalistisk kort, hvor det er nemt at afkode formålet med stedet.

Her et grafisk overblik for ikoner på kortet over fælledparken (den Franske legeplads, Dansepladsen, Sansehaven, Staudehaven, Cafepavillionen, >Tårnlegepladsen, Soppesøen, Skaterparken og Boldbaner):

ikon design

Mangler du et kort?

Skal I bruge et kort med et specielt formål så tøv ikke med at kontakte undertegnede. Fodboldklubben Skjold har fx en version hvor boldbanerne er med numre. Så det er nemmere at finde rundt for gæstehold og spillere i alle aldre.


Lidt historie om Fælledparken

Det er byens mest besøgte park. Den blev anlagt i 1908-1914 og idéen var, at den skulle være folkets park med mulighed for boldspil, atletik og et sted hvor der kan holdes store møder og fester.Parken blev fredet 1956. Fredningen skulle forhindre, at der blev bygget inde på fælleden. Oprindelsen til Fælledparken er Øster Fælled, som var en af København fælleder, dvs. fælles græsningsarealer for kreaturer. Fælleden blev undertiden også anvendt til henrettelser.

TARDIS foldable paper model

By Blandet

I wanted to create a “easy to do” tardis box. And minimize the use og glue and difficult cut outs with a knife. So, I made this: A foldable rectangular cube.

It took some trial and errors and then it became reality:

And did all the prototype drawing in Adobe Illustrator:

And here is the Dr. Who Tardis box in paper version:

dr who box

Some notes on the Tardis:

The TARDIS; Time And Relative Dimension In Space) is a fictional time machine and spacecraft that appears in the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who. It’s bigger inside.

The Tardis effect:

When something looks small from the outside but is much larger inside.

It origins froma  Police box. A telephone kioskfor the use of members of the police, or for members of the public to contact the police. The interior of the box was a miniature police station for use by police officers to read and fill in reports, take meal breaks and even temporarily hold prisoners until the arrival of transport. But now more known as a time travel box!


Penny Farthing bicycle

By Illustration

Den frygtede og berømmede væltepeter. Cykel uden kæde. Men ret høj. Nu igen populær i england hvor der er cykelløb med kun disse Penny Farting cykler. Illustrationen har jeg tegnet i Adobe Illustrator.



Attitude Billeder

Attitude Fotografi

By fotografi

Forleden havde hej den store fornøjelse at have Tine Hammerbo forbi. Jeg havde en idé om at hendes lange hår kunne bruges til noget lidt mere end de klassiske “babe” billeder man efterhånden ser overalt på de Sociale Medier.

Uhyggelig velkomst:

Attitude Billeder


Attitude Billeder


Attitude Billeder


Attitude Billeder

Behind the Scene Portrætfoto til KFTS

By fotografi

Dette lille indlæg er mere for at demonstrere at det er vigtigt at kunne replikere en opstilling og den type lys der er anvendt. hvis lokaliteten pludselig ændres. Eller det naturlige lys bliver af en anden beskaffenhed.

Her ses opstilling dag 1 i sal 2:


Og dagen efter viste det sig, at der ikke var plads i sal 2 men det hele skulle klares i sal 1:


Det er en simpel men effektiv lyssætning jeg har anvendt. Den kræver 2 lyskilder. Den klassiske med lys skråt fra oven, og så har jeg et lille kantlys til at få håret til at poppe i siden. Det var det!

Ydermere kørte jeg Tethered Shooting så den portrætterede kan se output med det samme. Vi havde ikke en time sammen, kun 3-7 minutter pr hoved. Derfor er det en kæmpe fordel, at kunne udvælge direkte sammen med det samme.

Du kan se billederne her på Facebook:


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  • Profoto hvid paraply, deep.
  • Lastolite stativ.
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  • Rogue XL Flashbender med grid.
  • 2 speedlites 600EX.
  • speedlite transmitter.
  • Canon 5D mk3.
  • Objektiv: 85mm fast.
  • Tether Tools kabel.
  • Laptop.
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  • Eneloop batterier.