A Weekend in Copenhagen

frozen canals

frozen canals

Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark and sits very close to the Swedish border, which is accessible by road and rail via the Øresund Bridge.

Most people from the UK will fly direct to Copenhagen. From Birmingham the flight is around 1 hour 45 minutes, and then a train to the city centre is around 20 minutes.

The temperature can be exceptionally cold and snowy during winter and even spring, however Summer offers a completely different ambience with similar temperatures to the UK.

There is a great tourist trail in Copenhagen which includes sights such as the wide expanses of shipping canals and the smaller canals which are reminiscent of Amsterdam. Tivoli Gardens are beautiful and worth checking out for the theme park and old fashioned touristic stalls.

Christiana is a great place to explore. It survives as a hippy style traveler camp in the heart of a city suburb, with its own rules and laws with a liberal outlook on cannabis and arts/crafts. It can be slightly intimidating with drug sellers wearing masks but these people are actually very friendly, they just do not want to be photographed, it is frowned upon to take photos within Christiana. A unique and fascinating place which may not be there forever as the authorities are keen to limit its existence.

snowy Copenhagen

snowy Copenhagen

Also worth noting is Church of our Savior which is near Christiana. Visitors can climb right to the top, and then climb outside the steeple with breathtaking views of the city and beyond – not for the faint hearted.

Many people will walk or cycle to see the Little Mermaid statue, this is a great route with Rosenborg Castle, Christiansborg Palace, Kastellet military fortress and many interesting side streets with Danish architecture en route. The Carlsberg Museum is also a great attraction with two huge stone elephants and a guided tour of the brewery.

There are many bars and restaurants too in Copenhagen, the main touristic route exists as the many side streets off the city centre, however is is also worth visiting areas like Vesterbro (check out Meat Packing District and Bang & Jensen bar) and north of the city centre is Norrebro.

Whether you visit Copenhagen in winter or summer, you will find a bicycle friendly city with friendly happy inhabitants and a very laid back attitude with little crime or anti social behavior.

Article by Nick Byng for Blog About Holidays

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