Skål! Exploring Carlsberg Byen in Copenhagen

Woot! How time flies soooo fast! Today, I celebrate my 414th day, or 25th month and 18th day, living in the Land of the Vikings! Hurrah! I can still recall the excitement when I exited the airport in Copenhagen. Well, my body was drained from all the warmth as it was still late winter and early spring that time. 😉

So how did I spend my first weekend in Denmark?

Off to Carlsberg Byen
Off to Carlsberg Byen

Carlsberg Byen or Carlsberg City located on the border of Valby and  Vesterbro in Copenhagen, the capital city, was the first area I visited. Well, I had no idea who or what Carlsberg was (I am not a drinker, haha), well, until my first weekend in Denmark. My aunt used to stay in an apartment really near Carlsberg, so.. Note: The nearest train station to Carlsberg Byen is Enghave St.

Carlsberg Byen was founded in 1847 and since then served as the headquarters of the Carlsberg Brewery built by JC Jacobsen. Let me walk you around Carlsberg on an early spring walk. Welcome to Carlsberg!

Let's go! Brr..
Let’s go! Brr..

The background of the picture below shows the Dipylon or Double Gate which serves as the entrance to the Carlsberg district from Vesterbro.

Carlsberg Byen
Carlsberg Byen

One of the famous landmarks of Carlsberg Byen is the Elephant Gate. It was built in 1901 in the island of Bornholm by Architect Vilhelm Dahlerup.

The Elephant Gate
The Elephant Gate

The guy below, JC Jacobsen, is the founder of Carlsberg Brewery. His brewery is one of the four leading brewers in the world today. I am now in front of the prestigious Carlsberg Laboratory.

JC Jakobsen
JC Jacobsen

JC Jacobsen named the brewery after his son, Carl, and the German word for mountain, ‘berg’, as he was a fan of Bavarian beer. Carl later built his own brewery, which accounts for the city’s Old Carlsberg and New Carlsberg. According to sources, the relationship between the two wasn’t good all those times. It is said that they would often argue on the quality of the beer they make. But I find the topic of their argument rather amusing. And the fact that JC Jacobsen named his brewery after his son meant that he was rather a sweet father. 😉

So if the Ny (New) Carlsberg has the Elephant Gate, the Gamle (Old) Carlsberg has the Lime Tower Lighthouse built in 1883.

The Limetower Lighthouse
The Limetower Lighthouse
The Old Carlsberg Arch
The Old Carlsberg Arch

The father and son did have a not-so-good relationship, but eventually, the two breweries will merge into one after JC Jacobsen’s death. 🙂

There are other interesting things to see in this 30-hectare district: historic buildings like the Carlsberg Museum, JC Jacobsen House, and Carlsberg Academy, AND historic gardens. It is also pleasant and safe to walk around and enjoy the industrial site.

At the Carlsberg Museum
At the Carlsberg Museum
Carlsberg Byen
Carlsberg Byen

Awesome snow slowly melting on the streets….

Some crunchy snow in April
Some crunchy snow in April

I hope you enjoy my first post on Denmark, Land of the Vikings! Cheers!

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