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Far from the clichés of moody-blues princes and dark ‘n’ dreary shores, Denmark’s exquisite capital of Copenhagen is chock full of chivalric fervor and an iridescent sense of culture. A kind of archaic fairy-tale luster hangs in the air – as the mysticism and seduction of the iconic landmark, ‘The Little Mermaid,’ casts its unshakeable spell on all who greet its shores.
the romance
With a penchant for jazz, castles, and the birth of Lego, this quirky sea-faring city has got something for everybody. Ditch the trad’ fish ‘n’ chips for Cupid at the Thorvaldsen Museum –the epitome of subtle ooo-la-la eroticism and impassioned archery, or go all out by hitting up some of the mainstream tourista hotspots.
Opt for:
A stroll through the Tivoli Gardens – childrens’ choirs, roller coasters, and fireworks, not to mention thousands upon thousands of effervescent flowers
An evening at The Opera House – an architectural feat with panoramic views of The Royal Playhouse across the water
The Empire Bio located in the Nørrebro district – this cinema literally encourages serious PDA with its designated ‘kissing row’ of extra-wide luxury seats
the scenery
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Renaissance edifices, chandelier and guilt interiors, Kongens Nytory square, and Pomeranian fir – Copenhagen has long history of mink stole-shouldered aristocracy and hailed prima ballerinas parading around a cityscape of old. A hotel inspired King Arthur and a slew of lakes make for the perfect take-it-all-in vantage point.
Be sure to see:
An open-air concert at the heart of Baroque Park
The Botanic Garden or ‘Botanisk Have’ – a whopping 25 acres of gorgeous landscaped grounds and 19th-century Palm House
Bellevue Beach – just a 5 minute walk for the Klampenborg station alongside the uber cute and quaint fishing village of Tårbæk
the attractions
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Carlsberg breweries are all fine and dandy, but for leisurely bouts of sightseeing, opt for something a little more haute couture. Choose from the carriage houses of the Royal Stables or Viking exhibit at The National Museum – bibliophiles and artisans rejoice in the array of history-immersed goings-on.
Make sure to check out:
The gem of Copenhagen – the ethereal Rosenborg Palace – home to the Danish Crown Jewels and other glittering relics as old as 1500
The King's Garden and on to Amalienborg Palace, where Denmark’s current Royal Family resides (arrive by noon in order to witness the splendid ‘changing of the guard’)
The Round Tower or Rundetaarn – 11 stories tall with a sweeping vertigo-inducing view from a circular platform top
the adventure
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Aside from the city’s latest jaw-dropping roller coaster, ‘The Deamon,’ adventure in Copenhagen is relatively naturalistic. Most have an edgy, nautical side, so don your finest bateau neckline and navy-on-white stripes for some three-sheets-to-the-wind action.
Why not try:
A two-man kayaking expedition throughout the running rivulet of local canals with profesh’ instructor
Kastrup Søbad – nicknamed The Snail – a 600 meter wooden bathing platform built on (very sturdy) poles of African Azobe trees
The Bellahøj swim stadium – for state-of-the-art pools and a plethora of water slides
the secrets
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Picture a candlelit gourmet Nordic dinner in behind The Royal Theatre or a night curled up under the starry dome of the local planetarium. Thanks to such clandestine finds as lush deer parks, singing night watchmen, cool creameries and kick-back tea lounges, Copenhagen is very much a closed book just waiting to be opened.
Together, seek out:
The Winter Garden at Glyptoteket – ancient Danish and French artworks from the private collection of infamous brew-man Carl Jacobsen
A spooky cozy ghost tour replete with ghastly tales of witches and blood-thirsty cads topped off by cinnamon-sprinkled night-caps
Luscious golden bageries filled with marzipan and sweet rolls, or locally smoked herring washed down with famed tipples of whiskey
before you go
What to Expect
Spring: April and May are bright and sunny (5-15°C/41-59°F). A light jacket might be necessary to stay warm in the evenings.
Summer: June through August are usually quite warm despite the occasional drop in temperature (10-30°C/50-86°F).
Autumn: September to November are cool but pleasant (10-15°C/50-59°F). Very little rainfall occurs during this time of the year.
Winter: Snow, rain and hail are all very common December through March (-5-5°C/23-41°F).
Casual attire
The Danish Krone
The Lingo
Danish and English
A valid passport
Local Delicacies
“Smorrebrod”: The open-faced sandwich is very popular in Copenhagen and can be ordered at most restaurants.
“Gule ærter”: This pea soup served with rye bread and mustard is a favourite of many locals.