Copenhagen Journals

Wonderful Copenhagen

A June 2001 trip to Copenhagen by marciadarnell

Quote: Copenhagen is, in the words of Danny Kay's song, truly wonderful. There are many castles and museums to be visited, Every evening there is a choice of concerts, from rock, to jazz, to classical. And the wide variey of restaurants make this a great place for a culinary visit.

Wonderful Copenhagen

Overview

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My favorites were the Nyhaven Restaurants, the Ny Carlsberg Glypotek Art Museum, the Rosenborg Slot, and of course, Tivoli.

Quick Tips:

If you are staying for three days, the Copenhagen Card is a real buy as well as a convenience, because it saves standing in line to buy transportation and other tickets.

Best Way To Get Around:

With the Copenhagen card, free use of buses, subways, and suburban trains is included. In many instances, strolling is the preferred way to go.
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I was directed to this B&B by the tourist information service. Because it was close to the center of things, it was more expensive than most--about $40 per night for a single. My room was very large, had a tv, and a hearty breakfast could be found in the refrigerator. I shared a bathroom with other guests, but I also had the pleasure of visiting with them and getting some good ideas about places to visit. Because Copenhagen is such a safe place to walk, I was comfortable to stay out until dark, which came about eleven in the evening in June. A single in a hotel is at least twice as expensive.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2001

Tourist Bureau Bed and Breakfasts

Copenhagen, Denmark

Comfort Hotel Osterport

Hotel | "Comfort Inn Osterport"

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This hotel had very nice rooms with TV, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate service in the room, a heated bathroom floor, a polite and well informed reception staff, and an extremely delicious breakfast buffet. However, it was next to the train tracks (the subway becomes a train when it leaves the center of town), so a light sleeper would probably not appreciate staying here. At the same time, the station across the street and the bus stop right in front of the hotel made getting around very easy.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2001

Comfort Hotel Osterport
OSLO PLADS 5
Copenhagen, Denmark
45-70 12 46 46

Nyhaven Restaurants

Restaurant

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The entire left hand side of the street from Kongens Nytorv to the harbor along the Nyhaven Canal is filled with restaurants. They are very popular, so they are constantly filled with a crowd of noisy people having a good time. Each restaurant has outside tables, and these are heated with large kerosene implements when the weather is cool, which is almost all the time in Denmark. Young people buy beer and sit along the canal walls, and there are strolling performers to entertain the crowds. Just read the posted menus, find an empty seat, and enjoy an evening of fun from your outside table. While not inexpensive, it is possible to buy a meal for $20 if one sticks to a main course. Alt...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2001

Nyhaven Restaurants
From Kongens Nytorv To The Harbor
Copenhagen, Denmark

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This outdoor cafe used the customary Scandinavian habit of ordering at the counter and then listening for a number to be called to pick up your food. Imagine my surprise when I discovered truly exquisite food! Each meal is prepared to order. My omelette was fantastic, the bread was delicious, and the salad -- to-die-for. I was amused to find that the butter for the roll came from France. Every other restaurant that I tried in Copenhagen had Dansih butter. I guess that they want to be consistant, serving French butter with the French food.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2001

Cafe At Rosenberg Slot
Just Off Solvgard Street
Copenhagen, Denmark

Cafe At Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (New Carlsberg Glyptotek)

Restaurant | "Cafe at Ny Carlsberg Glypotec"

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This cafe inside the museum has some interesting menu choices, including salads, typical Danish dishes, and French baguette sandwiches. Everything is made-to-order, and is so fresh and good that it is almost worth the entrance fee to get to eat here.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2001

Cafe At Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (New Carlsberg Glyptotek)
7 Dantes Plads
Copenhagen, Denmark
33-41-8141

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Attraction | "Ny Carlsburg Glypotek"

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Underwritten by the Carlsberg Beer family, this art museum is a true gem. It has a lovely garden in the center, good for sitting a spell when the legs give out, or for visiting the cafe. The Impressionist collection is impressive. There are many classical statues, as well as a large collection of Egyptian art. Worth a several hour stay for the art lover.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2001

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

DFDS Canal Tours

Attraction | "Canal Cruises"

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Several companies have canal cruises. The one I took left from Nyhaven, close to Kongens Nytorv. For an hour, one is able to view Copenhagen from a different perspective, and to rest the bones wearied from strolling and museums.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2001

DFDS Canal Tours
Nyhavn 3
Copenhagen, Denmark
(+45) 3296 3000

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The very famous Royal Copenhagen Factory has a store and a Museum on the pedestrian street Stroget. It is very interesting to see the many designs, some old, and some new, which have been manufactured by the company. When you decide to buy souvenirs here, be sure you have a fat wallet, because the prices are certainly high.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2001

Royal Copenhagen Factory Store and Museum
Stroget
Copenhagen, Denmark

Rosenborg Castle and Rosenborg Castle Garden

Attraction | "Rosenborg Slot"

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This palace, which is in a lovely large park, houses the Royal Crown Jewels in an underground display room, as well as having the palace itself furnished with many original and period pieces. Built in 1606, it has the interesting tower roofs so typical of Danish architecture, as well as a moat. It takes several hours to examine all the items on display. The cafe is great, and I have written about it in a separate entry.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2001

Rosenborg Castle and Rosenborg Castle Garden
Center Of Copenhagen, Oster Voldgade 4a
Copenhagen, Denmark 1350
45 33 15 32 86

National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet)

Attraction | "National Museum of Danish history"

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This is a large museum, with a free audioguide in English. The guide is of the sort that can be used in any order, so it is possible to pick and choose what to see and still use it. The museum has sections on archeology, as well as the Middle Ages, and the change from Catholicism to the Lutheran state church. The day I visited, in the afternoon, was almost free of people, so it was possible to look at everything with no interference from crowds.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2001

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

Resistance Museum

Attraction

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This museum retells the story of the Danes' resistance to Nazi rule. Even the king of Denmark appeared with a star of David on his clothing when the Jews were told to use this distinguishing mark! There was a lot of sabotage, and many people lost their lives in the resistance movement.

This site would be most interesting for those who are history buffs.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2001

Resistance Museum
Churchillparken 1263
Copenhagen, Denmark

Tivoli Gardens

Attraction | "Tivoli"

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Just across from the main train/subway station, Tivoli was begun more than a hundred years ago, and is still going strong. It has the games of chance and the rides of US carnivals, as well as concerts of all sorts. For major performers, concerts require an extra charge, but for many very good performances, the entrance is included in the admission fee. I saw a chamber orchestra playing Bach, Mahler, and a Dane I had not previously heard of and whose mane I forget. A ticket to such a performance would cost $20 or more in the US, but here it was included in the $6 admission to the park.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2001

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

National Art Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunst)

Attraction | "Danish National Gallery"

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A typical art museum. It had many Danish artists, as well as seventeenth century Dutch artists (evidently, Danish artists were influenced or taught by these Dutch artists). It has a cafe. This museum does not have a lot of well-known artists on display, so it would be of interest more to those truly interested in art. There are English language audio guides for rent.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2001

National Art Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunst)
Solvgard 48-50
Copenhagen, Denmark DK-1307
45 3374 8494

Stroget Pedestrian Shopping Area

Attraction | "Stroget"

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Stroget means "strolling street". There are several of these in Copenhagen, but the main one starts just past the Kentucky Fried Chicken at the main square and continues to the Kognens Nytorv. There are touristy shops, major department stores, places to eat or to "grab a bite", and strolling performers. Lots of fun, and a main sight.

Stroget Pedestrian Shopping Area
Center of Copenhaten
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen Card

Story/Tip

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The Copenhagen Card, which costs about $21 for one day, $33 for two days, or $45 for three days, is a real convenience. It allows the use of transportation and free admission to many museums, palaces, and other sights, and it can be purchased at the airport. I got a three day card after arriving at the airport at five in the afternoon. That gave me that night, the next two days, and until five on the next day. The word "Copenhagen" is used very loosly in the name of this card, because it also includes suburban trains for forty-five or more miles into the countryside, and admission to places such as Dragor Museum, south of the airport, Roskilde Museum, which has Viking boats, and Frederiksb...Read More

Little Mermaid

Story/Tip

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The statue of Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid in the harbor has become Copenhagen's symbol. It is in a large, star-shaped park, which used to be a fortress. The parts of the park which are now lakes were once the fortress moats. A lovely place for a stroll or a rest.