Perched on the banks of the Borsgade strait, is the 17th-century Børsen Stock Exchange building of Copenhagen. To, say the least, Nasdaq Copenhagen is a rare renaissance ilk, enshrouded in a gothic style of architecture. On our way from the Scandic Copenhagen in Vesterbro, to Amalienborg Slotsplads, we stopped by this remarkable stock exchange for a quick photo stop. At first glimpse, Børsen is a uniformly accelerated structure cloaked in various hues of red and gold. However, the impression of its entwined spires betwixt copper plafond is what stayed in our hearts forever. As stunning as, we had imagined Børsen from the pictures, the real image turned out to be more sensational than our vivid imagination.
Locals have it, that a canal tour offers the best views of the Stock Exchange building. With, the ‘serene’ reflection it casts on the agile ripples of the Borsgade strait, we couldn’t agree less. The only, drawback being, that you cannot enter the premises unless you have an official invite from the authorities. Except, for the culture night in October, when the doors of the Copenhagen stock exchange opens up for the public each year. (For a price of DKK 90)
We were told that this iconic 17th-century Børsen represents Denmark’s esteemed economic power. As we got close, we saw the 200 ft elevated dragon spire, instated with magnificent crowns. In spite of which, we were more fascinated by the detailed brick facade that took us back in time. Sunshine, on this particular day, played a pivotal role in highlighting Børsen’s copper vaulting and the architectural grandeur. From our excitement, our guide could tell we were interested in knowing much more.
And so, she shared with us a vision that narrated the interiors as it is. From her description of the reception hall inscribed in wood, to wall paintings and unique mosaic art, we think we almost traveled in there. Being one of the oldest buildings of Copenhagen, Børsen holds a very important place in Denmark’s heritage notebook. Originally built by King Christian IV, Copenhagen Stock Exchange is now the official host to conferences, gala dinners, and other events. On the whole, we were wholeheartedly impressed hence, we highly recommend you to stop by Copenhagen’s Stock Exchange next time you are in town.