Copenhagen Travel Guide

  • Nyhavn again
    Nyhavn again
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  • Amalienborg Palace
    Amalienborg Palace
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  • The reality
    The reality
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Copenhagen Things to Do

  • Tivoli Garden

    Most Danes speak English. A nation of only 4 million people does not expect tourists to speak their language (as in Germany, France, Italy, Russia or Spain), so 1 out of 2 Danes speaks English. Also, there are many tourists from Great Britain. Tivoli was part of the inspiration for Disneyland and if you have been there ,you can see why. I was...

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  • Nyhavn

    Nyhavn (New Harbour) is undoubtedly Copenhagen's most picturesque corner: a line of colourful houses, higgledy-piggledy built next to some quais where only vintage ships are allowed to moor. Moreover, there are plenty of restaurants and bars so that the area is not for nothing called Copenhagen's longest bar. Nyhavn was built from 1671 to 1673 to...

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  • Little Mermaid

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    First things first - when in Copenhagen, you must see the statue of the Little Mermaid, called "Den Lille Havfrue" in Danish. There's no way around it, no matter if you are there with an organised bus tour or on your own. So let's start with a few facts about the world's most photographed statue. Sculpted in 1913 by Edvard Eriksen, it immediately...

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Copenhagen Hotels

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Copenhagen Restaurants

  • Riz Raz

    4 out of 5 stars

    RIZ Raz We find this hotel in our guide book and decide to give it a try. It's a vegetable only buffet.....for about $20.00 . it located just off the pedestrian street and about 20 minute or less from our hotel. It's pretty full when we arrive at about 7pm ...must be packed during summer. It turns out to be pretty good. Lots to choose from...

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  • Nyhavn

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    As in every European city of this size everybody can easily find the suitable restaurant for his/her preferences and taste. And the genuine Danish food must not be missed!! What is less easy in Copenhagen to find the ones fitting to the wallets of a big part of its visitors - Copenhagen is an expensive place.

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  • Café Norden

    4 out of 5 stars

    This was a beautiful, cozy, quite simply a wonderful place. We had the last breakfast (lunch) here, the food was also really good, we thought first that it was a bit expensive here, but when we got to see how much food we got was not so expensive. This place is to recommend!

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Copenhagen Nightlife

  • Tivoli

    Tivoli at night is a chance to see everything in one place: restaurants, bars, live music, fair amusements, etc. It's not cheap though, and not very advisable if you like to go out to quiet places. But it shows some impressive views and neon's. totally casual

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  • Dubliner

    Only having two nights in Copenhagen - one of them a VT meeting, meant we didn't have an awful lot of time for checking out the nightlife but on our last night we were lured by the music into The Dubliner, a European chain Irish bar (obviously!) in Kobmergade where they have live music every night (and it's good!) and very cheeky barmen! As well as...

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  • Vega.

    Vega is both a club and a live venue. It's probaply the most popular place with young danes at the moment. It has several gigs a week with both danish and international bands. It also has a nice bar next door called ideal bar. This is a little off the tourist track and a good place to go if you want to meet the local danes. Casual

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Copenhagen Transportation

  • Bicycle

    Our hotel (the Saga) had rental bikes, and biking is a good way to get around Copenhagen. I don't know how much the ones at the hotel cost, but there is a place near the RR station and their prices are One day 95 DKK Add one day +45 DKK One week 365 DKK Add one day +30 DKK Lights, basket or helmet per day 10 DKK Also there are bike...

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  • Train

    The Copenhagen S-trains are red trains, that go from the city centre into the suburbs and neighbouring cities. The S-trains are the best possible way to get into the suburbs even though I as a Copenhagen inhabitant don't think that they always drive as they should. There is Wi-Fi connection in the S-trains which make the trip from Hillerød to Køge...

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  • Airport

    Copenhagen's airport named Kastrup lufthavn in Danish, (Airport code: CPH) is one of the most modern in Europe and is very user friendly many shops and nice waiting areas, the price level is high as there is a lack of competition. When flying from CPH you have the opportunity to avoid the long lines at check-in, as there are self-service automates...

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Copenhagen Shopping

  • Strøget

    "Strøget" is far and away the most famous street in Copenhagen. The walking street is 1111 meters long, making it Europe's longest pedestrian street. There are other walking streets in Copenhagen besides Stroget. However, none of them can compare with atmosphere of Copenhagen’s best known street. The street is a wonderful place to go shopping or...

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  • Souvenirs

    The shop is situated in Nyhavn ( as I understood the most visited street in Copenhagen)- great location and great concept of the shop. I was pleasently surprised that I fount a place where souvenirs don't look kitschy- managed to buy simple souvenirs and and something special ( danish design). Staff was very helpful in choosing items in my price...

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  • Illum

    The Illum in Copenhagen reminds me quite a bit of a Bloomingdales or Nordstroms. It's a large department store with everything from cosmetics to men's wear. It's a great store to hit for gift giving. I saw everything from Lacoste to Dolce & Gabana to French Connection--great selection.

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Copenhagen Local Customs

  • Lifestyle & Habits

    On the Hop on Hop off bus tour we learned about the garden allotments. In Danish culture the allotment garden has become a symbol of blue-collar culture - with all the positives and negatives associated with that. In Copenhagen an association named "Arbejdernes Værn" (lit. "The Worker's Protection") founded the first allotment gardens in 1891 so...

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  • Bikes

    One of the first things you will notice when you arrive to Copenhagen as a foreigner is the huge amount of bicycles. Most Copenhagen citizens use the bicycle as their main mode of transport and it's the most common way to commute to work in Copenhagen. You will find bicycles in all shapes there. Some of them cheap budget bikes that people have...

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  • Food.

    This is an open sandwich which is a favourite of the Danes, and so we decided to give it a go. The most famous is a Herring one, so that's what I had. It wasn't too bad, especially as I'd never had Herring before. I wasn't keen on the bread though, and I'm glad I'd already been on the boat trip as I suspect I may have sunk the boat if I'd eaten...

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Copenhagen Warnings and Dangers

  • Cyclists & bicycle paths

    Many residents of Copenhagen have chosen the bicycle as their preferred mode of transport. The city has a significant network of cycle paths and most roads have a cycle lane. This can be challenging for pedestrians who do not look carefully when crossing the road as these silent modes of transport are easily missed and before you know it, one is...

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  • Public transport & tickets

    Copenhagen's excellent metro system is meant to become even more excellent. For that, a lot of construction work is taking place until at least 2018. Most parts of the existing metro system are being made fit for the second half of the 21st century, i.e. more environmentally friendly and more efficient. In addition to that, a new metro line called...

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  • Pickpockets

    Hello, after few days in Copenhagen enjoying my time with my family I've been robbed at the main railway station in my way back home. They first observed me whiles I was purchasing the tickets then they followed me to the train to rob my debit card with other items. I suspect that the ATM was, at least temporarily altered to read my PIN number so...

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Copenhagen Tourist Traps

  • Little Mermaid

    I think that the famous mermaid is the least interesting thing, several kilometers around. So take my advice: when you go there (because you will, like everybody else...) use your time, looking around: the harmonious strength of a fountain, the calm of the park, the art pieces on parade, and... yes, somewhere by the canal there's a little common...

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  • Tivoli

    Whilst Tivoli gets loads of press it is actually nothing special. If you are one person the price tag of 75DKK,which in real money is about £7.50,is way too much,I saw all I needed to see in a quick 10 minute once over,what a swizz. I think if you have kids you will get some mileage from Tivoli,but the entry fee really stings. DKK 75 adults DKK...

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  • Copenhagen Card

    I want to put it down in writing to possibly dispel the negative posts on here that claim the Copenhagen card is a tourist trap. I completely disagree. The other three posting may be out of date (2004~2006) and therefore valid at the time, but as of my visit, I found it an exceptional deal and very well worth the money. The card can be purchased...

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Copenhagen What to Pack

  • Free Maps

    If you're on a tight budget, or are in a hurry, you can grab a free map. Some stores have them in baskets by the door. I found some in a store on Stroget Street. They don't actually say "Free" though, so there is no way to know for sure, so always check with the store clerk, so you don't get charged with shoplifting.I just grabbed a free one,...

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  • Be prepared for lots of rain!

    Definitely an umbrella! If you do not plan to visit the place with a group, then you should familiarize yourself with the sights and the historical places of the city because there are so many! You should take a book guide with you. Even during the summer, don't forget to pack a coat, or at least a jumper! An umbrella is a "must" as well. We...

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  • Electrical Outlet adaptors with round...

    I overlooked this coming to Copenhagen. I thought that electrical plugs would be flat, the same as in my country since we had the same 220 voltage. I arrived on a weekend and only one shop out of 4 carried these adaptors which I needed ASAP to charge my laptop and cellphone after an 18 hr plan trip.

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Copenhagen Off The Beaten Path

  • Architecture

    These are the views of the harbor from a cruise ship as it sails out at dusk. You can see some little aids to navigation, the cranes on the docks, and the fort at the entrance to the harbor. In the US, the ATONs (aids to navigation) are red on the left as you leave the harbor (or Red Right Returning) Under the IALA A standard used in Europe,...

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  • Museums & Exibitions

    Here, twenty miles north of Kobenhavn along the North Zealand coast, is Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, a world-class art colony sculpture garden and museum. It's really lovely and not to be missed if possible. This differs from the Museum of Skagens in that the art here is mainly post 1945. Think Picasso, Andy Warhol and Henry*

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  • Parks & Outdoor areas

    The park, complete with trees and statues, near The Little Mermaid, is a great place for a picnic by the water. I wasn't actually able to have a picnic here but my imagination created the thought. The day I visited this park and saw the Little Mermaid, the sun shined, it rained, it hailed, it snowed and the sun came out again. (All in a matter of...

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Copenhagen Sports & Outdoors

  • Parken

    If you are in Copenhagen and want to watch the national football team or FC Copenhagen then you should go to the national arena called "Parken". It's the home of FC Copenhagen and the national team and is a very nice and modern football stadium. FC Copenhagen is at the moment the leading danish club and their biggest rival is Brøndby from the...

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  • Swimming

    The weather was very hot when we visited Copenhagen so we decided to cool down at the outdoor pool at Islands Brygge Havenbadet near the Langebro bridge. This pool is open daily from June to September (7am to 7pm) and, best of all, it's completely free. The water is from one of the city's canals and it was "reasonably" clean. It was very cold...

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  • Ice Skating

    While beeing in Copenhagen on winter period, on the square at Kogens Nytorv, with the statue in the middle, you will find Copenhageners ice skating on the romantic outdoor rink with a view of the Royal Theatre and the charming Nyhavn district. You can rent skating shoes at the kiosk at the square. It's not very expensive. Or you can bring yours...

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Copenhagen General

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  • Squares & Statues

    The Isted Lion is a Danish war monument originally intended as a monument of the Danish victory over Schleswig-Holstein in the Battle of Isted (Idstedt) on July 25, 1850 — at its time the largest battle in Scandinavian history. The Danish sculptor Herman Wilhelm Bissen traveled to Paris to study an actual lion in the Jardin des Plantes. He...

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  • Canals and harbour

    One of the things I like to do when traveling is to find and photograph lighthouses. So when we left the harbor on the ship, I went out on the promenade deck to take photos of whatever aids to navigation I could see. There are three possible lighthouses to be seen: Stubben (Frihavn Nordmole) This is an active lighthouse; A round tower with...

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  • Walking

    If you have a spare weekend, Copenhagen would make a nice trip. A tour of the city includes usually bus tour, photo stops at a couple of scenic areas of the city, a boat ride around the harbor and canals. All visitors to Copenhagen eventually make their way to Radhuspladsen, which is a lively square, full of street entertainers at all times of day...

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Top 5 Urban Beaches: Copenhagen

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

You might say a beach needs sand, but the Danish design denizens of Copenhagen are just the group of outside-the-box thinkers to prove you wrong. It's not surprising that the people who turned an opera house into a "Black Diamond" could create an urban beach that strikingly arises from the water and contains no sand. Havnebadet, or Harbor Bath, at Islands Brygge is a riverside swimming complex, with five pools, two specifically for children, and two towers off which visitors can dive. Across the canal, a similar harbor bath exists at Fisketorvet.

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