The colorful walls of Bakkehusmuseet
Wynne and I were only in Copenhagen for a weekend, but it was long enough for us to fall in love. We put little pressure on ourselves to see everything there was to see in such little time, so a leisure stroll through Bakkehusmuseet on a chilly afternoon was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you Wynne for the insight and pictures!- A
When you jet off to Denmark for a leisurely long weekend, it's easy to get pulled into the city's natural vibes: shopping till we dropped at Magasin du Nord, enjoying a plethora of flaky pastries and irritating the hip bartender across the street.
Though the hustle and bustle of Copenhagen is reminiscent of New York, we knew we had to inject some culture in there somewhere. A leisure afternoon at Bakkehusmuseet was just the ticket. Bakkehusmuseet was the home of Knud and Kamma Lyne Rahbek, where they lived and entertained artists, writers, and scientists of the Golden age. Sort of like Gertrude Stein's ex-pat crew, but in early 1800s Denmark. The Rahbeks's were OGs of the literary salon if you will.
The Rahbek's home is impeccably preserved, from the gardens out front to their extensive book collection. It was the perfect way to spend a quiet, cloudy, Sunday afternoon exploring the Rahbek's paintings, bookshelves, brightly painted walls, and even a gilded birdcage. Bakkehusmuseet is also well known for the Rahbek's most famous guest, Hans Christian Anderson. Andersen was the author behind such famed tales as "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperors New Clothes," and "The Snow Queen." While Ariel is still the princess whose legs we most admire, Andersen's version was a tad darker. Kamma Rahbek was a strong supporter of Andersen's, and regularly welcomed him into their home to discuss literature and writing. Kamma so strong.
Since Andersen is such a famous figure, there are many museums and monuments in his honor, but Bakkehusmuseet was a beautifully understated tribute.