Leaving on an International flight
Copenhagen International Airport
We found the airport in Copenhagen very pleasant...and we were pleased to have access to a lounge to wait for our flight.
When we were dropped off our the driver did mention it would be quite a distance from our lounge to the boarding gate.
Well as soon as our gate was posted we left the lounge to make our way to the boarding gate...and we had checked out the direction to go as soon as we arrived.
But it was a very long walk and we found there was a security check point to go through for all international flights not just ours and it was very busy .
Why did we not realize we would have another security check? Well we came through security into the airport and we are used to the lounges being airside. Not this time. We assumed. But all airports are not the same.
Unique Suggestions: Next time in Copenhagen we will go to the International security check area long before our gate is listed...never mind the lounge...never mind the shops...I just hate having to scurry.
Everybody talks about the Hippy District Christiania and everyone told me I would love it.
I had bad luck with the weather but even if it had been nice I probably would have been disappointed.
It's a very small district, there isn't that much to see and there are tons of drug dealers displaying their dope.
I bought a falafel there and it was terrible.
You don't really get much insight into the hippy life as a tourist anyways.
Unique Suggestions: There is a small vegetarian organic restaurant offering a soup and a dish and salad of the day with homemade bread to accompany the soup. I had little haert shaped bread. Most of the food is vegan, too.
Lovely! And the price is ok for Denmark. Really enjoyed it there.
There is a center in Christiania where there are sometimes events and exhibitions. Find out in advance, what is happening there-
DON'T take pictures of the drug dealers and their stash or you might get into big trouble.
DON'T eat the falafels at the booths near the entrance. Horrible and I think the guy making them was stoned.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
You need some Danish Kroner
Please do not expect that you will be OK with your euro, pounds, or dollars or whatever. The currencey here is Danish Kroner.
Sure some tourist shops may take your cash and certainly your credit card is fine in general....but for an ice cream?,
We planned to use an ATM at the railway station but the ones there did not have the correct insignia and would not issue money. We were able to change a little at Western Union. I think the taxi would have taken a credit card but we prefer to pay cash
Unique Suggestions: Make sure you have some Kroner. It is their currency and we cannot expect that our money will suffice. Try using euro on Buderim and you will not get very far!
Whales around the Copenhagen Canals
Okay! Not real whales but the huge tour boats that leave Nyhavn! They are often full to the brim with people who hope to enjoy their water tour of the city but we saw very few happy-looking people from the canal side where we ate several times on our 6 days in Copenhagen.
Unique Suggestions: Go on much smaller boats if you can find them.
You just know it's not worth it
It seems a pity that with all the myriad of things to do in Copenhagen that a usual gang of tacky tourist attractions ply their wares. The Guinness world of records, Louis Tussard's and Ripley's believe it or not all put in an appearance. I have no issue with them as attractions per se, but their displays bear no relationship to the towns they are situated in. They are the Mcdonalds of tourist attractions. They even operate together here to offer spurious discounts if you sign up to waste your time in more than one of them.
At least the Guinnes book of records puts a fiberglass model of the world's tallest man outside it's shop to lure in the punters. Standing next to it, my three year old son commented that "He must eat three weetabix of breakfast". Well put.
Mugging at full daylight
If you are planning to bring your car to Copenhagen be ready for getting mugged at full daylight by the multiplicity. In the name of better environment and traffic conditions the multiplicity has found a new source of income -Parking dues!
To get the desired effect the dues have to be high and they are. In the inner-city you may have to pay as much as 3,5 euros pr. Hour of parking.
They have hired a army of traffic wardens to control you pay the dues and they will fine you around 75 euros if you have not paid.
And the effect can be measured for the first time this year a 4% drop automobile traffic in the city centre.
Unique Suggestions: Leave your car at home if you can and take a taxi or some other public transport (best thing is to rent a bicycle)
- Arts and Culture
- Road Trip
The coach tour is misleading if you get the all inclusive ticket. What it dont say is some of the sites are covered by boat, which you catch after the bus trip. Many people on my trip had already done the boat trip, so had effectively paid for this trip again. The people werent happy but the bus people didnt car. And half the trip was spent stopped at places rather than touring.
Unique Suggestions: If you do it, do the cheapest version
Fun Alternatives: Do everything by boat and foor
Dragor - The smal city in Copenhagen
Dragor is a village located 3km south of Copenhagen Airport and 15km south of downtown Copenhagen. Dragor is located on the southern coast of Amager. The village has a very historical background founded in the 12th century as a fishing port. As a resident in Copenhagen I love the city but with a 30min bus ride from Downtown you can end up in this very nice village of Dragor.
Dragor is really more than just a village, it has some of the most picturesque houses all joined by little closes and lanes, there yellow exteriors and wonderfull straw roofs make a very nice photograph. Dragor has some excellent local shops, supermarkets and its own cinema, in all Dragor is one of the nicest places to visit if you want to get away from the city life, oh and its got a excellent view of the Denmark to Sweden bridge.
Unique Suggestions: If you visit Dragor make sure to walk around, there is no room for cars, buses or trains here. Park the car at the nice harbor and take a walk into the village, there is lots of nice houses and Danish traditions to see here. The locals are friendly and have most have excellent skills in English, German and Swedish.
Take a walk around the nice fishing harbor, take a ice creme from the "Is Bar" there is also great front side hotels with tables outside offering excellent food, local and international is on the menu - ask for a English menu!
If you want to catch up on some history visit the Amager museum or the Dragor museum located in the harbor or if your up for some walking take a stroll over to the Dragor fortress, a very old defense used during the invasions of the Enligsh, Swedes and Germans.
If you visit in June or July take your swim gear! Denmarks coast is superb for swimming and the shallow waters behind the harbor and fort are superbly warm, they are clean and the beaches are litter free.
Dragor is my No1 village to visit, take the camera, you wont see many places like this!Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Sailing and Boating
- Historical Travel
Bloody grill restaurant
Unfortunately I even forgot the name of this grill restaurant ... anyhow it's quite downtown, more or less in front of one of the Tivoli entrance ... skip it, food is by far not decent.
I found back the slip !!! It's called Diner and it is placed in Axeltorv 2.
On some part of the 'walking street' as most Danish call the shopping streets, there are like street hustlers/dealers who will scam innocent people out of there money play playing a game of under which box is the pee.
Unique Suggestions: Just don't do it. I didn't do it but I asked the person who helped in and she said it's a major scam. So abvious actually
Dansk Design Center
Dansk Design Center DDC/ Danish Design Center.
Sound really good if you have an interest in danish design. But the DDC can best be descibed as a hollow shell and they overchage you for your waste of time on top of it. The only thing you can be happy for when you have left the DDC is that it only was a 10 min visit. The building looks nice and big when you look from the outside but you have seen more then hafe of the exhibition through the ground floor windows.
On top of this offen its not even danish design in the exhibition.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to see it just stop in the front at there little shop here they sell some nice little gadgets.
Fun Alternatives: If you like to see danish disign its better to go to Illumsbolighus. Look at my shopping tips. Here you have all the danish classical furniture plus its free and you can try it out yourselfRelated to:
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
Upper end of Strøget
Strøget is a lovely pedestrian area made up of several linked streets and with some great shopping. However, avoid the top part near Rådhuspladsen as it is just full of tacky souvenir shops, cheap kebab stands and drunk Swedes and doesn't at all give you a feel for the place.
Unique Suggestions: Head for the lovely side streets full of interesting shops.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Beer Tasting
Only one note...
Watch carefully where you are going to have a dinner...
You might be HIT HARD....That is,look at the prices(often exposed close the entrance)before entering..you know,it couldn't be a pleasure discover
to have paid your pint of beer EIGHT(8.00)euros... ;)
If you are staying in Danmark more than one week, and don.t know what to do,the weather is good ,you can take a boat trip from a small town Lyngby through the big lake.this trip is around 1 hour,costs 50kr.And i.m sure you will get a lot of nice feelings.At teh place ,where you take a boat, your can also rent a kanoe or kajak, i would like to try it one dayRelated to:
- Study Abroad
- Adventure Travel
If your became tired from the noice of Bakken park, you can return to the beach and have some rest.Actually during the summer time this place is full of people, but at least if you want to enjoy the vew of the sea,you can just walk around.
You can easy get to this place by train from the central station of Copenhagen - orange line C , station called Klampenborg, or by train (diraction Malmo - Helsingor)Related to:
- Study Abroad
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