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Northern Lights: Copenhagen

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An August 2004 trip to Copenhagen by michaelhudson

Cab Inn Copenhagen Express Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark More Photos
Quote: Hip, laid back and idiosyncratic, Copenhagen is one of Europe's oldest and most accessible capitals.

Northern Lights: Copenhagen

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Overview

Amalienborg Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen is a glimpse of what every city should be: clean, compact, well organised and beautiful. The architecture may not match up to Rome, Paris or Prague but the grandeur of the two Royal districts, Slotsholmen and Amalienborg are undeniably impressive. You shouldn’t miss the changing of the guard in Amalienborg’s central square at noon. Likewise, Christianborg Slot and the Royal Library Garden are must-sees in Slotsholmen. For the best bird’s eye views of the city head to the Marmorkirken in Amalienborg or the historic Rundertårn in the inner city, Indre By, where the city’s main shopping street, Strøget, Charlottenborg Palace and Nyhavn,...Read More

Cab Inn Copenhagen Express

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Hotel

Cab Inn Copenhagen Express Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Inspired by passenger cabins on the Copenhagen to Oslo ferry, the Cab-Inn concept is based on small rooms, even smaller bathrooms and foldaway facilities reminiscent of an overnight crossing without the waves. The three star rated Copenhagen Express is a ten minute walk from Tivoli and Central Station in Danasvej, a residential street in Frederiksberg. The bright and modern reception area is situated in a 24 hour café on the ground floor, which offers free internet access and shelves of literature on the city’s attractions. Aside from a narrow strip along the near side wall, the floor space in the room, a 2.5 x 5 metre rectangle of white and pale green with an interior bathroom formed by thre...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 27, 2004

Cab Inn Copenhagen Express
Danasvej 32 - 34
Copenhagen, Denmark
33210400

Carlsberg Brewery Visitor Center

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Attraction | "Carlsberg Visitors' Centre"

Carlsberg Brewery Visitor Center Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Since its founding in 1847, Carlsberg has become as synonymous with Copenhagen as Tivoli Gardens and the Little Mermaid, and a visit to the Brewery Visitors’ Centre(Tuesday – Sunday 10am-4pm) remains one of the city’s most popular attractions. Situated in an old brewhouse beyond the famous Elephant Gate and the Carlsberg Museum, the exhibition culminates at the Bar Carlsberg, where visitors can get two free drinks from a selection including Tuborg Classic, Carl’s Special and Carlsberg Pilsner. Free drink vouchers and floor plans for the self-guided tours are dispensed from the reception desk at the entrance to the building complex. The tour is divided into sixteen se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2004

Carlsberg Brewery Visitor Center
11, Gamle Carlsberg Vej
Copenhagen, Denmark
(45) 3327 1282

The Marble Church (Marmorkirken)

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Attraction | "Marmorkirken"

The Marble Church (Marmorkirken) Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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One of Copenhagen’s most distinctive landmarks, the Marmorkirken (Marble Church) closes off a grand axis starting at the harbour front and extending through the equestrian statue of Frederik V at the centre of the octagonal Amelienborg Square. Frederik himself laid the foundation stone for the church in 1749, although it remained unfinished until the end of the 19th century due to exorbitant construction costs and the deaths of both its original architect and Royal sponsor. The grand, neo-Baroque exterior – purposely evocative of St Peter’s in Rome – stands at the midpoint of the Royal quarter, a monumental portico of four precisely aligned columns topped by a green copper dome- 1...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2004

The Marble Church (Marmorkirken)
Frederiksgade 4
Copenhagen, Denmark
33 15 01 44

National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet)

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Attraction | "National Museum"

National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet) Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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With eleven permanent collections spread over more than three hundred rooms and four floors, the National Museum possesses far and away the nation’s finest collection of artefacts from the Ice Age onwards. You’d need to set aside at least three hours in order to even scratch the surface of the place, which is open 10 – 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday (DKK25, free on Wednesdays). Make sure you collect one of the free floorplans at the entrance, as the layout of the first few rooms is slightly confusing. Most of the ground floor is taken up with the stunning Prehistoric Denmark and the Viking Age collection, which begins on the far side of a central courtyard. By turns grotesque and enthralling...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2004

National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet)
Frederiksholms Kanal 12
Copenhagen, Denmark 1220
(45) 3313 4411

Rundetaarn (Round Tower)

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Attraction | "Rundetårn"

Rundetaarn (Round Tower) Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Halfway up the pedestrianized Købmagergade, rising forty two metres above Indre By’s medieval streets and bustling squares, the Rundetårn (Round Tower) was built in 1642 as part of Christian IV’s Trinity complex, amalgamating Europe’s oldest functioning astronomical observatory, a university library and church. The main attraction for modern visitors are the views from the roof of the tower (open daily; DKK20), which is curiously reached via a 209 metre long cobbled spiral ramp that turns seven and a bit times around the tower’s hollow centre. The absence of a staircase from all but the very top of the ascent encouraged a German tourist to drive up in 1902, while Peter the Great reputedly rode u...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2004

Rundetaarn (Round Tower)
Købmagergade 52 A
Copenhagen, Denmark 1160
45 33 73 03 73

Stroget Pedestrian Shopping Area

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Attraction | "Strøget"

Stroget Pedestrian Shopping Area Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Whether you aim to or not every visitor to Copenhagen winds up walking along Strøget at least once during their stay. A string of five interlinked streets stretched between Rådhuspladsen and Kongens Nytorv, the city’s commercial artery is a pedestrianized parade of tourist traps, chain stores, theme pubs, restaurants, churches and museums. Starting at Kongens Nytorv, home to the regal facades of Charlottenburg Palace and the Royal Theatre and with the famous statue of Christian V at its centre, Østergade is the most exclusive part of Strøget, overlooked by the red brick tower and green copper spire of the Nikolaj Kirke its slight, designer shop lined curve ends at Illums D...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 4, 2004

Stroget Pedestrian Shopping Area
Center of Copenhaten
Copenhagen, Denmark

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michaelhudson

michaelhudson
Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom