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Copenhagen And Seville
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In the early autumn of 2016 I visited Copenhagen then Seville on a solo architectural trip to round off the summer. This article and guide will hopefully tempt you to visit both, as they are wonderful cities that definitely deserve your attention. I only spent three days in Copenhagen and four in Seville, but they are both extensive enough to warrant a week long holiday in my opinion. I chose the two cities because I had never visited them before, and flights between them and the UK were extremely good value; my four flights cost just £94 overall. Copenhagen is relatively expensive, so I'd recommend budgeting around 270DKK (£31) per day after accommodation. Seville on the other hand is very cheap, 25€ (£22) per day after accommodation should be enough. When I go on holiday alone I tend to stay in hostels in order to meet fellow travellers and save money. As hostel experiences are highly subjective, I've decided to only mention those that are exemplary in my opinion. If you're planning a trip of your own let me point you in the direction of Hostelworld, which I always use to decide where to stay.
Copenhagen
Copenhagen is intelligently and creatively designed with pedestrians and cyclists in mind. Whilst cars still feature heavily in cities around world, bikes are the future, and Copenhagen is one of the most influential innovators. The modern buildings are carefully integrated with the historical vernacular, and whilst the contemporary style is eclectic it makes for a vibrant and interesting cityscape. At a pedestrian level, there is a lot of variety with small, intimate squares and wide vistas which look out onto the harbour.
Den Bla Planet aquarium by 3XN with a gorgeous blue sky behind it
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Den Bla Planet aquarium by 3XN with a gorgeous blue sky behind it. Photo by Barney Sheppard
Superkilen Park by BIG, featuring park elements from all over the world
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Superkilen Park by BIG, featuring park elements from all over the world. Photo by Barney Sheppard
The Royal Library, aka black diamond, by Schmidt/Hammer/Lassen
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The Royal Library, aka black diamond, by Schmidt/Hammer/Lassen. Photo by Barney Sheppard
Definitely go and check it out at night from across the harbour, and explore the concrete interior
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Definitely go and check it out at night from across the harbour, and explore the concrete interior. Photo by Barney Sheppard
The Church Of Our Saviour, with a playful inside out spire that you can walk up
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The Church Of Our Saviour, with a playful inside out spire that you can walk up. Photo by Barney Sheppard
The incredible view from The Church Of Our Saviour
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The incredible view from The Church Of Our Saviour. Photo by Barney Sheppard
Amager Strandpark, with views out to the Baltic Sea and Øresund Bridge if the weather's clear enough
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Amager Strandpark, with views out to the Baltic Sea and Øresund Bridge if the weather's clear enough. Photo by Barney Sheppard
Nyhavn, which encapsulates the beauty and brightness of Copenhagen
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Nyhavn, which encapsulates the beauty and brightness of Copenhagen. Photo by Barney Sheppard
Copenhagen Opera House by Henning Larsen, which I didn't have time to go inside unfortunately
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Copenhagen Opera House by Henning Larsen, which I didn't have time to go inside unfortunately. Photo by Barney Sheppard
The Royal Danish Playhouse by Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter, which has a huge empty jetty beside it that was lovely to walk down as the evening turned to night
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The Royal Danish Playhouse by Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter, which has a huge empty jetty beside it that was lovely to walk down as the evening turned to night. Photo by Barney Sheppard
And of course, a trip to Copenhagen isn't complete without visiting the Little Mermaid
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And of course, a trip to Copenhagen isn't complete without visiting the Little Mermaid. Photo by Barney Sheppard
Seville
I’ll admit it, despite enjoying both cities I preferred Seville to Copenhagen. I have always been fascinated by Spain, it appeals to me more than anywhere else I’ve visited, hence why I’m currently considering living there next year. Seville is steeped in history, with an immense cathedral, multiple palaces, and association with the Spanish Inquisition and origins of Flamenco dancing. And whilst the pride of the city is its historical architecture, some of the contemporary work is equally stunning. To me the city seemed more compact than Copenhagen, which meant I did not need to take public transport anywhere. However there is a tram network and I have read since returning home that the city boasts a highly successful bike hire scheme. Getting lost in Seville was an absolute joy, its narrow, winding alleyways fronted by bright pastel coloured houses were the among the most beautiful streets I’ve ever seen. Black Swan Hostel where I stayed is definitely worthy of a mention, since it cost just 8€ per night and was very high quality. Having stayed in approximately fifteen hostels, I think it's the best so far.
La Catedral De Sevilla, which is absolutely immense
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La Catedral De Sevilla, which is absolutely immense. Photo by Barney Sheppard
I'm avoiding showing too much of the cathedral's interior because I want to maintain the surprise
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I'm avoiding showing too much of the cathedral's interior because I want to maintain the surprise. Photo by Barney Sheppard
La Giralda, which literally translates as weather vane, is the tower attached to the cathedral
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La Giralda, which literally translates as weather vane, is the tower attached to the cathedral. Photo by Barney Sheppard
The views from La Giralda are incredible
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The views from La Giralda are incredible. Photo by Barney Sheppard
Real Alcázar, the largest and most grand palace I've ever visited
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The Real Alcázar, the largest and most grand palace I've ever visited. Photo by Barney Sheppard
I spent about four hours there and still don't think I saw everything
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I spent about four hours there and still don't think I saw everything. Photo by Barney Sheppard
The intricacy of the carving at the Real Alcázar will blow your mind
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The intricacy of the carving at the Real Alcázar will blow your mind. Photo by Barney Sheppard
Metropol Parasol by Jurgen Mayer, which like the cathedral is inconceivably huge
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Metropol Parasol by Jurgen Mayer, which like the cathedral is inconceivably huge. A truly unique... thing, and very fun to walk on top of. Photo by Barney Sheppard
Ramón Sanchéz Pizjuán Stadium, which I definitely visited to learn about stadium architecture...
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Ramón Sanchéz Pizjuán Stadium, which I definitely visited to learn about stadium architecture... Photo by Barney Sheppard
Plaza De España, where you can find bespoke alcoves for for all the different Spanish provinces
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Plaza De España, where you can find bespoke alcoves for for all the different Spanish provinces. Photo by Barney Sheppard
There are various gardens where you can cool off after baking in the sun
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There are various gardens where you can cool off after baking in the sun. Photo by Barney Sheppard
La Plaza De Toros, which seems to be sentient
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La Plaza De Toros, which seems to be sentient. Photo by Barney Sheppard
El Puente Del Alamillo by Santiago Calatrava. A beautiful bridge by my favourite architect
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El Puente Del Alamillo by Santiago Calatrava. A beautiful bridge by my favourite architect. Photo by Barney Sheppard
Minimal engineering in the bridge
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Minimal engineering in the bridge. Photo by Barney Sheppard
Seville's pastel painted side streets are some of the prettiest I've ever seen
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Seville's pastel painted side streets are some of the prettiest I've ever seen. Photo by Barney Sheppard