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The Inner Harbor Bridge, Copenhagen – The Story Behind It

Innerhafenbrücke Kopenhagen

The Story Behind the Inner Harbor Bridge, Copenhagen

The Inner Harbor Bridge binds Nyhavn and the islands of Christianshavn together and is frequently used on a daily basis. To build a bridge across the channel sounds simple though, right? Yet, it took ages to finalize, why? Here’s the story behind the project and why it took so long to finish.

Let’s take a step back

The Inner Harbor Bridge, or Inderhavnbroen as the locals would say, is a 180-meter, 590 ft, long bridge connecting Nyhavn and the islands of Christianshavn together. Prior to this bridge, the only way across the channel between the two busy parts was by boat. Otherwise, you could walk, or bike, about 600 meters south of here to the closest bridge, which was a bit of a hassle, obviously. So, the idea of the bridge was contemplated and debated about for years, until they finally decided to give the project a green light and began construction in 2011 with a completion date in 2013.

The “Kissing” design

The Inner Harbour Bridge has got an entirely new design, with two retractable platforms that can separate the bridge when needed to let boats and ships get through with no issues at all. This is where the nickname “the Kissing Bridge” comes from. This was meant to be a revolutionizing design unique to Copenhagen, which means that it came at a price, a steep one, 200 million DKK, about €27 million. With a project of this magnitude, you’d expect every detail to be exact and everything to work out well. However, pivot that idea and you’re closer to reality. This is where it went wrong…

“Trust me, I’ve got this!”

2012 comes along and right away there’s something wrong. The supporting beams are 60cm, just under 2 ft, too tall! This is a nightmare which delayed the project for 4 months. As the retractable platforms arrived from Spain in 2013 they showed some serious flaws, but the project had to keep going! Soon enough, the third issue came up, the surface had started to crack and needed immediate reinforcements. As the summer passed and more flaws needed to be addressed, the main contractors declared bankruptcy and stopped all work on the bridge for 9 months.

In December, a storm hits Copenhagen and floods the machine room and 2 engines beyond repair. At this point, it’s past the original completion date and the cost is rising. But, a new polish contracting group takes over the project! As the construction continues, in 2015 one of the draw-wires connected to the retractable platforms snapped, which means more delays!

As 2016 came along, they discovered that the wheel-system that retracts the platforms was too weak. This called for an entirely new system which was finished in April of 2016. On top of that, in May 2016 the cold water mixed with the warm spring air made the bridge bend and skew more than intended. However, this is something they should’ve seen coming, as the same thing happens more or less every year in Copenhagen.

Completion

After a nightmare-project filled with problems, it was finally opened in July of 2016 with another 100 million DKK added to the bill, which is now at a total of 300 million DKK. This creates the next issue, who’s going to pay? Think about that one…

Today though, it stands as the majestic bridge it was designed to be. It’s used daily by thousands and thousands of pedestrians and bikers.

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Stockholm Culture Festival & We are STHLM, 14-18th of August 2018

stockholm culture festival we are sthlm Gustav Adolf live stage

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Stockholm Culture Festival & We are STHLM, 14-18th of August 2018

Enjoy Stockholm Culture Festival & We Are STHLM between the 14-18th of August 2018 with lots of activities and performances. It’s an annual festival with over 600 program items revolving around anything that falls under the category culture, music, art, photography, acting, etc. Last year over 750 000 visitors came to the festival and the turn out this year is expected to be the same. Here’s what you need to know!

What’s On?

The Stockholm Culture Festival, and it’s youth-orientated sister-festival We Are STHLM, offers over 600 program items throughout the five-day duration of the festival. Guided tours, classes, entertainment, performances, art shows and more are provided throughout the festival. The theme of this year’s festival is Canada.
We Are STHLM is situated in the King’s Garden, Kungsträdgården, and there are lots of activities to do here during the days and live performances during the evenings.

Instead of listing 600+ items for you to read through, here’s a link that will take you to their official website on which you can easily navigate through the different events, CLICK HERE. (You can switch between languages if you click “Meny” at the top right and then click the Globe where it says “Språk”)

Pricing and Location

The festival is covering the whole downtown of Stockholm, but the main venues for the Stockholm Culture Festival are:
(all of the listed items are links which will take you to their location on Google Maps)

 

The Stockholm Culture Festival and We Are STHLM are both free festivals, with the exception of guided tours which will cost you. They are however cheap, most of the guided tours will only run you 30 kr per person.

So, enjoy the festival and make sure you visit the official website for more information regarding the festival. Have an amazing week!

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EuroPride 2018, Stockholm Pride – All you need to know!

Subway Station Art Stockholm Pride 2018 EuroPride

EuroPride 2018, Stockholm Pride – All you need to know!

Stockholm is currently covered with rainbow colors, EuroPride 2018 is here – the largest Pride festival in Scandinavia, filled with events, parties, and activities!
Thousands upon thousands of people are in Stockholm for the Pride festival to support the LGBTIQ-community this week. Let’s go through the schedule, so you don’t miss out on the best events! 

Let’s break it down

Stockholm Pride is organizing EuroPride 2018. The whole city is decorated with rainbow flags, but there are three significant attractions you want to keep track off:

  • EuroPride House (30/7 to 3/8) – Held at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern at Sergels Torg. Here you can attend plays at the theatre, art, debates, presentations, seminars, and exhibitions, as well as the Human Rights Conference on Friday the 3rd of August. More info here!
  • EuroPride Park (1/8 to 5/8) – Situated at Östermalms IP. With 90 stalls and 14 restaurants and bars, this park will be filled with activities from the afternoon into the night. This is also where you’ll find the Kinky Quarters and the Rainbow StageMore info here!
  • EuroPride Parade (4/8) – Starting at Kungsholmstorg at 1 pm, 13.00, and marches through the city, a 4,5 km walk, to Östermalms IP. It’s the same route as last year and will take approximately 2 hours. About 60 000 participants are expected this year. More info here!

When & Where? – the Program

A lot is going on all over the city during EuroPride 2018 in Stockholm, too much to concentrate into one list. So, the best way to navigate through all of the events and decide which ones you’d like to attend, is to have a look through the complete program here. There, everything is listed, and it’s easy to see when and where to go, as well as what kind of pass is required for each particular event.

Why EuroPride?

Pride is here to raise awareness about the LGBTIQ-community. For far too long, people from the LGBTIQ-community have suffered from oppression and segregation, and every year we remind everyone of this world to show their respect and acceptance towards everyone, no matter what their sexual orientation is. It’s not up to anyone else but ourselves to decide what we like and how we want to live.

So, go and explore EuroPride 2018 in Stockholm and show that you care for your values and respect others!

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Jamie’s Italian Aker Brygge – Restaurant in Oslo, Norway

Jamie's Italian Aker Brygge

Jamie’s Italian Aker Brygge – Restaurant in Oslo, Norway

Jamie’s Italian Aker Brygge, an authentic Italian restaurant by the famous chef Jamie Oliver located in wonderful Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway. Open daily; it’s the perfect place to drop in for a coffee and something sweet, drinks, an authentic pizza or a three-course Italian experience. With a calm, relaxing atmosphere, indoor and outdoor seating, and the view of Aker Brygge, this restaurant suit most people for most occasions. 

The Location

Jamie’s Italian is located on Aker Brygge, with a view out towards the sea and the Akershus Fortress. It’s central, it’s convenient, and wow is it beautiful in the evenings. Aker Brygge is a very populated place in Oslo, especially during summers, and restaurants, cafés, and bars are everywhere, boosting the pleasant vibe. With it’s modern, contemporary architecture and its central location it’s one of the best places to go out for food in Oslo, and Jamie’s Italian is an excellent choice of restaurant.

The Food

Jamie’s Italian was founded by Jamie Oliver and chef Gennaro Contaldo, in Oxford, 2008. Their goal was to make traditional, authentic Italian food that captures the Italian, rustic feeling, for a decent price. Jamie’s Italian succeeds in all aspects and causes the mind to drift off to the hills of Tuscany.

The Drinks & Environment

We’ve already established that the location and food are about as good as it gets, so how about the drinks? With enthusiastic waiters with a drive to inspire, they happily recommend drinks, as well as food based on your criteria. According to me, they succeeded in this particular instance as well, with flying colours.

If you wish to learn more about Jamie’s Italian Aker Brygge, or book a table, visit their website here.

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The Carpark Festival in Copenhagen 27 & 28 July 2018

Carpark Festival Kopenhagen

Photo by Carpark Festival PR Photo

The Carpark Festival in Copenhagen 27 & 28 July 2018

It’s July and Copenhagen is jam-packed with festivals including the Carpark Festival 2018 with up & coming artists, art, street food, and fun activities.

Not your “usual” festival

Foreningen Carpark Festival, the association that organizes the festival, believes that culture truly can make a difference and bring people together. Their vision of being the “banner leaders for the creation of innovative cultural projects that bring people together” drives them to utilize the city’s space to create movements for and by citizens.
Hence, the festival is not your “usual” festival. It only includes up and coming artists as well as art installations, street food, and alternative, fun activities. They call it Copenhagen’s coziest festival, which to us sound very appealing.

The talent

As mentioned earlier, there will only be up and coming artists present and performing on the stage. Altogether we’re looking at 20 artists, spread over two days within the genres of rock, pop, hip-hop and electronic music.
Some of them are Artifact Collective, Ravi Kumar, KOPS, Takykardia, Hôy la, VAKT, Baby Pool, Bette, Klaptrae, MONTI, MANILA and mono mono.
Aside from 20 artists performing on stage, you will most likely see other artists as well, whether they’re making food, art or something else.

When, where and cost?

The street festival will be held at the recreational space ‘Under Bispeengbuen’, which is here, on the 27th and 28th of July 2018. You can easily walk there from Fuglebakken St. and Nørrebro St. If you want to head there by public transport, you can catch the buses 250S and 4A. Parking should be available for both cars and bikes nearby. There is no entry fee, just walk in and enjoy the day. Could it get any better?

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Where can I watch the World Cup in Stockholm?

FIFA World Cup Football Soccer 2018

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Where can I watch the World Cup in Stockholm?

The FIFA World Cup is running at the moment, and bars and other venues all over Stockholm are showing the games on large monitors, here are our favorite places to enjoy the games!

Go BIG or go home

If the title appeals to you, you only have one place to watch the games – Tele2 Arena. The games with Sweden in it are shown at Tele2 Arena on Europes biggest screen. It’s 800 square meters large and the entry is free! It’s located here!

I want food & drinks while watching

If you’re going to find somewhere to eat while watching the games, you’ve got several options, but might have to book in advance to get a good spot or even a guaranteed seat. Here are our favorite places to watch the games during dinner:
(The names listed below are links to their website, go there for more information)

  • Gården – Supper – A spacious venue with amazing tapas, great drinks and a massive screen for watching the games.
  • O’Learys – A restaurant chain dedicated to sports with multiple restaurants all over the city.
  • STHLM Under Stjärnorna – A fantastic 1200-square-meter-rooftop with a large screen and contemporary, exciting food & drinks.
  • Sjöcafeet – A beautiful outdoor seating restaurant with a large screen, tasty food, drinks and a great view!
  • Mr. French – A modern, relaxed venue with spacious outdoor seating in Old Town.
  • Humlan – An outdoor restaurant and bar in the park Humlegården with tapas and great drinks.
  • Urban Deli Nytorget – The alternative way of watching the World Cup on Södermalm with top food and drinks!

 

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