Travel Tips: Copenhagen

Sights:  Lovely city to walk around, centred around GamelStrand.  Nyhaven has the famous water front but I liked the (less touristy) water front in Christianshavn.

Christiania is a ‘freetown’ where hippies gathered in the 1970s and has evolved in to a hipster area including artisanal workshops and markets – and the odd cannabis stall for tourists.

Tivoli Gardens is a theme park which was charming with the Christmas lights, market stalls and mulled wine at night.  In broad daylight, it might be a tad naff – but the roller coasters will still be excellent.

For fans of Nordic Noir TV (me!) Christiansborg Palace is the Parliament Building that “Borgen” is based upon and there’s a good view (& café now) at the top (used in episode 2!). There’s also the Øresund Bridge to Malmo, Sweden, of “The Bridge” fame.

Travel:  Flew in to Copenhagen Airport and that took the local train to the centre.  Copenhagen has a metro system but the city is largely walkable.  You can get a train over ‘The Bridge’ to Malmo, Sweden.

Accommodation:  Generator Copenhagen (Adelgade 5, 1304): We had a private double with ensuite shower which, although small, was perfectly acceptable. http://www.booking.com/hotel/dk/generator-hostel.html?aid=1222377&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1

Food & Drink:  We had a great lunch at Christianshavns Færgecafé (Strandgade 50, 1401) including festive ales, smørrebrød with paired schnapps and little twists on traditional cuisine.

Christianshavns_Kanal_morning
Christianshavns [By Mahlum (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]
The TorvehallerneKBH (Frederiksborggade 2, 1360, near Norreport metro) is a indoor market with fresh food and food counters you can sit at for a bite of lunch.

Malmo: Moosehead Bar (1 Lilla Torg, Malmo 211 34, Sweden) on a nice square, offers craft ales and burgers – the elk burger was particularly good.

Further Reading & Listening:

Guide books:  Of course, a good guidebook is a must and I always have my Lonely Planet – Europe on a Shoestring in my bag:

TV Box-sets:  I think “Borgen” is one of the best TV series in recent years and tells the fictional story of a female centrist politician becoming Prime Minister with the ethical, political and family problems that throws up.  It is also filmed in several locations you will see in Copenhagen.

And for drama and jaw-dropping plot twists, the murder/detective story The Bridge is worth a few hours of your time to see how the Danes and Swedes see each other and some more stunning scenery:

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