Lane, however, heads the other direction to check out the restaurants housed in the complex. I don’t see any reason to eat yet (especially with a new town to explore) so continue on past him out of the complex where I can see there is a beautiful garden across the street.
Even now, past midday, the Saturday market is still going strong in the town square, with vendors selling local fish, honey, jewelry, and early vegetables. However, on this early spring day, it seems the cheery cut flowers and bedding plants draw the longest lines.
Køge boasts the oldest town hall still in use in the country. . . I’m not sure which building that is, but I do notice the new (1970s) expansion.
I suspect a lot of people hate this building – it is literally the only modern building here – but I like it. It has its own authenticity. Like the historic buildings here, it speaks to its own time and place. I suppose a fake old building would have blended in and made for prettier streetscape, but it still would have been a fake building. (Besides buildings here vary in vintage, with a number that probably date into the 1800s, so which vintage should they have emulated?) And, like the glass pyramids at the Louvre, sometimes the best way to add something new is to make it as different from the old as possible!
Just down from the city hall is the Køge Museum, which is housed in a an impressive 17th century building.
Nearby is Sankt Nicolai Kirke, which dates from 1324 and has an impressive traditional church tower (from a later date) that apparently also served as Denmark’s first lighthouse.
I never felt that I would want to live in Copenhagen, but I could live here.