What for hundreds of years was the heart of Denmark's brewing industry, the Carlsberg factory, has received a new lease of life after the bulk of the brewing process has been moved elsewhere. The rejuvenation of this amazing industrial quarter into a collection of vibrant galleries, theaters and attractions seems particularly appropriate considering that the founder of what is known as 'probably the best lager in the world
', Carl Jacobsen, was also a huge patron of the arts, responsible for the Glyptoteket
art museum - amongst other things.
Visitors to the new Carlsberg Byen should not miss: the dramatic elephant archway at the entrance on Ny Carlsbergvej. The stone elephants were carved in stone in 1901 and to walk through them is particularly dramatic.Attractions inside the quarter include the gallery complex of Ny Carlsbergvej 68
; dance theater and center DANSEhallerne
(and its foyer cafe, Elefanten
); the calm serenity of J.C. Jacobsens Park; and the brewery's museum, the Carlsberg Visitor Centre
. There is also gocart racing and, from February 2011, the Fotografisk Center
will also be located in the complex.