18. September 2013 16:13
Debbie Valentine takes a trip around some of Scandinavia's capitals, visiting Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki.
Scandinavia summons up different images for different people. Saunas, pickled fish, flat-pack furniture – whatever it summons up in your mind, each of the capitals make a great place to visit for a short break and have lots to do and see (including saunas and pickled fish, but maybe you can leave the furniture until you get back).
The capital of Denmark is a compact city, easy to get around and with a thriving cultural life. Whilst lots of tourists flock to have their picture taken with the Little Mermaid statue, out near the harbour, bypass those crowds and get stuck into the history of the city. The Rundetaarn – Roundtower – built in 1642 is a great place to see the city. A spiral ramp takes you to the top of the tower – up which, legend has it, Peter the Great ascended on horseback – where you get a great panorama of the city.
Copenhagen is home to seven castles and palaces. Of these, the most popular with visitors are the Amalienborg Palace, home to the Danish royal family, the Christiansborg Palace, home to the government and the Rosenborg Castle which is home to the Royal Collections and the Crown Jewels.
Copenhagen is a very green city, with a policy that all citizens must be able to reach a green space by foot within less than 15 minutes. The King’s Garden is home to the Botanical Gardens and serves as a sculpture garden. The famous Tivoli Gardens is a pleasure garden and amusement park, home to rollercoasters and shows.
A trip to Denmark wouldn’t be complete without sampling a Danish pastry (called Viennese pastries locally). Food-lovers won’t be disappointed with the offerings in Copenhagen.More...
13. March 2013 10:45
Alice Bzowska talks us through her favourite attractions in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, the pearl of Scandinavia.
Copenhagen, or the ‘Merchant’s Harbour’ as it translates to, is steeped in rich history dating back to the 11th century, and this lively yet relaxing port town is oozing with character from the brightly coloured townhouses lining the banks of the canal to the strong aromas of the unique delicacies wafting out of quirky cafes. With an exciting shopping district, historic architecture and a dynamic and varied nightlife, visiting Copenhagen for a short city break in spring is perfect as the temperatures east of the North Sea slowly begin to rise and the streets come alive with people sipping on the most famous beverage of the city – Carlsberg.
With plenty of must-see attractions it can be tricky making decisions on where to go and what to see in Copenhagen. Having spent an incredible few days there, I fell in love with its friendly people and distinctive vibe, and got a good sense of what the city has to offer. Here is my selection of the top five Copenhagen attractions.More...
13. October 2009 14:32
I was an Erasmus student in Denmark the first time I visited Copenhagen (Kobenhavn). I really didn't know what to expect from the Danish capital, and I was astonished how great the city is. The town is renowned for its quietness and its environmental side, where the bicycle and the pedestrian are kings.
We were a small group of friends so decided to take the cheapest option - stay in a hostel. But here we had to face the hard reality: even staying in a hostel is expensive in Denmark! However, the hostel was huge, comfortable and very clean. Even the view from our room was amazing; in fact we were on the fifteenth floor and had a wonderful view over Tivoli Park and the city centre. As the window ledge was very large, we even decided to take our breakfast on it to enjoy the view!
Our visit of the city started in Stroget with Rådshuspladsen More...