Next Stop - Next Stop: Copenhagen | Next Stop Travel TV Series Episode #029

Uploaded by nextstopvideos on 24.09.2012

JON: Hello my name is Jon Olson, Welcome to Next Stop from the bike capital of the world.
NEXT STOP COPENHAGEN rolls JON: Welcome to wonderful Copenhagen. On this
episode. we’ll explore this incredible city by canal, we’ll tour one of the most beautiful
castles in Europe, and we visit world renowned Tivoli Gardens. We’ll also discover a cafe
breaking all sorts of norms, specializing in Smushi. Stick around and find out, all
this and more on Next Stop Copenhagen. The fun starts now!
Next Stop rolls JON: We have toured cities all over the world
by bus, by car, by bike, by foot, never by canal...until today!
GUILIA: Hi to all and welcome, my name is Gulia, and I will be your guide for all this
tour. We are now in the canal of Nyhavn, and this canal was excavated between 1671 and
1673. The purpose was that the ships could sail all the way into the cities new center
where the Kings new square is, with their goods. You can now see the royal theaters
playhouse. The playhouse opened in 2008 with Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It was designed by
2 danish architects called Lundgaard and Tranberg. The opera house here on the right in 2005,
it was designed by a danish architect that is called Henning Larsen. Ship you see on
the right side is a royal yacht that is called Dannebrog.It was built in 1931 and it is the
oldest royal yacht in the whole world that is still in use today. You can now also see
two identical buildings on the right hand side, there are actually 4 of these buildings
and this is Amalienborg, Amalienborg is the royal residence since 1794. We are now in
Gammel Strand which means the old beach, it was here the modern city of Copenhagen was
founded in 1167 by the bishop Absalon. You can see a statue of him on the left hand side,
he is on his horse. On the right side you can now see the most modern castle of Christiansborg
it is the third castle with this name in this spot and it is from 1928. The building on
the right hand side is the old stock exchange, it was built between 1620 and 1640. The tower
is made of 4 intertwined dragon tails and on the top there is 3 crowns that symbolize
the Kalmar Union. We are now back to where we started, so the tour is over. Me and Jens
hope you enjoyed it, have a nice day and thank you for a nice tour.
JON: What are the highlights for you on the tour?
GUILIA: The royal residence and the canal of Christianborg which for me is breathtaking
and the oldest part of the cities. JON: Now we also sailed by the most popular
number one restaurant in the world, Noma. Have you been there?
GUILIA: No, I haven’t. There is a 3 month waiting list right now, and the top waiting
time was 1 year I think, in the beginning, now it is 3 months.
JON: I think we will dine right over there at the local polsevogn.
GUILIA: Yes, that is a great idea. JON: Thank you for your time today.
GUILIA: Yep, no problem hi hi. Next Stop logo
JON: The changing of the guard takes place every day at noon at the royal palace. The
purpose of the royal guard is to protect Denmarks royalty, especially Queen Margaret the second,
the first female monarch in Denmark since the 15th century. This is sometimes accompanied
by music IF the Queen is residence, but if you take a look at that building over there,
the only one with 5 chimneys, there is no flag flying. No flag, no Queen. For more information
on this and other fun activities in Denmark, go to
Next Stop logo JON: Frederiksborg Slott, or castle, located
in Hillerod a town about 42 kilometers north of Copenhagen is the oldest renaissance in
Scandanavia, dating back to the early 17th century, it also houses the museum of natural
history. Hello Soren, I’m Jon. SOREN: Hello Jon, my name is Soren, welcome
to Frederiksborg. JON: Thank you for inviting us to your home.
SOREN: Oh you are welcome. JON: This is a nice place you live!
SOREN: Oh, it is a very nice place. JON: OK, you don’t live here.
SOREN: No, I don’t live here JON: Who did?
SOREN: Well in the 17th century the danish king lived here, his name was Christian the
Fourth, and he was one of the wealthiest persons in northern Europe, and when you are wealthy
you need of course a grand house. JON: I’m dying to see the inside.
SOREN: Well let’s go inside then. JON: Let’s do it.
JON: This is an absolutely gorgeous room. SOREN: It is one of the favorite spots in
the museum. It’s also the spot you can see the kind of decoration the old castle were
made with. It is again made to impress, it is what renaissance was about, you have to
be dazzled. JON: Let’s talk about the shields on the
wall, this is impressive,they must have deep meaning.
SOREN: It is going back to when Denmark was an absolute monarchy. Whenever a person gets
one of these shields he will have his coat of arms made and painted and had the shield
put on here. Well, you remember when I told you the danish king was very wealthy?
JON: Yes. SOREN: He was also very practical. So you
are now in the basement of the castle, it is his treasury. Instead of walking down the
stairs with his money he would slide the coins through the slide down into this large chest.
JON: Soren, this is one impressive display of art. How many pieces are here?
SOREN: Well we say we have approximately 10,000 paintings, but apart from paintings we have
engraving, we have etchings, we have furniture, we have chairs, we have cupboards.
JON: So earlier today Soren promised us he would show is where he had his wedding reception.
Wow, this is pretty cool Soren SOREN: It is, no wonder it’s called the
great room. JON: You didn’t have a wedding reception
here, but this is a great room. SOREN: It is, I wish I had, but it is a great
room and it was built by Christian the Fourth for having parties and functions.
JON: I can only imagine, you have a nice office, Thanks for having us.
SOREN: Thanks. Next Stop logo
JON: Coming up, Denmarks knowledge center for design, and the historic Admiral Hotel.
Next Stop logo JON: Danish design is well respected throughout
the world. To learn more, we visit the Danish Design Center. We begin our tour through history
of the danish design in the 1950’s. What was going on in the 1950’s?
NILLE: 1950 was just after the war, so there was not that much money, but there was a huge
power to create something so a lot of the things you see here was created at that time,
and the thing was, there were new materials. Lego is there, Lego started in 1952. Denmark
is a nation of play, we like to work hard but we also like to play, and lego is just
the thing where you can build. You are not supposed to do whatever you were told by your
parents, you can just dream away. JON: That is the great thing about legos,
and that hasn’t changed. NILLE: It is, it hasn’t changed. And you
see even adults playing with legos now, they put a lot of computers in them now so you
can do things like robots. JON: The psychedelic 60’s.
NILLE: It is, yes, what we call the hippy thing, the flower power of things, and what
happened was when we look at the 50’s it was all natural materials, so plastic was
introduced, and we had this fantastic designer called Verner Panton and he did this chair
and all these environments sort of psychedelic things and at the same time getting back to
your roots, he also had these television things that were a bit spacey, it was modern, they
were in my home when I was a kid. JON: really?
NILLE: Yeah. JON: Now we are in the 70’s when I was a
kid, I would have liked this thing. NILLE: Oh you should have one. The 70’s
were you know, like systems, and the 80’s was about systems, how we can get systems
to work. The whole idea wasn’t, it wasn’t just one thing, it was everything.
JON: A lot of that is still true today to though, because these are the same taps as
in our hotel room. NILLE: Yes. I have them at home, and I think
my kids will always have them at home. So they are here.
JON: If it ain’t broke, why fix it? So now we arrive at the 90’s.
NILLE: Yeah, but let’s skip the 90’s, we didn’t do much cool design in the 90’s,
let’s go to the next. JON: So now we are in the new millenium, and
I love this, that is super cool. NILLE: That is fantastic, it is a one of.
The lamp is telling you that now materials can do, and that technology is going into
design. JON: Nille, I am impressed, thank you very
much for the tour and your time, and I can see why danish architecture and danish design
has been so relevant for so many decades and for decades to come.
NILLE: Yeah, come back in 10 years and we will show you the next part.
JON: I’d love to. NILLE: See you. Thanks.
Next Stop logo JON: Copenhagen is one of the most ambitious
cities of the world when it comes to sustainable lifestyle. By the year 2025 Copenhagen plans
to be the worlds first capital cities that is CO2 neutral. Bikes are just one of the
ways Copenhagen tries to stay green, they are by far the fastest and least expensive
way to get around, and of course they emit no CO2. Copenhagen is truly a green city.
Next Stop logo JON: We are staying at the very lovely and
very historic Admiral Hotel in Copenhagen. Jesper, thanks for having us.
JESPER: Thank you, and your welcome. JON: This is a gorgeous property, and I love
the history of it. Take us back to 1787. JESPER: This used to be a storage place for
corn and grain. We have a lounge with part of our banqueting department that used to
be the oven, drying out most of the grainery. JON: So all the floors housed the grain and
corn? JESPER: Yeah, exactly, yeah.
JON: And there were very historic events that happened, that this hotel was very key in.
1801? What happened then? JESPER: We had the bombardment of Copenhagen,
but we survived, most of the buildings around the hotel were on fire, a big part of Copenhagen
history. JON: Your location is spectacular, right on
the water. JESPER: Of course with a hotel that’s it
location, everything is close by, the Queen is living right down the road.
JON: The Queen is your neighbor. JESPER: Yeah, yes she is., and of course we’ve
got the view of the water. JON: One think that is unique I think is the
hallway, when you walk down, the woodwork on the ceiling.
JESPER; All the hallways, and all the wood and the walls, that is the original thing
from when it was built. JON: And when you walk in your lobby, it is
very impressive, It is very long, there is lots of depth to it, and your staff is so
friendly, everybody has been so friendly the entire stay. And you have an award winning
restaurant. JESPER: We do, yeah, the Salt restaurant has
been with us for quite a few years now. JON: There is something you have that is very
different than any hotel we have ever stayed at.
JESPER: We do have the water, and together with the water, we do have the ships.
JON: As you can see, this is a very impressive property, with a history dating back to the
start of our country. On your next trip to Copenhagen, we recommend you stay at the Copenhagen
Admiral Hotel. Next Stop logo
JON: Up next, we learning about smushi, and a unique bar hopping experience including
an ice bar. Next Stop logo
JON; The food scene in Copenhagen is thriving, in fact, for the last 3 years running they
have the number 1 rated restaurant in the world. For our food feature today, we are
on the main walking street, the Stroll, to feature the Royal Cafe, which is anything
but your average cafe. Let’s Smushi. I have been so excited to learn about your concept,
not only about smushi, but cafe. You have taken it to a whole new level.
RUD: Our idea was to sort of emphasize everything that had been famous in the past, which was
smorrebrod, open face sandwiches. JON: Which is very well known in Denmark.
RUD: Yes, so we thought why not do it in a modern, more up to date way, not have huge
open face sandwiches, but maybe have small tasty...
JON: You can try more things that way. RUD: Yeah. You know, as you can see in front
of us we have 3 smushi standing here, this is the ox filet, beef filet, call it how you
like with a good old danish tomato. This is new potatoes, new cucumber, what we would
call a vegetarian dish, with a little radish. The next one here is actually very interesting,
it is called a danish shooting star, and the way it is made, it looks like a star.
JON: Now I feel like your cafe here, this room is beautiful, I feel like we are having
afternoon high tea. RUD: You can see something there, a hand painted
wall, or you can see one of these old paintings from the castle, why not give people that
experience? JON: This is the most unique cafe we’ve
ever been to and this is absolutely a wonderful presentation, congratulations.
RUD: Thank you, thank you very much. JON: That is so awesome, you are redefining
it. Good job. RUD: Thank you for coming.
Next Stop logo JON: We hear that Copenhagen has one of the
most active nightlifes in Europe. Let’s find out for ourselves, we begin our night
at Icebar Copenhagen. It’s summertime in Copenhagen and we are in an ice bar. An actual
ice bar. Now, I thought that there might just be a little ice around, but we are talking
full on ice here Pablo. PABLO: Yeah, it is 40 tons of natural ice
brought up from northern Sweden. JON: So what is she making here behind us?
PABLO: It is called construction. Our thing is factories, so we have all the names of
our cocktail are related to those things. JON: So these glasses are all ice as well?
PABLO: Exactly. JON: They are special, what does it take to
keep these things in stock? PABLO: Well, we keep them in the bar.
JON: Because once I put my mouth to it, it starts melting, right?
PABLO: Exactly. Once you don’t drink in them, we have a slide, it’s there, where
you throw them, and afterwards we will just get rid of them.
JON: How cool is that? No pun intended. Next Stop, something equally unique, Ruby’s.
JON:I love your place, so quaint, so different, so unique.
MORTEN: Yeah. I think it is a little but unique, a little bit intimate, and still extremely
friendly and it’s really simple, just treat people with respect and try and try to have
fun while doing it. JON: I think that is a good philosophy.
MORTEN: Upstairs is a little more happening, where as downstairs is a bit more quiet and
we try to do a bit more old school menu with forgotten classics and we sort of went through
our cocktail literature and found these interesting drinks that we don’t see much anymore, and
try to revive some of the old classics. JON: So visit Denmark told me that you guys
make some classic cocktails, and I have to come check it out.
MORTEN: Yeah, and have one of the signature twists we are doing for you in a minute, or
we can go to the bar and have a drink called the rapscallion.
JON: SO the other night my camera guy Mike and I were rolling down the street looking
for a pub, just a place to have a beer and relax, and we came upon this place and we
loved it. Walking in here, seeing the art on the wall, this is my idea of a real neighborhood
pub. But it wasn’t always a pub? KENNETH: Actually is was a grocery store since
the 60’s. There was this old man down here selling mostly wine and liquor, and in the
back, in there, he also invited his customers on a schnaps, right? So already in the 60’s
it was actually... JON: A bar!
KENNETH: A bar, yeah exactly. JON: Well you guys have a very special place,
we love it, and I would love to end our nightlife segment by taking our schnaps and having it
in the back room. KENNETH: Yes, let’s go.
Next Stop logo JON: Coming up, learn where Walt Disney got
his ideas, and one of the most unique music segments ever on Next Stop.
Next Stop logo JON: Tivoli has been putting smiles on the
faces of Danes for over a century. Let’s have some fun. We have Disney, Denmark has
Tivoli, a very, very magical place. it started with this guy right here. How did he even
invent this place back in the day, 1843? ELLEN: He stole the idea actually, from a
park in Paris that was called Tivoli. But none of the original parks exist, it is only
the Copenhagen one that has managed to survive through to today.
JON: How many rides are there? ELLEN: Well at the moment we have 26, half
kiddy rides, and half really wild, white knuckled type of rides.
JON: White knuckle rides! This ride looks interesting.
ELLEN: Yeah, it is probably our wildest ride, it is called the vertigo, would you believe
it? JON: I can see why it would be called that,
yes. ELLEN: With all the power that is in actually
slowing it down, we actually slowing it down. JON: It stores it.
ELLEN: So we pick up that power and reuse it. 25% of the electricity that the vertigo
uses is actually regeneration. JON: That is very cool. So we are behind the
scenes. This is one of the oldest roller coasters I know that I have ever been on.
ELLEN: Yes. 1914, there are only 6 roller coasters this kind of age in the world.
JON: So the brakeman actually sits here, how does he work it?
ELLEN: What you do it you pull this lever towards you, thereby pressing the metal wings,
so it is actually the friction that brakes the car.
JON: There is more to Tivoli than just the rides.
ELLEN: We have the rides of course and the scenery, I hope you can see how pretty that
is. JON: This?
ELLEN: And all the architecture, all the wining and dining, everything from hot dogs to gourmet
meals, and then we have all the entertainment. There is free music everyday, once you have
paid admission, you get free concerts. There are shows you pay for, there is ballet, there
is classical music, all sorts of things. JON: Here is a pleasant surprise, our most
unique Next Stop music segment ever. MUSIC
JON: It’s so cool, what you guys do.What are the age ranges.
HANNIBAL: Thank you, About 8 years to 16. I am 16 now, and I have been with the guard
5 or 6 years so I am looking forward to. JON: You are retiring!
HANNIBAL: Exactly, actually I am yeah. MUSIC
Next Stop logo JON: Tak sa meget for joining us on Next Stop
from wonderful Copenhagen, and thanks to our danish show sponsors, visit Denmark, wonderful
Copenhagen, the Admiral Hotel and Iceland Air, another great Alaska Airlines partner,
with convenient connections to all of Europe through Reykjavik. Thanks also to our title
sponsors and good friends Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card.
Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
Next Stop logo Credits roll