Holmen is a former military area, but when the navy pulled out in 1996, this big scenic area was opened to the public. The main entrance is at the end of Prinsessegade on Christianshavn. Another way to get to Holmen is to go by boat with the canal tours from Nyhavn or Gammel Strand. The big rigging-tower, a stone construction with a copper roof dating from 1749, is the landmark of Holmen and a part of the Copenhagen skyline. The Navy has resided on Holmen since 1690. Gunshots still thunder from Sixtus Batteriet at sunset and dawn. Cultural activities and artists have also moved into Holmen with the four art schools located there. Now an extensive residential building project is being carried out. It's nice to sometimes get away from the noise and stress of the big city. Try the restaurants along the harbor. Near the water, it is cool even on the hottest days. From here you have a magnificent view over Amalienborg and Marmorkirken.
Attractions & Landmarks
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