Copenhagen Stories and Tips

Impressions of Copenhagen

Copenhagen Transportation Photo, Copenhagen, Denmark

So far…
The streets are mainly wide other than in the old "Latin Quarter". The bike lanes are also wider and on many of the roads, the bus stops on the street side of the bike lane, not near the sidewalk. Good concept! Bikes! Yes this is a city full of bicycles, like Amsterdam but the bikes here seem in better condition. We’ve been told that people in Amsterdam use the old bikes for around the city in case they get stolen which is very common there. Maybe it isn’t as much here? Don’t know. They also have bikes with a little carrier box in front for cargo and sometimes kids. Yet we haven’t heard many people lay on the warning bells on the bikes like we did in Amsterdam. There was one bike parking garage at Norreport station and I’m sure there are probably others around but we didn’t see them, mainly being in the old section of the city most of the time.

The people have been really nice in the restaurants and shops for the most part. Language hasn’t been a problem either.

I can’t seem to get a good strong cup of hot tea. It’s definitely coffee culture here. And they serve coffee and tea in glasses quite often. There’s no coffee or tea makings in the hotel room and I don’t know if that’s common or just this hotel. We can get it free in the hotel lounge if we want.

I notice people don’t queue politely for the bus, they just crowd through the door to get in. A bit disconcerting if you try to get off though you are supposed to exit through the back door of the bus.

There are lots of big parks and green spaces even in the old part of the city. There are lots of towers on buildings and churches, usually elaborately decorated. Many buildings are brightly painted in warm colours, yellows, oranges, golds, rusts, with some blues and greens thrown in. The buildings have a lot of large windows, too. Many of the older houses and buildings have clay tiled roofs.

There are a lot of really nice squares and piazzas in the old part of the city, all of them with outdoor cafes and bars. Many of the provide small blankets in case it is chilly outside. Novel concept! Most of the restaurants and bars are now non smoking so you do get the usual group of people outside the doors having a cig.

Most of the cafes/restaurants we went to, you would order at the bar and pay then. They’d bring the food to you. Posher places will bring you a bill but the tip/service charge is usually included already. It’s useful but not so great if you do get slow or lousy service.

The city is flat with a lot of cobblestones on the sidewalks and many of the older streets but there are rows of flat paving stones through the cobbles as "lanes" that you can walk on to save your ankles.

Everywhere we ate the food was so nicely presented, almost works of art sometimes. Lots of greenery on the plates and food, not always to our taste but it was pretty anyway. We have had the occasional meal that wasn’t that good but mostly it’s been really excellent food.

There are three castles/palaces in the city centre. We went through one of them and saw the other two including a Changing of the Guard at the Amalienborg complex. They seem to be very conscious of their history and heritage and even newer buildings often reflect the style of the older ones nearby.

Doing research, it seems that many of the hotels have free Wi-Fi, ours included which is very modern and very handy. Our hotel has free wi-fi but has a computer in the lobby that they charge for use. Odd.

Copenhagen is definitely a lovely city, beautiful architecture, good food and nice people. It’s expensive, most definitely, but it’s definitely worth visiting and it’s a place I’d visit again should the opportunity arise.

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