Discover the Danish delights of CopenhagenPosted on: 27 July 2010 by Mark O'haire
The image of Denmark as an expensive destination is long gone. A holiday to its capital, Copenhagen, can prove really good value for money, if you plan wisely.
A Danish breakfast consists not just of jam and toast but also herrings, cheeses, hams, sausages, eggs, fruits, yoghurts and a variety of breads including of course Danish pastries.
Make sure you include breakfast in your accommodation booking as the breakfast sets you up for most of the day.
If you’re getting hungry around lunchtime treat yourself to a true Danish lunch by ordering a couple of Smorrebrod.
These are open sandwiches loaded with toppings of your favourite flavours like beef, prawns or chicken piled up high. An average cost for two Smorrebrod and a Carlsberg beer will set you back around 120 -150 DKK (£13- £16).
Most restaurants offer a “Meal of the Day” providing really good value. If this is not enough - don’t miss a sausage treat from one of the many “Polsevogn”, hot-dog stands for just a couple of Danish Kroner.
Finally. East on Holmen, across the harbour from Langelinie and the Little Mermaid, is also the Halvandet beach bar.
Crowds gather in the summer to watch the volleyball but if the weather turns ugly, Halvandet has an indoor lounge bar where its reasonably priced food and cocktails are served into the night.
Copenhagen is rich in cultural events throughout the year.
The city presents performances in ballet, theatre, concerts and opera at a variety of venues, from concert halls, churches and the outdoors.
After arriving at Copenhagen Airport, go straight to the information desk and get yourself a Copenhagen Card.
It offers free travel on the Metro, bus and trains in the greater Copenhagen area, taking you as far as Prince Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle in the north to the ancient capital of Roskilde in the west – home of Scandinavia’s most fascinating Viking Ship Museum.
The card also offers free entrance to some 60 museums and attractions with prices starting at 199 DKK (£22) for an adult’s 24-hour card.
Harbour-buses are included in the card allowing you to use these fun boats to take you from one sight to another along the central harbour area.
If you want a guided tour by boat, hop on one of the Netto Boats, whose 60 minute trips cost just 30 DKK (£3.50).
The City Bikes are also a great way to explore the city.
All you do is put a 20 DKK (£2.50) coin in the slot, just like a shopping trolley and off you go.
Here are just a few examples that will make your holiday in the Danish capital sound good.
The New Opera House is a stunning architectural masterpiece on the waterfront.
The Copenhagen opera house, Operaen opened in January 2005 and is a unique building designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen.
All levels of the marble-clad foyer offer sweeping views of Renaissance Copenhagen and the city harbour.
A restaurant with roof terrace is situated on the top floor offering a panoramic view of the royal palace Amalienborg and the adjacent domed Marble Church.
If you combine your ticket to the opera with a guided tour you will also experience the extensive backstage facilities consisting of five mobile stage units as well as a small experimental stage, Takkelloftet, in addition to the auditorium and the rehearsal and training rooms for the ballet and the opera.
The Royal Danish Orchestra, based at the Opera is the world’s oldest – no other orchestra has as rich a heritage or as long a history, reaching back to 1448.
Forthcoming performances this spring include Tosca and La Nozze di Figaro www.operaen.dk.
The annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes place between 4-13 July shifting freely from happy New Orleans jazz to cutting-edge jazz-electronica.
The 10-day-long CJF offers nearly 100 concerts daily taking place just about anywhere; from small dusty venues to parks, pedestrian areas, boats or jazz institutions featuring anything from local hard-core experimentalists to international legends.
Expect to be taken back to the 1920’s and 1930’s when the Golden Days Festival takes place between 5-21 September.
Silent movies, revues and jazz music are talk of the town when the festival puts the spotlight on this era whose architecture, visual art and design are more modern than ever.
Shakespeare enthusiasts should head for Kronborg Castle in Ellsinore, the home of Prince Hamlet, to see the latest interpretation of Macbeth – 29 July – 1 August followed by Romeo and Juliette 5 August – 8 August. www.hamletsommer.dk
There is more to Ellsinore in July as it is also the venue for the annual International Organ Festival.
It takes place in the old monastery church from the mid 1400’s. Musicians from all over the world perform works by Dietrich Buxtehude and Johann Sebastian Bach.
For more details on cultural events in and around the Danish capital take a look at www.visitcopenhagen.com/events
Here you will find details on concerts, ballets, opera, dance and music events of any kind.
The summer is a great time to discover the cultural richness and variety of Copenhagen, as so much is taking place out of doors. It’s also a great opportunity to mix and meet with the local who take great pride in their Summer City.
The best things in life are free, or so they say, and the best of Copenhagen is on offer for little or nothing.
See the most famous sight in Denmark – The Little Mermaid resting on a rock along the Langeline harbour walk.
Travellers come from all over the world to have their photos taken together with this small but emotive statue.
Take a seat in Nyhavn and watch the world go by along this busy Copenhagen canal area, full of local ambiance and once home to Denmark’s greatest son; Hans Christian Andersen.
A walk around the Amalienborg Royal Palace will not cost you a thing, nor will taking in the colourful Changing of the Guards.
Look and learn about super Danish Designs at George Jensem Illuma Bolighus and Royal Copenhagen porcelain, all located in the main shopping street Stroget, then maybe see if you can find a bargain at one of the Saturday markets at Gamle Strand, Fredriksberg or Israels Plads.
On a hot summer’s day, nothing is nicer than a cycle trip to the spacious beaches close to the city for a refreshing dip in the sea.
A variety of concerts are often free too, just take a look at www.visitcopenhagen.com/events before you go and just take your pick.
SAS Scandinavian Airlines offers frequent and convenient flights from London Heathrow, London City Airport, Birmingham, Manchester and Aberdeen with flight times under two hours.
For latest special offers and bookings go to www.flysas.co.uk
BMI Regional operate daily flights to Copenhagen from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leeds Bradford airports with flights available from £73 one way including taxes and charges. For more information and to book flights visit www.flybmi.com
For more information on Denmark and Copenhagen visit www.visitdenmark.com
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