A May 2004 trip
to Copenhagen by nickyjj
Quote: A small and compact city, Copenhagen offers everything you need for a short city break, from shopping and sightseeing to restaurants and bars, even a theme park in the city centre!
Here are some of my main recommendations when exploring Copenhagen:
Go to the theme park Tivoli (near to the main station). Entry to the gardens costs approx £5 per person and an all-you-can-do ride ticket costs around £25. Some of the rides are decidedly ropey, but the wooden roller coaster (the oldest in the world) and the dragon are great fun! Also, check out some of the uniquely themed dining experiences in the park as well as the nice restaurants outside. Tivoli also hosts some wonderful summer concerts and spectaculars!
Do your shopping on Stroegot, the longest shopping street in the world according to the Danes. The department stores and glass ware shops along here are excellent, and the chocolate here is great (there are some great duty-free bargains on chocolate at the airport as well!)
Take a harbour boat cruise to see the Little Mermaid and the opera house
To feel like a local, drink some local beers and take a wander in the residential areas for great restaurants and local parks
How to save the pennies in Copenhagen:
Book a hotel that includes breakfast. This way you only have to pay for lunch and dinner, and there are lots of cafés where you can reload at lunch for around £5 per person
Take a boat tour around the harbour. These depart every 30 minutes or so and cost as little as £3.
Take a trip to Malmo in Sweden. The train costs approx £10 per person, and it is cheaper to shop in Sweden.
Take a FREE tour of the Carlsberg Brewery and you will even be treated to two free drinks per person at the end (beer or soft drink).
If you are staying in or near the city centre, walking is by far the best option, as much of the city has pedestrian zones, but watch out for the literally thousands of people on push bikes, as this is the main form of transport that people living here use to get around! Bikes can be rented cheaply from many stations throughout the city.
Copenhagen offers a metro system that has some purely automated lines with no driver! The metro is a relatively small system, but very clean and efficient and useful if exploring beyond the inner city.
The main train station offers great connections to the rest of Denmark and Northern Europe, including Germany and Sweden. You can travel to Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city, by train in under 30 minutes, and you travel via a bridge that is the longest over-water bridge in the world. Also, take a boat tour around the harbour to have transport covered!
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