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Getting down with the Hygge in Copenhagen……..

Copenhagen Dreaming

 

The long weekender Copenhagen Denmark

 

Top Tips and Travel Know How

Frederiks Kirke (The Marble Church)

Sometimes fast sees more than more time spent can find. It is the fleeting glimpse and quick insight, when the light shines in a particular way, illuminating a view, I sometimes think it better to absorb quick and move on. The light here, on this day, told me all I wanted to know and feel.  In this light, with its crisp short span, from dawn till dusk, it is easy to understand the aesthetic and pared back simplicity that is the very definition of our understanding of what we refer to as Danish style. The light at this time of the year is made for photographers, never too high in the sky, rising late and setting early, but I cannot imagine I could stand too many of these short days and long nights of winter. Yet I can only wonder why it has taken me so long to visit this wonderful city and finish by saying I will be back when the sun and day hold for longer.

 

Stroma Canal Tour

Top Tip here, don’t go for the Netto boat as its pretty naf. A better option with much nicer boats and reputed to be the original tour, Stroma Canal Tour Copenhagen. Offering the Grand Tour and lasting one hour (Included with the Copenhagen Pass) you can join the boat tour at either Nyhavn, or Gammel Strand. A guided tour around the harbor and through the idyllic canals with guide commentary will tell you about Copenhagen’s beautiful churches, castles, old listed houses, new buildings and all other sights of interest. (The English speaking guide gave a very good commentary along the way)

Looking at this i cannot help but think of a scene from a  Lowery painting.

The recently opened pedestrian bridge.

Nyhavn, a charming street and once home to Hans Christian Anderson.

You will encounter a great many cyclists in Copenhagen.

Christiania

Also known as freetown, Christiania was founded in 1971 when a group of hippies took over abandoned military barracks and their surroundings along the Christianshavn canals and developed the area into an alternative society with own set of rules, independent of the government. There is apparently a 30 year waiting list to live here, who knows why! My own personal view a dope smokers haven, or in plain English, a colorful dump. Worth a quick look, but only if you happen to be passing.

Church of Our Saviour

Church of Our Saviour inaugurated in 1752 perhaps best known for its 400 steps to the top of its serpentine spire the last 150 of which are on the outside. This Baroque marvel, particularly when seen in the orange glow of the fading light of day, has an almost fairy-tale quality, no more than one would expect in the country that spawned HCA.

 

Cool street lighting.

Architectural symmetrical.

The sun goes down on another day.

Stock Exchange Copenhagen

Hard to believe this beautiful building is actually Copenhagen’s Stock Exchange.

 

Papiroeen (Paper Island)

Another top destination and not to be missed has got to be Papiroeen (Paper Island) for food, drink and all round great atmosphere. Much easier to reach now the pedestrian bridge is finally open. A hangar style building housing an array of street food style stalls and bars, we ate some excellent food here. Choice ranges from meat to veggie to vegan, it’s got it all.

 

Roskilde Cathedral & City

Main thoroughfare Roskilde

Although not technically in Copenhagen it only takes a 30 minute train ride to reach and should be on a top list of places to visit when in Copenhagen. Situated in the City of Roskilde on the island of Zealand the cathedral itself is a UNESCO world heritage site The town is also quite charming in its own right, full of interesting architecture and a well worth a visit modern art museum. All in all a great place to spend at least half a day, if not more. Once again, train to Roskilde and entrance to both the cathedral and museum is included in the Copenhagen pass.

These bright colours would not look out of place in the Mediterranean.

View from a window

Museum of Modern Art Roskilde

 

 

Reflections of Oliver with computer.

 

Roskilde Cathedral

UNESCO World heritage site

Time erased and past.

 

I love this very gothic looking iron work.

Oak door, beauty in simplicity.

Guarding the tombs

Train station

Downtown Copenhagen

 

Top foodie Tip

If you are catching the train from the central station be sure to check out, iBagel. A stand-alone café they serve the best bagel sandwiches I have ever eaten, along with great juices, teas and coffee. It’s just a shame they only have the one site, but then, that just makes it all the more unique and special. Staff were also wonderfully friendly and I loved the 70s retro décor. Be sure to check it out!! Tell them you read about it on DKtravelpix, link and details at the bottom of post

The Astor Hotel, central train station station approach, reputed Art-Deco masterpiece.

 

Sunset  over Lake Sortedams Sø, Copenhagen, Denmark. 

 

I love the simplicity of Danish street lighting.

 

The Blue Planet Aquarium, Northern Europe’s largest aquarium.

I must admit, although in enjoyed my visit to the aquarium I have very mixed feelings about this place. First, it’s a bit of a trek located as it is right next to the airport. Whilst the architecture and conceptual nature of the building is interesting, I could not help but feel it didn’t quite fit right into the landscape, and as such, appeared a bit of a wasted opportunity. The internal aquarium layout is interesting, but offered nothing more than I had previously experienced at London’s Sea Life aquarium. So my advice, go if you have nothing better to do, but don’t go out of you way to visit.

Piranha Fish, they look so innocuous from this side of the glass.

Hammer Head Shark. Another thing that bothered me about this place is their approach to the introduction of Sharks. Referring to them as viscous monsters of the deep is really not very educational and misleading. They are no more viscous, or dangerous, in their natural home, the sea, than humans are in theirs, on land. They hunt to eat, unlike many humans to hunt for sport.

Tropical wonders.

Danish Museum of Art & Design

For anyone interested in 20th century design and in particular the Danish influence on contemporary design this Museum is a must, covering both Danish and international design and craft it includes the works of famous Danish designers like Arne Jacobsen, Jacob Jensen and Kaare Klint, one of the two architects who remodeled the former Frederiks Hospital into a museum in the 1920s. It also contains a large collection of both Chinese and German porcelain.  Entry is included once again with the Copenhagen pass.

Exquisite lighting

 

Getting There & Being There

Flights

Whilst Brexit may have damaged the value of the pound against a basket of currencies, for the canny traveller who is prepared to plan ahead, it can still often be cheaper to take a long weekend break in Europe than taking a similar break in the UK. In the last few months I have managed to visit both Vienna and Copenhagen without paying more than £50 return for each destination with EasyJet. EasyJet seats are released in five tranches throughout the year. EasyJet’s prices are based on demand, so be ready to buy on the day it launches a new wave of tickets and you’re likely to get a good deal.

Cheap flight easy-jet Copenhagen

Top Tip EasyJet

If you’ve booked a flight with directly with EasyJet, check the price afterwards to see if it drops. The airline’s little-known price promise guarantees that if you do find the same flight for less after booking, you’ll get the difference back as a credit voucher.

The Copenhagen Pass

The Copenhagen Pass

Getting around Copenhagen is a doddle as it has what I consider to be the most sensible and well-designed road layouts I have yet come across. In typical Danish fashion there is a simple construct delineation of bike, car and bus lane with each afforded equal space. First things first, get yourself a Copenhagen Card as they are worth every penny offering free admission into virtually all places on interest as well as including river cruise. The pass is also valid on all public transport including trains and Metro inclusive of transport to the Airport. The pass is available in 4 formats, 24hr, 48hr, 72 hr, and 120hr.

 

Accommodation

Air B&B is another great way to take an affordable city break in most European cities with the added advantage of home comforts rather than hotel restriction.

Air B&B Copenhagen

 

Roskilde 

Although not technically in Copenhagen it only takes a 30 minute train ride to reach and should be on a top list of places to visit when in Copenhagen. Situated in the City of Roskilde on the island of Zealand the cathedral itself is a UNESCO world heritage site

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, it was Scandinavia’s first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick. It has been the mausoleum of the Danish royal family since the 15th century. Elements such as porches and side chapels were added up to the end of the 19th century.

The town itself I also quite charming full of interesting architecture and a well with a visit modern art museum. All in all a great place to spend at least half a day if not more. Once again train to Roskilde and entrance to both the cathedral and museum is included in the Copenhagen pass.

Roskilde Cathedral

Museum Modern Art Roskilde

 

Foodie thoughts & Finds

Top foodie Tips

iBagel

If you are catching the train from the central station be sure to check out iBagel. A stand-alone café they serve the best bagel sandwiches I have ever eaten, along with great juices teas and coffee. It’s just a shame they only have the one site, but then that just makes it all the more unique and special. Staff were also wonderfully friendly and I loved the 70s retro décor. Be sure to check it out!! Tell them you read about it on DKTravelpix

iBagel

Paper Island

Another top destination and not to be missed has got to be Papiroeen (Paper Island) for food, drink and all round great atmosphere. Much easier to reach now the pedestrian bridge is finally open. A hangar style building housing an array of street food style stalls and bars, we ate some excellent food here. Choice ranges from meat to veggie to vegan, it’s got it all.

Paper Island 

 

Blue Planet Aquarium

Blue Planet Aquarium

 

Stroma Canal Tours

Grand Tour

 

Danish Museum of Art & Design

Design Museum info

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