Copenhagen is considered an unusual city because a lot of things here may compete for the title of the Best. This is the place of the best underground in the world, the best restaurant in the world, the place, where the best chef in the world works. You can find restaurants of any cuisine here, the only Thai restaurant with a Michelin star might be found in Copenhagen. Everyone can find something special here, including those who are looking for hash. Welcome to Christiania, where marihuana can be bought and smoked as freely as in Amsterdam. In Copenhagen everything is designed to make a person healthy – bike tracks, eco-products and even the air despite traffic is very clean (like in the mountains), according to many tourists. There are a thousand of other reasons, making this city my favorite.
As far as I know, there will be no problem if you have a Schengen visa. If you have a different type of visa, then going to Denmark, you will need a transit visa, which can be obtained in the Danish consular of the country where you flying from. Visa issues might be tricky, because if you have a US passport, you do not visa at all for staying in Denmark for 30 days. More about visas read in our section here
Yes, definitely. If you want us to meet you and take to the airport, it will cost from 100 euros. This amount includes our meeting you in the port, helping with your luggage, taking you to the airport, and helping with checking in for your flight. Read more information aboutshuttles here.
There are a number of similarities and differences between us and the Danes. The Danes love their Queen and forgive her the only drawback – smoking. The Danes are very different: there are talented engineers, but there are also slackers who live in Christiania. But without exception, all of Danes are very helpful, if you suddenly ask somebody for help on the street. Many of the Danes on "Scandinavian manner" are cold and almost all speak English on good level. If the Danes are going to celebrate something at home in a noisy company, they hang a petition on the news board of their house: saying, please, forgive us in case we disturb you, - we have a special occasion today.
In Denmark there is another unwritten law, the so-called "Janteloven", which the Danes may not like very much, but try to comply with. The core of the law is that any person who wants to position himself/herself higher than the other members of their social group shall be rejected immediately. The Danes are generally intolerant to authorities and despots.
The paradox is also that despite the casualness of clothes and easiness in communicating with each other, the Danes show genuine respect to any traditions, existing in their lives and in the life of their community.
The Danes are famous for their punctuality. A Danish person may appoint a meeting with you at any time and place suitable for you worldwide. The Danish person knows where he or she will spend a holiday in 10 years and what they will do in 20 years and what will happen to at the end of their life.
Health is the key. The Danes believe that beauty primarily means health. So everything is aimed to make people healthy. Everything that makes a person healthier is made afforable. Fruits, vegetables, medicines, sport — all are subsidized by the government.
The Danish cuisine is based on simple but nutritious food. It is full of vegetables as side dishes. The national Danish cuisine is, first of all, a Danish open sandwich (smørrebrød). It is usually made of rye French bread with various meat, vegetable and fish ingredients. There are over two hundred traditional recipes of different open sandwiches in the country, and each of them has their own name.
If the sandwich is not enough for you, you will be offered roast beef with Remoulade sauce, ground horse radish and slices of cucumber or marinated herring of three varieties with two kinds of bread, capers, onion and oil in any decent café in Copenhagen.
You can order a culinary masterpiece called «Dyrlegens natmad» («Vet’s dinner»), consisting of sliced rye bread, liver pate, ham, onion rings and cress with a button of jelly sauce on top.
Traditional national meat dishes include: roasted pork with hot cabbage and pork cutlets. The Danes also often cook pork liver with crispy roasted onion or pork liver pate. As a side dish they most often serve fried potatoes or stewed cabbage.
Favorite kinds of fish are herring, mackerel, eel, flatfish and salmon. They are eaten cooked and salted, less being smoked and dried.
Desserts normally include an apple pie with currants jelly and whipped cream, and strawberry and blackberry soup with cream — something between stewed berries and liquid jam.
If your trip lasts over 2 days, then for your comfort and money saving, I offer you to buy a card of a local mobile operators. For example, Lyca mobile cards, which are available in small shops and Arabic kiosks. If you cannot find a start package of Lyca mobile, you can buy one from Lebara or One Mobile, also widely available and operating in the same way.
A start package with a Lebara number, e.g. will cost you 49 DKK (6.5 euros). 10 DKK is the prepaid amount, plus you can buy an extra prepaid card for 50 or 100 DKK (8/16 euros). Insert the card into the phone, read the instructions and activate the card, remove the protected code from the prepaid card and activate it too. If you cannot do it by yourself, ask the salesperson to do it for you. Within five minutes you will be able to use your phone.
It can be easily proclaimed that the Danish people prefer their own currency, Danish crowns, but euro are accepted in most places. If you do not want to worry about currency issues – where the exchange rate is better, whether to change or not – there is an alternative: paying by your credit card, though it also has its specifics.
I would even say that payment by credit cards is accepted everywhere, but not all the credit cards are accepted. Owing to some reasons, foreign credit cards are not welcome by many stores. I suppose that it is related to the bank charges, which the outlet has to pay in case of purchase payment by credit cards and thus many small stores just do not want to deal with that. So I would advise to get some cash. In some places payment by credit cards is permitted provided a purchase of over 100 DKK, which is gain related to the bank charges.
It is preferable to exchange currency in dedicated Currency Exchange locations, scattered throughout the city, in the centre, on the pedestrian street, at the central railway station. Euro are accepted in 90 % stores, restaurants. If you pay in euro, the change will be given in Danish crowns.
It is even better to exchange currency in Primex spots, where money is exchanged at the bank rate and no commission fee is charged. One of the Primex offices is situated on the ground floor of Imperial Hotel. You can see where thecurrency exchange office is here.
You should never exchange money in your hotel. All the hotels make money on currency exchange transactions, therefore, they will definitely offer you bad rates. For example, in the city you will be given 7.4 DKK per euro, whereas the hotel rate may be only 6 DKK. Thus, you can lose 150 DKK per 100 euro, which is 20 euro.
By the way, the tips are normally included into the bill and they should not be left. If you leave the tips, it means you are not local, since the Danes hardly ever do it.
From 1 July 2015 there are no more clip cards in Denmark. Therefore, no, you will not be able to do so. More information about public transport ticket options can be foundhere.
Copenhagen underground does not run to the central railway station. By the mid-2019 project City ring will be completed and it will link the Danish underground with the central railway station. Therefore, we should take a train, bus or taxi. When you get to the arrivals lounge go to the ticket offices on your right. When you will see DSB office, buy a single ticket for 3 zones at the price of 36 DKK. Then go down to the local trains platform to Copenhagen. Then get on the train to the city and get off on the third stop, which is actually the central railway station (København H).
Using the service rejseplanen.dk you can find out what route is the fastest, most comfortable and optimal for your trip. Suppose, we would like to find out what trains run from the airport to the central railway station.
Enter website: www.rejseplanen.dk
Fra (from) — type in the departure station — In your case it is the airport (Lufthavnen)
Til (to) — destination — Central railway station (Hovedbanegården, Tivoli)
Udrejse (trip) — when you go, date — for example, 22.01.16
Afgang (departure) — specify the time you would like to leave or arrive at Ankomst (arrival) — e.g., leaving at 10 am
Enkelt (single) Retur (return)
Then push button “Find din rejse” (Find the route)
The system will offer you different options
You can print it out “Udskriv oversight” (print)
Pushing “Se mere” (more details) — you will get step by step instructions. (spor) — means platform
Pushing “Se gangrute på kort” (if your route implies walking, here you will be provided with the route on the map)
Trains in this direction run every ten minutes. On the third stop you are to get off, as indicated in the route.
Thus, you can plan travelling around Denmark by yourself.
If you go from the airport to the centre, buy a ticket in the DSB office for 3 zones for each traveler, and it will cost about 36 DKK per person. You can travel by any public transport over 1 hour 15 minutes.
Before the first use of the card you should write the current date and time in the respective fields as the full number of hours (excluding minutes) — this can be done by a sales person when selling the card, or you may do it yourself. You must sign the card on its back side. After that you calculate from the time mentioned on the card 24 or 72 hours, respectively (it is important to calculate hours, not days) — and for this period of time you forget about tickets, from now on you can freely use any public transport to travel around Copenhagen. If there will be an inspector, checking the tickets, show him you card — and that is it. More information can be found at theofficial website of Copenhagen Card: the places where to buy a Copenhagen Card, which museums are provided a free entrance and possible discounts
Every tourist individually decides whether it is reasonable to buy this card or not. Plan your stay by days and try to find out how many places you would like to visit with Copenhagen card. If your plan concerns only museums or if money is not a question, then Copenhagen card can be reasonable solution, since in this case public transport will be free for you. If all your places are within a walking distance, and you are planning to visit only couple museums, then probably it is not really worth it. Many places are not accessible with Copenhagen card, others provide a discount of 10 or 15%.
No it is not. Copenhagen card does works only in Copenhagen area, that also covers Copenhagen suburbs. To get to Malmo, you will need to buy a train ticket to Sweden. It is advisable to buy a return ticket at once, because thus you will save a lot of money. A return ticket will cost some 180 DKK per person. Trains in this direction run regularly, every 10 — 15 minutes, including night time.
LEGO construction sets
Jacobsen Carlsberg beer
Souvenirs with royal family pictures
Everything that has to do with H.C. Andersen fairy tales
For the fans of casual wear H&Ms are at every corner, but there are also other interesting stores.
1. The Museum of Vikings in Arhus. The museum is a part of Moesgård Museum
The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 10 to 16. I have not found any information of whether it is closed in January. The entrance is free. The museumwebsite is here.
2. On the 1st of June in Frederikssund the annual Vikings festival is held. This event in the heart of the ancient land of the Vikings has been in place for over 50 years now, starting from 1950. During this festival there is an open air performance, where 200 bearded "Vikings" take part. The performance is followed by the traditional rich feast, for which the participants wear Viking costumes. The feast is held in the restored pantheon Valhalla. Valhalla in the Scandinavian mythology is the paradise for the warriors who died in battles. During the festival one can come across medieval jesters and visit a knight tournament, see the archery competition and ships of the Vikings, taste traditional Danish dishes and beverages as well as just have a great time.
3. In the town of Ribe, in the “Centre of Vikings”, a Viking settlement is reconstructed every summer. The Museum of Vikings in Ribe (Museet Ribes Vikinger) is located in the central part of the town and tells about the town history from the epoch of the Vikings till 1700. Near 700 the market place was founded along the bank of the river Ribe. Thousands of archaeological findings show the life of the Vikings and how they traded with Europe. During the period from 800 to 1100 the town was several times fortified with high ramparts. The medieval Ribe was the residence of bishops and a commercial centre, which grew around the cathedral. In the Middle Ages Ribe became one of the most important commercial towns in Denmark with a large sea port and an extensive network of contacts in Europe. The website of the Museum of Vikings in Ribe (Museet Ribes Vikinger) is here
4. In summer the “Viking Ship Museum” in Roskilde arranges sea tours on the reconstructed ships, and in the museum workshops you can watch the process of manual construction of Viking ships. In Roskilde, 30 km to the west of Copenhagen, right on the shore there is the only Viking Ship Museum in Denmark – it keeps five vessels of the Viking times, lifted from the bottom of Roskilde fjord. These are two military ships and three commercial ships, reconstructed as much as it was possible. Here you will learn how ships were built, how they were navigated and what geographical discoveries refer to that period. You will get unforgettable impressions from a trip across the fjord on the ship, built according to all Viking ship-building rules.
5. In the National Museum in Copenhagen there is one of the best collections of Roman swords in the world. It was a part of the arsenal of the Danish Vikings. Read more aboutNational Museum here.
6. In the town of Elling there are runic stones, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The names of the first Viking kings Gorm the Elder and Harald Bluetooth were carved on them.
The bridge of “Storebelt” links the island of Sjaelland, where Copenhagen is located, and the island of Funen with the third largest city in Denmark – Odense. If you are planning a trip to Legoland or Lalandia, you will have to take this toll bridge. Pricing here is flexible, depending on the day of the week. You can find more information about ithere.
There is an opportunity to get a discount, get more info about it in Legoland or Lalandia in the service centre. Say that you have come via the bridge and you must come back the same way. The scenery on the bridge is very beautiful, whereas the train passes through the tunnel under water and then “comes” to the surface on the small island in the middle of the strait and further on the bridge alongside with other traffic.
if you want to rent an apartment for the time of your stay in Copenhagen, I advise you to look at websitewww.airbnb.com If you have any questions regarding city districts, write to us and we will be pleased to answer on your request.
If you are staying in a hotel, then with probability of 95 % you will be able to rent an iron horse there. Even hostels, mentioned on this website, offer this service. The rental rate will be about 100 - 150 DKK (15 - 20 euro) per day per bicycle. This will give you an opportunity to move freely around Copenhagen and feel as if you were a local dweller. If your hotel does not provide the above service, a bicycle may be rented e.g.here, Bike rental, 800 meters from the central station towards Dybbelsbro, area Sydhavn. Here you will be offered to rent a bicycle at the rate of 110 DKK (15 euro) per day, and if you want to extend it for a day, then the price will be just 50 DKK (8 euro). There are lots of such places in Copenhagen, across the city.
Since 2013 there have been public Gobikes in the streets of Copenhagen. You can read more about these bikes and how to use in one of our aricles in “Blog” section.
If you like travelling by trains, you will definitely like Danish railway. It is not only fast, nice and efficient, but also rather expensive, especially long distance journeys. For example, a ticket to the city of Billund, the location of Legoland from Copenhagen costs 600 – 1000 DKK (80 – 130 euro) per adult. Therefore, I recommend you to buy tickets online one or better two months in advance. In this case you can get cheapest tickets, that in Denmark called Orange.
Tickets can be ordered on therailway website. Be careful — check dates, time, number of passengers etc. The tickets are not subject to refund or change!
The restaurant rating was established in an unusual way. Michelin company originally had nothing to do with restaurants or culinary. Michelin family owned a small plant, where in the late XIX century brothers Edward and Andre started producing bicycle and then automobile tires.
However, the production needed expansion. So the brothers decided to encourage people to travel by car, issuing colorful guidebooks. Alongside with the pictures of sights these guidebooks included lots of useful information, e.g. landmarks, which cities are worth visiting, what hotel to stay at for your holiday, and what restaurant to choose for eating out. Quite soon a free brochure grew into a relatively expensive guidebook that included not only useful “road” information, but also the detailed list of the most expensive and prestigious hotels and restaurants of Europe.
The most fascinating restaurants to be met by the car travelers were later marked with a special star in the guidebook. Nevertheless, after a while there appeared a large number of «one-star» restaurants and in order to get better understanding in the diversity of the food places, the brothers decided to change the assessment of the cuisine and make it a three-star scale.
Michelin star assessment system:
* - a very good restaurant in its category (type of cuisine);
** - an excellent restaurant, it is a must-go, if you happen to be in this city;
*** - amazing chef’s work, original, personalized cuisine, a must-go regardless of the places where you travel.
Michelin rating is famous for its honesty and righteousness. Nobody in the restaurant knows that a Michelin expert will drop in, and who it might be. In the best case the chef will get to know about it, when the guest pays the bill, or perhaps, only when the restaurant will be deprived a star due to the deteriorated food quality.
Each Michelin star is valued as gold. It makes the restaurant prestigious, gives it the status, queues of customers at the entrance and ensures exorbitantly high prices in the menu. However, it is common knowledge that it is not enough to get an award, it should also be kept. Each marked restaurant is visited by experts once a year to make sure that everything is still on that high level or has even been improved. Therefore, there are so few three-star Michelin restaurants worldwide – a bit over sixty.
An interesting fact: for over the centennial history of the guidebook there has been no scandal related to its experts found biased or corrupted
In Copenhagen there are plenty of restaurants to any taste and pocket. Based on the results of 2011 and 2014 the best restaurant worldwide was "Noma" restaurant, holding 2 Michelin stars out of 3. It is necessary to book a table in this restaurant 3 months in advance, since the place is very popular. However, there are other restaurants in the city, which are not worse than "Noma" in any respect. For example, "Geranium" restaurant that is the only restaurant in Copenhagen with 3 Michelin stars since 2016.
More information about these two Copenhagen restaurants can be read in one of our articles: "Best Restaurant in the World versus best Chef in the World":
I can also recommend "Krabsegaaden" restaurant – according to one of its customers, lamb here is cooked so that it is actually the meat of the lifetime. There is fish restaurant called "Fish market", the only Thai restaurant in the world that has been awarded with a Michelin star "Kiin Kiin". The list of all Michelin restaurants in Copenhagen is givenhere
Michelin restaurants are, in my opinion, for glamour-seekers or gourmets. If you just want a good sushi restaurant, I can advise you "Stick and Sushi", located in hotel "Tivoli", on the 12th floor with an excellent panorama of the city. The above mentioned family restaurant "Ida Davidsen", a sandwich restaurant, where you will be offered 100 options of multilayer sandwiches, each of which is a masterpiece or ”Maven” restaurant located in a medieval church, or one of the best fish restaurants in the city called ”Fish market”. It is advisable to book a table in advance, because these are fancy and busy places, especially if you have a large company.
5 most popular vegetarian restaurants in Copenhagen look, to my mind, as follows:
1. "Guru" – a small Indian restaurant, located in: Jernbanegade 5, København V
Type of cuisine: Asian, Indian, Middle East, seafood, vegetarian, soups
Price level: fast and cheap
2. "Cape Horn" – a small vegetarian restaurant in one of the most popular places in the city on Nyhavn quay: Nyhavn 21, København К
Type of cuisine: pub, vegetarian food, restaurant
Price level: fast and cheap
3. "Мorgenstedet" – a restaurant, located in one of the most controversial places in the city, in Christiania called "Morning spot". A small, cosy restaurant, where you can eat in the fresh air: Fabriksomradet 134, København S
Type of cuisine: vegetarian only
Price level: fast and cheap
4. "Vita Boost" – a vegetarian restaurant with a summer terrace in one of the fanciest districts in Copenhagen – Frederiksberg: Godthåbsvej 6
Type of cuisine: juice, vegetarian food, takeaway food
Price level: fast and cheap
5. "Ro & Smag" – a popular vegetarian restaurant in the very heart of the city: Magstraede 12, København К
Type of cuisine: vegetarian, Danish, Scandinavian
Price level: fast and cheap
In Copenhagen there are analogues of sour cream and kefir. In Danish these products are called Fraiche and Kærnemælk.
You need to find out what pier your cruise liner calls at. In some places there are free shuttle buses to the city centre and somewhere not. As a rule, free DFDS shuttle buses run from cruise liners to Kongens Nytorv station or Østerport station. Having arrived at the station, take the Lufthavnen underground line or train and within 12 minutes the train will take you directly to Kastrup airport. For this trip you will need 3-area tickets for each traveler. If you have a child under 12 years free of charge with you. The ticket costs 36 DKK per person.
Another option is not so budget – a taxi. Right near the liner there will be a long line of free taxis, which will take you to the airport at the price of 50 euro. Taxi phone in Copenhagen is + 45 35 35 35 35, for example.
3rd option – combined – on foot, and by train. Having arrived by shuttle bus to the port exit, you will need to walk 500 meters to train station Nordhavn. There you will need to get on the train to the airport. I cannot say what specific train you should take, since I do not know the time and date of your journey, but you can see it yourself by glancing at website: www.rejseplanen.dk
Considering unavailability of direct trains from this station to the airport, the system will offer you either a correspondence in the underground at Nørreport or at the central railway station (København H) to take another train to the airport.
Car rentals may vary from 260 DKK per day to 1000 DKK or even more. I use the services of Byensbilleje.
It seems to me that this is the cheapest company in Copenhagen. Here you can get a car for a day at 260 DKK, 100 km/day are already included into the price, but if you travel a lot, you can additionally buy required kilometers. Cars are not new but reliable. If you want new cars, contact Avis, but this will be far more expensive.
Another good example isDyt – Dyt. Here the 3-4 year-old cars cost about 400 DKK per day. When you take the car you will need to leave the deposit of 2000 DKK, which you will get back upon returning the car.
Petrol in Denmark costs about 10 DKK (in 2016) (1.5 euros or 2 USD) per litre of 95.
There are three parking areas in Copenhagen: red, most expensive — 30 DKK at day, green — around 18 DKK and blue, the cheapest — 11 DKK. The farther you are from the city centre, the cheaper it will be. You need to pay either hourly or daily. The machine does not provide any discounts, in the evening from 6 pm to 11 pm the parking price in all areas is 11 DKK, at night from 11 pm to 8 am it is 3 DKK. From 8 a.m. a new day starts and again the full parking rates are in effect.
Normally, hotels in Copenhagen do not have their parking lots. As I understand, Europark company has bought out all free plots. Therefore, in the places where there are no city parking machine meters, there are Europark machines, which are much greedier than the city authorities. Europark parking space costs 20 DKK per hour regardless of time. You can buy a daily ticket at 200 DKK. Thus the economy will be 4 hours.
On Saturday all public parking is free throughout the city from 5 pm to 8 am on Monday.
The Danish underground is being expanded. The underground ring line is being built now – it will link all most important points in the city centre, including the central railway station. It is scheduled to be completed by mid-2019. 17 new stations will be added to the existing 22, i.e. the underground will be nearly doubled. You can find more information about it in my article "City ring or the Future of Danish Underground".
Of course it is. Get on the local train to Helsingør and you will be there in 45 minutes. Trains run from central train station every thirty minutes in this direction.
The best option will be to buy a 24-hour ticket to all zones. This ticket costs 130 DKK per person (18 euro). Before entering the train, punch the ticket in the yellow machine on the platform and within the following 24 hours you will be able to travel by any public transport free, including the river boat bus. You can easily organize a tour for yourself along the city canal. In this case, it will not cost you a penny.
Helsingør is a very nice town, where you can also visit Kronborg castle, a place also known as the scene of Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet. Or take a ferry and in 20 minutes you will be in Sweden, in the town of Helsinborg — quite noticeable and welcoming. Just buy a return ferry ticket at once — it is cheaper and more convenient (you do not need to exchange your money for Swedish crowns).
In spring Copenhagen Tivoli opens — it is an amusement park, so you should spend there at least half a day. There are various museums, theatres, shops, attractions....
In spring you can do a lot of things in Copenhagen. There are numerous places, where children can have a great time with their parents. The most affordable are those located in the city. Read more about it in our section ”Copenhagen for children”.
I would personally recommend starting with a highlight city tour. Just within 3 hours you will love this city. In addition, you will learn about main tourist spots, learn how to use public transport, where to eat, and also where major museums are situated. And then I offer you to treat yourself with a trip to the royal castles of Northern Zealand and plunge into the luxury of the environment and history of Denmark. Read more aboutit here.
You can get to the castles in the following way:
1. The castle of Frederiksborg – at the central railway station you should get on train "Е" to Hillerød. Trains run every 10 minutes in this direction.
Go to the terminal station. The journey takes about 45 minutes. When you get off the train, ask a passer-by how to get to the castle. You will need to go around the lake. The walk will take around 10 minutes, or look at theroute on Google maps. Castle entrance tickets cost 75 DKK per person. There is an opportunity to take the audio guided tour in English. The castle is open till 5 pm.
2. The castle of Kronborg - at the central railway station you should get on train "С" to Klampenborg. Upon arriving at Hellerup station, you will need to change and take the train leaving from platform 1 to Helsingør. The castle is located within a walking distance from the station. When you come out of the railway station, it can be seen on the right. You can ask somebody how to get there, in case of any problems. Or, as an option you can take a direct train from the railway station to Helsingør.
You should definitely buy a book on the castle in the ticket office. It will be your guide there. The castle is open till 16.00. Tickets cost 95 DKK per person. Buy a 24-hour all-zone train ticket – it will cost you 130 DKK per person.
Hop on / hop off bus ia a tourist bus, running around the centre of the city: you get on the bus and listen the story about Copenhagen in your language, you can get off the bus to take photos and then continue the tour on the next bus. The cost of a two-day tour in this bus is from 185 DKK. It is ideal for the tourists who have a lot of time and money.
Cons hop on / off buses:
1. First af all, it is expensive.Three routes and the ticket at 185 DKK (25 euro per person) to go by bus without an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to listen to the guided tour recorded many years ago is not a great delight for 25 euro.
2. Long waiting time. You waste a lot of time for waiting for the buses, since some of them run every 30 minutes whereas the others only every hour, although the stops are close to each other. Over the time you wait for the bus, you could walk to the next sight.
3. Restricted working hours. Tourist buses stop their operations at 5 pm. Considering the fact that they start at 10 in the morning, there is little time for wondering around.
Everything depends on the duration of your stay in Copenhagen and what you would like to see. If it is a short visit and you are coming to Copenhagen for the first time, I would advise you to limit yourself to the capital, because here there are a lot of places to go and see. If your stay is over 3 days or if you have already been here before, I would recommend to go around the suburbs of Copenhagen: Helsingør and its castle immortalized by Shakespeare, Roskilde — former capital of Denmark, the castle of Fredensborg in Hillerød, or rich suburbs of Copenhagen, such as Hellerup and Charlotenlund with their posh private areas and picturesque houses, or, for example, Klampenborg — a huge natural park.
On the motorway there are large petrol stations with food, kiosks and free toilets. Different road self-service cafés, where you take a tray and put the cold dish you like on it. Hot dishes are shown on pictures above your heads, order dishes and pay at the cashier’s desk. The choice is not wide, food is traditional – sandwiches, salads, sausage rolls, meat and chips, fish, beverages, ice-cream, and pastry. In kiosks at the petrol station there are coffee machines – you select, pour, and pay.
10 days in Denmark is a luxury, usually people have not more than 2 — 3 days. Everything depends on your company and whether you have children there. I advise you the following cities and towns:
Day 1 - Copenhagen
Day 2 – Hillerød, Fredenborg and Helsingor (royal castles)
Day 3 – Roskilde
Day 4 – Odense with its Andersen’s house museum
Day 5 – Island of Mon
Days 6-7 – Billund - visits to the largest water park called Lalandia and Legoland theme park.
Day 8 – Malmo. One day can be given to the Swedes.
Days 9-10 – May be given to the Norwegians and Oslo.
Tivoli is a huge amusement park, where everybody can find something interesting and exciting. It is a theme park, devoted to different topics depending on the season, tulips in spring, Halloween in autumn, Christmas in winter etc. In this park various open-air concerts are held every year, there are lots of small shops and souvenir kiosks. In general, if you come to Copenhagen for the first time, the Tivoli is a must. You can buy either the entrance ticket and then pay separately for each attraction or a ticket that includes all attractions. This ticket will be a bit more expensive.
It is, because Mon Klint and Stevns Klint are unique places in Denmark, they do not resemble anything. 130-meter chalk and limestone cliffs, excellent sandy beaches, forests, viewpoints with breath-taking landscapes, rare flowers and animals — all these are for you here, if you have decided to visit the island of Mon. The only disadvantage is the distance from Copenhagen - 130 km. If you do not want to go so far from Copenhagen, but you would like to be closer to nature, there is an opportunity to visit Stevns Klint, famous for its cliff coast place in Denmark. These cliffs are not as magnificent as Mon Klint but they are very picturesque.
Regarding the nightlife I can recommend a number of places:
2. NightclubNordin the centre of Copenhagen. The best club of 2010. The website is in Danish, but you can look at the pictures
3. Nightclub with live musicRosie Magiein the city centre
4.Mojonight club with live music.
5.Rustnight club with live music
The last bottle was filled here in 2008, and then the territory has been converted into the collection of buildings and monuments, telling the history of beer. Here you will be able to get a glimpse at the old cellars, where it is so easy to get lost, see the first industrial buildings of Denmark, read wise sayings on arches and look at the interesting collection of beer bottles. The shelves are filled with some 20 000 items. The museum official website ishere.
The museum working hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 17. At the weekend tickets cost 70 DKK per adult, including 2 glasses of beer to your choice in the restaurant at the exit from the museum. No booking is required. Just come, the museum is situated 2 km from the central railway station at: Valby Langgade 1, 2500 Valby
1. Frederiksberg Runddel - 30 by 40 metre open air skating ring. It is open every day from 11 am to 7 pm. Entrance is free – skate rent is 45 DKK.
2. Blågårds Plads – is opening on 23 December, free, skate rent is 35 DKK per hour.
3. Hvidøvre Idrætscenter, next to the Friheden railway station. A large indoor sports arena. Entrance fee is 20 DKK, skate rent is 45 DKK.
The area of Christiania is a cult place where the words of the equality and fraternity are not merely words. Here they are supported with a good portion of freely traded marihuana, which people smoke everywhere. This is Copenhagen underground, because this is the area where the oddest representatives of the Danish capital live. The place is intriguing, appealing to tourists like a magnet, but for many it is inacceptable and weird. You can read more about it in my article "To see Christiania and die".
Ørestad is the area of modern architecture. In the end of 90th these were just fields, and now it is full of buildings that any curious tourist will be happy to see. DR byen are the premises of the Danish television and radio broadcasting, whose design was awarded with Pitzer’s prize, the analogue of the Nobel prize in architecture, given to Jean Noel; Bella Sky hotel – dancing twin towers, currently the biggest hotel in Copenhagen, VM - Mountain – apartments – gardens, the best architectural project of 2006; Bella Center – the biggest exposition centre in Scandinavia, Fields – the largest moll in Scandinavia, 8 tallet – the biggest housing estate in Copenhagen and the best architectural project in 2011, as well as many other buildings. Visiting this district is a part of the highlight city tour. But any tourist can go there individually by underground (to Vestamager).
Yes, there are. Strömma Danmark A/S organizes everyday water tours along canals in Copenhagen at: 10.15 am – 11.30 am – 12.45 – 2 pm and 3.15 pm
Monday-Friday you can do it at 11:00 and at 14:00. On Saturday at 12:00. On Sunday the City hall tower does not work. Tell the cashier that you would like to buy a ticket to get to the top of the tower. It costs 20 DKK.
This is an area, whose name is translated as "new houses". It is located to the north-east of Rosenborg. The Danes (good PR specialists) claim that this was the first project of standard housing development in Danmark. According to the order of king Christian IV 24 identical yellow buildings with 556 apartments were built for his sailors and port workers in 1641. These houses are still occupied by the people, who are somehow related to the fleet and sea navigation. In the centre of the neighbourhood there is a Lutheran Neo-Gothic St. Paul’s church.
Copenhagen could be a good destination because here it is possible to swim in the city. You can do it in the area called Islands Brygge - the quay is 1 km from the city centre or in Amager Strand, the area of the man-made beach, next to the airport. It certainly depends on the season you are planning to come. I can recommend the areas of Charlottalund, Klampenborg or Bornholm. The latter is a wonderful place for swimming, if the weather is good. You can find a lot of information on Bornholmhere.
In addition, you can rent a house or accommodation in the areas of Køge, Solrød Strand or Vallensbæk Strand. The swimming season in Denmark is rather short, from July to September, so this is probably the best time for a visit. You can rent a househere.
Copenhagen is a safe city, even regarding unfavorable districts. When I say unfavorable, I do not mean anything bad, I just want to say that it is not as good as others. Everything is relative. You can certainly go to Nørrebro district, when it gets dark, but be aware of that the place where Arabs, Muslims and Turkish people live.
Copenhagen is quite a safe city, therefore, you should not worry about your personal safety. The same can be said about public transport too, even at night. Nevertheless, you should not be too careless. The neighborhood of Istergade street, starting right behind the central railway station may be rather risky when it gets dark, because there are many guys, strolling and looking for easy money, as well as many prostitutes and drug addicts. They are normally not threatening, but I would not advise anybody to walk alone there when it gets dark.
The website of the Royal Opera is bilingual, in Danish and English. In the right upper corner you will see a flag, which can be used to switch between the languages.
Pushing section "calendar" and thumbing it through a month ahead, you will be able to find out the repertoire of the opera house in Copenhagen. Tickets for all performances can be bought online on the Opera House website. There you can also find the description and prices.
The only thing is that you should specify what language the performance is in: in Danish or English. When buying tickets, you will be asked: "Giv mig de bedste pladser – Get the best seats or "Jeg ønsker selv at vælge sektion og plads" – I would like to select a seat myself. Then push "Næste" - Continue
Pushing the arrow, pointing down, you can choose a seat in different price categories from А – the best to F – the cheapest on the balcony or in the parterre. Indicate the number of people, e.g. 2 in section "Antal" – Number
The next stage is to push button "Føj til kurv" - Further
On the next screen you will see the final price, marked red and suggestion to push button "Bekræft" to confirm. Then you will need to get registered. You will have to push button "Ny kunde – a new visitor" and fill in the application form: Name, surname, sex, address, postal code, city, country, phone number, e-mail, another time e-mail, type in a password and confirm it. Then put a tick on the right.
Next we push button "Opret" – create an account. And finally put another tick next to ”Jeg accepterer handelsbetingelserne” - "agree to purchase conditions" and readily push button "Afslut" – finish, at the bottom of the page.
Having finished, you submit the request to the Royal theatre. They will send you a link, using which you will pay for the ticket and will get it electronically. What you need to do is just to print it out.
Legoland opens on the 23rd of March and before the beginning of June it will not be very busy. Plan Legoland for one night and two days, because the park is located 260 km from Copenhagen and the trip there will take time. For example, in Legoland hotel there is an offer – a room + entrance tickets for 2 days. They will cost you the price of one day. Besides, within one day it is very difficult and tiring to cover the whole park, and there is plenty to see and to do!
I recommend that you buytrain tickets(round-trip) in advance, at the same time when buy a plane ticket to Copenhagen. Or another option - to fly to Billund (at a price almost like a train).
If you go for the whole day, then you will try, see and cover everything. Smaller children usually get tired quickly, and it is better to stay there two days with them. Older children are enduring; they will run there all day and ask to come there again tomorrow! For example, there is a hall, where older children can make Lego models. It can take a long time, but it is interesting for kids. Attractions and coasters are available in all parks, whereas Lego construction is the specific feature of Legoland.
If your children have a big difference in age, then you can separate into the groups daddy-older child and mom-younger, and explore the park according to interests. Then you will certainly cope with everything within one day.
The price includes entrance to Aquadome, Monky Tonky Land and the final cleaning in the rented house, on the day of your departure you can go to Aquadome for the whole day too. What is not included in price is the environmental tax.
You need to take with you the following: bedding, or get it at extra cost in the service centre (pillows and blankets are available in the houses for free). Toilet paper, soap, coffee filters for the coffee machine (a coffee machine and a kettle are available in the houses). There is no diaper board in the house. Bedding for cots can also be provided by the service centre at the extra cost. Swimming suits should be taken from home. Sports clothing and sports footwear with light soles to use the gym in Lalandia.
Arrival from 3 pm, departure not later than 10 am.
Cable Internet, no wi-fi.
I will personally add that I would also take swimming flip-flops. Buy household items in the supermarket on the area of Lalandia.
On Lalandia website there is ashort video, which shows without words how should you move in the houses. Perhaps, a 6-digit code will be sent to your e-mail. Using it you will be able to get to your house without going to the service centre.
Some houses have their own parking spaces. If you take a computer with you, you will need to take a cable to connect the computer to the Internet socket. This is the way I understand it.
When you come in to Lalandia water Attraction Park, you get a bracelet and «pay for everything in the swimming pool with your bracelet». This is very convenient. At the exit you pay the corresponding amount for the food you ate..
Bridge. Copenhagen is situated on the island, therefore, there is no other way – but a toll bridge, from which you will get to another island, Funen (the main city there is Odense, Andersen’s motherland, his house-museum, and also an excellent museum of real old locomotives). From the island of Funen there is another bridge Lillebelt, it is free and leads to the peninsula of Jutland, which is near Billund.
The supermarket on the area of Lalandia will certainly be more expensive than other supermarkets. Here are names of the retail discounters in Denmark: ALDI, LIDL, NETTO, BILKA, FAKTA.
While going from Copenhagen, look for a large country shopping mall, do shopping there for the whole period, because in Lalandia it will be expensive, limited choice, and all restaurants will be posh.
Regarding checking in - 2-3 days before the date of arrival you will be sent the number of your house and the code, the location of the house will be shown at the reception (if you come late it is better to ask beforehand where the house is and they will send you a map).
From the reception there is a mini-train to the houses, twice an hour, and then you need to walk about half an hour to some of them.
You pay separate for the electricity and water–see the utility bill on TV, put the money into the envelope (naturally exact amount and put the envelope in a special window)
You can find a good website on a cruise along fjords in Norwayhere.
Since the website is in Danish, I will try to translate the essentials:
1. Carrier company: MSC Musica. The voyage will include such cities as Bergen, Stavanger and the capital of Norway Oslo.
Sailing route - København – Kiel, Germany – on water - Hellesylt/Geiranger, Norway - Flam, Norway - Bergen, Norway - Oslo, Norway – København
Departure times in 2016:
May: 04. & 18.*
June: 01.* & 15. & 29.
July: 13. & 27.
August: 10. & 24.
Voyage duration: 8 days or 7 nights. Prices per 2 people in the cabin and departure in May
A cabin with no windows from / Indvendig kahyt fra kr. 4.450
A cabin with a windows from / Udvendig kahyt fra kr. 5.550
A cabin with a balcony from / Balkon kahyt fra kr. 6.100
Then you can translate by analogy for June and July.
Prices per 2 people in the cabin and departure 01. juni & 24. august:
A cabin with no windows from / Indvendig kahyt fra kr. 4.700
A cabin with a windows from / Udvendig kahyt fra kr. 6.100
A cabin with a balcony from / Balkon kahyt fra kr. 6.700
Prices per 2 people in the cabin and departure june - 10 august
A cabin with no windows from / Indvendig kahyt fra kr. 4.900
A cabin with a windows from / Udvendig kahyt fra kr. 6.400
A cabin with a balcony from / Balkon kahyt fra kr. 6.900
Prices per 2 people in the cabin and departure in july
A cabin with no windows from / Indvendig kahyt fra kr. 5.300
A cabin with a windows from / Udvendig kahyt fra kr. 6.600
A cabin with a balcony from / Balkon kahyt fra kr. 7.300
Prices include: 7 nights on the ship, all inclusive, entertainment program on board.
Prices do not include: tours, tips (7 euro per adult per day, 3.5 euro per child per day), beverages, insurance, meals in specialty restaurants. You can read the rest on the website of the voyageoperator here.
High quality and contemporary design make Copenhagen a highly competitive commercial centre of all Northern Europe. Here you will find quality goods of Danish brands, made in compliance with the best Danish designer practices and latest fashion trends. The designs of this season are presented by clothes and footwear fashion houses: Munthe plus Simonse, Bruuns Bazar, Birger Christensen, Sweater House, Blå Form Design, Red/Roses, Lubarol, SBJ Borgstrøm, Sand, Oleana, Kitch Bitch, 1206, Viola Sky, Pede & Stoffer, Gentlemen’s Affair, By Malene Birger, A pair, Kassandra, Marc by Marc Jakobs, A New Player, Diva & Debauchery, Street Charm, Exclusive Feminity.
Walk along the longest in Europe pedestrian street Stroget located in the capital of Denmark – here you can see all largest brands: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Mark Jacobs, Chanel, Ally-S, Henry Lloyd, Kaufman, Le Klint, Dressman, Bruno-Joel, Bland etc.
I guess, that you have already been in Scandinavia and knows that sometimes it is not an easy task to get strong alcohol. In Norway and Sweden alcohol sales are restricted to some dedicated places, but not in Denmark. In Denmark any alcohol is available round the clock and everywhere. Therefore, you can buy a bottle of your favorite whiskey for 15 euro virtually anywhere, in any supermarket. Next to your hotel there must be small shops, and it is possible that even there you can find your whiskey.
You can book tickets to the showhere. You can do it by e-mail, by phone, oronline.
Select the date and push button «Køb billetter» (Buy a ticket) on the right. Then choose a menu: Oksefilet (beef), Fisk (fish), Vegetar (vegetarian), And (duck) and the same options for the child under 12 years old (Barn under 12 år) and the number of participants. All menus are the same except for the main dish, which you actually select. You will have several starters, the main dish and a dessert. Drinks are ordered at extra cost.
Further on the system can choose the best seats for you (Bedst ledige) or you can do it by yourself by pushing button (Vælg selv priskategori og sektion). Select the ticket category from А — the most expensive to D — the cheapest. Button Find billeter means (Find tickets).
If the screen shows «Billetter er ikke på hold endnu», it means that you cannot find tickets by yourself and you should let the system choose the best tickets.
The system will show the selected tickets, push Forsæt (Continue), select or do not select extra services and again push Forsæt (Continues).
Then, you need to create your profile for the system. To do so, push «Opret nu» on the right (create a profile). Fill in: e-mail, again e-mail, password (enter by yourself), password again (to confirm), name, surname, company, sex, delivery address, postal code, city, country, phone, language
Put a tick in «Acceptér retningslinjer» — agree to the purchase conditions and push Acceptér og Forsæt (agree, continue). Next select the way of delivering tickets: Standardpost (kunder uden for Danmark) 35.00 DKK (by post outside Denmark). Push in the field with credit cards, select the credit card you are going to pay for the purchase, enter the credit card data, tick «Jeg accepterer nedenstående retningslinjer samt de generelle retningslinjer for Billetnet» (agree to the purchase conditions), do not put a tick at the bottom of the page. After that push Bækraft købet (confirm your purchase) below. When the payment is effected, confirmation will be sent to the specified e-mail address and the tickets will be sent by post. Keep in mind that the full procedure will take you 15 minutes. The clock are ticking on the right!
The price depends not only on the size of the tattoo. If you have to pay a fixed amount for a small tattoo, it means that the person who makes it just an amateur. Consequently, he or she tries to get the maximum from you. The normal price per tattoo in Denmark is 1000-1500 crowns per hours.
I can list some studios worth your attention:
Royal Tattoo, Tattoo Mini, Rites of Passage (these studios are busy and it is not easy to get there and the price will be high, around 2000 per hour), Baby Lou, BrghtSide tattoo, King Colors. All the above studios are on the Zeland peninsula.
From time to time Copenhagen hosts tattoo festivals. The nearest future event of the kind is in early May 2016.
Remember a few simple things about tattoos: a clear idea, correctly laid out to the master is the key to success. The word master means that the person can implement your idea on paper. At the same time all you need is just the idea. The master, if he or she is a professional, does the rest for you. The salon is not the indicator of the master’s skills level. 90% salons make tattoos worse than 60% masters at home. This is just arithmetic calculation of the earnings. Before starting to discuss your tattoo with the master, make sure that his or her works are worth doing it. Different levels, different work complexity, realism require different skills.
'Therefore, you need to make sure that the master will be able to implement what you have the idea of. If you have a sketch and you have spotted the master for yourself, you can start corresponding with him or her and solve all organizational issues in advance. It will save a lot of your time. Do not forget about quality as well. I understand that few people understand the way quality tattoo should look like, but try to pay attention to the quality. Preliminary online search for prominent masters and their works will give you a better understanding of what is indeed possible.
And finally, above all: remember – this is painful, expensive and forever. Never save on what you are going to wear all your life.