16 May 2012

Copenhagen Travel Guide


Travel:

The night-train from Cologne to Copenhagen no longer runs, but day trains are available.


Hotel:

The Square
Radhuspladsen
popular with tour groups so very busy lobby and very busy breakfast
executive rooms are high with balcony, good view of square, can be noisy
central location, average customer service

we also strongly considered Nyhavn 19, from the same brand of hotels, which has a dockside feel

Tourist Card:

Copenhagen Card
24 hour or 72 hour
free transport, free entry to Tivoli, free entry to 60 museums
discounts on food and shops
136 page guidebook
labelled CPH below

Food:

Lagkagehuset
Vesterbrogade
one of four branches in the city, this bakery and coffee shop serves fantastic food, and is a great place to rest your legs while picking up leaflets and buying your Copenhagen Card in the adjoining Tourist Information Centre

Mormors
Bredgade
a nice café for sandwiches and smoothies, near the Palace and Little Mermaid, seemed popular with young crowd

Shopping:

Areastore
Kongensgade
cool gifts for the home, for kids and for robots

Helbak Scherning
Badstuestraede
earthenware and porcelain jewellery from two designers

Tiger
Radhuspladsen
chain of really cheap homewares stores, a bit TK Maxx, a bit IKEA, a bit WIlkinsons, but some fab finds, now in UK: www.tigerstores.co.uk

Illums Bolighus
Amagertorv
high-end department store on Stroget, longest shopping street, glass and ceramics, kitchenware and gifts

Boat Trips:

DFDS Canal Tours
start and end at Nyhavn
visiting the Palace, new Opera House, the Little Mermaid, through Christianshavn and along Gammel Strand
CPH reduction

Sightseeing:

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
take the regional train from Copenhagen Central to Humlebæk Station
come out of the station on the East side, and there is a 10-minute walk that is clearly signposted, or catch bus 388
trains run until midnight, so there’s plenty of time to have dinner at the museum
CPH free (train not free)

Danish Jewish Museum, Proviantpassagen
designed by Daniel Liebeskind (Jewish Museum, Berlin; Imperial War Museum, Manchester)
CPH free

Radhus
good guided tour

Jens Olsens Clock, Radhus
Radhuspladsen
astronomical clock of intricate beauty
CPH free

Danish Architecture Centre
Strandgade
in Docklands area, changing exhibitions, shop and café

The Black Diamond: Royal Library extension, National Museum of Photography, Museum of Danish Cartoon Art
Christians Brygge
walk or take bus 66
CPH reduction

Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg
changing of the guard every day at noon, reception rooms, crown jewels
CPH free

Rundetaarn
Kobmagergade
687 foot spiral ramp
CPH free

Statens Museum for Kunst
Solvgade
National Gallery, 700 years of art
CPH free

Tivoli Gardens
Vesterbrogade
you can always find special offers through your hotel or in tourist guides
worth seeing in the daytime and the nighttime, the later the better
Wagamama is on the South side of the Gardens, you can eat there without paying for Tivoli
CPH free

Danish Design Centre
HC Andersens Boulevard
wide variety of changing exhibitions, and well-stocked shop
CPH free

Danish Museum of Art and Design
Bredgade
historical arts and crafts, and contemporary design
CPH free

Tycho Brahe Planetarium
Gammel Kongevej
IMAX theatre and star projection show


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