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4 days in Copenhagen

A November 2003 trip to Copenhagen by b.e.g28

Quote: What to see, where to go, and what to eat. Copenhagen is a delightful city to visit, especially in the run up to Christmas. The sights, sounds, and smells will make any visit unforgettable.

4 days in Copenhagen

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Overview

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Copenhagen is a beautiful city, cultural, historical, architecturally eye-catching, friendly, compact, and full of things to do. Visit Tivoli Gardens and experience Christmas, Danish-style; or visit the National Museum, full of antiquities; or the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, a real jewel in the crown of Copenhagen; or while away some time on one of the many cafes along Nyhavn and try a local Danish dish; or go to the Palaces at Amelieborg and see the changing of the guard. The main problem is whereabouts to start, and will you be able to see it all?Quick Tips: The cheapest way to get to Copenhagen can be to land at Malmo ( via Ryanair for as little as £20 return INCLUDING taxes! ) and get a bus ...Read More

Hotel Twentyseven

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Hotel | "Mermaid Hotel"

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The Mermaid Hotel is ideally situated, next door to the Radhusplasen and perfect for sightseeing in the city centre. The reception is ornate and welcoming, as were the staff. However, the room we were in had seen better days, and once past the reception, we got the impression that the hotel was due for a good refurbishment. The room itself was clean ( though the smell from the drain in the bathroom was very strong ), but basic. The furniture was, again, basic but functional. The TV was old and the remote was not fully operable. As with all ( it seems ) Scandinavian hotels, there were no tea and coffee facilities in the room, or mini-bar. There were no hair-drying or ironi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 1, 2003

Hotel Twentyseven
Løngangstræde 27
Copenhagen, Denmark 1468
+45 70 27 56 27

Mama Rosa Cantina

Restaurant | "Mama Rosa"

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Mama Rosa is a cozy intimate restaurant, halfway down the Stroget, that serves Italian and Mexican cuisine. The food is very well-priced, with most pastas dishes around 70-90 DKK (£7-9), and fajitas dishes at around 130-140 DKK (£13-14). The food is excellent, tasty and warming with large enough portions not to disappoint anyone except the most bottomless stomach (I can recommend the chicken fajitas)! The staff is friendly and courteous and the whole restaurant is clean and tidy. This place does not serve local Danish cuisine. If you are looking for pasta, pizza, or basic Mexican, or slightly better quality than the (still very good) other pizza restaurants, then Mama Rosa ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2003

Mama Rosa Cantina
Nikolaj Plads 24
Copenhagen K, Denmark 1067
+45 33 93 80 82

Tivoli Gardens

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Attraction

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The world-famous historic Tivoli Gardens, opened in 1843, is home to garden walks; one of the world's oldest roller-coasters still in operation; amusements, walks, concerts, and fireworks in the summer months; and a Christmas fair during the month before Christmas, all of which make this a must-see for visitors. It costs 55 DKK ( about £5.50 ) to get in. The best entrance is the grand red-brick archway on Vesterobrogade, just down from the Radhusplasen ( town hall sqaure ). Most travel guides say it is not worth visiting it in the winter, but it takes a very hard soul not to be moved by the thousands of fairy lights, numerous Christmas stalls with the stallholders in festive costume, and gallons...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 1, 2003

Tivoli Gardens
Vesterbrogade 3
Copenhagen, Denmark 1630
+45 33 15 10 01

Kronborg Slot

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Attraction | "Kronberg Castle"

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Kronberg castle, the setting for Shakespeare's "Hamlet", is 40 kilometres north of Copenhagen, in the town of Heslingor on the Danish coastline facing the Swedish town of Helsingborg. Getting there is simple, take a train from the main station in Copenhagen (platform 4), ticket prices are about 70-80 DKK (£7-8) for a return. As always, the counter staff members in the ticket bureau in the train station are exceptionally helpful and will make sure you get the right train. The journey to Helsingor takes about 45 minutes with trains leaving every 20 minutes and there are numerous stops along the way, taking you through the suburbs of Copenhagen before heading out into the Danish country...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 6, 2003

Kronborg Slot
Kronborg Slot 2C
Helsingør, Denmark 3000
+45 49 21 80 88

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Attraction | "Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum"

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This museum is one of the jewels in Copenhagen's crown. It’s visually stunning, impressively grand, singularly dazzling, and it's free on every Wednesday! The museum is home to artwork throughout the ages from Greek, Egyptian, and Roman, to Renaissance. There are works by Gauguin, Rodin, Van Gogh and Monet in wood, marble, stone, and on canvas. Tempted yet? The beautiful museum is split into three sections with a central glass housed section with seats, palms, fountains, and a gift shop. Housing the biggest collection of Rodin outside France (including versions of "The Thinker" and "The Kiss" ), the French section is inspiring. The classical section of marble sculpture leaves you a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 19, 2004

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Dantes Plads 7
Copenhagen, Denmark 1556
45 33 41 81 41

Erotica Museum

Attraction | "National Museum of Erotica"

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This museum is tucked down an alleyway off the Kobmagergade and delves into the world of erotica and sex through the ages. Split into many rooms, some of it is enlightening and educational, some of it is dispiriting and disheartening, but all of it is sexually explicit! This museum is not for those of a puritan nature. There is one room dedicated to the sex lives of the famous (Clark Gable, Hans Christian Anderson, Hitler, etc.). One room has a bank of TVs showing hardcore videos (with seats so you can sit and watch); another room (with a very large warning sign) houses videos of bestiality and very deviant sexual practices; and yet another room explains the story behind the Karma Sutra. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 19, 2004

Erotica Museum
Kobmagergade 24
Copenhagen, Denmark

Eating Out In Copenhagen

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Eating in Copenhagen can be a real gastronomic delight. One of the national dishes is herring, and any of the cafes along Nyhavn offer herring in numerous forms: curried, baked, boiled, fried, and stewed, amongst others, along with the beautiful setting of the canal and the almost Dutch-style architecture of the houses. Wherever you eat, keep a good lookout for the lunchtime specials - i.e., as much as you can eat for 49 or 59 DKK ( £5-£6 ). They are a real bargain, and if you are sticking to a budget, often the best way to eat. Along the main Stroget ( the pedestrianised shopping precinct ), you will find all the usual high-street paraphernalia - McDonald's, KFC, Burger Kin...Read More