Kongens Nytorv - Copenhagen

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Kongens Nytorv
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Kongens Nytorv - (The Kings New Square)
"The King's New Square" established in 1670 - by King Christian V
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The equestrian statue of King Christian V

The equestrian statue of King Christian V in the centre of Kongens Nytorv, with the four corner figures symbolising Queen Artemisia - Alexander the Great - Pallas Athena and Hercules.
Kongens Nytorv (Kings New Square)  

Kongens Nytorv was established by King Christian V (1646-1699 - ruled Denmark and Norway 1670–99) in 1670 - after the area was used as a dumping ground and landing place for cargo from ships that embarked at Nyhavn nearby.

Kongens Nytorv 1860 - and first horse-driven tramcar
Kongens Nytorv 1860 - with the first horse-driven tramcar in Copenhagen - Hotel D'Angleterre from 1795 - is the large building at the back. The first equestrian statue in Scandinavia was the monument at Kongens Nytorv of King Frederik V.

First equestrian statue
In 1688 - a baroque garden complex with trees around it was inaugurated together with an equestrian statue of King Christian V - in gilded gold - placed in the middle. The monument was the first equestrian statue in Scandinavia. In 1946 - a new statue in bronze replaced the former one in gold. The King also allowed building of noble houses around the square.

Military drill and ceremony grounds
In 1749 - the entire square was rebuilt by King Frederik V (1723-1766 - ruled Denmark and Norway 1746–1766) - as a military drill and ceremony ground for the Kings troops - and was used for this function until 1908 - where the square then was re-established to the form and architecture it has at the present.

Kongens Nytorv - and the Royal Theatre

Kongens Nytorv with the Royal Theatre to the left and Magasin du Nord on the right. The Metro Station is beside the department store.

Historic buildings and mansions
Today the square is a busy site with many historic buildings around it - and every year for centuries - students have celebrated their graduation here - by dancing together in a ring around the royal equestrian statue.

The historic buildings around the square comprise:

- The "Charlottenborg Mansion" from 1672 - and the oldest building on the square - built in Baroque style. At the back of the mansion was the first Botanic Gardens from 1778 located.

- The "Thotts Palace" built in Baroque style - and the next eldest building from 1683. Today housing the French Embassy.

- The "Harsdoffske Mansion" (Det Harsdoffske Palæ) from 1748 - and once Eigtveds Mansion (leading court architect Nicolai Eigtved) - was in 1898 - the headquarters for the Foreign Ministry until 1923.

The French Embassy
Kongens Nytorv in 1932 - with the French Embassy in the last building to the right - and the dome of the Marble Church at the back.
Students dancing around "Krinsen"
Students dancing around "Krinsen" in 1930 - celebrating their graduation - which has been a tradition for centuries and generations.
Historic buildings and mansions around the Kings Square
- The "Royal Danish Theatre" or the National Theatre from 1872.

- "Hotel D'Angleterre" from 1795 - and best known by the Copenhageners for its admirable Christmas decoration of the hotel building. (Top photo showing the Christmas decoration)

- "Magasin du Nord" – Denmark’s first department store from 1893 - and built in French Renaissance style.

- "Hvids Vinstue" from 1773 - and the oldest Wine bar in Copenhagen. The Wine bar serves more than 30 different types of beer - and the interior is from 1880. World famous writer H. C. Andersen was a frequent guest here - while living at Nyhavn.

Students and their tradition
An old tradition every year at Kongens Nytorv is - when students graduate in June and come to the square in busses to dance and run around “Krinsen” in the middle of Kongens Nytorv - celebrating their graduation - while throwing their students caps in the air.

The old Kiosk from 1913

The old Kiosk from 1913 - designed in Baroque style was the first public telephonic connection - where citizens could call everyday from 10 am to 8 pm - except for Sundays.

The Nyhavn canal went right up to the square in older days. Today Nyhavn is one of Copenhagen’s most bustling places - just for people to hang out or visit the many bars and restaurants.
On and around the square
The old Kiosk
and Telephone stand from 1913 - on the Square is the first public telephonic connection in Copenhagen - where citizens could call everyday from 10 am to 8 pm - except Sundays. The kiosk is designed in Baroque style with a copper roof and hand carved ornaments.

Nyhavn - "Strøget"
Beside all the historical houses - other attractions adjoins up to the square such as Picturesque Nyhavn – called Scandinavian longest bar - and the longest pedestrian and shopping street in the world called “Strøget” that starts at the Town Hall square and ends at Kongens Nytorv - has numerous resale boutiques offering a variety of guaranteed authentic designer clothing and newest fashion wear.

Ice skating Rink
In the winter season the square is turned into an ice skating rink.
Kongens Nytorv - the Kings Square - is located near the harbour area and surrounded by
The French Embassy - Nyhavn - Charlottenborg - The Royal Theatre - The Pedestrian Street "Strøget" - Hotel D'Angleterre - Hvids Vinstue (Vine bar from 1773) and the Metro Station.

Kongens Nytorv


Kongens Nytorv - The Kings square

Trains - Metro Station at Kongens Nytorv

Distance from Town Hall Square 6 km. and expect 25-30 min. by walk.

Kongens Nytorv
(The Kings New Square)
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