Copenhagen’s 17th/18th century Nyhavn waterfront and entertainment district. Photo by Archer10.
Short Trips Out of Town
***Frederiksborg Slot, An imposing Renaissance castle in a scenic location in the town of Hillerod, 40km/25m northwest of Copenhagen (30 minutes by train). The inside, a national museum, has over 70 rooms with magnificent interiors and antiquities.
Highlights are the Knights Hall and the Coronation Chapel.
If you like castles, there is another one, **Kronborg Slot ( Shakespeare’s inspiration for Hamlet’s castle) in Helsingor.
There is also the *Karen Blixen Museum (the author of ‘Out of Africa’) in Rungsted near Helsingor.
*Mon, one of three islands off Zealand’s south coast, is famous for its 5, 000 year-old white chalk cliffs (**Mons Klint). It also has some historic sights -Neolithic era- and nice beaches.
Odense, a large industrial town in Funen island, attracts tourists because it is the birth place of Hans Christian Andersen. The town is not as enchanting as his tales, and it’s 3 hours from the capital.
For beaches, try Hornbaek, Gilleleje, Koge, or Bornholm island.
Tivoli Gardens entertainment centre. Photo by News Oresund.
Please check festival dates, some are not yet confirmed.
Late May, 3 days, *** Carnival, parades, dancing, and other festivities. Carnival time is good weatherwise, but beware of crowds.
June **Midsummer Eve, people get together for beach bonfires.
Early July, 10 days, The Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
Late August-early Sept, *The Golden Days Festival, an arts festival featuring Denmark’s ‘Golden Age’ 1800-1850. Every two years.
November/December Christmas in Tivoli Gardens, special events for Christmas celebrations.
There’s no shortage of hotels, but booking ahead is essential for the cheaper hotels in peak season (July-August).
One way not to spend a fortune is taking a package.
Never cheap in Denmark, but Copenhagen has more choice of food at a better price than other Scandinavian capitals.
Many of the restaurants offer high standard, good value, set-menu or eat-as-much as-you-can meals.
Try some of traditional open sandwiches (Smorrebrod) and real Danish pastry! The city’s most hip and popular dining areas are around Nytorvand Kongens squares. Also the waterfront Nyhavn (picture top right) has a lively drinking scene along side a canal, with outdoor cafes and restaurants backed by colourful 18thC buildings.
An obvious place to go shopping is Stroget, excellent for fashion, houseware, silver (Georg Jensen) and famous porcelain (Royal Copenhagen).
Also try the newer pedestrianized street, east of Stroget called Straedet, especially for antiques.