Denmark’s National Aquarium, Den Blå Planet, is the latest landmark in the Danish capital city. I’ve been wanting to visit it since it opened its doors in March 2013, and my recent trip to Copenhagen was the perfect opportunity to do so. I headed to the aquarium a few hours before my flight out, as it is located near Kastrup Airport. From the city centre, I took the metro (a 12-minute ride) and walked straight to the airport afterwards (yep, it’s that close).
The first thing I noticed when I arrived was the building – It is truly stunning! It was created by 3XN who won the international competition with its swirl-like architecture inspired by the endless motion of the water. Its shape is reminiscent of a whirlpool. The facade, covered with diamond-shaped aluminum shingles, made me think of the glittering fish scales. The aquarium is surrounded by a reflection pool and the Øresund, which enhances its beauty. The architects’ goal was to immerse visitors in the underwater world before they even stepped in the building, and they definitely succeeded!
With its 53 tanks and installation spread on +12,000 m² of indoor and outdoor space, Den Blå Planet is apparently the largest aquarium of Northern Europe. It features state-of-the art technology helping to reduce energy consumption.
I discovered marine animals, amphibians, countless fish and other sea creatures from different regions and environments: The far North, the lakes of Africa, the Rainforest, and the oceans. I’ve seen piranhas, octopus, hammerhead sharks, rays, otters, an anaconda, and many more. I enjoyed sitting by one of the aquarium’s XL tanks, admiring how amazing Nature is and the beauty of the world we live in.
The aquarium’s café has beautiful views of the surrounding water, and serves lovely food concocted by Meyer’s Køkken
I recommend to anyone to visit Den Blå Planet, rain or shine. If visiting aquariums is not your thing, the spectacular architecture alone is worth a detour.
Den Blå Planet
Jacob Fortlingsvej 1, Kastrup
Monday: 10.00 – 21.00
Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00
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Photos: Adam Mørk via 3XN