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    Huge thermometer

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 8, 2006

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    There is a building with a huge thermometer on a facade at the corner of H.C.Andersens Boulevard and Vesterbrogade.

    In 1936 a figure of a girl was installed on a roof. When it is raining, she appears with an umbrella in her hand. If the sun is shining, a girl appears on a bicycle.

    Copenhagen - Huge thermometer
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    Take a Short Cruise to Other Ports

    by starship Written Dec 17, 2005

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    DFDS is a growing shipping and commercial line which was one of the two companies that offered canal sightseeing cruises in Copenhagen. Apparently DFDS also offers cruises to other major cities in the region in high style too. After boarding our Holland America ship, we saw the rather nice looking ship in the accompanying photo leaving port. DFDS operates 7 other ships which offer accommodations, dining, entertainment and transportation to various other ports such as London, New Castle, Amsterdam, Oslo, and all the other major ports on the Baltic. It reminds me greatly of the hay days of Transatlantic voyages when your purpose for cruising was transportation to a specific destination, but that transportation was in fact, a luxurious mode of travel. To Scandinavians, this type of ship may still be called a "ferry", I'm not quite sure. It certainly looks like an enjoyable way to travel to a particular port!!

    Bookings can be made online. Check for destinations, dates, availability and pricing on the company's website. Fares for shorter routes, depending on accommodations appear quite reasonable.

    DFDS Seaways Ship

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    Inspirations for potential fairy tale writers

    by bpacker Updated Sep 21, 2005

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    There's lots of interesting things in Denmark, even in the local wildlife department. Just an observation of a little family outing on a Danish canal brings to mind a famous chap who wrote about an angsty duckling with low self esteem*. He must have gotten his inspiration from observing everyday life!

    *Don't know who I'm talking about? Hans Christian Andersen wrote the Ugly Duckling.

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    Family Excursion, Copenhagen, Denmark
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    Eating Singaporean Food in Copenhagen

    by bpacker Updated Sep 21, 2005

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    Liz and I were really surprised to see the Singaporean Merlion in Copenhagen ! Since we didn't fly 10000 miles just to eat what we can find at home, we took a look at the menu and wondered what the hell "Singaporean Noodles" were . I don't think we have that at home.

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    Merlion in Copenhagen, near Stroget
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    Nordhavnen - Northern Harbour

    by metteks Updated Jul 21, 2005

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    This harbour is situated at Østerbro, near Nordhavn Station. Ferries and big ships from the inner harbour of Copenhagen have in resent years moved to Nordhavnen, in order to make the inner harbour quieter.

    The harbour used to be a rough place where fishermen and other worked, but the harbour is loosing some of this and is converting into a modern and hip area with expensive apartments and offices with great views.

    Here you can go to see the new Copenhagen and the newest architecture. Many of the buildings in glass and steel are made by famous architects, and construction is still going on. Paustians House is made by the Danish architect Paustian and he was the first one to see the potentials of the harbour and the first one to build here.

    At the harbour you can still find some of the old things. At Fiskerihavnen (The Harbour of Fishing) you’ll see the old, but cute and cozy huts of the fishermen (See the photo) and you’ll encounter them having a beer while looking out to the see. Just follow the road to where the bus 29 ends (Northern part of the harbour).

    You’ll also see some of the old companies making concrete.

    Fiskerihavnen

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    Ørestad

    by Nemorino Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Photos:
    1. The Metro in Ørestad
    2. A new apartment building in Ørestad

    One track of the Metro gets wet feet in Ørestad, the other stays dry. This is a very watery area, so they can put in canals wherever they want to, for decoration but also for drainage.

    Ten years from now I might look at this tip and wonder why I put Ørestad under "Off the Beaten Path", of all categories, so let me just say that when I first visited in 2009 it was still mainly a construction site and hardly anyone went there who didn't have to. But Denmark has big plans for Ørestad, which is a narrow strip of land just south of the Copenhagen city center, near the airport and on the way to the bridge that goes to Sweden. Two universities are already located there, as is the headquarters of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

    Ørestad is a planned town, developed on the basis of an international architectural competition in 1994. The competition was won by a Finnish architectural firm, ARKKI, which was selected to create the master plan for the development of the town.

    Almost 20,000 people are already studying in Ørestad, and the plan is that after twenty years at least 80,000 people will be working in Ørestad and at least 20,000 will be living there, in addition to the students.

    My own reason for going further into Ørestad (beyond the concert hall) was simply that after thirty-six hours the rain had finally stopped and I wanted to do a bit of unimpeded cycling. As in Copenhagen itself, the major roads in Ørestad all have good raised cycle tracks, separated by curbs from the street and the sidewalk, and there are also some separate bicycle routes with no car traffic at all.

    GPS 55°38'2.18" North; 12°34'55.42" East

    1. The Metro in ��restad 2. A new apartment building in ��restad
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    Bella Center

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 6, 2009

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    1. Bella Center entrance
    2. Welcome poster for the Rheumatology Congress
    3. Construction site of the Bella Hotel

    When I first saw the signs pointing the way to the Bella Center I thought it must be some kind of dog show, but it turns out to be Copenhagen's Congress Center (that would be a Convention Center in American English) in Ørestad.

    They say that this is already "Scandinavia's largest exhibition and conference centre", even though parts of it are still being built. The name "Bella Center" comes from the Copenhagen district of Bellahøj, which is where the center was located for the first ten years of its existence before being moved to its current location in 1975.

    Among other things they are building a huge new hotel (third photo), which will be the largest hotel in Scandinavia when it opens in 2011. Note the leaning towers -- currently something of an architectural fad, if you ask me (not that anyone did).

    Update: The Bella Center is the site of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen from December 7 to 18, 2009.

    Center Boulevard 5, DK-2300 Copenhagen S
    GPS 55°38'13.50" North; 12°34'40.47" East

    1. Bella Center entrance 2. Welcome poster for the Rheumatology Congress 3. Construction site of the Bella Hotel
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  • Market

    by Annebl Written Nov 30, 2003

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    At Israel's plads there is a market where fruits and vegetables are sold, as well as an area selling flea market items. Seems inspired by markets in southern Europe, and has a nice mood to it. You might be lucky and find some good bargains.It's right next to Noerreport station.

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  • Roskilde or Helsingør

    by Annebl Written Dec 2, 2003

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    Go on a day trip to either Roskilde (see my Roskilde pages) to see the viking ship museum and cathedral or Helsingør to see the castles ("Hamlet's castle"). It takes about half an hour to either place by train or by car, and both cities are easy to get to from Copenhagen. Helsingør and Roskilde are not places where there are lots of things to see, but are both definitely worth a visit, so a day trip to either place from copenhagen is not a bad idea.

    Kronborg castle in Helsing��r

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    Behind Radhuset

    by TNPETER3 Written Jun 11, 2004

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    As a general rule I would say that wherever you go and whatever you go to see, walk around it and look at things from as many different angles as possible. You may see or find something interesting that you could have missed!
    This large gregarious guy was one of a pair that I found behind Radhuset (town hall) at a set or doors in the rear. I had to laugh when I found them, so I took the picture.
    I have no idea what the significance of these walrus statues are but I'm sure there is a story. Regardless, go see them!

    Walrus guards?

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    English language...

    by ginte Updated May 23, 2005

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    When you live at the hotel and get your meal as a service, then everything is ok. But if you live not in a hotel and go to a food store to buy some products, sometimes it can be difficult to find what you need (for e.g. is it a yogurt or a sour cream?) as you'll find Danish language on all the products. If you be lucky, you'll find more languages: Swedish, Norwegian... :-) Sorry, but no English... (I even don't talk about German or French...)

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  • Second hand shopping

    by Annebl Written Oct 14, 2003

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    There are some great places to go second hand shopping in Copenhagen. Dont expect the quality to be horrible, but dont necessarily expect the prices to be low either. You can find anything from cheap clothes that someone's grandma threw out, to design wear created from old cloth-unique but accordingly more expensive. These stores are spread throughout copenhagen, but a few are located on a side street from strøget at the mainstation end.

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    The Danish News in English

    by ginte Updated May 24, 2005

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    While visiting Copenhagen for a longer time than just a few days, perhaps you'd be interested in knowing what is going on there. Danish news in English would be so nice, when there is too much Danbish language around, right? So, search for the newspaper 'The Copenhagen Post' at the Tourist Office in front of the Town Hall or read Danish news in English online at the website written below.

    Also most of the major newspapers from Britain and the US are available in Copenhagen from kiosks around the city. You will also find as many as 120 fashion and lifestyle magazines in English.
    Good luck!

    Pic from the net
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    Trekroner Søfort

    by ValbyDK Updated Apr 1, 2012

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    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…

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    Verrrrrry artistic bar/cafe

    by Tom_In_Madison Updated Oct 15, 2006

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    Art and Colour...

    This was an artsy little bar to say the least. A Nigerian-born artist, Manuel Tafat, designed all the designs inside it. It's covered from one end to the other with multi-colored glass and mosaic tiles in wild designs. The ceiling is dusk-blue, the tile tables white, and even the floors are covered in red, blue, black and yellow mosaic.

    We went here at 2am, and you have to be a member to either buy alcohol or get in--can't quite remember. Raz or Allan became members on the spot by paying a 50KR membership fee. This allowed us to buy beer and stay until closing time of 3am.

    This place is definitely worth a look, check out the bathrooms, check out the bar, and the walls and everything. Very unusual, very bright, very worth it though.

    ADDRESS: Oehlenschlaegersgade 6 (Off of vesterbrogade)

    Raz & Allan buying memberships outside door from inside A wall Door from the outside. Merci pour le art Raz using the mens bathroom/loo
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