Klampehnbor is the name of a town about ten miles north of Copenhagen along the Eastern coast.
Strandmollerkroen is the name of my Danish friend's favorite restaurant.
On our way to 'Hamlet's Castle' in Helsingor we stopped at Strandmollekroen for lunch.
Ask for a table by the window, overlooking the Kattegat Sea towards Sweden, the view of the water is lovely. We ordered the Danish traditional open faced sandwiches which were delicious.
This was a wonderful spot to stop on our journey up the coast. The view was beautiful and peaceful, the perfect back drop to go with a traditional Danish meal.
Also, this restaurant is not far from the famous Louisiana Museum of Art, which is another great place for daytrip from Copenhagen.
Knippelsbro or Knippel Bridge is a bascule bridge across the Inner Harbour of Copenhagen. Constructed in 1937 and is designed by architect Kaj Gottlob. There has been a bridge there for many a years. whilst we spent all our money on whisky and beers. A caretaker lived by one of the old bridges collecting tolls from ships coming into the harbour way back in 1641.
Christiana is a self-governing "free town" established in 1971 a city within the city, the government has recently cracked down on long-term activities, such as the open use of soft drugs (hard drugs, firearms and cars are among the prohibited items though)
Yet it is very safe and popular as a tourist site. Keep in mind that it is a residential, not commercial. Photography of the central "Pusher Street" will not be tolerated by the dealers
Charlottenlund Slot og Slotshave (Charlottenlund Palace and Palace Gardens) are located in Charlottenlund, about 6 km north of Copenhagen. The palace was built between 1731 and 1733 and was a royal residence for more than 200 years. Since 1935, the palace has been used by the Danish Institute for Fisheries Research and is closed to the public except for special events.
The Palace Gardens is a little hidden treasure in the Copenhagen area. The garden is a very peaceful and beautiful place with a little lake, an old ice-house (with polar bears carved above its entrance) and the idyllic, yellow, half-timbered house, which has been used as a wash house and as lodgings for the Royal Life Guards.
A small and very pretty village about 2-3 hours by public transport from Copenhagen. We took a train from Copenhagen airport to Nyborg, then caught the 920 bus (direction Bojden) to Faaborg. We visited Claus (Casacheiro) to watch a Liverpool Legends football team play against a Denmark legends team in nearby Horne. We only stayed one night, and most of that was spent watching football and drinking, so we only really got to see our hotel, the main street and the bus station, but it seemed like a very nice place to spend some time on a side trip from Copenhagen. When we arrived at the bus station, the first thing we noticed was the Tourist Information Office and right opposite, the hotel which we tried to stay at. Sadly it was fully booked and we had to stay outside of Faaborg.
If you're interested in film history, a guided tour at the Nordisk Film studios in Valby could be an option. IMO the highlight of the tour is the visit to “Studio 2” which is the oldest film studio in the world, but there are also other interesting things to do and see: The screening of the old silent movie, “The Lion Hunt” from 1907, and the stories behind the movie... The small museum with old costumes and exhibits from Danish productions, “Olsen Banden”, “Huset på Christianshavn”, and “Matador” just to mention a few… The sound studios… And the modern studios where films and television shows are made today.
There is also a small shop where you can buy old and new movies, posters etc.
Mindelunden (the Memorial Grove) is a memorial park in Ryvangen in Copenhagen. The park was founded in 1950 as a memorial place for the people who were killed because they were part of the resistance movement during World War II. This site was chosen for the Memorial Park as it was the very place where the Nazis executed and buried their victims.
Inside the park you’ll find the gun shooting range, the big cemetery with the graves found in 1945, the cemetery for the victims of the concentration camps, the wall of remembrance of the Danish patriots, and the execution yard with the execution poles.
Mindelunden is a very peaceful and beautiful place, but also very emotional. A visit here is a good way to show your respect to the people who stood up for Denmark during World War II.
Charlottenlund Fort (Charlottenlund Fortress) is located 6 km from the centre of Copenhagen. The fortress was constructed during the year 1886-1887 and functioned as a fortress for the defence of Copenhagen Harbour until 1932. Today, you can still see the ramparts and some of the old cannons and there is free access to the old fortress. There is a beautiful view of Øresund from the top of the ramparts.
Charlottenlund Fort is a part of Charlottenlund Beachpark which is also home of a campsite, a restaurant and a nice beach. The area used to be called ‘The Flypaper’ because of its huge popularity among the Copenhageners.
Vestre Kirkegård (Vestre Cemetery) is located southwest of the city centre – within walking distance from Sjælør, Enghave and Valby S-train stations.
The cemetery is – besides a burial place – a beautiful and peaceful place with open lawns, the Crossroads Project (a garden complex with a pavilion at its centre), tree-lined avenues, overgrown tombs, mausoleums and many other old monuments.
It is rather popular for people to take a stroll through the cemetery and look at the old graves and monuments. Many former prime ministers and political leaders (for example Per Hækkerup, Jens Otto Krag and Thorvald Stauning), are buried around the pond. The pond is nicknamed ‘The Red Sea’ because they were all social democrats or communist…
Sitting in front of your pc electricity is such an at hand obvious entity of our world. Copenhagen as the capital lays clam to the discovery of the basis for all of the marvel of electrical instruments we are so accustomed to at present. At the actual spot (at Nørregade) of this fundamental discovery there is a little reminder of this. It is in Danish but it simply stats that:
In a house at this place the physicist Hans Christian Ørsted discovered electromagnetism in the year 1820.
Thinking about that it is less then 200 years ago …and how the world have change in this time, it is to my mind at true marvel
Nørregade runs from Nørreport train station to Gammel torv, at the main pedestrian street
Strandvejen (the Beach Road), north of Copenhagen, is a popular destination for many locals on a sunny Sunday or a holiday. There are cruising cars and motorcycles, bicycles, skaters, joggers and strolling couples – on their way to/from the Bellevue beach at Klampenborg or just enjoying the view of Øresund.
I especially enjoy taking my bike and going for a ride between Hellerup and Klampenborg. This part of Strandvejen is called Kystvejen (the Coast Road). Halfway between Hellerup and Klampenborg there is a 6 meter high statue of Knud Rasmussen, who was a Greenlandic polar explorer.
Strandvejen continues after Klampenborg and follows the coastline of Øresund with beautiful views from many spots. This part of Copenhagen is one of the most expensive areas in Copenhagen and there are many beautiful villas along the road.
Assistens Kirkegård (The Assistants Cemetery) is located on Nørrebro and was founded in 1757. It is the largest cemetery in Copenhagen and many famous people are buried here; for example fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) and scientist and Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr (1885-1962). Inside the cemetery gates are maps, which show the location of the most famous graves – or follow the signs if you want to visit the grave of Hans Christian Andersen.
I really enjoy taking a stroll through the Assistants Cemetery and I’m not the only one. It is a popular and peaceful place and some areas are today more used as a park than a cemetery and you’ll see people sunbathing or having a picnic between the graves.
Frilandsmuseet (The Open Air Museum), in Sorgenfri about 15 km north of Copenhagen, was founded in 1897 and is one of the largest and oldest open air museums in the World. The museum houses more than 50 farms, mills and houses from the period from 1650 to 1950. Not just copies of the original buildings – every building is actually transferred from its original site to the museum. There are buildings from all over Denmark and from the Faeroe Islands and the former Danish provinces of southern Sweden and northern Germany as well. All houses are equipped with original furniture and the land/garden around each building appears as the original surroundings of the building.
When you enter the museum it is like walking into another time period and it is a great place to learn more about the cultural history of everyday life as it was in the past. The museum is huge and it takes almost a whole day to see it all. You should also take the time to visit Mølleådalen and Brede at the same time (read my other tips).
The Open Air Museum is a part of the National Museum and has free admission.
Trekroner Søfort (Trekroner Sea Fort) is located at the entrance to the Copenhagen harbour, and was part of the fortifications around Copenhagen. The sea fort is named after one of three old line ships that in 1713 were sunk to form the basis for a battery. The original sea fort was located a few hundred meters north of the current fort, but in 1787 it was decided to build a new sea fort and it is the Trekroner Søfort you can visit today.
The sea fort was an important part of the defence during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801 and again during the British attack on Copenhagen in 1807. After World War I it was taken out of action and in 1934 it was sold to the Copenhagen harbour services. During the German occupation of Denmark the sea fort was used by the Germans as barracks. Later it was vacant until 1984 when it was opened to the public.
At Trekroner Søfort you are free to walk around on your own and enjoy the historical atmosphere. You can explore the old buildings, take a look at the new exhibitions (from June 2010) or take a walk on the ramparts. From the top of the buildings and the ramparts there is a fantastic view of Copenhagen, the harbour and the Sea of Oresund. There is also a café on the small island and here you can buy coffee, beer, ice cream or something to eat.
To visit the sea fort you can take the waterbuses. The trip takes about 30 minutes and on the way you’ll pass the Opera House, the Little Mermaid and a few other famous sights in Copenhagen. Check their webpage for more info…
Churches need to live, and donations are not always enough. In Coimbra I know a coffee shop sharing the building with a historic church, but this seem to be a different solution, with the shop really inside the church.
I had no time nor enough danish to explore the situation.
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