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Copenhagen & North Zealand 2009


The ecometropolis The Mecca for cyclists becomes even cleaner

The city for children The children's panel tests the best attractions


18 pages about North Zealand


14 Page guide to Copenhagen's districts

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Welcome to the world's best city Copenhageners really like their city but they are not the only ones. The international lifestyle magazine, Monocle, elected Copenhagen as the world's best city last year because it is simply "designed for life". Among other things, the magazine pointed out the great variation of the metropolis, the many bicycles in the streets, the well-functioning transport system and not least, the green profile to the delight of both residents and visitors. The ecology aspect is what is focused on in the development of the city. Parks, harbour baths and other oases as well as initiatives to create a better environment and a healthier city for everyone contribute to making the city an eco-metropolis. This is also the focal point of the magazine you are reading right now. Children also have a special place in the magazine. We show the most fun entertainment and museums for kids as well as provide other tips for wonderful holiday experiences for the whole family in Denmark's capital and in North Zealand. Copenhagen is a small city with everything the heart desires. The distances are short between very different experiences for visitors: Get sand between your toes and enjoy the sun whilst the kids play on the water's edge. Shop your way through many inspiring shops, enjoy delicious food and party with your friends until the small hours at a cool cocktail bar. Exercise those brain cells with magnificent architecture and art experiences; wander through buildings filled with centuries of exciting history and royal tones. Regardless of your starting point - and whether you are travelling alone, with family or friends - you will find what you need in this magazine about the city's pulsating diversity and North Zealand's palette of holiday experiences. Here is inspiration for everyone with guides to the hundreds of offers available in precisely those parts of the region that are perfect for you.

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Copenhagen is open to everyone In Denmark's capital city you soon feel at home and you can do anything you like. The city is accommodating and friendly in quite a unique way, which makes it your city, too. Danes are down-to-earth and inspiring to meet and they create a dynamic city with a human face. New ideas, new business initiatives and new arrivals are always welcomed here. 3

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66 Museums for the whole family 68 Shopping: Toys 70 Life by the water

7 Map of Copenhagen

74 Action and other activities in the city

8 CPHCARD: Free entrance and discounts for up to 100 attractions

78 Overnight stays: Budget, medium and luxury

10 Theme: The eco-metropolis Focus on the environmental summit meeting, clean city and bike routes

84 Wellness and spa 86 Meals & drinks at reasonable prices 88 Bars, nightclubs and music venues

18 Parks

92 Shopping: Miniature fashion

22 Dyrehaven (Deer Park): The oasis north of Copenhagen

96 Shopping: Focus on Nørrebro

24 The Crown Prince family 28 Royal guards 32 Around 5 tourist hotspots 34 Historical buildings 38 Christiania 40 Art museums 44 Design: New design from Royal Copenhagen

98 Shopping: Flea markets

103 Guide: Copenhagen's districts The best eateries, specialties and sights of the three old districts 138 Events calendar 144 Practical information 146 Tourist agencies

46 Design: Design details in Tivoli 48 Shopping: Design 50 Shopping: Jewellery 52 The Playhouse 56 New architecture

60 Theme: The children's city The children's panel evaluates Copenhagen's attractions


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Get loads of discounts in Copenhagen The card is as small as a credit card but opens the doors to many exciting experiences. CPHCARD provides you with free entrance to or discounts for almost hundreds of attractions in the Copenhagen area and free transport by train, bus and metro.



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Use a bike in the world's greenest capital city Copenhagen is one of the world's greenest cities and host for the UN's climate summit meeting, COP 15, in the autumn. For the Copenhagen politicians, the case is clear: the city must be the world's leading environmental capital city with less CO2 emission, less polluted air and less noise, more green oases, more organic food and even more bikes.

by Signe Eriksen Tonsberg





Did you k n o w … that every day Copen-

hageners travel 660,000 kilometres in the metro but cycle 1.2 million kilometres almost double the amount.


n New York, the new bicycle lanes are called Copenhagen lanes and when politicians in Melbourne, Australia explain their wild bicycle visions, they talk about "Copenhagenizing" their city. The international connection between Copenhagen and cycling is entirely appropriate because in the Copenhagen morning rush-hour, the minister, the doctor and the director with his briefcase, cycle side by side with the carpenter, the musician and the family father with the kids in front on the carrier bicycle. Copenhagen has 307 kilometres of cycling lanes and is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. But the city's top politicians want to do even more. They want to make the city into the world's green environment metropolis, explains Copenhagen City's Technics and Environment Mayor, Klaus Bondam. "We want to show the world a model of how you can organise a city in another way with fewer cars, more pedestrians and more bicycles. And we also want to be a global role model when it comes to living ecologically. We believe that quality of life becomes higher when you're not constantly moving about in noise and inhaling air that's far too polluted. And when you can cycle and walk safely and always have a green area or water nearby," says Klaus Bondam. He is not worried that the city's vibe will disappear with all the green initiatives. ”I cannot see how making more bicycle lanes and planting more green trees has anything to do with whether there is a city vibe. The one does not exclude the other. To me, Copenhagen's city vibe is precisely the fact that there are many people on the streets, that everyone cycles all year round and that you can take a dip in the middle of the harbour because the water is so clean," he explains.

Everyone out there agrees on that point. Last year, the trend-setting, international magazine, Monocle, elected Copenhagen as the world's best city to live in - ahead of cities like Stockholm, Paris and Tokyo. The cities were judged on many different parameters such as the healthcare system, cost of living, architecture and design. Monocle's editor­-in chief, Tyler Brûlé, is especially inspired by the city's green areas, the clean harbour baths and the many beautiful, cycling Copenhageners, who are also environmentally aware and good at recycling their waste. Ecology, recycling and less CO2 At Copenhagen City Hall, a number of ambitious and quite concrete goals have been set for how Copenhagen will become the world's eco-metropolis number one before 2015. For example, the CO2emission will be reduced by 20 percent, every fifth product in Copenhageners' shopping baskets must be organic and the air must be cleaner and no Copenhagener should have more than 15 minutes' walk to green areas or water. The municipality will be investing one billion Kroner over a four-year period in the green eco-metropolis visions. The money will be spent on everything from new bicycle lanes, renovation and expansion of parks and playgrounds to energy renovation of the municipality's buildings. In addition to the municipal funds, there is also a need for input from the individual Copenhagener to reach the goals. ”People are good at cycling, sorting waste and buying organic - actually, 14 percent of grocery shopping in Copenhagen is organic and that is something resembling a world record," explains Technics and Environment Mayor, Klaus Bondam. 11


On the bicycle area, the overall goal is that at least 50 percent of the people - compared to 36 percent today will cycle to work or place of education in Copenhagen in 2015. Moreover, the number of seriously injured cyclists will be halved and at least 80 percent of the Copenhagen cyclists will feel safe in traffic. ”If we are to get people to cycle, they must feel safe. Therefore, we are expanding with even more bicycle lanes. We are also working on renovating more of the large traffic light junctions so we avoid those awful rightturn accidents. Safety in traffic is important when getting children to cycle. And we know that young cyclists become permanent cyclists," says Klaus Bondam.

When he speaks to his colleagues in the various European cyclist federations, he also finds that Copenhagen is on the forefront. ”Copenhagen actually has star status out there, it's not just something the politicians dream about. When my European colleagues are to explain about various bicycle initiatives in their countries, they often begin their sentences with 'Well, we're not Copenhagen, but ...' So there is no doubt that the Copenhagen bicycle culture represents something quite special. They also notice that Copenhagen does not just rest on its laurels, but constantly tries to improve the conditions for cyclists," explains Jens Loft Rasmussen. He believes that the bicycle culture suits the Danish lifestyle well because the bicycle is an individual, flexible and sociable mode of transport. You can decide for yourself where you start and end and where you'll stop along the way. And the bicycle gathers people across ages, professions, religions and lifestyles. ”If you read profile interviews with Danish business people, they almost always say that they cycle. This is a way to signal that you are down to earth and physically active," explains Jens Loft Rasmussen. Read more at

Copenhagen has star status out there Cycling is a core area of focus and in recent years, the capital's politicians have made extensive investments in bicycle lanes. For instance, a bicycle lane has been constructed along the lakes, a bicycle bridge, Åbuen, has been built across Denmark's busiest road, Ågade, and another bicycle bridge over the harbour fairway to Islands Brygge has been built. Last year, The Danish Cyclists' Federation elected Copenhagen as the Bicycle City of the Year and director, Jens Loft Rasmussen finds it difficult to stop smiling about this. ”Copenhagen takes cyclists seriously and the politicians show leadership. Both the Lord Mayor and the Technics and Environment Mayor are at the head and cycle themselves. They fight some tough battles politically because it is not always equally popular to, for example, make large streets car-free zones," says Jens Loft Rasmussen.


On the way towards an even greener capital city Copenhagen's Technics and Environment Mayor, Klaus Bondam, dreams of making the city even greener by introducing congestion levies so motorists - like in many other cities - have to pay to drive to specific zones in the city. "In this way we can solve many of the noise, congestion and air pollution problems. We would also like some stricter environment zones so old diesel trucks and vans without particulate filters would be prohibited in parts of the city," explains Klaus Bondam, who also has plans to establish even more small parks, harbour baths and green cycling routes.

Biking-Copenhagen in figures Copenhageners between the ages of 10 and 84 cycle on average three kilometres per day on the streets of the capital city. In comparison, people in Aalborg in North Jutland cycle only 1.2 kilometres per day. There are 307 kilometres of cycle lanes in Copenhagen. 43 kilometres of them are eco-cycle lanes. More than a third of all Copenhageners cycle to work or place of education every day. Sources: DTU Transport, The Danish Cyclists' Federation and City of Copenhagen. 13


See Copenhagen from an iron horse Cycling in Copenhagen is like being a Copenhagener for a day. The city is bicycle-friendly in the majority of places and several new cycle paths have been constructed - among others, an entire eco-cycle route across the city's districts as well as a new cycle route along the lakes. by Signe Eriksen Tonsberg

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Did you know … that Amager is a Mecca for cyclists? Take a bike ride in Amager

Strandpark or in Vestamager Naturcenter.

Eco-route Østerbro-Valby Distance: approx. 10 km. The route: Take the path right by the pedestrian tunnel across from Ryparken Station in Østerbro. The path begins here in the northern end of the city and winds from Østerbro in the north through Nørrebro and Frederiksberg and ends in Valby in the western part of Copenhagen. Experienced cyclists can cover the route in almost half an hour. Along the way: The route goes through almost all the districts of the city and as a cyclist, you pass many green oases along the way. In Nørrebro, you can cycle through Nørrebro park and several places with a recently landscaped range of hills in the middle of the pulsating city. In Frederiksberg, the path goes across the heavily trafficked Ågade with a spectacular bicycle and pedestrian bridge called Åbroen. In Frederiksberg, the city atmosphere is spiced by the view of dairy cows on a small field by the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Copenhagen. Along the lakes from Østerbro - Frederiksberg Distance: 3 km. The route: Take the lake bicycle path at the end of Skt. Jørgens Sø by Gl. Kongevej – on the lakeshore opposite to the Planetarium. Follow the route along Svineryggen


in Frederiksberg, cross over Danasvej, continue further along the lake and cross over Gyldenløvesgade. You will now be on Peblingedossering along Peblingesø. The rest of the route goes straight on along Sortedamsø and Sortedam Dossering and ends in Østerbrogade. There is a bicycle tunnel on the last part of the stretch under Dronning Louises Bro and Fredensbro.

Bicycle bridge – Islands Brygge to Fisketorvet 




Did you know … that the City of Copenhagen has issued a special bicycle map where all cycle paths and cycle lanes are in-

cluded? The map is available from various bicycle dealers and from the municipality.

Along the way: This cycle path is brand new. Only last year was it possible to cycle along the lakes, which was otherwise reserved for pedestrians and not least, runners. The cycle path begins slightly above street level by Gl. Kongevej, so cyclists need to go up a couple of stairs. When you begin cycling on the path, it is just straight on from there with the water on your right side and some of Copenhagen's most exclusive addresses on your left. The Lord Mayor's favourite: Nørrebro's Runddel (Circus) - Nørregade Distance: 2.5 km. The route: Begin at Nørrebro's Runddel and take the route through Assistens Cemetery and further on down Nørrebrogade. Cycle over Dronning Louises Bro, down Frederiksborggade and all the way into the centre of town along Nørregade. Technics and Environment Mayor, Klaus Bondam's route: It's fantastic that you can cycle through a cemetery. Assistens Cemetery is well worth a visit. It is a green oasis, which people use - with respect. This is where H.C. Andersen and all the Copenhagen pioneers are buried and the cemetery still functions as a cemetery. When you cross Dronning Louises Bro and look out across the lakes,

you will experience the Copenhagen that Copenhageners know. It's a city that is so much more than the Little Mermaid and Amalienborg Slotsplads. The bicycle lobbyist's favourite: Holmen - Israels Plads Distance: 4 km. The route: From Holmen down along Prinsessegade to Torvegade and further over Knippelsbro. After that, along Gammel Strand and Nørregade to Israels Plads where I work. Chairman for the Danish Cyclists' Federation, Jens Loft Rasmussen, explains his route: When you get to the top of Knippelsbro you have a fantastic and beautiful view of the city. For example, you can see the towers from Nikolaj Church, Christiansborg and the Stock Exchange. The route goes through the inner city past the cathedral in Nørregade and ends at one of Copenhagen's most popular squares, which houses the labour movement, the missionary movement and the bicycle movement. 15


Experience North Zealand on two wheels The wind in your hair and the scent of salt water and forest. This is North Zealand on a bike in the summer. Here is a selection of cycling trips in the North Zealand region. Some of them are long, but the routes can also be done in smaller sections. by Signe Eriksen Tonsberg

Østerbro-Helsingør Distance: Approx. 60 km. Most of the route is along Øresund. The route: Begin on Østerbrogade and cycle towards the north along Strandvejen. Follow Strandvejen up along the coast through Hellerup, Charlottenlund, Skovshoved, Klampenborg, Taarbæk, Skodsborg, Rungsted, Nivå, Humlebæk, Espergærde, Snekkersten and end in Helsingør. Along the way: Experimentarium and many shopping opportunities in Hellerup, Dyrehaven (deer park) in Klampenborg, Karen Blixen Museum in Rungsted, the painting collection, Nivågård in Nivå, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Flyderupgård museum with an exhibition of fishing and farming from earlier times in Espergærde and the castle, Kronborg, in Helsingør. Hundested-Helsingør – the north coast path Distance in total: Approx. 70 km. - but take a break wherever you want. The route: Begin in Hundested and cycle towards the east through Kikhavn, Liseleje, Asserbo Plantage, Tisvilde Hegn, Heatherhill, Rågeleje, Udsholt Strand, Smidstrup, Gilleleje, Munkerup, Dronningmølle, Hornbæk, Ålsgårde, Hellebæk and end in Helsingør. Along the way: The route goes through some of the most beautiful scenery in North Zealand - up and down through forests, along cliffs and with panoramic views across the sea. For example, make a stop at Knud Rasmussen's Museum in the old Spodsbjerg Lighthouse, experience the village, Kikhavn, with farms all the way down to the beach, enjoy Asserbo Plantage, take a rest in the heather-covered hills in Heatherhill or enjoy the view from Gilleleje's two lighthouses by Nakkehoved. The route also goes past some of North Zealand's best beaches - try taking a dip from the one in Hornbæk.

More about bicycles and cycle routes The Danish Cyclists' Federation: VisitDenmark:


Around Furesø Distance: 25 km. The route: Begin at Farum Station and follow Chr. Winther's path along Furesø. Along the way you will pass Frederiksdal, Frederiksdal Storskov (forest), the hotel Kollekolle with a view over the lake and a path down to the boat service. The route is on gravel paths, suburban streets and bicycle paths. Along the way: Take a break for instance in Frederiksdal where you can rent canoes, or take a detour to Sophienholm Museum by Bagsværd Lake, which is one kilometre from Frederiksdal.


Did you know … that you can take bicycles with you in S-tog (suburban trains) and regional trains? Read more at or

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Scenic holiday for all the family A holiday is an opportunity to recharge your batteries. To forget all the stresses and hassles of daily life. As a guest, you should feel welcome and at home. Which is most likely to happen in surroundings that soothe the soul. With nature just outside the door, with beaches, woods and fields. 25 apartments 40 family rooms 28 holiday cabins Tent pitches Bonfire site

In an environment which is clearly full of good vibrations. Where the personnel has the necessary time and energy and a twinkle in their eyes. You can find all this at Sankt Helene. It is no coincidence that wise men and women tell us about Sankt Helene’s life-giving energy, and throughout history

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Tisvildeleje has been a magnet for many special guests. For example, King Christian IV took water from the nearby holy spring with him on his travels around Europe. Positive energy is created by people who are at ease with themselves. So come and help create even more good energy at Sankt Helene.

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Frederiksberg Gardens

Oases in Copenhagen Between townhouses, castles and streets, green breathing spaces stretch their soft grass. At one time the parks belonged to the king, but now Copenhageners lounge about on the green lawns.



 ven though Frederiksberg Gardens E is loved and well-visited, you can always find a peaceful corner in the greenery.

Frederiksberg Have (Frederiksberg Gardens) D5 Romance blossoms at the foot of the pale yellow castle at Valby Bakke, which once was the king's summer residence. On Sundays in the summer, Frederik the Sixth sailed along the winding canals. The canals help to soften the park, which was originally landscaped in a linear, baroque style. He created mystery with dolmens, a Greek temple and a Chinese pavilion in the middle of the wild nature. From May to September you can rent a rowing boat and float away in the majestic wake between geese and ducks - and perhaps take a look at elephants. The Zoo is the closest neighbour.

From the backyard, you can see the new elephant enclosure in Copenhagen's Zoo

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Copenhageners enjoying themselves with picnics in Kongens Have

Kongens Have G4 (The King's Gardens)  Actually, the park is called Rosenborg Have, but is popularly known as Kongens Have. 400 years ago it served as a kitchen garden and a lovely view for the castle's royal residents with fish ponds and cabbages, nuts and fruit. The garden is still so grand that it is locked at night.


Rosenborg Castle stands as a royal landmark in the western end of Kongens Have


Fælledparken  G2 Football was the workers' favourite sport when the park was constructed on the common in 1911. The grass plains, surrounded by the edge of the woods was to be the people's park - for outdoor activities instead of purely decoration. The Danish national stadium, Parken, is located right next to the green areas.

Fælledparken is Copenhagen's answer to London's Hyde Park with is wide lawns and sheltering trees

Fælledparken is a paradise for runners 21



- the land of thousands of deer

Take the train or S-tog to Klampenborg and enter into JĂŚgersborg Dyrehave with the many stags and fallow deer. by Henrik Nordskilde Photo VisitDenmark

Eremitage castle Eremitage castle with a view over the Oresund towers at the top of the Eremitage plain and is the centre of a star-shaped road system. It was constructed to be used for riding to hounds in the 17th century by Louis the Fourteenth in France, who practised this type of hunting. By the way, in 1879 the plain was also the place for the first football match on Danish soil.



ROYAL PLAYGROUND JĂŚgersborg Dyrehave is known by many as the stage for the annual and very popular fun run, the Ermitage Run and the horse race, Hubertusjagten (Hubertus Sports Race). For the remainder of the year, the forest animals, among which are approx. 2,000 deer, have more peaceful surroundings. On a daily basis they live side by side with golfers, dog walkers, runners, mountain bike riders and others who make enjoyable use of the forest, which was originally the king's hunting area. Also the current members of the royal family go hunting in Dyrehaven.

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Afarroyal home from the noise With its green fields, rolling hills, large forests and white beaches, North Zealand is an incredibly popular area to settle down when you have a family. One of the almost quite ordinary Danish families who has chosen North Zealand, is the Crown Prince and Crown Princess. by Stine Carsten Kendal


great number of the most wealthy citizens of the kingdom live in North Zealand. Every morning they take the trip by bus, train, bicycle or car from the green, undulating landscape and into Copenhagen where they work. One of the families where both mum and dad are busy, live in Fredensborg and they don't have a surname. This family is HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and his wife, HRH Crown Princess Mary. Following their wedding

The Crown Prince family 


in 2004, the couple chose to settle in Fredensborg Palace. Since then they have had two children who - almost - live a normal North Zealand life. Green lawns to play on, local crechĂŠs, walks in the forest and to the beach and perhaps a visit to grandma and grandpa when they are also at Fredensborg Palace.

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Fredensborg Palace Palace gardens open in the summer Fredensborg Palace is located by Esrum Sø and for many years it has been one of the homes HRH Queen Margrethe the Second and her husband, HRH Prince Henrik have used most often, especially in the summer. Since 2004, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess have also had their residence in the Chancellery House, which is located next to the main building. The beautiful 18th century Baroque palace is also often the place where the Queen invites to larger official state visits and family events in the royal family. The Baroque palace is part of a widely spread construction and was - typical of the period - intended as an architectonic whole with the surrounding garden. The long, straight avenues, which spread out from the palace in a star form, is a feature from the garden's original French Baroque style. The avenues were re-created between the 1970s and 1990s as a Danish example of the pompous style, which is especially known from the French kings' palace, Versailles, near Paris. In between the avenues there are large sections of forest with winding paths from the end of the 18th century where basically all baroque gardens had to be converted to a romantic style. A particular attraction in the garden is the baroque gardens, Nordmandsdalen, with approx. 70 sculptures of Norwegian and Faroese farmers and fish-

Fredensborg Palace Gardens


ermen. The gardens were reopened following extensive restoration in September 2002. The part of the garden that is located closest to the palace is the royal family's private garden, but the garden is normally open to the public in July. Here, you can for example visit the kitchen garden, which supplies fresh vegetables to the royal household and a modern orangery, which was inaugurated in 1995.


Check the castle and the calendar Fredensborg Palace and Frederiksborg Castle at ­The Palaces and Properties Agency: Fredensborg Palace: The Crown Prince and Crown Princess:


The Fredensborg Houses Visit also the Fredensborg Houses, which are located in Fredensborg in North Zealand. They are designed by the world-famous Danish architect, Jørn Utzon ­(1918-2008). This is a new form of standard house, which is built in close interplay with nature so they do not mar, but on the contrary, make the area more interesting. Utzon has created the Fredensborg Houses with Roman atrium courtyards as inspiration. The houses are occupied by private people and can only be seen from the outside. The Fredensborg Houses, Bakkedragen, Fredensborg

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess

Countess Danner was married in the castle chapel North Zealand has been popular with the Danish royal family through centuries. Frederiksborg Castle in the larger commercial town, Hillerød, close to Fredensborg was built by Christian IV between 1600-1620 and for many years the Danish kings were crowned in the castle church. The castle church is also incredibly sought after today for weddings and christenings. And by far the majority of the princely weddings that have taken place in Denmark can be found in the Court and Castle Congregation's parish register. Frederik VII, who is most known for giving Denmark the constitution that laid the foundation for democracy, was married three times. The last time was to the former dancer, Louise Rasmussen, subsequently called Countess Danner. The couple were married in Frederiksborg Castle church and here you can read, in black and white, that

The Fredensborg Houses

this was a "left-handed" marriage and that any children would not be entitled to inherit and that Countess Danner would not have the title of queen. The marriage is registered in the ordinary chronological order amongst the many other couples who got married in August 1850: a carpenter, a secondary school teacher, employees of the stud farm, a farmhand, a manservant and a groom. Today, Frederiksborg Castle houses the Museum of Natural History with portraits, historical paintings and modern art, which together provide a picture of Denmark's history and its most important figures. The castle is also surrounded by a beautiful baroque garden. 27



quick facts about the Royal Danish Life Guards

Amalienborg is mostly in focus when the royal family are on the balcony, or the Prime Minister presents the government, but the Royal Danish Life Guards stand on guard throughout the year. In contrast to many other countries with monarchies, the royal guards have the responsibility without the help of the police and therefore, they have live ammunition in their rifles. by Henrik Nordskilde


Generally, it is picturesque and peaceful for the guardsmen to stand guard at Amalienborg Palace. The most dramatic event can be an intoxicated night-owl or other lost people who ask for directions. However, this does not mean that the guardsmen are there just for decoration. In many other countries where a royal family has to be protected, the guardsmen get help from the police, but in Denmark, it is the guardsmen's task to intervene with hostile persons and therefore the guardsmen can as in extreme situations, shoot with live ammunition.


A guardsman must be minimum 175 cm tall. Before they begin the guard training at the guards' barracks, they are lined up. The tallest third of them will be the 1st guard squad, the middle third will be the 2nd guard squad and the shortest third will be the 3rd guard squad. You can see the difference between the guard squads by looking at their sabre tassles. Red means 1st guard squad, white means 2nd guard squad and a blue sabre tassle means 3rd guard squad.



H4  Amalienborg Palace


A guardsman is at Amalienborg 24-hours at a time. There are two shifts of two hours and they then stay in the guards' room for four hours where they eat and relax before the next shift. At midday, the change of the guards is especially interesting to follow. The guardsmen at Amalienborg are relieved by a new squad that marches from the barracks at Rosenborg Palace at approximately 11.30.

It's a myth that the guards are not allowed to speak when they are on duty, but guests must not expect a cosy chat with the conscripts. The guards are instructed to respond briefly and precisely to enquiries and if this is impossible, the enquirer will be referred to the sergeant's guard room.

A guard squad comprises approx. 80 conscripted guardsmen and approx. seven sergeants who follow the guardsmen on duty. The guardsmen are trained by a senior sergeant and a second in command sergeant on the duty squad.

The first female guards started their duties at Amalienborg Palace in 1999. Normally, there are up to four female guards on each deployment squad.


The King's Guard is established when the Queen is at home in Christian IX's Palace. A King's Guard is under the command of a major or a captain and the guard parade marches from the Royal Life Guards' barracks at 11.27 a.m.


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The Lieutenant's Guard is established when HRH Crown Prince Frederik as regent and/or his brother Prince Joachim as prince regent and/or the Queen's sister, Princess Benedikte as regent, live in Christian VIII's Palace or when the Queen's husband, HRH Prince Henrik lives in Christian IX's Palace. In terms of size, it is a smaller guard than the King's Guard, but the size depends on how many of the royals are living in the palaces. A Lieutenant's Guard is under the command of a captain or a first lieutenant and the guard parade marches from the Royal Life Guards' barracks at 11.30 a.m.

It's called the Palace Guard when none of the royal family are in the palace - the smallest guard at Amalienborg Palace. A Palace Guard is under the command of a sergeant and the guard squad march from the Royal Danish Life Guards' barracks at 11.32 a.m.

The King's Guard and the Lieutenant's Guard are accompanied by the Band of the Royal Danish Life Guards and on special occasions, e.g. the Queen's birthday, the guards wear the red gala uniform and carry gala colours with the Royal Coat of Arms.



The Industrial Works of Brede New grand attraction just north of Copenhagen

Where do you take the family where there is something for the little engineer and the playful child that's in all of us? The new museum, The Industrial Works of Brede is an obvious option. Through exhibitions and workshops, you are given a number of total experiences: Be guided round by your own virtual escort between old machines and hear about the tremendous development in the industry, which significantly changed the everyday life of Danes in the course of 100 years - how many people today can imagine a life without electric light? And join in the production line so the steam engine can be put into motion. Take a picnic basket with you or spoil yourself in the restaurant, Brede Spisehus. You will find enough experiences for a whole day here, and entrance is free! Take bus nos. 194, 182, 183 to Brede or take the cosy local train from JĂŚgersborg Station to Brede Station.

The Industrial Works of Brede I.C. Modewegsvej DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby Tel.: +45 3313 4411

Opening hours 21/05 – 18/10 Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Entrance Free

The Open Air Museum

The Open Air Museum

Experience one of the world's largest and oldest open air museums with more than 50 farms, mills and houses. Meet the estate owner, the smallholder or the miller and enjoy the scent of the historical gardens. The season also offers, e.g. theatre for the whole family, old games and horse carriage rides. Restaurant and museum shop.

Antiquity is back! The museum's most frequented exhibition "Danish Prehistory" has returned in a completely new design. See the known highlights such as the Sun Chariot of Trundholm, the Egtved Girl and the Golden Horns. And more than half of the finds are new in the exhibition, e.g. the wellpreserved Huldremose Woman. 10,000 years goes by so fast!

The Open Air Museum Kongevejen 100 DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby Tel.: +45 3347 3855 OPENING HOURS: 4/4-18/10 Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Entrance Free

The National Museum Frederiksholms kanal 12 DK-1220 Copenhagen K Tel.: +45 3313 4411 Opening hours Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Entrance Free 31


Alternative sightseeing When you visit the almost mandatory sights in Copenhagen, you must keep an eye on bonus experiences in the vicinity, e.g. historical buildings, good cafés and shops. by Henrik Nordskilde

The Little Mermaid 

I3 This is the classic photo opportunity of them all, to be photographed next to the bronze statue, which lures sailors when sailing into Copenhagen. Here, it is also possible to satisfy the most acute shopping needs in the many shops 'anchored' along Langelinie. Nearby is also the old fortress, Kastellet.Today, various divisions of the military have offices in the buildings, whilst the rampart is the setting for Copenhageners' romantic walks and breathless runs. Read more about the Kastellet in Buildings of Power on page 40. Also make a point of seeing the Gefion fountain, named after the goddess who ploughed up a piece of ground out of Sweden and in so doing, created Zealand.


G5 The majority of tourists take the walk all the way down the famous Pedestrian street. Close to the City Hall, Strøget is characterised by fast-food restaurants, pubs and clothing shops in a lower price range than down at the Beverly Hills end towards Kongens Nytorv. Here, the facades are taken over by Gucci, Louis Vuitton and other fashionable brands. No matter how much is in your wallet, remember the detours away from the lively street. The streets north of Strøget house the Latino quarter or 'Pisserenden', as it is less poetically called. To the south is the parallel street, Strædet (Kompagnistræde, Læderstræde) where the café life and shops are less mainstream than on Strøget. Here you can find odd shops like 'Books and Curiosities' or 'Eskimo Art Gallery' with objects from the Inuit culture. You should also visit Nikolaj Church on Nikolaj Plads. The interior of the church and tower contains a café and changing art exhibitions.




The Opera House 

I4 One of Danish history's more recent and most generous gifts, the Opera on Holmen, was bestowed by Mærsk which is one of the world's largest shipping lines within container transport. Right behind the large building, you can often see exhibitions at the School of Architecture. Or make your way past the Gunboat Sheds on Holmen. In the 1800s, 48 sheds were built to store the navy's small gunboats, which were put into use after the English had stolen the Danish navy vessels. Today, the charming old buildings of the area accommodate businesses, homes and educational institutions. The warship, Peder Skram, is also anchored at Holmen and you can go on board.

F5 10 minutes' walk from all the sights in Copenhagen is Kødbyen (the Meatpacking District of Copenhagen). Despite the industrial name the area has a great deal of other things to offer besides wholesaler outlets where the word "bacon fat" is part of the name. Galleries, bars and eateries have opened in the area, so there are cultural and culinary delights on offer most of the day. Also keep an eye out for exhibitions in Øksnehallen in Den Brune Kødby (The Brown Meat City).


H4 The royal home front is made beautiful for large crowds of Danish and foreign tourists. From the horseman statue of Frederik V there is a view of the Marble Church, which is also worth a visit just as Nyboder is not far away, the beautiful ochre-coloured buildings which Christian IV had built for the ordinary seamen of the navy. A couple of hundred metres from the palace square is the Danish Museum of Art and Design, which among other things shows industrial design and decorative and applied arts. In the summer, Grønnegårds Theatre performs open-air plays in the museum's garden, Grønnegården. 33

district guide The City Hall Square 


Buildings of Power Hundreds of years of struggle for power in Denmark can be read in Copenhagen's historical buildings. A tour from the fort to City Hall will quickly show that foreigners, Danish citizens, kings and nobility have battled about who should rule Denmark. The traces are still there. by Stine Carsten Kendal


h e journey through Denmark's history goes through the streets of Copenhagen. For more than 600 years the Danish capital city has, first and foremost, been home to the royal family, the government and the nation's naval fleet - and the buildings that were to help the power brokers to keep the sceptre in their hands are still standing. Side by side with the buildings of democracy, this shows that the balance of power today is something quite different. Until the fall, in the middle of the 1800s of Copenhagen's


most outstanding defence construction, the ramparts around the city, all the buildings were concentrated in the city centre. Outside of the ramparts were only houses that could be easily burned down if enemies entered the country. Therefore, today you can see the majority of the buildings that have played a part in Denmark's history. The centre of the power is squeezed together When History Tours take tourists around on foot in Copenhagen, the buildings are the starting points for stories


about Denmark's history. The tours in Copenhagen begin at Højbro Plads - right across from the centre of power, Slotsholmen in the middle of Copenhagen. �Slotsholmen tells both the oldest story and the more recent democracy story," says historian and tour guide, Christian Holm Donatzky. At Slotsholmen is the palace, Christiansborg, which rests on the remains of the fortresses and castles that were located on the same spot through more than 800 years. Today, the Danish parliament, the Folketing, fills most of the building but the Prime Minister's Office, The High Court and the royal family's representative offices are also to be found here. Bunched together around the palace are a number of buildings that house the most important ministries. The current powers that be - ministers and government officials - have gradually taken over the offices in the majority of the buildings. Even those that were previously used as living quarters. Rather than than move from Slotsholmen, which is an island connected to the city with eight bridges. In addition to Christiansborg and the ministries; The Royal Library, Slotskirken, Thorvaldsens Museum and the Stock Exchange are also on Slotsholmen. The royal family moved around In certain periods, Christiansborg housed the royal family but dissatisfaction with the layout of the palace

and several fires meant that it was far from a permanent residence. When the palace burned down in 1794, Christian VII and his family did not have a roof over their heads and moved temporarily into three of Amalienborg Palace's four palaces, originally built for noble families. The royal family has since acquired the last palace and lives in these buildings today, which are far from an imposing palace, but rather more like a row of large villas. The interplay between the square and the buildings makes Amalienborg Palace Copenhagen's finest rococo example - and there is free access to walk across the square and look at all the details. Traditionally, the royal family has been open to the rest of society and to a certain degree, the buildings express this openness. Today, Christiansborg houses the royal family's stables, riding grounds, church, theatre and representation facilities which are also open to visitors. With all this, there is not much room at Amalienborg. One of the castles that has been very popular as a residence is the fairytale palace, Rosenborg, which was built as King Christian IV's hunting palace outside of the city walls. Today, the castle is situated in the centre with the beautiful gardens, Kongens Have around it. In the Long Hall or Knights' Hall, you can see the famous Rosenborg tapestries, which show Christian IV's victories in the Scanian War and the crown jewels are also exhibited at the castle.

Holmens Church

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Amalienborg Palace 


Go through the history yourself History Tours offers tours in Danish on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon and in English on either Saturday or Sunday at 10 a.m. from Højbro Plads. See the programme at Ghost Tours has opened ghost tours every Saturday in the tourist season. Special tours can also be booked at The nightwatchmen take an evening walk around the city with their torches. See the available tours at



Gefion Fountain 

Castles and financial ruin But Christian IV was so occupied with the details of his buildings that his overview disappeared. Among other things, this is why one of Copenhagen's most popular kings ended up destroying Denmark's powerful European position at that time. ”He took over a well-functioning kingdom and left a political and financial ruin,” says historian, Steffen Heiberg, who has written several books about Christian IV. According to him, the king was driven by the same craving for power as the majority of past kings - that is, to expand the country's borders. This required a large army and Christian rearmed heavily to, for example, resist Sweden which at that time was a threat to Denmark. The building up of the navy and the many trade activities that followed the military initiatives gave impetus to the economy. So



there was money to modernise the capital city, the status and extent of which at the beginning of the 1600s was only slightly higher and larger than a couple of Zealand's medium-sized towns. The Swedes are coming The power struggle between Danish and Swedish kings was crucial to Copenhagen's fortifications. When Christian IV's son, Frederik III, had initially been barricaded inside Copenhagen by the Swedes once, he hurried to build the fortress, Kastellet, which is one of Northern Europe's finest and best-kept fortifications. ”Kastellet stands almost exactly as Frederik III built it and here I can tell you the story about the wars with the Swedes. And it is just simply so beautiful out there," says Christian Donatzky. He encourages all of us who will


Thorvaldsens Museum 


Rosenborg Castle 

anyway be out looking at the Little Mermaid, to take a walk in to Kastellet. The military still has living quarters and residences in the old soldier town, which in its most populated period accommodated 1800 people. Not far from there is Frederiksstaden, which was designed by the architect, Nicolai Eigtved (1701-1754). This is one of Europe's most beautiful rococo districts, which comprises two main axes connected together by the palace, Amalienborg. All power to the people The tour around the power of more recent times goes from Christiansborg across Gammeltorv where Copenhagen's District Court is located today in the former Town Hall and Courthouse. The classical building is not a building you feel comfortable in and you're not supposed to. If you walk around the corner from Nytorv, the uneasy feeling continues in Slutterigade (this means executioner street) where the old jailhouse is located. Here you will find some of the most dramatic examples of Danish architecture. For example, notice the decorations on the windows with the heavy, serious eaves as well as the small windows with bars that were to frighten citizens with their bleakness. The Courthouse was built by the general master builder, C.F. Hansen (1756-1845), who has also made his mark on many other places in Copenhagen and for example, was behind the cathedral Vor Frue Kirke and Christiansborg Slotskirke. Those who decide on the fate of Copenhagen sit in the City Hall and today, are elected by the people. The building is a summary of many different styles; the national romantic inspired by historicism, the Italian Middle Ages


and with decorations inspired by Denmark's history as a seafaring nation. The City Hall with the many different details stood complete in 1905 and since then various Lord Mayors, Mayors and members of the citizen representation have struggled for power over Copenhageners' daily life behind the walls.

Read more about Copenhagen 'København - folk og kvarterer' is the ultimate book of photography about Copenhagen, spiced up with lively texts by journalist, Pernille Steensgard. Gyldendal, 2002. Is also available in English: ’Copenhagen – people and places’, Gyldendal, 2005. ’København’. Short and sweet about Copenhagen's history. Hans Gregersen, Højers Forlag, 2008. ’8 gåture med Peter Olesen gennem København’, Thanning and Appel, 2007 Is also available in English: ’Eight Walks around Copenhagen with Peter Olesen’, Thanning and Appel, 2006 37

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Christiania A social experiment began when youth rebels occupied a deserted barracks in 1971 and called it Christiania.

and the ramparts by Stine Carsten Kendal

The Christianites have decided themselves how to build in Christiania. This means that no two houses are the same in the district.



Several of the old military buildings in Christiania are listed today.

I5 CHRISTIANIA   The free town, Christiania, has almost one thousand inhabitants who all pay the same to the communal kitty. The 'town's' own guides conduct tours in Danish and English past cafĂŠs, restaurants and music venues and the main street, Pusher Street, named after the blatant hash trade of earlier times. Today, the area's distinctive architecture attracts many curious people. Everything from sheds to architectdesigned villas with own wooden piers have appeared in the old barracks through the years.

The Christiania bicycle is famous for its practical carrier. Many Danish parents use the bike to transport their children around and leave the car at home.

Christianshavn's Rampart is considered amongst the world's finest examples of rampart installations from the 1600s. 39




In and around Copenhagen you will find a number of art museums and collections that offer art of an international class. by Solveig Willum og Lars Højholt

Arken Museum of Modern Art

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The museum of modern art south of Copenhagen, Arken,

The flagship of art towards the north,Louisiana

is positioned like a ship with the bow and sail on the edge of the sea. The museum is a forum for Danish, Nordic and international art and particular importance is placed on acquiring works of art from after 1990. In 2009, Arken will open up for Utopia - from collective to utopia to individual dreams, but there are also more traditional tones with an impressionist collection. Arken Museum of Modern Art Skovvej 100, Ishøj

Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, is Denmark's most frequented art museum and offers a unique meeting between nature, architecture and a collection of world art from the 20th century. The permanent collection is based on the time after 1945 and accommodates artists such as Andy Warhol, Picasso, Giacometti and Per Kirkeby. Exhibitions for 2009 offers, among other things, the surrealist, Max Ernst - Dream and Revolution. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Gl. Strandvej 13, Humlebæk


Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Glass art underground 

D6 At the entrance to Frederiksberg Palace, hidden under the green grass are the Cisternerne. Until 1981, it was part of Copenhagen's water supply. Today, it is a museum of modern glass art. The old cisterns have been converted into a museum of glass art. The museum offers glass artists such as Robert Jacobsen, Carl-Henning Pedersen and Peter Brandes. The underground museum is solely illuminated with artificial light and it is worth remembering to wear good footwear when you go down into the old water reservoirs. Open Thursday - Sunday Cisternerne - Museum of Modern Glass Art Pile Allé 55, Frederiksberg.


Design & architecture The greatest furniture classics 

H4 Go and explore the world history of design, industrial art and applied arts and see Denmark's biggest collection of the furniture classics that have contributed to placing Denmark on the world map of industrial design. The Danish Museum of Art & Design Bredgade 68, Cph. K

Behind architecture's H5 gems The Danish Architecture Centre puts focus on global and Danish challenges and visions for architecture of the future in a world characterised by increasing urbanization. Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) Strandgade 27B, Cph. K


Follow the latest design

G5 Nearby Tivoli's rear entrance, the Danish Design Centre is way ahead in time and comprises a distinctive lighthouse for modern Danish and international design. Danish Design Centre (DDC) H.C. Andersens Boulevard 27, Cph. K

The Hirschsprung Collection

Glyptoteket, museum of ancient and modern art Photo: Roland Halbe

The stronghold of Impressionism Ordrupgaard has one of northern Europe's finest collections of French Impressionism with names like Degas, Renoir, Monet and Sisley as well as other French artists like Delacrois, Gaugin and Matisse. The permanent exhibition also includes Danish art from the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries with works by, among others, Vilhelm Hammershøj, L.A. Ring and Theodor Philipsen. The museum, which was originally a gentleman's residence with own gallery, opened as an art museum in 1953. In August 2005, a new extension designed by the internationally recognised Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid, was opened. Ordrupgaard Vilvordevej 110, Charlottenlund

Golden Age cavalcade 

G3 The Hirschsprung Collection presents a unique collection of Danish art from the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, collected by the tobacco producer, Heinrich Hirschsprung. From works of the Golden Age's master painters like Eckersberg and Købke, to the extensive collection of Skagen painters and in particular, P.S. Krøyer, with whom Hirschsprung had a personal friendship. The paintings hang in a number of smaller halls with contemporary furniture. This gives the museum an intimate character and as a guest you feel like you are entering an ordinary home in 1900. Den Hirschsprung Collection Stockholmsgade 20, Cph. Ø 41


Glyptoteket, museum of ancient and modern art

Thorvaldsens Museum

Statens Museum for Kunst The Danish National Gallery

The greatest classics 


The Glyptotek houses two main collections: One is dedicated to the large, old civilisations of antiquity around the Mediterranean, the other is dedicated to Danish and French art from the 19th and 20th centuries. The antique collection is an introduction to the remainder of the museum's collection. Here, the Mediterranean culture from ancient history can be experienced from the beginning in Egypt and the Middle East around year 6000 B.C. until the end of the Roman emperors' period in the 5th century A.D. You will also find one of the world's best collection of Roman portraits here. The modern collection houses Danish and French paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries. The special strength of the Danish collection is the many works from the Golden Age. Glyptoteket also houses more than thirty works by the sculptor, Augste Rodin - one of the most important forerunners of modern sculpture. Henning Larsen's new building is dedicated to the French paintings. The collection contains works by artists such as Manet, Monet and not least, Degas. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Dantes Plads 7, Cph. V


The all-embracing 

G3 Statens Museum for Kunst - the Danish National Gallery - is a living museum with a unique collection of Danish and international art. The collection includes masterpieces by Mantegna, Dürer, Tizian, Rubens, Rembrandt and El Greco to Danish icons such as Eckersberg, Købke, Hammershøj and Willumsen and furthermore, Matisse, Picasso, Nolde, Munch, Jorn, Kirkeby and Kvium. The collections' full range is shown in a challenging and communicative mounting of more than 1,600 works. The X-Room is the museum's special scene for contemporary art. Here, the museum invites Danish and international contemporary artists to create new installations and works. The museum holds concerts, lectures and children's activities and in the café at the end of the spectacularly modern extension, you can take a break from the art and enjoy the view over Østre Anlæg. Statens Museum for Kunst The Danish National Gallery Sølvgade 48-50, Cph. K

The elegant 

G5 Thorvaldsens Museum opened in 1848 as Denmark's first public museum building. The museum's architecture is a work of art in itself and houses an unusual union of unique world-class architecture and art. Here, you can first and foremost see the sculptures made by Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770 - 1884). But besides his own works, the museum also houses his private and very extensive collections of contemporary international paintings, of art from Antiquity as well as collections of books, medallions, drawings and graphics. Since it was built, the museum has appeared in the same yellow colour, which was characteristic of 18th century buildings in Rome. An enormous frieze on the museum's facade can be seen, which depicts Thorvaldsen's return from Rome to Copenhagen in 1838. Thorvaldsens Museum Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads 2, Cph. K

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Traditionally rich porcelain in a modern guise An entire new tableware collection from Royal Copenhagen with the famous figures and cups borrow from the treasure chest of the past of design details and challenges the proud traditions. by Tage Majland


Louise Campbell has made it her trademark to challenge the prevailing norms when she creates lamps for Louis Poulsen, modern Danish furniture design for, e.g. Hay and glass for traditional Holmegaard - and yet her work always ends with a result that lasts. But there was nevertheless a certain amount of nervousness when one of Denmark's leading designers began working on the first complete tableware collection of the 21st century for Royal Copenhagen, also known as The Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory. The Elements tableware collection is inspired by the very first Blue Flutedtableware collection from 1775, Flora Danica from 1790 and Half Lace from 1885. �I take my hat off to the sense of the value of the workmanship and through that the detail and sense of beauty. Throughout the entire design process I have felt very, very privileged with this free pass to carry the tradition further," explains Louise Campbell, who was not however weighed down by the legacy, but introduced the first 15 parts in all of 15 different colours. "I couldn't design yet another blue tableware collection for Royal Copenhagen, even though management would like that. As they said: If you also insist on working with decoration, you may choose any colour - as long as it is Royal Copenhagen blue. Of course, this seemed like a red rag waved in the face of my devil-may-care attitude, but it was also the best kind of source of inspiration. It took me directly to the colour laboratory with my faithful esquire, Merete Faxe, who has worked with painting at Royal Copenhagen for forty years. Together we have moved mountains."



Blue Fluted

Flora Danica

Royal Copenhagen designed by Louise Campbell

The process from idea to product took two years, which is actually an incredibly short time for such an extensive task. "The most difficult thing is to find the sustainable idea. The time up to the idea landing, entails sleepless nights, stomach ache and hot flushes. For this project, it was worse than normal. So much thinking and drawing went on that it physically hurt." "I was given a workplace at the model workshop and thus access to not just getting to know the impossible material, porcelain, but also access to the unique expertise of the modellers. They watched patiently while I made the one material blunder after the other. And they taught me in the best way, by letting me learn through my mistakes and then subsequently, gently explaining to me again and again what porcelain can and cannot do." The result is innovative and yet unmistakeably Royal Copenhagen. "We have tried to design a tableware collection that does not dictate. It must be just as suitable for the Japanese or American kitchen, as for the Danish." "Another extremely important factor is the regularity of the use of the tableware. Only the minority of us today have everyday tableware and a fine one for special occasions. In reality, many of us have a mixture of tableware. With the Elements collection it is my wish to break through some the barriers between festivity and everyday life. Thus, the tableware invites steak just as happily as sushi, oatmeal and soup; to the large table setting with oysters on the plate, to the TV dinner on the sofa with spaghetti and meatballs," explains Louise Campbell and adds subtly: "I practise the latter myself. And I am pleased every time I look down on my plate and think that an evening on my own in front of the TV with my feet up and no worries in my head is also a kind of festivity that is worth celebrating with hand-painted porcelain."

Half Lace

Royal porcelain for 234 years Royal Copenhagen - also known as The Royal Danish Porcelain Manufactory - was founded in Copenhagen in 1775 under the protection of the Queen - Juliane Marie. The first Blue Fluted tableware is still produced successfully, just as the company is known for its porcelain figurines of, e.g. children and animals. 45


Unique design detail in Besides amusement rides, music, food and drinks, the garden also accommodates functional design. by Tage Majland

PH with spiral lampshade


ivoli opened in 1843 and Georg Carstensen's garden will never be finished, but will continue to undergo a careful transformation. However, it is still forbidden to use plastic and neon lights in the decoration - Poul Henningsen called neon "sunshine in tubes". Poul Henningsen has also a very special role in the development of Tivoli in the middle of the last century. He was hired as the chief architect in order to introduce something modern to the old garden, among other things, a new garden plan and a spectacular, mechanical mussel shell as a stage. PH's lamps are still an important part of Tivoli's style. They are designed to spread sufficient light without dazzling. In 1941, the lamps were crucial to the garden's survival as there were blackouts during the war. Poul Henningsen developed a special lamp that spread the light horizontally out between the slats and in so doing, the lights couldn't be seen by planes at night. The special spinning lights were created by PH for Tivoli in 1949, but it was only last year that they really began to spin around as intended. The electric motor in the original lamps were not stable and powerful enough and constantly burned out. But now 101 lamps have new motors from Louis Poulsen so the guests can have the full experience of a rotating spiral lampshade that turns opposite to the red spiral on the internal acrylic pipe around the bulb. The effect is discreet because "too much effect will give the sensation of a full moon" as Poul Henningsen explained.


Multi-artist with the light switched on Poul Henningsen (1894-1967) began his professional life as an art critic and before long became one of the 20th century's most distinctive Danish society critics. He wrote books, revue songs and wrote for newspapers parallel to a career as architect of both buildings and lamps and had particularly great success with his lamps for the company, Louis Poulsen. The PH lamps became classics with their own aesthetics and a perfectly calculated and comfortable light. Some of the models are still in production and are sold world-wide.

Poul Henningsen

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Nikolaj Plads 9 • 1067 København K Tel: 33 11 82 00 • Fax: 33 11 82 02 47


Design boutiques Copenhagen is known as the creative focal point for Scandinavian design, which is sought-after around the world - and there is much more to see. by Lars Højholt

Worth a detour 


An old cinema in Østerbro is today converted into an aesthetic mecca for award-winning quality design, lamps, clothing, music and much more - most of it from own production. Normann requires a visit by anyone who is interested in modern, aesthetics and design. Normann Copenhagen Østerbrogade 70, Cph. Ø

New Danish classics 


Hay has expanded their design empire with a new flagship in the middle of Strøget and this has made room for a greater variety of the simple and modern design products. Hay House Østergade 61, Cph. K

Personal artware 

D6 Edgy design artwear and furniture created by an innovative design community, which you can watch in the adjacent workshop when they make magic with their imagination and materials. Designer Zoo Vesterbrogade 137, Cph. V

Everything the designG5 heart desires  The four storeys are dotted with Danish classics within furniture and applied art design. The latest topclass Danish and international design mixes with Georg Jensen and Arne Jacobsen. Illums Bolighus Amagertorv 10, Cph. K


Ethnic decoration style 

G4 The Moood is an experience for all the senses when you step into their inspiring universe of furniture and objects, which are gathered from all the world's countries and cultures. There is also an excellent café. The Moood Pilestræde 12b, Cph. K

Imaginative and original G5 ceramics  There is creative ceramics at Stilleben, which has its own and internationally recognised products on the shelves in the intimate shop. Unique and imaginative dinnerware. Stilleben Læderstræde 14, Cph. K

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Vesterbrogade 1 - 1620 Copenhagen V - (+45) 33 12 34 88 -, Vesterbrogade 1 - 1620 København V - 33 12 34 88 - Monday - Friday 9.30-18.00, Saturday 9.30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunday noon - 6 p.m. Åbningstider: Man-Fre 9.30 - 18.00, Lør 9.30-17.00, Søn- og helligdage 12.00-18.00 First and last Saturday each month 9.30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 49


Jewellery shops Copenhagen is an excellent place to buy jewellery – both the classic brands and individual jewellery in the designers' small shops. by Lars Højholt

Figaros Bryllup

International history in silver 

G5 Georg Jensen is, if anyone, the man behind the international interest for Scandinavian design. The silver is of a particularly high quality and the craftsmanship is even better in this Danish success story, which supplies style and luxury to the whole world. Georg Jensen/ Royal Copenhagen Amager Torv 4, Cph. K

Festive and colourful 

G4 Marlene Juhl Jørgensen transforms the impression of the past into distinctive yet simple jewellery at Figaros Bryllup, where candlelight and mahogany form the settings around this intimate shop and workshop. Pink, red and green gold are used in the materials. Figaros Bryllup Store Regnegade 2, Cph. K


Raw personality in addition to the classic G4 materials  Besides the classic materials, Marianne Dulong adds rare stones with the appropriate amount of edge to enhance the personality of those who wear the jewellery. They are raw, classic and glamorous and are also available for men. Marianne Dulong Silkegade 5, Cph. K

Romantic minimalism 

G5 Elegant women like Gwyneth Paltrow and Keira Knightley have been immortalized several times with Julie Sandlaus' jewellery, which has also found its way to the reputable SAKS 5th Avenue. Romance with Scandinavian minimalism added. Julie Sandlau Niels Hemmingensgade 4, Cph. K

Theatrical with new G4 materials  Zarah Voigt's past in set design and costume design is not denied in the lively, decadent and theatrical jewellery, which in an elegant way mixes materials like perspex with silver. This is jewellery with humour and life. Zarah Voigt Gammel Mønt 23, Cph. K

Julie Sandlau

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Copenhagen's new playhouse is a successful architectonic meeting between a Viking and a sophisticated lady in high heels. The playhouse is nonchalantly placed out across the harbour entrance with a down-to-earth oak promenade and floating glass partitions. by Signe Eriksen Tonsberg and Lars Højholt




he broad-shouldered oak planks give a little under the soles of your shoes, the water in the harbour glistens and the city's noisy pulse is gone. It can be this poetic and meditative to be on the promenade deck in front of Copenhagen's new Playhouse on a very ordinary Thursday morning. Tourists explore and the native Copenhageners on the way to work walk past on the 150-metre long, slightly sloping promenade that runs out across the harbour entrance in front of the Playhouse. There is something both accessible and safe, but also something compelling, stately and very urban about the new Playhouse. The Playhouse is located at the end of Nyhavn with views from the foyer and promenade across the Inner Harbour to the rustic warehouses, the Opera House and Oresund - way out there. Because the Playhouse is "there where Frederiksstaden meets the seven seas," as architect, Lene Tranberg, from the practice, Lundgaard & Tranberg who are behind the design of the building expresses it.

The Playhouse's café and restaurant The Café and restaurant Ofelia, which is named after Hamlet's love, are located in the Playhouse's foyer. The restaurant is open to everyone - not just the theatre's guests. Students sit here with café latte and laptops side by side expectant theatre enthusiasts and enjoy Copenhagen's best view across the harbour front and Oresund. The menu includes everything from coffee and brunch to three-course meals with wine. Ofelia is open from 10 a.m. to after curtain call of the final performance in the evening. Thus, evening cocktails and something as rare as midnight snacks are available. And there are free Internet hotspots in the whole foyer. 53


The Playhouse is at the edge of Copenhagen's old Frederiksstad, which was constructed at the end of the 1700s with Amalienborg and the Marble Church as the focal points. "Frederiksstaden has its position strengthened in the meeting between the culture and the water. But we have allowed ourselves to give the Playhouse its own expression, which leans more towards the expression from a warehouse than Frederikstaden's rococo," architect, Lene Tranberg, explained. The Playhouse's robust warehouse expression has arisen, not least, thanks to the building's brown tile walls. But it's not brown, clinical tiles like the ones we remember from the 1970’s detached houses. To the contrary, the tiles are specially designed and developed for the Playhouse. They are baked in English clay and are courser, broader than and not as high as traditional brick. Many people point out that it is precisely the masonry and tiles that make the building so unique.


H4 950 seats in total  The Playhouse is designed by the firm of architects, Lundgaard and Tranberg and has cost 900 million Kroner including the building site. It opened in November 2007 after three years of construction. The building is 20,000 sq.m. and has three stages: The Main Stage with 650 seats, the Port Stage with 200 seats and the Studio Stage with 100 seats. The Royal Danish Playhouse Sankt Annæ Plads 36, Cph. K


Spherical theatre The Playhouse is part of The Royal Theatre, which after many years of lack of space in the old buildings on Kongens Nytorv had now expanded with both the Opera House on Dokøen (Dock Island) and the Playhouse on Kvæsthusbroen. The Playhouse itself comprises four elements: • An outdoor, sloping promenade deck in oak timber. • The base of the building with three theatres and room for, in total, one thousand theatre goers. • An almost floating top storey which houses the administration and actors' dressing rooms. • And a 32-metre high copper-covered stage tower. The architect, Lene Tranberg, has called the Playhouse a "modern theatre machine" - a place that is created to give the play the best possible working conditions. For example, the heart of the house, the Main Stage, is fitted out with state-of-the-art acoustic equipment, so there is precisely one second's reverberation which suits acting perfectly. And this

thrills the actors who have also been involved in the creating process of the playhouse. The stage interior is spherical and among other things, inspired by Shakespeare's round theatres and the antique amphitheatres. The walls are clad with more of the building's characteristic dark-brown tiles, which give an almost cave-like atmosphere. The completed Playhouse became the darling of the connoisseurs' of architecture immediately. For example, architecture critics wrote: "An unseen use of tiles and coloured glass ensures that the theatre will be magical and the architecture will become art" and "the foyer is a masterpiece in all its spectacular simplicity". The Foreningen til Hovedstadens Forskønnelse (Federation for the Embellishment of the Capital) gave the Playhouse a diploma for the architectonic expression and the well-selected location. The Playhouse also received the Danske Lyspris (The Danish Lighting Award) and the Nordisk Lyspris (Nordic Lighting Award) 2008 for "original and brilliant lighting".

Connie Nielsen actor

My favourite places 1) Port: I love this town and I love towns by the sea. I am crazy about water as an element, especially the sea. I grew up by the sea and with sailing, which I think is fantastic. And the presence of the sea gives the air and the light a very special quality, which I am fascinated by. 2) Museums: Copenhagen has all the museums that create our history and culture so I often visit them with our children and for my own sake. I love going to museums. This is how you can get a ticket If you're late, you can be fortunate to get tickets on the performance day at the Playhouse box office. The office opens one hour before the performance begins. Tickets to theatre, opera and ballet are also sold in The Royal Danish Theatre Box Office at Kongens Nytorv. If you are in good time, then book tickets to the Playhouse's performances at orthrough Billetnet: or tel. +45 70 15 65 65 in the period 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 10-21.

3) Architecture: There is everything here from late renaissance to the 19th century's Golden Age. And its all mixed with pure Danish modernism. I love the whole caboodle. I also love it when we also involve metaphors from our past. 4) Fairy tale town: I feel that almost anything is possible in this society. I can dream here. I can fantasise. Source: CNN 55

Creative building blocks Copenhagen is growing and especially the new district Ă˜restad, a result of the Oresund Bridge to Sweden, provides the opportunity for innovation amongst architects. Both within new developments and new utilisation of existing buildings.

Chinese inspired STUDENT life. The architects from Lundgaard & Tranberg Firm of Architects were inspired by traditional Chinese Tulou residential developments, which are villages with individual, circular homes, when they designed a new students' residence. The goal was to create space for communal areas and private life. The first of the 360 residential units in Tietgenkollegiet were put into use in 2006.



Ørestad Gymnasium

Ørestad Gymnasium

Forum for teaching Ørestad Gymnasium is one big space with a myriad of decks that provide the possibility of teaching everywhere. Despite the open environment, the perforations in the walls and ceilings ensure good acoustics. A cafeteria on the ground floor is also open to others than students and teachers.


Ørestad Gymnasium

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VM Bjerget

The mountain in Copenhagen VM Bjerget in Ă˜restad gives an illusion of a mountain slope in Copenhagen. The majority of the 80 flats have their own 100 sq.m. roof gardens. Together with the 2,700 sq. m. facades facing north and west, which copies the Mount Everest massif, they contribute to the impression of a mountain. In 2008, VM Bjerget was elected as the world's best residential development at the World Architecture Festival in competition with 243 other projects.

VM Bjerget

From seed silo to luxury When they were built in 1963, the silos were known as the seed silos because they contained seed that was included in the production of fodder and food oil. Today, the industrial silos on Islands Brygge are packed with 84 well-to-do residences under the name, Gemini Residence. In the centre of the construction there is room for stairs, foyer and elevators and at the top of the construction is a transparent roof construction. Closest to the concrete core are the kitchens and bathrooms, whilst the sitting rooms are placed on the outer side. Gemini Residence



Gemini Residence

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Belly flops, huge soap bubbles and slides Wonderful Copenhagen has put together a strong team of children from 3 to 15 years old to test children's amusements. Along the way, the test pilots drove screechingly fast, laughed, got thoroughly drenched, dizzy and a little frightened. Go with our children's panel on a tour around and get inspiration for what you want to test. by Signe Eriksen Tonsberg


Test pilot: Mathias, 15 years old Place: Vandkulturhuset (Water Culture House) What was the most fun thing you tried? The five-metre diving board, the climbing wall and the warm baby pool.

What was the most boring? That would be the queues. You get really cold after about two seconds.

What was the scariest? If there was anything scary, then that would be the horrifyingly nice feeling of sliding down into the warm water of the baby pool after having frozen in the queue for the five-metre diving board.

What was the sweetest? The babies in the water.

What was the most weird? There wasn't anything weird.

Vandkulturhuset (Water Culture House) in DIG-byen  F6 The Vandkulturhuset in DGI-byen is an ultramodern swimming hall located in the middle of the city right next to Copenhagen central station. Here, you don't swim backwards and forwards but round and round in the huge superellipseformed pool. There is the climbing and diving pool, baby pool, warm water pool and spa. DGI-byen also has a spa and various wellness offers if you really want to be pampered. Tietgensgade 65, Cph. K Mon-Thurs. 6.30 a.m. - midnight; Fri. 6.30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. All-day tickets - Children DKK 38 Adults, DKK 58


What should a person try in the Vandkulturhuset (Water Culture House)? You should end with the baby pool.

What was best for older children? The five-metre diving board. Even though there were younger children who mostly jumped from it.

What was the best for smaller children? The shallow area next to the baby pool.

What's a good idea to bring along? Swimming trunks, towel, a 20-Kroner coin for the locker and some would probably prefer using swimming goggles.

How many hours did you spend there? Two hours. That was perfect.

What would you say about the place to your friends? That they'll get 10 Kroner if they reach the top of the climbing wall.


The National Museum of Science and Technology


National Museum of Science and Technology

If you're a little curious or if you're a real nerd, then there is loads for you to see at the National Museum of Science and Technology. The museum's enormous hall has exhibitions of almost everything that has to do with technology. It's about huge machines, transport, communication, electricity, workmanship, Danish Rescue Corps history, everyday technology, patents and much more. Fabriksvej 25, Elsinore Tues - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. however, also open on Mondays in school holidays Free entrance for children. Adults, summer DKK 65 Adults, winter DKK 50

Test pilot: Miamaja, 9 years old Place: National Museum of Science and Technology What was the most fun thing you tried? The cockpit in a plane because you could push a whole lot of buttons.

What was the most boring? There were display cases with boring things that you couldn't touch.

What was the scariest? The wreck of a wartime seaplane that had been found at the bottom of thesea.

What was the sweetest? The cake in the cafeteria, because there aren't any machines you could call sweet. But we also saw a beautiful rainbow outside.

What was the most weird? A tail pipe with chimes.

What should a person try at the Museum of Science and Technology? The aeroplane, where you can go right through all the way up to the cockpit. There was a noise as if the plane started when you were in there.

What was best for older children? The computer simulators. They were too difficult and boring for younger kids.

What was best for younger children? There was an electronic train track and also a Brio train track.

What's a good idea to bring along? A camera, because there were many things you could take lovely pictures of. And an extra sweater, as it was cold in the hall - says my mum!

How many hours did you spend there? Three to four hours. We could easily have spent more time there.

What would you say to your friends about the place? That they should try to go there if they are interested in machines. And that there's an exciting locomotive outside. 61


The Zoo 


At the Zoo, you can meet all the animals you know from books - from giraffes to lions. But there are also more rare animals like fruit bats, tomato frogs and Cotton top tamarin monkeys. You can see the animals being fed daily and have your face painted like your favourite animal. And in the Children's Zoo you can touch goats and see if you can jump just as far as a rabbit. Roskildevej 32, Frederiksberg Every day throughout the year, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Open extra hours in the summer. Check the website for more details. Children (3-11 years old) DKK 70 Adults, DKK 130

Test pilot: Rebekka, 4 years old Place: The Zoo What was the most fun thing you experienced? The baby monkey because it climbed up and jumped down again. The crocodiles, the camels and the hippos were also fun.

What was the most boring? There really wasn't anything that was boring.

What was the sweetest?




The entire Experimentarium is about how the world and our own bodies function. Test your senses and feel you way in total darkness, try to be inside a huge soap bubble or see yourself with your father's beard. This will be the most fun physics class you have ever had. Besides the permanent exhibition, Experimentarium also has changing special exhibitions and a wealth of activities every day. See the website for details. Tuborg Havnevej 7, Hellerup Mon - Wed - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tues 9.30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat and Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Children (3-11 years old) DKK 90 Adults, DKK 135

That was the little baby monkey. I wanted to touch it ... and get to it and take it out.

Test pilot: Laila, 11 years old Place: Experimentarium The frogs in those crazy colours. Frogs are supposed to be green. What was the most fun thing you tried? Everything, because it's a really fun place. What should a person see in the Zoo? What was the most boring? The baby monkey. There was something called the spy place, because I What's a good idea to bring along? What was the most weird?


couldn't figure it out.

How many hours did you spend there?

What was the scariest?

Two to three hours. It wasn't quite enough time because I would like to have seen more animals after I'd had lunch.

That would be the start of the dark tunnel because it was completely dark and I couldn't find my way.

What would you say to your friends about the place?

What was the most weird?

That it was really great to be in the Zoo and that I saw such a sweet baby monkey.

What should a person try at the Experimentarium?

Lying on nails because it felt really weird - and hurt a little.

The dark tunnel, absolutely. The Zoo

What was best for older children? The bike race.

What was best for younger children? The crane.

What's a good idea to bring along? My best friend, Laila.

How many hours did you spend there? Three hours. That was enough time to try everything we wanted.

What would you say to your friends about the place? That it was hugely fun and different and that they should absolutely go there.



The Open Air Museum

When you step into the Open Air Museum, you step into the countryside in the old days. Here, you can go in and out of people's houses and farms and see and feel how people lived in the country in various ages. Experience how the mill ground the flour and meet all the farm animals. And learn how craftsmen worked in the old days. Kongevejen 100, Lyngby Middle of March to middle of October: Tues - Sun 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays Free entrance


Test pilot: Sophus, 11 years old Place: The Open Air Museum What was the most fun thing you experienced? The shop, because we got a liquorice root like the children did in the old days.

What was the scariest? The houses were very dark.

What was the sweetest? The sheep were sweet.

What was the most weird? That no one looked after the chickens.

What should a person see at the Open Air Museum? You should experience all that about grain types and how you grind flour in the water mill.

What was best for older children? That you can see the difference between how they lived in the various ages.

What was best for younger children? The chickens.

What's a good idea to bring along? My jacket and my wellington boots.

How many hours did you spend there? One hour because it rained quite a lot.

What would you say to your friends about the place? The Open Air Museum is a good place to go for a walk.

The Open Air Museum

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Tivoli is concerts, fountains, sausages and candyfloss. But most of all, Tivoli is amusement rides with capital A. The old garden in the middle of Copenhagen is Denmark's most frequented sight with 27 operating amusement rides for children of all ages - and with a multi-ride ticket you have free access to them all. There are carousels and vintage cars for the little kids, bumper cars and balloon swings for the slightly older kids and a loop roller coaster and free-fall tower for the big - and fearless kids. Vesterbrogade 3, Cph. V Children (3-11 years old) DKK 45 Adults, DKK 85 The summer season is from mid-April to mid-September. In addition, Tivoli is open for Halloween in week 42 and open for Christmas from mid-November until the end of December. Tivoli opens at 10 a.m. See the website for more details.

Test pilot: Jonas, 8 years old Place: Tivoli What was the most fun thing you tried? That was the Snurretoppen (Spinning Top) because it turned so fast you became quite dizzy and giddy. It felt really funny.

What was the most boring? It was boring waiting for the others whilst they were on the carousel. Because I just had to stand and stare into space while I was in Tivoli.

What was the scariest? The mountain roller coaster, which I haven't tried before. There's a point where you cannot see a thing. I was scared that an accident might happen.

What was the sweetest? A stuffed tiger toy that was in one of the stalls.


What was the most weird? That my mother felt like trying The Flying Suitcase and that you could win an iPod Shuffle in one of the stalls.

What should a person try in Tivoli? The Spinning Top and the Odin Express.

What was best for older children? The Odin Express because it was really wild and moved fast.

What was best for younger children? The Flying Suitcase.

What's a good idea to bring along? A sweater - otherwise I would have been cold.

How many hours did you spend there? Three hours. We could easily have used more time, but I was hungry and wanted to go home.

What would you say to your friends about the place? That they should go and try the Spinning Top, the Odin Express and the old roller coaster - loads of times!




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Museums for the whole family Go to museums where you can touch things and become more clever in a fun way. by Signe Eriksen Tonsberg

The Royal Danish Naval Museum  H5

H.C. Andersen Fairy tale House 

There is both spindrift and war at the Royal Danish Naval Museum. "Orlog" actually means sea war. The museum has a child-friendly division where one entire side of the room has been transformed into a real ship with lines of cannons which children may climb on. At the museum you can also see the clothes that the sailors wore and what they ate on board. Brave children and adults can crawl up into the high mast in front of the museum. Overgaden Oven Vandet 58, Cph. K Tues - Sun 12 noon - 4 p.m. Free entrance for children. Adults: DKK 40 Free entrance on Wednesdays

The princess on the pea, The ugly duckling and the Emperor's new clothing. These and hundreds of other fairy tales were written by Denmark's world famous poet, H.C. Andersen. In the Fairy tale House you can experience his fairy tales through sound, light and pictures and visit his workroom. Rådhuspladsen 57, Cph. K See the opening hours on the website. Children (4-10 years old) DKK 34 Children (10-14 years old) DKK 54 Adults, DKK 67

The Workers' Museum 


It is morning and the year is 1933. The Petersen family are poor and have pawned their linen and radio. The family has five children who sleep in the sitting room in the small attic flat. At the Workers' Museum, the 150year old Danish worker culture becomes quite tangible. Among other things, you can step directly into scenes from several different worker homes and workplaces through the ages. Rømersgade 22, Cph. K Every day 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free entrance for children. Adults, DKK 50



The Children's Museum at The National Museum 


There are no "do not touch" signs in the Children's Museum because here, you are allowed to touch everything. Children can dress up as knights, ladies of the castle, sailors and all kinds of other things and play their way through 3,500 years of Denmark's history. At the Children's Museum, children can not only see but feel for themselves what life was like in the old days; at the desks in the school room, in the kitchen at the castle or at the big church. Ny Vestergade 10, Cph. K Tues - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Free entrance

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The Natural History Museum of Denmark

The Natural History Museum of Denmark

The Children's Wing at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The Natural History Museum of Denmark  F1

In Louisiana's Children's Wing, art is something you make yourself. The Children's Wing comprises 500 child-friendly square metres with open workshops on three floors where the children can draw, paint, make collages, models and much more. Activities and themes are based on the exhibitions so the children can try their hand at painting like Picasso or Per Kirkeby. The children's works are hung up on the walls. Art school is also arranged for children from 4 to 18 years of age. Outside of the Children's Wing is Søhaven, where the children can play, eat their lunch packs and tumble around among the sculptures. Prams and pushchairs are not allowed into Louisiana, but you can borrow pushchairs and carrying slings and there is a nursing room. Gl. Strandvej 13, Humlebæk Tues - Sun 101a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Free entrance for children. Adults, DKK 80

At the Natural History Museum of Denmark, it's all about animals and everything is designed for children. Go through the Danish animal world from the past to the present - in the tracks from the mammoth to the common mouse. You can also go on an animal trip around the world and meet the orangutang in the rain forest, the lion on the savannah and the musk ox on the tundra. In the museum's great hall you feel very small next to the enormous skeleton of some of the world's largest whales. Universitetsparken 15, Cph. Ø Tues - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Children over three years of age: DKK 25 Adults: DKK 60 Children under three years of age: Free entrance

The Industrial Works of Brede

Take the family to where there is something for the little engineer and the child of all ages. See old machines, hear how Denmark became an industrial society and let yourself be guided around by your own virtual companion and join in the assembly line! At Denmark's largest, listed industrial plant, the National Museum provides a number of total experiences that show the colossal industrial development that has changed everyday life for Danes markedly through the latest centuries. I.C. Modewegsvej, 2800 Lyngby Tues - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. from 21 May to 18 October Free entrance for children. Adults, DKK 50

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Child-friendly shopping worth every penny by Signe Eriksen Tonsberg

Chopsticks et al.


In Rosengården there is a little paradise for people with a weakness for small, delightful bits and bobs. The Chinese shop bulges with doll-size tableware, games, boxes and all other kinds of cheap toys with Chinese signs. There are also kimonos, shoes and bags from minute sizes and upwards. Den kinesiske butik (The Chinese Shop) Rosengården 13-14, Cph. K


F5 If orcs, long-swords, elves and dragons are part of your child's world, then Fantask is the place to burn all that holiday pocket-money. The shop is practically wallpapered with fantasy effects from metre-long role-playing latex weapons and capes to miniature castles and figure paint. The sister shop in the basement in Skt. Peders Stræde 18 has comic books and fantasy books from floor to ceiling. Fantask Skt. Peders Stræde 35, Cph. K

The mother of all G5 toy shops

The shop is almost an institution in Copenhagen and many grandparents shuddered in horror when Krea burned down a couple of years ago. Now the shop is open again in Vestergade where the shelves are bulging with healthy, stimulating toys in wood and other sturdy materials for children of all ages. KREA Vestergade 4-6, Cph. K

Quality toys Gyngehesten is located just outside Copenhagen but it is worth the short trip for quality toys from floor to ceiling. There is much variety available, whether you need a dolls house or the knight's castle needs upgrading. One of the shop's trademarks is wonderful quality dressing up clothes by the dozen. Gyngehesten Margrethe Allé 1, Hellerup



The Great Toyland


All Danish children are on first name terms with Fætter BR. The chain of toy shops have branches in all Danish towns with respect for themselves - and of course, there are several branches in Copenhagen. In the colourful shops with the characteristic red carpets you can find all brightly coloured toys that a child's heart may desire. BR Købmagergade 9, Cph. K

An abundance of children's books

G4 A very small bookstore with an exceptionally large selection of children's literature in Danish. Classics like Pippe Longstocking stand side by side with the latest children's books. The target group is 0 to 18 years of age, so there is everything from picture and texture books to fantasy books for teenagers. Børnenes boghandel (Children's Bookstore) Købmagergade 50, Cph. K

Denmark's Aquarium is the country's oldest aquarium with an abundance of species and you are guaranteed an enjoyable visit. There are large landscape aquariums with sharks, turtles and piranha. The aquarium also has some of Europe's most beautiful coral aquariums and exciting mangrove swamps. Denmark's Aquarium offers fun feeding times and activities daily and in the Touch Pools you can get up close and personal with creatures from Danish waters. From 21 April 2009, Denmark's Aquarium will be celebrating its 70th anniversary with a large octopus exhibition and many exciting activities. Finish off your visit by enjoying a refreshment in our lovely, bright café with a view of forests and the Oresund.

Opening hours Feb. - May 10 - 17 June – Aug. 10 - 18 Sep. – Oct. 10 - 17 Nov. – Jan. 10 – 16 Extra From 1 March, we will be open every Wednesday evening until 8 p.m.

Prices Children Adults:

DKK 55 DKK 100

Transport: Bus no. 14 & 166 S-tog (suburban train) line C to Charlottenlund Free parking Lift and disability toilet 69

The water in the city Splash! Did I just see a man jump into the harbour? Yes, that's true enough. Diving, belly flops and swimming for exercise together with canal boat tours and swallowing draught beer in Nyhavn are a large part of the harbour life in Copenhagen in the summer.



Islands Brygge

G6 City pools • The water in Copenhagen Harbour is inordinately clean and two harbour baths make facilities available for those who just love water. • The harbour bath at Islands Brygge has five pools– two of them are for children. There is room for 600 bathing guests in total. • The harbour bath at Fisketorvet has three pools – one children's pool, one exercise pool and one diving pool. There is room for 300 happy bathing guests. • The harbour baths are open every day in June, July and August. • Check the water quality via

Islands Brygge

Islands Brygge


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Tour de fort • The naval forts, Trekroner and Middelgrundsfort are two of Copenhagen's old fortresses. The only access is via the water. In July and August, DFDS Canaltours sail harbour busses to the naval fort Trekroner. • There is a restaurant and café at both forts. • Read more about Trekronerfortet at and about Middelgrundsfortet at Here, you can also read about ordering transport.


Amager Strandpark

Active beach life Amager Strandpark is a huge recently developed beach with 4.6 kilometres bathing coast out to Ă˜resund. There is a 400-metre wide lagoon and a two kilometre long island and the opportunity for an abundance of activities. Read more at

Amager Strandpark

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Fresh air Copenhagen is full of opportunities to get the heart rate going and pearls of sweat to break out on your top lip.


by Christian Blomgreen

Water-ski and wakeboard Holmen is the sports hot spot in Copenhagen. Previously, Holmen was a closed military and industrial area but in recent years, many of the large areas have been converted into, for example, a mini Malibu with a sandy beach and a wakeboard and water skiing course where you are pulled around in and over the water by stretched wires at 30 kilometres per hour. Copenhagen Cable Park is the first of its kind in Denmark, for beginners and experienced people and the place is also used for the Danish Championships in wakeboard. Children are welcome to use the course, but this requires the signature of parents or guardians if they are under 18. The water depth of the entire course is between 0.8 and 1.5 metres and all users must therefore be able to swim at least 200 metres. It is possible to hire all necessary equipment on site. Copenhagen Cable Park KraftvĂŚrksvej 20, Cph. S




The diving course, Havhexen by Amager Strand is an artificial underwater reef, 200 metres long and about 3.5 - 4 metres deep. On the stretch, Havhexen's contours are dominated by a number of underwater landscapes, which attract animals and plant life. The diving course is suitable for both diving with tanks and snorkelling. Copenhagen has several diving clubs where you can hire equipment. Amager Strandpark Amager Strandvej

Esrum lake is Denmark's second largest lake and here it is possible to experience scenic North Zealand. The lake is situated in beautiful surroundings with Gribskov on the west bank and has rich bird and fish life. It is a good idea to spend two days on Esrum Lake and camping sites can be found in the southern part. rent out kayaks at Esrum lake and it is also possible to take the kayaks with you to other places. There are beautiful stretches on the north coast between Hornbæk and Tisvildeleje. Pioner Rejser Sørupvej 1, Fredensborg

Beach volley 

I2 Café Halvandet at Holmen has established a beach volley course. Use of the course and balls are free. Café Halvandet Refshalevej 325, Cph. K

Kayak polo 

G6 This is something that is great fun and you can do it in a wet suit. There are several opportunities to try kayak polo in Copenhagen. At the impressive recently built beach, Amager Strandpark, you will find Denmark's largest kayak polo installation. At Islands Brygge as well, you have the opportunity to become hooked on the sport. Havkajakvej 8 Amager Strandpark 2300 Copenhagen S or Islands Brygge 18 2300 Copenhagen S

Canoe Paddle around Lyngby Sø and Furesø. Great idea as a family excursion. Fredriksdal Kano- og Bådudlejning (canoe and boat rental) Nybrovej 520 v. Slusen, Lyngby

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World-class golf In Copenhagen and North Zealand there are many opportunities to play some of Denmark's best courses - for the experienced as well as inexperienced. Danish golf clubs are known for their informal atmosphere and for treating guest players well. Moreover, there are several familyfriendly courses so the whole family can have a golfing experience. There are several pay-and-play courses where beginners are welcome. Smørum Golf Club Skebjergvej 46, Smørum or Passebækgaard Bregnerødvej 35, Gilleleje



In the winter, several free ice-skating rinks are established in Copenhagen. For example, visit the one by Kongens Nytorv. Kongens Nytorv Cph K Only open in the winter months


Football in Fælledparken 

G1 In Fælledparken hundreds of Copenhageners meet every day to play football. The only thing you need to do, is meet up and ask if you may join in. Fælledparken Cph. Ø

Mountain bike 

F4 The paths in the forests around Copenhagen and North Zealand are perfectly suitable for wild and calm mountain bike rides. Some of the most challenging mountain bike routes are found in the forests in North Zealand and they are easy to get to with the S-tog. Bikes can be taken with on the train. Remember to buy a ticket for your bike. Mountain bike rental: Cykelbørsen Gothersgade 157 Copenhagen K

Go-cart With your derriere a few centimetres above the tarmac, 70 kilometres per hour seems an unreasonably high speed. But you get an adrenalin rush when you put your foot down and sling the go-cart through the swings with screeching tyres. There are several courses in and outside of Copenhagen where it is possible to test your racing talent both indoors and outdoors. Action Center Saltværksvej 12 2770 Kastrup or Nordsjællands Gokart Center (also go-carts for children) Hammersholt Erhvervspark 8, Hillerød

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Sørup Herregaard is a 4-star hotel in charming buildings surrounded by a park, lake and moat. All of our 102 rooms have a minibar, TV with films and free Internet. The restaurant and patio are found at the main building which affords a fabulous view across lake and moat. We arrange barbecue buffet when weather permits.

MANOR-HOUSE HOLIDAY OFFER June 22nd to August 15th 2009


3 nights, 3 sumptuous breakfast buffets, 2 dinners, 2-course menu of the day or barbecue buffet. Double room, per person: DKK 1,595-. Accommodation and breakfast. Double room, per person: DKK 395-. Single room surcharge per night: DKK 180.-. Children under 6, in parents’ bed: free. Children in own bed in parents’ room, per night, breakfast included: DKK 180.-. We have children’s menus.


We have an indoor swimming pool and wading pool with a saltwater system, sauna and solarium. Outdoor tennis court, petanque court anda12-hole minigolf course. Only 45 minutes from Copenhagen and 20 minutes from BonBon-Land. Six golf courses within a 30-minute radius.

Sørupvej 26 · DK-4100 Ringsted · Denmark Tel.: +45 57 64 30 02 · · 77



at any price

Copenhagen hotels from moderate price ranges to the most exclusive, provide exciting experiences with their furnishings, often with Danish furniture classics. by Lars Højholt

Danhostel Danhostel

Close to the lakes in Frederiksberg, you will find Cabinn Scandinavia, which with several family rooms is not least a child-friendly hotel. The comfortable rooms are available at very reasonable prices because even though they are not large, you have everything you need that a happy holiday requires. Should there be no vacancies, then Cabinn has a number of other hotels in the city which are all centrally located and have free Internet. Here, there are rooms especially designed for disabled people. Cabinn Scandinavia Vodroffsvej 55, Frederiksberg. The cheapest room is DKK 545

Budget price View and designer furniture 



Danhostel should be expensive. The hotel has one of the city's best locations with only a few metres to Tivoli and with a view to the Opera, The Black Diamond and the new Playhouse. The recognised Danish designer company, Gubi, has supplied quality furniture for the rooms and public areas and in the café, you'll find organic products. But the hotel, which is run by DGI-byen, is quite inexpensive and offers the perfect settings for youngsters and families. An Internet café is also available, which is used frequently by backpackers. Danhostel Copenhagen City H.C. Andersens Boulevard 50, Cph. V The cheapest room is DKK 580 (dormitory from DKK 145)


Family-friendly E5 stay-over 


Per bed per night. Prices are valid for 2009. Youth Hostel card obligatory.


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E4 Homely atmosphere  Avenue Hotel has its own code of ethics for environmental sustainability and social responsibility: organic fair-trade products and a customer philosophy that places importance on a comfortable and homely atmosphere by the fireplace in the charming courtyard and not least, among the staff. Homely cosiness and soft furniture, which is designed especially for the hotel. Avenue Hotel Åboulevard 29, Frederiksberg The cheapest room is DKK 895

Avenue Hotel

Stylish, Danish F5 design 

Medium-priced Environmentally aware F4 family cosiness  Ibsens Hotel is quietly located behind the lakes and is both cosy and child-friendly. Dogs are permitted, so there is room for the whole family. Every floor has its own style and there is something for modern city people and the romantics. The hotel is CO2 neutral. The district outside is charming with loads of cafés, specialty shops and restaurants. Ibsens Hotel Vendersgade 23, Cph. K The cheapest room is DKK 860

The Square

In the middle of Rådhuspladsen, you will find The Square, which is a stylish hotel and almost an exhibition of Danish design at its best. All 267 rooms have wireless Internet and a well-stocked mini-bar and the most exclusive rooms have views over the pulsating life in front of Copenhagen's beautiful city hall. On the 6th floor, you will find the hotel's breakfast restaurant. The Square Rådhuspladsen 14, Cph. V The cheapest room is DKK 995.

Imaginatively designed F5 rooms  Ibsens Hotel


Hotel Fox near Rådhuspladsen is a sexy and cool home while you're on holiday. The decoration is unique as in 2005, the hotel hired 21 international artists within graphic design, illustration and urban art to redecorate all the rooms. The result is a creative designer mecca, which provides abundant fantasy and inspiration for a dream holiday. Hotel Fox Jarmers Plads 3, Cph. K The cheapest room is DKK 690.

Hotel Fox

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Trendy with three bars 


This super trendy hotel pampers its guests with a perfect experience of some of life's most exclusive products. The rooms are furnished with Danish classics and ready to meet any need. The Honey Rider Cocktail Lounge has one of the city's best selection of bubbly, whilst The Wine Room has the most soughtafter wines. Put on a thermal cape in the Absolut Icebar where the entire interior is made of ice from Lapland. Hotel 27 Løngangstræde 27, Cph. K The cheapest room is DKK 1,210

Absolut Icebar

Luxury hotels G4 Design hotel  Hotel Skt. Petri is one of the most trendy hotels in Copenhagen and is included in the confederation, Design Hotels. The rooms are in a classic Scandinavian style, have Internet and are decorated by the Danish artist, Per Arnoldi. In the foyer, the ultra-cool cocktail bar, Bar Rouge, serve pre-dinner drinks to the sound of soft jazz tones and is a popular place for nighttime get-togethers. Hotel Skt. Petri Krystalgade 22, Cph. K The cheapest room is DKK 1,295 82

Hilton Copenhagen Airport

Hotel D’Angleterre

Right by the airport This hotel with direct access from the airport terminal is a joy to the style conscious eye with beautiful architectonic lines and interiors in typical Scandinavian minimalism. There are B&O television sets in the 33 sq.m. one-bedroomed units and in the extravagant, 160 sq.m. presidential suite with luxury kitchen, home cinema and panorama views. Remember to make an appointment for the exclusive spa, Ni'mat. Hilton Copenhagen Airport Ellehammersvej 20, Kastrup The cheapest room is DKK 1,425

One of the oldest H4 luxury hotels  The building, dating back to 1755, is one of the world's oldest luxury hotels and has retained its colonial style and classic furnishings. Therefore it is also popular for an overnight stay with a view over Kongens Nytorv when the most prominent guests are in town. The hotel has 123 rooms, 19 suites, two restaurants and a spa with a fitness centre and a 1,200 sq.m. lavishly decorated pool. Hotel D’Angleterre Kongens Nytorv 34, Cph. K The cheapest room is DKK 2,680

Hotel Skt. Petri

Helsingør Turistbureau Helsingør Turistbureau district guide

Overnatning Accommodation Konference & Hotel Konference & Hotel Lo-skolen Lo-skolen 70 Gl. Hellebækvej Gl. Hellebækvej 70 DK-3000 Helsingør DK-3000 Helsingør Tlf: (+45) 4928 0900 (+45) 4928 0900 E-mail:

Hotel Villa Strand Hotel Villa Strand Kystvej 12 Kystvej 12 DK-3100 Hornbæk DK-3100 Hornbæk Tel: (+45) 49 700 088 Tel: (+45) 49 700 088 E-mail: E-mail:

Hotel Hornbækhus HotelSkovvej Hornbækhus 7 Skovvej 7 DK-3100 Hornbæk DK-3100 Hornbæk Tlf : (+45) 49 700 169 : (+45) 49 700 169 E-mail: E-mail:

Helsingør Camping og Vandrerhjem Helsingør Camping ogåret Vandrerhjem Åbent hele ÅbentStrandvej hele året24 Nordre Nordre Strandvej 24 DK-3000 Helsingør DK-3000 Helsingør Tel: (+45) 49 28 49 49 Tel: (+45) 49 28 49 49 E-mail: E-mail:

Hotel & Casino Marienlyst Hotel & Casino Marienlyst Nordre Strandvej 2 Nordre 2 DK-3000Strandvej Helsingør DK-3000 Helsingør Tel: (+45) 4921 4000 (+45) 4921 4000 E-mail: E-mail:

Mulighed for at leje Kronborgs unikke Mulighed for at lejemed Kronborgs unikke rammer i forbindelse arrangementer rammer i forbindelse med Kronborg 2 carrangementer Kronborg 2c DK-3000 Helsingør DK-3000 Helsingør Tlf. (+45) 49 21 30 78 Tlf. (+45) 49 21 30 78 E-mail: E-mail:

Hornbæk Hornbæk

Helsingør Helsingør

Helsingborg Helsingborg Hotel Skandia Hotel Skandia Bramstræde 1 1 DKBramstræde 3000 Helsingør DK 3000 Helsingør Tel.: +45 49210902 Tel.: +45 49210902 E-mail: E-mail:

Snekkersten Snekkersten Kvistgård Kvistgård

Hotel Sleep2Night Hotel Sleep2Night Industrivej 19 Industrivej 19 DK-3000 Helsingør DK-3000 Helsingør Tel: (+45) 49 270 100 (+45) 49 270 100 E-mail: E-mail:

Hotel Bretagne Hotel Bretagne Sauntevej 18 Sauntevej 18 DK-3100 Hornbæk DK-3100 Hornbæk Tlf : (+45) 49 701 666 : (+45) 49 701 666 Email: Email:

Hotel Nybogaard Hotel Nybogaard Hørsholmvej 31-35 Hørsholmvej 31-35 3490 Kvistgaard 3490 Kvistgaard Tlf.: 49 16 16 60 49 16 16 60 Email:Tlf.: Email:

Helsingør Turistbureau Helsingør Turistbureau Havnepladsen 3 Havnepladsen 3 DK-3000 Helsingør DK-3000 Helsingør Tel. +45 4921 1333 Tel. +45 4921 1333

København København

Hotel Villa Brinkly Hotel Villa Brinkly Strandvejen 258 Strandvejen 258 3070 Snekkersten 3070 Snekkersten +45 38 10 59 90 +45 38 10 59 90

Comwell Borupgaard Comwell Borupgaard Nørrevej 80 Nørrevej 80 DK-3070 Snekkersten DK-3070 Snekkersten Tel: (+45) 4838 0333 Tel: (+45) 4838 0333 E-mail: E-mail: 83


Pampering with wellness and spa After a long day wandering around in the city, a sauna or a relaxing massage can be wonderful. by Tage Majland


Avalon spa


Stay in a wellness centre In Skodsborg, north of Copenhagen, you will find one of the classic wellness centres where you can get treatments and stay at the hotel, which has a view over Øresund. They offer ten different spa treatments lasting up to five hours, eight different kinds of pampering of the face and feet as well as various forms of massage. As something new, you can now get a 100% organic treatment where the spa kitchen reaches right into the spa division, which uses the season's raw products like strawberries and melon. A "stay at the spa" is a haven with essential oils and aromatic fragrances, cleansing spa baths, relaxing massages, exclusive swimming facilities and culinary experiences. There is


also the option of an ordinary hotel stay with additional choices of various treatments as well as meals in the restaurant if you do not want the entire package of a spa stay. The "Vigour Stay" motivates you for a healthier lifestyle via individual guidance and physical training and diet. A so-called "spa stay" can give you new strength for daily life and help the body to more well-being through guidance, physiotherapy, training and delicious food. Skodsborg kurhotel & spa  Skodsborg Strandvej 139, Skodsborg Spa from DKK 775 for 50 min., hotel from DKK 2,025 for a double room.



Yoga and massage  G4 This spa is so environmentally friendly and as gentle as possible by, e.g. avoiding the use of chlorine and fabric softeners. Samadhi Nørregade 18, 1st floor,Cph. K Only for men 

F4 A skincare clinic specialised for men with body and facial treatments, massage and waxing. Klinik Tobias Vendersgade 13, ground floor, Cph. K

Massage at the hotel 

G6 Barrett Health Club at Copenhagen Marriott Hotel has various body treatments and wellness packages for the hotel's guests and for people off the street. 18 professional masseurs offer massage and reflexology as preventative treatments against injuries and as wellness treatments. Barrett Health Club Kalvebod Brygge 5, Cph. V 30 min. massage DKK 400, 60 min. DKK 700 G4 Eastern mood  Ni'mat has opened a branch at Hotel Hilton. Eastern, luxurious mood with gold Buddhas, orchids, fresh fruit and ginger tea as well as a large salt-water pool in the middle of it all. Massage with herbs or lava rocks, aromatic saunas and jacuzzi. Ni’mat Ellehammersvej 20, Kastrup Købmagergade 41, Cph. K Temple massage: 90 min. enjoyment, massage and foot bath, DKK 1,000 Four-hour treatment, three course meal with beverages as well as an overnight stay at the Hilton, DKK 2,200.

Total make-over  G4 Botox, restylane and skin peeling are some of the weapons against stretch marks and cellulite at Eroxo's exclusive clinic. In the really big package, the experts promise to make you 10 years younger in 14 days with skincare and teeth whitening, personally developed fitness and dietician programmes as well as make-up and a new hairstyle. Exoro Pilestræde 48, 2nd floor, Cph. K Botox treatment from DKK 950, onehour massage DKK 800. Indoor swimming pool with everything  D4 The old Frederiksberg indoor swimming pool has a modern spa bath with a large jacuzzi big enough for 12 people and smaller bubble baths for couples. You can also relax in the massage chairs and the large sauna where the pool attendant gives the steam extra fragrance. Experience being weightless in the extremely salty "Dead Sea" and be rinsed off under the massage showers. Frederiksberg indoor swimming pool Helgesvej 29, Frederiksberg Entrance DKK 130

Avalon spa

Specialty in wax 

G5 With 12 kinds of wax treatments you can do your whole body. The Brazilian wax in particular is popular. Four kinds of facials as well as treatments for the hands and feet, or have your teeth whitened. Hair can be removed from the back and derriere. Special facial for men. Reflexology and acupuncture. A doctor or nurse can do restylane treatments by using a natural, crystal clear gel for nonv permanent facial adjustments. Dollface Knabrostræde 8, Cph. K 30 min. facial DKK 350, 60 min. DKK 495 85



at edible prices

With the starting point in good raw products, top chefs and other food artists have developed a new category of medium gourmet in the Copenhagen restaurant environment. The food is informal and at an affordable price. by Solveig Willum

A number of Copenhagen's top chefs have turned their backs on finer French cuisine and have focused on making good food that is affordable. One of the pioneers is Rasmus Oubæk, who has worked in several of the city's Michelin restaurants. In 2004, he opened his own restaurant in Store Kongensgade but despite a Michelin star the year after, Rasmus Oubæk chose to convert the restaurant into a lunch restaurant and brassiere with a somewhat more humble menu. Jens Vestergaard Jensen is in the same category and he was involved in opening Ensemble, which had two Michelin stars in 2005. Tired of truffles, Vestergaard serves today the best from the French country kitchen and the menu is reduced to a hand-written A4 sheet at Luns in Øster Farimagsgade.

Expensive star moments Michelin stars are falling onto Copenhagen restaurants and if you want to be sure you have a gourmet experience, you can stop by one of the eleven star places. So far, Noma is the only one with two stars.

Restaurant Kiin Kiin 

F3 Deliciously spiced modern Thai food with perfectly chosen wine. Guldbergsgade 21, Cph. N Tel.: +45 35 35 75 55


Rasmus Oubæk


I5 Nordic gourmet and Copenhagen's only restaurant with two Michelin stars. At Noma, they serve a whole string of Nordic specialties. Strandgade 93, Cph. K Tel.: +45 32 96 32 97

Restaurant Paustian with Bo Bech

Restaurant Geranium  G4 Sophisticated Danish gourmet prepared by Rasmus Kofoed, silver medal winner of Bocuse d'Or 2007. Kronprinsessegade 13, Cph. K Tel.: +45 33 11 13 04

Søllerød Kro

Experimental fusion kitchen with which only a few in the world have had similar success. Kalkbrænderiløbskaj 2, Cph. Ø Tel.: +45 39 18 55 01

Classic French gourmet. The restaurant has one of the country's most recognised wine menus. Søllerødvej 35, Holte Tel.: +45 45 80 25 05


Cofoco – Le Marché French country kitchen at reasonable prices. There is only one dish to choose from. E5 Værnedamsvej 2, Cph. V  and G2 Østerbrogade 2, Cph. Ø

Umami GO Here, Japanese fusion and the classic French cuisine are served side by side. Strandvejen 102A, Hellerup Tel.: +45 39 64 77 70 and H4 Store Kongensgade 59F,   Cph. K Tel.: +45 33 38 75 10

Take-away does not need smell of deep fat If you're not in the mood for busy waiters and tablecloths, you can put your three-course meal under your arm and enjoy your créme bruleé at home or in a park nearby. And you can do this without compromising on quality because the food is made "to take away". At Gofood in Jægersborggade, the primarily organic menu is inspired by the food served to the staff at the posh restaurants - simple, but made of the same good raw products as the guests'. And they are ready to take home or to Assistens Cemetery - the green oasis in Nørrebro. If it all has to happen in the real outdoors, it is possible to order the perfect picnic basket from several places, e.g. with Italian desserts and wine from Il Senso just opposite Kongens Have.


Gofood  E3 Delicate civic restaurant with an organic basis.Jægersborggade 40, Cph. N Tel.: +45 36 96 65 93 Il Senso  G4 Italian desserts and own imported wine at very reasonable prices. Gothersgade 87, Cph. K Tel.: +45 33 12 87 19


D6 Formel B  The two young master chefs present classic French gourmet with Danish raw products. Vesterbrogade 182, Frederiksberg C Tel.: +45 33 25 10 66

H5 Kong Hans Kælder  Enjoy classic French gastronomy with a Scandinavian accent in one of Copenhagen's oldest buildings. Vingårdsstræde 6, Cph. K Tel.: +45 33 11 68 68

G4 MR Restaurant  Modern European with Danish finesse and inspiration from the chemical kitchen. Kultorvet 5, Cph. K Tel.: +45 33 91 09 49

Ensemble  H5 Here, French and Danish cuisine come together beautifully. With the open kitchen you can follow the preparations in the saucepans. Tordenskjoldsgade 11, Cph. K Tel.: +45 33 11 33 52

The Paul 

Restaurant Era Ora  H5 Innovative Italian cuisine. With a taste for the best, the restaurant has their raw products supplied from the mother country. Overgaden neden Vandet 33B, Cph. K Tel.: +45 32 54 06 93

F5 Creative taste experiences in a class of its own. The restaurant was the first to introduce "the chef's table". Tivoli, Vesterbrogade 3, Cph. V Tel.: +45 33 75 07 75 87


The night is young Copenhagen is the city in Scandinavia that sleeps the least. Here, there are saucy chicks, lively guys and no excuse to be bored at nightfall. by Christian Boisen and Lars Højholt

Grill Bar

Cocktail bars

Pure cocktail bar  H4 Topdollar can easily serve a cold beer, but otherwise it is a pure cocktail bar. Quite intentionally, the bar does not open before 9 p.m. and only on Fridays and Saturdays. The establishment's varying DJs ensure that music plays in the triangular room with the low tables and the moving and shaking bartenders. Topdollar Boltens Gård 8, the basement, Cph. K

Steaks and drinks 

H4 Grill Bar in the city's "mine field" is actually a café, restaurant and cocktail bar in one. You can sip your smart cocktails in the bar in the large lounge upstairs and on Thursday to Saturday especially, there is cool music and heavy flirting in the air. Grill Bar Ny Østergade 14, Cph. K


F5 Nord Natklub is a discothèque, nightclub and cocktail bar all at once. There is room for 800 people to party, but no more than 500 are allowed in in one evening. What is decisively different in relation to Danish conditions, is Nord Natklub's age policy: You must be 30 years old or more, but that doesn't mean less partying. Nord Natklub Vesterbrogade 2E, Cph. V

The big mix 

Like an English hotel bar  G4 1105 is one of Copenhagen's latest cocktail bars. It is funky and elegant, but also cosy. You do not need to be on the guest list to get in and besides the bar counter, there are almost homely arm chairs and sofas in the cocktail bar, which is inspired by English hotel bars. The atmosphere is dynamic but controlled. 1105 Kristen Bernikowsgade 4, Cph. K

Party for the adults 

Nørrebro's newly decorated pride still holds the flag high after many years. Here, you can have a beer in the bar, drink a cocktail in the lounge, go to a concert and dance on two dance floors, all in the same evening and night. Relaxed and intense atmosphere at the same time. Rust Guldbergsgade 8, Cph. N

Nightclubs Concert venue with total dancing 

G5 When night falls, the party starts at Jazzhouse. In the basement, various DJs get the dance floor swinging within genres like house, 70's disco and bossa nova. Up in the lounge, you can take a break, rest your ears and get a refreshment. Copenhagen Jazzhouse  Niels Hemmingens Gade 10, Cph. K


RESTAURENT district guide

THORVALDSENS HUS 89 Restaurant Thorvaldsens Hus · Gammel Strand 34 · 1202 København K · · 33320400


An early start to the party   G5 Nadsat is dedicated to electronic music and is connected to the music shop next door. The place is open early for beer and coffee at 4 p.m. so you can easily start your evening here. Nadsat Hyskensstræde 10, Cph. K

Culture Box

Music venues Top class concerts and clubbing  E6 Vegas' two stages, Store Vega and Lille Vega, present concerts throughout the year of high quality from TV-2 to Primal Scream. Among DJs, the old People's House is known as being one of the best clubs in Europe. The atmosphere is often high, but the comfortable surroundings contribute to maintaining a civilised climate through the night. On the ground floor is Ideal Bar where there are DJs and free entrance. Vega and Vega Natklub Enghavevej 40, Cph. V

Christiania's main stage  

I5 When you attend a concert in Den Grå Hal, you can experience an extrovert part of Christiania. Den Grå Hal is located in the middle of the freetown and Bob Dylan and Metallica thought it was pretty cool when they performed a concert there. The hall is a large stage and the framework can however seem raw, but once the music begins you're not aware of it. Den Grå Hal Refshalevej 2, Cph. K

Photo: Daniel Kaarill

PULSE of the club scene 

H4 With some of the city's most up-beat rhythms, Culture Box is the nerve centre in the Copenhagen club scene. It is a playground for Danish and international talents and the profile is both sharp and non-commercial. Culture Box Kronprinsessegade 54A, Cph. K

Raw rock mood  F3 If you prefer a more raw mood, then Stengade 30 is almost a sub-cultural experience in itself. There are also several stages here and the repertoire suits the intimate atmosphere well. You can hear punk like in the days of the Sex Pistols and hard rock. Stengade 30 Stengade 30, Cph. N

My favourite places 1) Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. There is no other museum or other public building anywhere in the world that so delicately balances between the indoor and outdoor experience as this museum.

Lars Ulrich, drummer in Metallica.

Photo: Anton a Courtesy


2) Langelinie. My favourite place to run in Denmark. On a 45-minute run I can cover five centuries of Danish architecture and - when she's there - see H.C. Andersen's mermaid. 3) Tivoli. I let my kids go mad in the central amusement park for all ages.

And I quickly realise that in Tivoli I am still always a child. 4) Rågeleje. As a child, I went up there every summer and I still go there every summer as an adult. The water has a tone of blue that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. 5) Andy’s Bar. If you want to experience Copenhagen around 1950 - between 3 and 5 in the morning (and who doesn't!!??) then this authentic experience will surely be THE PLACE to enjoy a nostalgic drink.

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Great Food... Great Fun... Make yourself comfortable In the middle of Copenhagen...

Café/ /Restaurant/ /Bar

Open every day from 10 in the morning Visit this cosy café/restaurant and enjoy everything from brunch and breakfast to delicious burgers, pasta, fish, gourmet food... and much more.

Cocktailbar/ /Lounge/ /NightClub

Open friday & saturday until.... Late! A lounge less ordinary... 91

Café Berlin - Pilestræde 23 - 1112 Copenhagen K - Phone.: +45 3312 2930 - -


Miniature fashion has growing pains

Playing with the personal expression through innovative, stylish creations from Danish fashion houses is no longer reserved for adults. In recent years, more of the iconic design brands have worked on wonderful collections in children's sizes. by Birgitte Raben


Silk shirts as soft as rose petals fold becomingly around a female leg and the little girl sighs sweetly at each step. Clip, clap, the sound of high heels and stylish steps. Oh, if only I was a posh lady. Just like mum. In grovelling admiration of the adults' fashion, the majority of little girls have dreamt of replacing their dungarees with more sophisticated clothes that express personality. Unfortunately, mum's delicate dress is dragged and tripped over in the fancy stilettos along the floor if the daughter is allowed to try. But several Danish fashion houses, known from the catwalk, are now launching innovative collections so style conscious parents and their children can easily find high quality, wonderful materials and clean lines tailored into children's sizes. "Previously, the choice was between narrow or broad ribbed corduroy trousers or red or blue shoes. Now, there is much more to choose from. There is now prestige in designing children's fashion. Each collection has a look and characteristic so the children can be individual about their expression," says Ulla Skjødt, who is a trend consultant at the trade organisation, The Danish Federation of Textile and Clothing Industries.

Mini A Ture

Graphic attitude Just like Mini A Ture prioritises brands such as Small Wings by Vadumsrum and Holly's, that the clothing must both look good and last so it can be used. Even though

Fashion weeks for children's clothing Danish designer clothing for juniors has become so popular that the two annual fashion weeks in Copenhagen present full-on shows for children. Copenhagen International Fashion Fair Kids (CIFF Kids) will take place at Bella Center on 5-8 February and 6-9 August 2009.


there are some design characteristics that are repeated in both children's and adults' collections, they all place importance on the fact that there must be a clear difference. Children should not be over-decorated mini adults. �Of course, there can be some humour in resembling a little adult with a tie on at Christmas, but at crechÊ they should not be mannequins. They must be able to use the clothing," believes Frederikke Hviid. Typically, Mini A Ture has a slightly naive print, which emphasises the childish approach but avoids being too silly. And at Small Wings the graphic patterns are dominant because children like that, believes designer,


Petit by Sofie Schnoor

Charlotte Vadum. She lets the raw and simple lines from the adult Vadum be repeated in the little skirts, jumpsuits and dresses. The designer sees a difference in that women would like to feel beautiful, whilst children want attitude. But for both mother and child, it's about expressing personal style through clothing.

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Room for princess dreams The style icon, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark often sits on the first row at several of the spectacular shows when Copenhagen holds Fashion Week every spring and autumn. Whiite is just one of the brands Mary keeps an eye on and likes to wear. And the pleasure of good design makes its mark on the younger generation of the royal family. The little princes and princesses tumble around in outfits from Mini A Ture, which the designer behind Whiite, Frederikke Hviid, established together with her sister when they had babies themselves a few years ago. The film stars, Gwyneth Paltrow's and Ma- 93


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donna's children also tumble around in Mini A Ture. "As a designer, you can rarely find just what you want. So the solution is to make it yourself. We took nostalgic aspects from our own childhood, which was mixed with modern trends," explains Frederikke Hviid. The philosophy behind the Mini A Ture collections is to combine aesthetics with the functional. "Of course, some of the trends from the adult fashions are repeated in the clothing for the little ones,"explains Frederikke Hviid. But this is first and foremost clothing on children's terms with comfortable and soft materials, room to move and to get dirty in. And it must also tolerate washing. Again and again.



Mini A Ture

Dress code: Danish design for mother and child

Petit by Sofie Schnoor

• Designers Remix and Little Remix: • Sofie Schnoor and Petit by Sofie Schnoor: / petitbysofieschnoor. com • Whiite and Mini A Ture: / • Holly’s: • Vadum and Small Wings: / • Noa Noa and Noa Noa Miniature: www.noa-noa. dk • Jackpot and Jackpot Girls: 95


Tailored attitude Between galleries, cafés and shops with antiques and curiosities, tailors weave their magic in the back rooms of Nørrebro. The result is a global city atmosphere captured in an off-beat style and innovative expression, which is for sale in the windows along the stretch between Blågårds Plads and Sankt Hans Torv. by Birgitte Raben



Original ecology Colourful stop-gaps with well placed carelessness characterise the selection in the small Retur. Under their own brand, they sell both redesigned second-hand clothes and original creations where ecology and sustainability are in focus. The style combines raw embroidery with offbeat cuts and pattern mixes. Retur Blågårdsgade 31c, Cph. N

Much more than mainstream The owner, Benjamin, of This Issue does not sew himself but he sells other Danish designers' clothing - both small, local brands and internationally recognised ones. The particular shopper with a tendency to challenge mainstream fashion will find Peter Jensen's international style and Hubert and Vita Vass' a humouristic cut. The shop also sells figurines and music. This Issue Blågårdsgade 14, Cph. N

The creative cheese cellar In the old cheese shop in the basement under Blågårdsgade 3, four local designers sell a refreshing puff of creativity with practical clothing for adults and children. Klædebo has a broad range of becoming style expressions hanging on steel hooks against the walls' sterile white tiles. Klædebo Blågårdsgade 3, Cph. N





Real refined retro style Rikke Refsnæs designs and sews the retro-inspired dresses, trousers and lovely blouses herself, which clothe the hangers along the walls in Riktigt. The style is often 60's trendy but always feminine and with a classic, more timeless element. The clothing can be sewn to order in other colours or sizes. Riktigt Ravnsborgsgade 17, Cph. N





One, two, three, four ... The buzzing sound of sewing machines flows out of the back room in the white basement room of Fünf, where six designers sell their own brands in masculine, feminine and unisex versions. And trousers can be quickly altered so they fit perfectly. The label Froks is funky street style for both sexes, whilst Søgaard København and Tolsing are more classic clothes with a twist. Fünf Elmegade 2, Cph. N

My favourite places

Cecilie Christensen Editor-in Chief, Elle Danmark

1) The Little Mermaid. Even though I am an urban dweller, my morning runs are a must and it has almost become a ritual to run past the mermaid and say good morning. 2) Kgs. Nytorv. Because the square reminds me that Copenhagen is a city in a mini format. The square is dominated by The Royal Danish Theatre's magnificence and the (fortunately) resurrected trees that comprise the "Krinsen" and which form a cosy frame around the winter's skating rink with its chains of lights. 3) The cafeteria on Esplanaden. The tiny turquoise town house

accommodates the most wonderful coffee bar, which leads your thoughts towards a 1950's milk bar ... I love shopping for colourful sweets from grandma's days and vacate the place in "Sex & the City" style with a latté to go in a pink paper cup. 4) Vor Frue Plads and Pisserenden. I enjoy being reminded of my student days at university and if I am nearby I don't mind making a detour just to get a whiff of the past. A fun detail is that the door handle is placed too high - just like in a creché - to ensure that the kids don't run off ... 97


Have you heard about a luxury flea market? When Copenhageners find expensive impulse purchases and the discarded designer dress in their cupboards, it is easy to make a vintage bargain. Go to the flea markets in the summer and to the large halls with mounds of second-hand branded clothing in the winter. The vintage shops are open throughout the year. by Birgitte Raben



Summer sale Holte flea market In Holte, north of Copenhagen, a lot of children's and ladieswear in really nice condition are often sold that they hardly look used. Holte Stationsvej across the road from Holte Midtpunkt and town hall, Holte Sundays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. form the second Sunday in April to the second Sunday in October.

Gentofte flea market At this small flea market by Charlottenlund Station, happy Gentofte residents sell used clothing in all shapes and sizes that have been hidden in the cupboards. Bregnegårdsvej 2, Charlottenlund

Frederiksberg flea market  C5 There are masses of clothes to be found at the market square, expensive brands as well as no-name ones. Often the selection is fragrantly freshly laundered. The parking lot behind Frederiksberg Town Hall by the junction between Smallegade and Falkoner Allé, Frederiksberg Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. from the middle of April until the end of October. 99


Winter vintage Super de luxe flea market 

Frk. Lilla 


The old cattle auction hall is bulging with designer goodies, extravagant bags and dresses from days gone by. The flea market also offers both classic and kitsch bits and bobs for the home. Øksnehallen Halmtorvet 11, 1700 Cph. V The last weekend in October

Trendsales Live 


In the hip district around Nansensgade the owner of Frk. Lilla, Trine Nielsen, has gathered a selection of bohemian second-hand clothing in the luxury category. Clothing and shoes from Gucci, Chanel and an abundance of Danish designers are often only used a few times, but cost half the original price. Frederiksborggade 41, Cph. K


New clothing from older collections and vintage clothing as well as new hang side by side when established designers and private users sell out of stocks of branded clothing in the trendy autumn bazaar. DGI-byen Tietgensgade 65, Cph. V The first weekend in October


Second-hand all year round



All the grand ladies keep each other company in the glamorous basement shop on the corner of Østerbrogade and Ålborggade: Diane von Fürstenberg, Chloe and Patrizia Pepe. Second sells selected brands on commission for those who have either made a wrong purchase or need to clear out the cupboard's excesses from last year's collections. Østerbrogade 126, Cph. Ø

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The ramparts of Copenhagen DYBBØLSBRO A few hundred years ago, Copenhagen was often threatened by ENGHAVE powers, who also bombed foreign the city into pieces several times. Basically, the entire city was safe behind the ramparts and the placement of the earlier city gates, Nørreport and Vesterport indicate how tightly compressed the settlement gradually became as the population grew.

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The ramparts by Kastellet


G4 Perch’s Tea Room  Kronprinsensgade 5, Cph. K F5 House of Korea  Nansensgade 24, Cph. K F6 Tante T  Viktoriagade 6, Cph. V F3 Tea Time  Birkegade 3, Cph. N



Restaurants & Cafés

Tea rooms in the city Since the coffee trend has been on the go for some time, it's also been full steam ahead for tea with the opening of a number of tea rooms with British role models and places with Asian or North African inspiration.


F5 Gourmet in Tivoli  Both the exclusive restaurant and brassiere is part of the Nordic food revolution. Restaurant Nimb and Herman i Nimb Bernstorffsgade 5, Cph. V Tel.: +45 88 70 00 00 Cheapest menu from DKK 345


Genuinely French  H3 Piquant French classics with a touch of culinary fusion art. Bistro Boheme Esplanaden 8, Cph. K Tel.: +45 70 22 08 70 The cheapest main course is DKK 195


Worth a visit Effective harbour cavalcade Take the harbour bus from Nordre Toldbod by Langelinie and the gourmet supermarket, Løgismose, past, e.g. the Opera and Nyhavn down to The Royal Library, The Diamond which has exhibitions and a café. The sail costs only one bus card clip.

View over the city's roofs As an alternative to Rundtårn, try the cafés at the top of the department store Illum or the Post Office Museum in Købmagergade.

A green oasis in the middle of art The art museum, Glyptoteket across from Tivoli's rear entrance has one of the city's most beautiful cafés with delicious confectionary cakes and fair-trade coffee under the large palm trees.

I3 Nordre Toldbod I4 The Opera H4   Nyhavn G5   The Royal Library

G4   Rundetårn G4   Illum  G4 Post Office Museum G5   Glyptoteket, museum of ancient and modern art 

Custom House

Glyptoteket, museum of ancient and modern art

By the edge of the harbour 

H5 The completely renovated Custom House accommodates Italian Bacino, Japanese Ebisu and the slightly cheaper Bar & Grill. Custom House Havnegade 44, Cph. K Tel.: +45 33 31 01 30 The cheapest café main course is DKK 95

Morning coffee 

G4 Close to Nørreport station, Fokus has coffee ready from 8 a.m. in the high-ceilinged and tastefully decorated café. Classic café fare at affordable prices. Fokus Frederiksborggade 20, Cph. K Tel.: +45 35 26 32 22 The cheapest main course is DKK 125

Harbour bus in front of the Black Diamond

Classic cakes  G5 The classic confectionary has Copenhagen roots all the way to 1932 and it's motto is cakes, culture and love. Conditorie La Glace Skoubogade 3-5, Cph. K Tel.: +45 33 14 46 46

staurants Cafés Asian style  H4 Unique decor and elegant Japanese kitchen with a French touch of high class. Excellent cocktail bar. Umami Store Kongensgade 59, Cph. K Tel.: +45 33 38 75 00 The cheapest main course is DKK 175 And there's a sushi bar.

Fast-food noodles 

G5 Wagamama with a modern Asian people's kitchen has fast food at reasonable prices. Wagamama Tietgentsgade 20, Cph. V Tel.: +45 33 75 06 58 The cheapest main course is DKK 89

Italian pizza rush 

H4 Modern Italian Mediterranean gem that has turned pizza into a culinary experience. The open kitchen lifts your mood. Fiat Kongens Nytorv 18, Cph. K Tel.: +45 33 14 22 77 The cheapest main course is DKK 105 105

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A hotchpotch of trendsetting, mochadrinking parents of young children and off-beat lives paint the picture of a district that has gone from being a run-down neighbourhood to a style icon.



Riccos Kaffebar

Copenhageners flock to the butcher

The Meat Packing District

Close to Halmtorvet a new art and night scene has appeared. In the Meat Packing District there are abattoirs and sausage cart cemeteries next to the city's latest art and night scene. The dishevelled look has become "in" and since Karriere opened their doors in 2007, several others have followed.

Restaurants & Cafés

Coffee bars in the city Starbucks has not conquered Copenhagen but, in the course of a decade, other chains and smaller entrepreneurs have ensured that the city has moved basically from zero coffee culture to a flourishing range of mocha from quality beans. The chain reaction was initiated by Baresso, which today sends its delicious scent of freshly brewed coffee from a large number of places, just as Riccos Kaffebar is one of the smaller initiatives that have gradually appeared. Some of the cafés, which roast and sell the beans themselves, have several world champion baristas.

Estate Coffee   G4 Coffee & Chocolate bar Gammel Kongevej 1, Cph. V Riccos Kaffebar, 4 coffee bars in town Baresso, more than 10 coffee bars round about the city F5 Robert’s Coffee  Larsbjørnstræde, Cph. K H3 Kafferiet  Esplanaden 44, Cph. K


A place in the sun 

F6 Have something to eat in the lively district around the new and smart Halmtorvet. Café by day and restaurant by night. Carlton Halmtorvet 14, Cph. V Tel.: +45 33 29 90 90 The cheapest main course is DKK 179 (restaurant)


French temptations  E6 Sink your teeth into fragilité and mousse whilst you enjoy an espresso. Closed on Mondays. Le Montmartre Oehlenschlægersgade 5, Cph. V Tel.: +45 31 22 76 05


Worth a visit The street that has everything 

E5 With its many French-inspired shops, it is no wonder that Værnedamsvej has been given the name "Little Paris". It has everything the heart desires and most of all, there is a great atmosphere.


Action and relaxation in water  F6 If the thermometer does not show beach weather, you can splash about in the Water Culture House in DGIbyen. Play is the order of the day with water trampolines and climbing and diving pools. Take a break by diving down into the spa. Only your imagination and energy set the limits.





F6 Funky Vietnamese  A refinement of the Vietnamese kitchen and one of the best and most funky restaurants in the city. No table reservations necessary. Lê Lê nhà hàng Vesterbrogade 40, Cph. V Tel.: +45 33 22 71 35 The cheapest main course is DKK 115

Outstanding caffeine 

E6 Coffee enthusiasts behind the bar also serve ice-cream or cakes. Riccos Kaffebar Istedgade 119, Cph. V Tel.: +45 31 21 04 40

Cosy sushi  D6 The lovely settings of Hing’s has a subdued and authentic decor. The food can also be made "take away". Hing’s Sushi Vesterbrogade 146, Cph. V Tel.: +45 33 21 23 32 Menu from DKK 98

staurants Cafés A piece of France 

E6 Parisian atmosphere and southern France cuisine on cosy Værnedamsvej - Copenhagen's "little Paris". Les Trois Cochons Værnedamsvej 10, Cph. V Tel.: +45 33 31 70 55 Evening menu DKK 275

Good times from morning to evening 

E6 One of the city's cosiest cafés begins the day with breakfast and ends with a party in the evening where the DJ keeps the place alive with electronic jazz. Bang & Jensen Istedgade 130, Cph. V Tel.: +45 33 25 53 18 The cheapest main course is DKK 60

An abattoir with style  F6 Saturated with design and in the evening the restaurant becomes one of the city's hottest cocktail bars. Closed on Mondays and opens at 6 p.m. all other days. Karriere Flæsketorvet 57, Cph. V Tel.: +45 33 21 55 09 Evening menu from DKK 180 107





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Frederiksberg Have (Frederiksberg Gardens)

The king's summer palace

D4 Vitaboost  Godthåbsvej 6, Frederiksberg E5 Smagen af lykke  Værnedamsvej 6, Cph. V H4 Joe and the Juice  Ny Østergade 11, Cph. K H4 Royal Juice Bar  Store Kongensgade 75, Cph. K F3 Juicy  Guldbergsgade 12 12, Cph. N



Frederik IV's summer apartments

During a grand tour of Italy, King Frederik IV gathered inspiration for the building of his summer apartments outside Copenhagen. The result was Frederiksberg Palace, which stood ready in 1704. Since 1869 the Military Officers' School has resided in the pale yellow structure at the top of Valby Hill. There is the possibility for a guided tour.

Smoothie & juice in the city Smoothies and freshly squeezed juice is a delicious way to consume loads of fruit. You can enjoy these at a number of cafés and even more small bars have specialised in blended and freshly squeezed vitamin injections without too many calories.


Restaurants & Cafés Danish quality 

D5 Stylish café with take-away and delicatessen. Focus is on good raw products. Meyers Deli Gl. Kongevej 107, Frederiksberg Tel.: +45 33 25 45 95 The cheapest main course is DKK 70


Drinks before and after 

E5 Cocktail fans can enjoy fresh berries in their drinks, whilst food lovers can stuff themselves with Italian dishes. Salon 39 Vodroffsvej 39, Frederiksberg. Tel.: +45 39 20 80 39 The cheapest main course is DKK 89


Worth a visit

Only for kids

The Zoo 

C5 For both adults and youngsters, the huge garden is an experience, especially the new elephant enclosure designed by Norman Foster.

The flowers of Life Sciences 

E4 25,000 flowers adorn the garden that was landscaped in 1850 together with the Agriculture School. The park is open to the public.

Skate in circles at Runddelen 

D5 When the cold covers the city towards Christmas, the skating rink at Frederiksberg Runddel opens. Skates can be hired.

Theatre: Not just for adults 

D5 With charismatic Jytte Abildstrøm as theatre manager, children of all ages will be mesmerised by dolls, music and stage settings in the imaginative and energetic performances in the Riddersalen. Attached to the theatre is Det Økologiske Inspirationshus (the Organic House of Inspiration), which entertains with ecology at children's level. The performances are only in Danish. Jytte Abildstrøms Teater Allégade 7-9, Frederiksberg Tel.: +45 38 87 18 19

E4 Sensual challenge  Playing with texture, spices and the senses is the chef's favourite past-time. The result is an eye-opening treat. Sapor Thorvaldsensvej 2, Frederiksberg Tel.: +45 35 35 25 05 The cheapest menu is DKK 140

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Ice-skating rink


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Top-class Tempura 

Family cosiness  D5 The mood flourishes with equal parts herring and schnapps, coloured lamps and red checked tablecloths at Hansens from 1850. In those days, the garden sold boiled water for coffee and tea which Copenhageners on picnics in Frederiksberg Garden could warm themselves with. Since then, the little eatery has been permitted to sell beer. To finish off, Hansen expanded the tavern so the garden guests didn't have to bring their own picnic food any more. It is covered in the winter, so it can stay open throughout the year. Hansens Gamle Familiehave Pile Allé 10-12, Frederiksberg. Tel.: +45 36 30 92 57 The cheapest main course is DKK 89

E4 Only a few of Copenhagen's many sushi restaurants can serve a tempura bite as crispy as the one from Sakura's Japanese chef. Nyu Sakura H.C. Ørstedsvej 68, Frederiksberg Tel.: +45 35 36 57 57 The cheapest menu is DKK 89

staurants Cafés Praiseworthy pasta 

E5 The best Italian suppliers so the pasta tastes like the sunny south. La Lanterna H.C. Ørstedsvej 28, Frederiksberg Tel.: +45 33 31 33 00 The cheapest main course is DKK 190

Cheap burgers 

D4 The café next to Frederiksberg Centre serves sandwiches, salads and burgers at reasonable prices. Café Moccador Falkoner Allé 23, Frederiksberg. Tel.: +45 38 19 42 38 The cheapest main course is DKK 79 109


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Experience a fascinating multi-ethnic mixture of cultures in the district, which has an abundance ofGRØNDAL fun niche shops and exciting places to eat.




SOLBJERGgreen Nørrebro's breathing space




With an eco-profile and quality in focus, Jægersborggade accommodates a multitude of shops with everything from the gourmet kitchen to children's clothing. In the micro-toaster, some of the world's best baristas do their thing and the coffee can be enjoyed outside with a croissant from the neighbouring shop.


Nørrebro Bryghus



Sankt Hans Torv ENGHAVE


Micro-breweries in the city In less than 15 years, Denmark has moved from being a poor country measured in the diversity of types of beer to having one of the world's largest ranges of local ales and special stouts. The huge success of the micro-breweries has also meant that a new genre of pubs where beer is served at the same careful level as wine. You will have an extra experience by visiting the places where the beer comes directly from the cauldrons in the same pub. The pioneer on this field was the Brewery Apollo by Tivoli's main entrance, whilst Nørre Bryghus has an excellent restaurant with beer in the dishes as well as a large bar right next to the shiny tanks. 110

F3 Nørrebro Bryghus   Ryesgade 3, Cph. N F5 Bryggeriet Apollo   (A Hereford Beefstouw) Vesterbrogade 3, Cph. V F5 Vesterbro Bryghus  Vesterbrogade 2b, Cph. V G5 BrewPub København  Vestergade 29-31, Cph. K

Restaurants & Cafés Vegetarian excursion 

F4 The Turkish Picnic serves vegetarian delicacies by the cosy Sankt Hans Torv. Picnic Fælledvej 22B, Cph. N Tel.: +45 35 39 09 53 3 salads for DKK 60


Asian gourmet 

F3 The Michelin star-awarded exceptional interpretation of Thai classics. Kiin kiin Guldbergsgade 21, Cph. N Tel.: +45 35 35 75 55 Menu DKK 750


Worth a visit

Only for kids

The cosy cemetery 

E3 Assistens Cemetery is difficult to overlook with its sunyellow walls that cling along Nørrebrogade. Visit H.C. Andersen or Kierkegaard or do like so many of the locals and enjoy the sun when the weather permits.

Southern square atmosphere  F3 Sankt Hans Torv buzzes with life and here you can find everything you want of cafés and eateries. At Paradls you can get freshly made ice-cream and for the night owls, Rust keeps its three storeys open until the small hours.

THE STICKY WORKSHOP  E3 Toffee craftsmen open the doors a couple of times every week for public toffee boiling in Jægersborggade. Come and follow the whole process from the raw products to delicious toffees. There are of course samples and the opportunity to buy your own mixture of soft temptations. Karamelleriet Jægersborggade 36, Cph. N Tel.: +45 70 23 77 77



Assistens Cemetery

F3 Brunch under the sun  Freshly squeezed juice a la carte on the brunch menu in the sunshine by Peblinge Sø. Closes at 4 p.m. 16. Esmeralda Brunchbar Peblinge Dosseringen 4, Cph. N Tel.: +45 35 36 73 73 The cheapest brunch is DKK 95

F3 The circus is in town  Classic and inexpensive café fare. In the evening, the ingredients in the tempting cocktails are generously used. Pussy Galore’s Flying Cirkus Sankt Hans Torv 30, Cph. N Tel.: +45 35 24 53 00 The cheapest main course is DKK 79


Beer and food are united 

Luxury wine bar 

F3 Hair salon, gallery, café and bar. Cocktails late in the evening keep the party going and replace the French country kitchen. Closed Sundays and Mondays Gefährlich Fælledvej 7, Cph. N Tel.: +45 35 24 13 24 The cheapest main course is DKK 95

staurants Cafés F3 There is a treat in store in the brewery for beer enthusiasts and food lovers. The food in itself is worth a visit and the delicious beer menu just completes the work. Nørrebro Bryghus Ryesgade 3, Cph. N Tel.: +45 35 30 05 30 The cheapest menu is DKK 345


The lounge atmosphere and the open kitchen are so different to the classic Danish wine bar. When the kitchen closes, prominent DJs get the party going. Bodega Kapelvej 1, Cph. N Tel.: +45 35 39 07 07 The cheapest main course is DKK 169

E3 African temptations  Nørrebro's ethnic character has made its mark on the culinary selection in the district. Here you will find exquisite African food. Mama Africa Griffenfeldsgade 17, Cph. N Tel.: +45 35 39 49 89 The cheapest main course is DKK 168 111





On the way north from the city and past the lakes Østerbro begins. Østerbrogade and Ndr. Frihavnsgade are popular NØRREBRO shopping routes for clothing and shoes in particular. FUGLEBAKKEN


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Østerbro begins at the end of the lakes where until the 1600s the water flowed out into the sea. The king had a dam built and created the city's characteristic, shallow pools. In the 1800s the short waterfront up towards Østerbro was romantically called ØsterbroFORUM gade's Riviera when the elegant buildings with the slim spires were constructed with views out to the water.








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G2 Panzon  A good glass of wine does not need Rosenvænget Allé 6, Cph. Ø to be enjoyed with dinner. In recent years, a number of good wine bars DYBBØLSBRO have popped the corks here and E5 Falernum  there in Copenhagen. Here, you Værnedamsvej 16, Cph. V can sample some of the various expensive drops without investingENGHAVE in whole bottles. F4 Bibendum  Nansensgade 45, Cph. K G4 Il Senso  Gothersgade 87, Cph. K F5 Durst  Skt. Annæ Plads 16, Cph. K


CHRISTIANSHAVN Restaurants & Cafés

A place in the sun by the lakes  G2


For example, get a refined brunch plate and a spot in the sun out to the lakes. Dag H ISLANDS Dag Hammarskjölds Alle 36-40, Cph. Ø BRYGGE Tel.: +45 35 27 63 00 The cheapest main course is DKK 169

A true taste of Italy 

G2 Food art and a romantic atmosphere from the Veneto region. There are no pizzas here. Closed on Sundays. Ristorante Veneto Olufsvej 2, Cph. Ø Tel.: +45 35 26 45 25 The cheapest main course is DKK 94


Worth a visit FÆLLEDPARKEN  G2 For over 100 years, Fælledparken has been the gathering point for relaxation and for a large number of activities from the 1 May demonstrations and concerts to sunbathing and the vast grass areas are frequently used to play football, fun runs and other sports. The national football stadium, Parken, right next to Fælledparken, houses the football club, FC Copenhagen, concerts and other large events.

Only for kids A dry playground G2  1000 sq.m. covered playground in Blegdamsremisen by Trianglen has a wealth of offers with physical games and more quiet activities for children of all ages. Remember indoor shoes. H2  The family café Stuen-th in Præstøgade has several wonderful play sections for children of various ages whilst the parents can relax with the newspaper, a cup of coffee and a bit of organic food.

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G1 Glass cube on the square  The café menu offers tapas, apart from other things. Enjoy it on the large terrace or sit yourself down behind the glass facade and follow the life outside. Kafé Kapers Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 2, Cph. Ø Tel.: +45 35 25 11 20 The cheapest main course is DKK 118

Accessible gourmet  G1 Culinary French proficiency at No. 1, which has retained the intimate atmosphere from the former wine bar. Closed on Sundays. No. 1 Aarhusgade Århusgade 1, Cph. Ø Tel.: +45 35 26 42 01 The cheapest main course is DKK 215

Panorama to the sound

Calm in inner Østerbro 

French at bistro prices

Star of the sea

Successful French bistro atmosphere in Copenhagen. Brassiere food at reasonable prices and a guaranteed good mood.Restaurant Vincent’s Landskronagade 4, Cph. Ø Tel.: +45 39 29 54 32 The cheapest main course is DKK 158

A star in food heaven and in the Michelin Guide. Advanced cooking elevated to art. Closed on Sundays. Restaurant Paustian with Bo Bech Kalkbrænderiløbskaj 2, Cph. Ø Tel.: +45 39 18 55 01 The cheapest menu is DKK 600 however lunch is DKK 300

Simple café dishes with an imposing view over the Øresund from Kim Utzon's round building with the courtyard in the middle. Café Jorden Rundt Strandpromenaden 7, Cph. Ø Tel.: +45 39 27 73 81 The cheapest main course is DKK 76

staurants Cafés G1 Café on a quiet square near Østerbrogade. In the evening, the French kitchen is replaced with disco lights and live DJs. Café Bopa Bopa Plads - Løgstørgade 8, Cph. Ø Tel.: +45 35 43 05 66 The cheapest main course is DKK 59 113


Christianshavn The earlier workers district now houses trendy bohemians. Everyone, from hippies to yuppies drink coffee by the canal.


The market town of the canals


A Copenhagen Venice with lively canals and merchants along the quays. King Christian IV had a vision of a trading centre when in 1619 he began building Christianshavn. Later the ship builders and workers took over the harbour district.

The canal

Places for brunch in the city Innumerable cafés offer weekend brunch - the sumptuous mixture of breakfast and lunch in a large number of variations, which can be consumed from 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. until long into the afternoon. The prices begin close to DKK 100 and can be considerably higher depending on the composition of the plates or the buffet as well as any beverages.

Bastionen+Løven, Lille Mølle  I6 Christianshavns Voldgade 50, Cph. K H5 Café Oven Vande  Overgaden oven Vandet 44, Cph. K G4 Sult i Cinemateket  Gothersgade 55, Cph. K

Restaurants & Cafés Innovative Nordic 

I5 Scandinavian raw products are converted into innovation for connoisseurs, which is worth two Michelin stars. Noma Strandgade 93, Cph. K Tel.: +45 32 96 32 97 The cheapest menu is DKK 745


In the best diner style  E4 Konjak  H.C. Ørstedsvej 46, Frederiksberg F4 Kaffesalonen  Peblinge Dossering 6, Cph. N


H5 Brunch, burgers, chubby pancakes and marshmallows in the coffee. Luna’s diner Sankt Annæ Gade 5, Cph. K Tel.: +45 32 54 20 00 The cheapest main course is DKK 79


Worth a visit Copenhagen seen from above  H6 400 steps lead up to the top of Vor Frelsers Church 90-metre high, golden tower where the views over the harbour and the Copenhagen towers and roofs are without comparison the city's best. Copenhagen seen from the water 

H5 Jump into the canal with a green boat and a couple of oars. ­Christianhavn's Boat Rental by Torvegade have boats available for romantics who want to gently float away between sailboats and houseboats.

Architecture from then and now  H5 Strandgade runs parallel to the harbour front with elegant renaissance buildings and trading yards, from the time Christianshavn was built in the 1620s. The timber framed building at no. 32 is assessed as being the oldest in the district. The firm of architects, Henning Larsen's office buildings and the Danish Architecture Centre form a contrast to the old.

Vor Frelsers Church

The canal

Boat rental

Rustic from the Mediterranean 

H6 Era Ora's little brother serves rustic Italian everyday food like mama makes at home in the country kitchen. L’Altro Torvegade 62, Cph. K Tel.: +45 32 54 54 06 The cheapest menu is DKK 340

H5 Canal view  The old, red boat shed at the edge of the canal has the feeling of a gastronomic luxury yacht. Restaurant Kanalen Wilders Plads 2, Cph. K Tel.: +45 32 95 13 30 The cheapest main course is DKK 248 (or 3 dishes for DKK 360)

The locals' favourite 

Pizza in a class of its own 

Southern luxury 

H6 Gourmet chef challenges the pizza's reputation as greasy fast-food. Bottega Dronningensgade 42, Cph. K Tel.: +45 32 95 55 71 The cheapest main course is DKK 145 (menu for DKK 285)

In the canal building, an Italian kitchen hides, which has been awarded for its tasteful extravagance. Era Ora Overgaden neden Vandet 33B, Cph. K Tel.: +45 32 54 06 93 The cheapest menu is DKK 620

H5 Reasonable prices an a relaxed atmosphere make the café the regular place for many locals. The dish of the day is always French-inspired. Wilder Wildersgade 56, Cph. K Tel.: +45 32 54 71 83 The cheapest main course is DKK 85

staurants Cafés Cheap spicy bites 

H6 Coriander, curry and cinnamon are important ingredients in classic Indian food from one of the district's cheapest kitchens. Spicey Kitchen Torvegade 56, Cph. K Tel.: +45 32 95 28 29 The cheapest main course is DKK 45

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The island Amager is a complete mix from the classic Islands Brygge all the way to the modern Ørestad developments to the long beach park and the free open spaces of Amager Fælled

The island next to the capital


Madeleines Madteater

Amager has had many functions and mixed designations. In the 1800s it was the capital city's pantry where Dutchmen farmed vegetables. In recent years, the island has transformed itself from the reputation as socially deprived to being an area with exclusive new developments along Amager Strandpark towards Oresund and progressive architecture in Ørestad - right opposite to Amager Fælled's large areas with almost untouched nature.

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Ice-cream bars in the city Danes eat more than 50 million litres of ice-cream per year and it has become trendy to buy luxury ice-cream instead of the cheap stuff from the supermarket. Thus, new ice-cream bars are opening up all the time where the content for the waffles have, as is best, been made within the last 24-hours from the best raw products. The Italian method of creating a good creamy consistency is popular. The ice-cream chain, Paradis, covers large parts of the metropolitan region, but otherwise there are typically individual shops with their own production in the back room or nearby so they can quickly accommodate customers' wishes.


Ismageriet Kongelundsvej 116, Cph. S Paradis, 10 places in Copenhagen G4 Bojesen Is  Frederiksborggade 3, Cph. K D5 Frederiksberg Chokolade  Frederiksberg Allé 64, Frederiksberg. C H1 Il Gelato  Østerbrogade 160, Cph. Ø

Right by Langebro 

G6 Terrace by the water in Islands Brygge. The menu has something for any taste and wallet. Aristo Islands Brygge 4, Cph. S Tel.: +45 32 95 83 30 The cheapest main course is DKK 129


Culture house with barbeque  G6

The café by the edge of the harbour has barbeques on the terrace in the summer. Islands Brygge Kulturhus Islands Brygge 18, Cph. S Tel.: +45 32 54 00 82 The cheapest main course is DKK 139


Worth a visit

Only for kids

High-speed trip through Ørestad Sit yourself at the front in the metro towards Vestamager and have the perfect view of the development of the new Ørestad with DR's (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) collection of radio and TV activities as well as the impressive concert hall by Jean Nouvel.

A walk across the water  F7 The silos at the former harbour area, Islands Brygge, have been transformed into the exclusive Cap Gemini residential development form which Bryggebro stretches across the canal toVesterbro.

Nature centre with knowledge and play 10 minutes' walk from Vestamager metro station a whole world of natural experiences opens up in an embanked area with open salt meadows and beech forest. Here, you can for example, learn about the animals, make a bonfire, borrow bikes and pass the hours with fun at the natural playground, Himmelhøj. Free entrance.

Amager Strandpark

The metro

Mediterranean delicacies 

Harbour bath

G6 Yet another good vantage point over the city. The brassiere has an ambitious menu inspired by Italy and France. Prego Islands Brygge 33, Cph. S Tel.: +45 32 54 11 11 The cheapest main course is DKK 78

Excellent Thai food 

Restaurant ship  G6 The beautiful boat, Viva, by Langebro opens the sun deck when the weather permits. The maritime theme has made its mark on the impressive menu with a penchant for shellfish. Restaurant Viva Langebro Kaj, Cph. K Tel.: +45 27 25 05 05 The cheapest main course is DKK 90

Music, food and drink

H6 Don't hesitate to reserve a table at Blue Elephant. The restaurant is constructed like a small village. Blue Elephant Amager Boulevard 70, Cph. S Tel.: +45 33 96 59 70 The cheapest main course is DKK 160

Sublime food experience 

F8 All the senses are fully satisfied with a combination of exquisite food, philosophical contemplation and theatre in a three-hour long performance in several acts. Madeleines Madteater Drechselsgade 10, Cph. S Tel.: +45 33 14 05 55 Ticket, DKK 1,250 includes beverages

staurants Cafés Intimate and popular music venue in an old hairdressing salon. On Amager Strandvej 110 by the water, is also Ingolf's Strandbar. Ingolfs Kaffebar Ingolfs Alle 3, Cph. S Tel.: +45 32 59 95 96 The cheapest main course is DKK 89

Gourmet at the top 

H6 At the top of the SAS hotel you will have top class international food. You can also just enjoy a drink. The Dining Room Amager Boulevard 70, Cph. S Tel.: +45 33 96 58 58 Evening menu from DKK 475 117

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135 131 Beautiful nature and an abundance of historical attractions provide many exciting experiences. Relive the Vikings and monks, enjoy the loveliest beaches and forests or idyllic harbours and be blown away by the presence of history in the many castles, historical houses and museums. There is plenty to do for the whole family in lovely North Zealand, which has the waters of the Oresund and Kattegat lapping onto the kilometres of clean and wonderful bathing beaches.


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Frederiksborg Castle

Kronborg Castle

Photo: C4 HillerødŠ

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The forests of North Zealand have formed the setting for royal hunting activities for centuries. Therefore, it was natural that King Frederik IV wanted a hunting palace in the forests by Esrum Lake. However, it was only in 1720 that the king had the opportunity to realise his plan. At the opening, on 11 October 1722, he named his hunting palace, "Fredensborg". It was also Frederik IV who had a baroque garden landscaped north of Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød in the years 1720-1725. It became one of Denmark's finest gardens. In 1996, the baroque garden was recreated and is one of the very popular North Zealand attractions today. Fredensborg Palace The landscape gardener from Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, J.C. Krieger, was given the task of designing the palace and its garden. He constructed the central part of the main palace with the characteristic dome and the two octagons. In 1724-26 he added the church,



the orangery and two more buildings. In 1731, Krieger executed his final work on Fredensborg: A new courtiers' building called Chancellery House. This is where Denmark's future king, HRH Crown Prince Frederik, lives together with HRH Crown Princess Mary and their two children, Prince Christian and Princess Isabella. You can look forward to a very special experience in July where the palace itself is open to the public. It's not every day in a lovely month in summer that you can go exploring in a queen's private residence. Kronborg Castle Kronborg is at the same time an elegant renaissance castle and a monumental fortress and in 2000, the castle was included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The castle was built in 1574-85. In 1629 it was devastated by a huge fire where only the castle church survived. Today, you can see the original furniture and fittings in the church only. Already in the 17th century the castle was so well known outside of the country's borders that

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Frederiksborg Castle

Shakespeare chose the castle as the background for the classic play, Hamlet. One of the most beautiful rooms in the castle is probably the 62-metre long Knights' Hall or ballroom. But the King's and Queen's chambers are also worth a visit. Holger Danske sits in the casemates and waits in readiness for Denmark's hour of need, because the myth says that if this happens, he will rise up to defend Denmark. As a great bonus, you can take a look in The Danish Maritime Museum, which is an independent department of Kronborg and is also one of the largest museums of its kind in Europe. Here, the history of Danish trade and shipping is told through the centuries. Frederiksborg Castle Denmark's national treasure, Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, has become a national symbol. Both the interior and exterior tell about Denmark's history. The enthusiastic hunter, Frederik II, acquired the manor, Hillerødsholm, in the densely forested North Zealand in 1560

Frederiksborg Castle

and renamed the place Frederiksborg. His son, Christian IV, followed in his father's footsteps enthusiastically and from 1602 to 1615 he built a three-winged castle, which was magnificently equipped and suitable for a king with international ambitions. Frederiksborg Castle is a grand renaissance building, built on three islets. In the richly decorated church, there is a gallery with coats of arms and the famous Compenius organ from 1610. Denmark's Museum of National History was opened at the castle in 1885 and today it houses a national portrait gallery of Danish kings and queens since the 16th century as well as famous Danish personalities up to and including the 20th century. Frederiksborg Castle Garden – a baroque garden – is also worth a visit. The garden was recreated in 1996 following studies of J.C. Krieger's landscaping from 1725. 121

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In the footsteps of kings Visit an area that is filled with history, culture, ancient oak trees and perhaps a ghost here and there. Tangible and visible memories from the last thousand years can be found in North Zealand. Some are intact and well-preserved. Others are severely marked by the passing of time, but yet strangely bristling with atmosphere.

Øresund. Marienlyst Palace also houses a collection of paintings worth seeing with association to Helsingør and environs as well as works of silver created by masters from the city. The palace is currently closed for renovation.

Marienlyst Palace Marienlyst Palace on the outskirts of Helsingør's northern area obtained its current appearance in the 1760s where the famous French architect, Jardin, extended Lundehave, which Frederik II had built as a summer house in the 1580s. The extension was executed in pure Louis Seize style and today the little palace stands as the most representative building of all from this period. In the palace's top story, the original Louis Seize interior can be seen, furnished in the style of the time and from here there is a spectacular view to Sweden over the stylish garden and across the

Jægerspris Castle Jægerspris Castle is located in beautiful Hornsherred and is Countess Danner's and Frederik VII's castle of hunting and love. From here, the king went hunting and fishing and pursued his great interest in archaeology. After the king's death in 1867, the countess inherited the castle and decided that the king's chambers should remain unchanged for all time and that an orphanage be established for the orphans and poor children from the capital city. The orphanage still exists today. The Countess' burial monument can be seen in the castle park.

Jægerspris Castle – The ruins of Gurre Castle – The ruins of Dronningholm Castle – The ruins of Asserbo Castle – Selsø Castle – Marienlyst Palace – Marienlyst Palace Photo: visithelsingor©


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Jægerspris Castle

The ruins of Asserbo Castle

Photo: Klaus Bentzen©

Photo: Søren Wesseltoft©

Selsø Castle

See also: Frederiksborg Castle Kronborg Fredensborg Palace

The Knights' Hall at Selsø Castle

Photo: Søren Wesseltoft©

Photo: Søren Wesseltoft©

Selsø Castle As if in a deep sleep, like Sleeping Beauty, Selsø Castle stood unoccupied for 143 years. The Knights' Hall and the adjoining chambers were used by the locals for corn and pheasant storage but in 1972, a careful restoration began and the castle appears today as it did when the last residents left the castle in 1829, without electricity and heating. Here, you will find Denmark's oldest kitchen with open hearth and an awful dungeon for insubordinate peasants. Two women have been imprisoned in the castle and one of them stabbed her husband to death and threw him in the moat. The blood stain can still be seen and Selsø's "White lady" has been seen floating around at night. The current castle was built in 1576, but today it has a baroque style following a significant renovation in 1734.

and paved courtyard. The place became the centre for many grand events in Denmark's history until the castle lost its importance, became dilapidated and was covered by shifting sand at the beginning of the 18th century. In 1849, Frederik VII was behind the initiative to unearth the ruins, which we can experience today. The ruins of Dronningholm Castle Close to Arresø, Denmark's largest lake, are the ruins of Dronningholm Castle. Legend says that the Danish King Valdemar Sejr built the castle as a morning gift for his Queen Dagmar on the occasion of their wedding in 1205 and it was then a favourite retreat for the royal couple. Dronningholm was torn down in 1575 and part of the materials were used for the construction of Frederiksborg Castle.

The ruins of Asserbo Castle The ruins of Asserbo Castle are north of the town Frederiksværk. Asserbo Farm was built by Copenhagen's founder, Bishop Absalon in 1163. Around 1450, the "farm" was extended into a "castle". It became a real nobleman's residence with a spectacular building that lay well-protected behind moats with a drawbridge, gate

The ruins of Gurre Castle The ruins of Gurre Castle are located by Gurre Lake between the two small towns of Gurre and Tikøb. Gurre Castle was King Valdemar Atterdag's main castle. The king loved the place and he died there in 1375. Today, you can see significant, but well-restored remains of the castle, which was mentioned for the first time in 1361. 123

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Nature is open throughout the year North Zealand's long stretch of coastline is beautifully varied and together with forests, plantations, lakes and fields North Zealand is worth a visit throughout the year. Gribskov North Zealand offers large and small forests, e.g. Grib Skov (Grib Forest), which with its 5,600 hectares is Denmark's fourth largest forest. Long ago, Gribskov was divided between the church and the crown, but following the reformation, the entire area was handed over to the king. Until the 18th century, the area was mostly used for hunting and grazing of horses from the famous Frederiksborg Stud Farm. Subsequently, forestry began to gain greater importance than hunting and grazing. The word "grib" in Gribskov is an old Danish term, which, e.g. in "gribsjord" indicates an area that is not owned by anyone specific; that is originally a form of communal forest. 4 small folders have been published with maps that explain about the forest. Arresø A charming characteristic about North Zealand's nature is the unpredictable and changing weather. But regardless of the weather – or perhaps because of the weather – sailing on Arresø is a grand nature experience. Grand in another way as well because with its 40.7 sq.m., Arresø is Denmark's largest lake. Here, the landscape can be seen from another exciting angle and you can get close to the



Photo: Fredensborg Kommune©

bird life. Grey herons and white-tailed eagles are present in this internationally protected area. A sailing trip on "Frederikke" is a wonderful experience. Esrum Lake In certain places, Esrum Lake is 20 metres deep so it should be treated with respect. There are some places where you can swim close to the shore. Esrum Lake is Denmark's second largest lake and is formed like a big bath tub with deep slopes not far from the shore and a large, relatively flat floor. The bird life at Esrum Lake is very diverse. There are barbeque sites in several places along the lake. Nordskoven In Nordskoven, in the area by Jægerspris Castle, you will meet Denmark's oldest living organisms! These are gnarled oak trees that saw the light of day for the first time 1,400 to 1,900 years ago. Selsø Lake Selsø Lake and the surroundings of the lake in Hornsherred, altogether 100 hectares, is a bird sanctuary and not normally accessible, but you can easily find good

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Gribskov Photo: Sebastian Sejer©

Pat a cow in North Zealand

Photo: Birgit Frandsen©

vantage points over the lake with its reed-covered shores and islets. For example, here you will find herons, grebes, coots, greylag geese, tufted ducks and many other water fowl and wading birds. Tisvilde Hegn You would never guess unless you know it, but it is a fact that Tisvilde Hegn is Denmark's oldest dune plantation. Already at the beginning of the 1800s, the first seeds of Scotch pines were sewn. Later, spruce, birch, beech and oak were added. At a counting in the 70s, it was estimated that about one million people visited the forest that year. This is also where you will find the Troldeskoven, which comprises 100-180-year old Scotch pines. Hørsholm Palace Garden Hørsholm Church is located in the middle of the original, grand palace garden, which belonged to one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe – Hirschholm Palace. It was known as the Nordic Versailles. The palace is gone, but the palace garden has been restored and offers walks down all the avenues and on small islands. A fairy tale setting from the past.

Photo: Patrick Holbek©

See also: Esrum Møllegård – Dansk Jagt- og Skovbrugsmuseum (The Danish Hunting and Forestry Museum) – The countryside of North Zealand – Hørsholm Palace Garden – Selsø Lake – Nordskoven –

Dansk Jagt- og Skovbrugsmuseum (The Danish Hunting and Forestry Museum) The museum is housed in the stable and barn buildings by Hirschholm Palace in the present Hørsholm, which were built in 1730-44. The 3,000 sq.m. museum exhibition gives those who are interested in nature the opportunity to find out more about topics such as the history of hunting and forestry, the cultivation of the heath, the timber industry and forestry tools. Esrum Møllegård The monks brought new technology with them from Europe to Esrum. The Cistercian Order were advanced engineers and the water was utilised to its last drop. Flour was produced, which was milled and then refined. The crown took over this knowledge and carried it on after the reformation. Esrum Mølle's current location is due to Christian IV who rerouted Esrum Stream and therefore had to move the mill. Today, the mill is situated as an impressive turbine mill with Esrum Stream bubbling through. Through the year, Esrum Møllegård has changing exhibitions. 125

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North Zealand's art and culture Once upon a time, museums were rather stiff and formal. You almost had to tip-toe around and hold your breath along the way so you wouldn't cough. Well, it's not like that any more. Museums must be entered and touched. Karen Blixen's home as a child and as an adult A few minutes walk from Rungsted Harbour is Rungstedlund, with the Karen Blixen Museum. Karen Blixen (1885 – 1962) was and is one of Denmark's greatest authors. In 1991, Rungstedlund opened as a museum for the world renowned author. Karen Blixen was born in the house and had lived there through her childhood and a large part of her adult life. The rooms in the north wing still stand as she decorated them, always with fresh flowers in the vases. There is a small gallery with oil paintings, pastels and charcoal drawings done by Karen Blixen. Rungstedlund's 30 acres of land, garden and forest is now a bird sanctuary. Karen Blixen is buried on the area's highest point under an enormous beech tree. Meet Rembrandt in Nivå Nivå is located halfway between Rungsted and Humlebæk. This is where you will find one of Denmark's distinguished, old museums, Nivaagaards Malerisamling (paintings collection), which is particularly known for an excellent collection of older, European artists, e.g. the country's only genuine Rembrandt. Added to this is a grand collection of Italian paintings from the 16th century, e.g. a group portrait by history's first known female painter, Sofonisa Anguissola from Cremona. Louisiana – an international gem In a large, old park in Humlebæk, 15 km south of Helsingør is Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The park's many sculptures blend beautifully together with the relaxed atmosphere that shrouds the entire, large complex. Today, Louisiana is internationally famous for the large, permanent exhibition, the changing exhibitions, the films and concerts – and in recent years also for the Children's Wing, which has three floors where children and youngsters are carefully taken by the hand and introduced to the wonderful world of art.


When a polar explorer plans In the most northern part of North Zealand, all the way out towards the west by Hundested, you will find Knud Rasmussen's House. Denmark's famous polar explorer built the house by Spodsbjerg Lighthouse in 1917 and this is where he lived between his trips to the northern polar regions. Today, the house stands untouched since Knud Rasmussen's days. The interior is intact with furniture, paintings and photographs. The cannon foundry in Frederiksværk In the 1700s, a large and pompous cannon foundry was built in Frederiksværk. Today, the former foundry is called Gjethuset and is Frederikværk's art and culture house. The cannons have been replaced with a number of exciting art exhibitions and cultural events. Every year in July, a string of classical concerts are held. Willumsens værker J.F. Willumsen (1863 – 1958) is one of Denmark's most controversial and ground-breaking visual artists who was inspired by the leading artistic trends of the time, among these, symbolism, Fauvism and expressionism. Explore Willumsen's visionary and original universe of paintings, sculptures, graphics, photos and ceramics as well as works from his collection of older, European art, e.g. El Greco's painting "The Adoration of the Shepherds". Russia in Dronningmølle In North Zealand there is the beautiful nature area, Russia, where huge and impressive sculptures made by sculptor, Rudolph Tegner (1873 – 1950) present themselves. Besides the statue park, the large Tegner's Museum is also worth a visit. The museum is located in the park. More than 250 works in plaster, clay, bronze and marble are on display.

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Frederiksværk Music Festival Photo: visithalsnaes©

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art


Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Rudolph Tegners Museum

Photo: Klaus Bentzen©

North Zealand is the home for many good musical experiences, e.g. Frederiksværk Music Festival, which with its 17 concerts in July is Denmark's largest festival for chamber music. Read more at

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Surfing in Tisvildeleje

Photo: Tommy Seier©

Run and Jump in North Zealand Puffing, panting with sweat running down your face but with a smile on your lips. This is also one way to have a holiday. More and more are doing it. Whole families do it. You can too. North Zealand offers you the opportunities.

Wind in the sail and air under the board The bathing and beach life in North Zealand is obviously prioritised. For example, the beach by Tisvildeleje has quite a special southern and yet North Zealand atmosphere – but also yachting enthusiasts swarm along the coast and in the harbours. The surfing areas in North Zealand belong amongst Europe's best. Actually, one of the absolute best spots is located by Lynæs, a few kilometres from Hundested. All through the year you have the possibility of getting wind in the sail and air under the board when you set sail from the beautiful area by Lynæs harbour. Get the bikes out... Holiday or perhaps just a long weekend? Summer or winter? Regardless of what and when, you will always find the


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Cycling holiday in North Zealand Photo: Klaus Bentzen© Coastal fishing

Golf in North Zealand: Kokkedal Golf Club – Nivå Golf – Hørsholm Golf Club – Helsinge Golf – Frederikssund Golf Club – Passebækgård near Gilleleje – Hillerød Golf Club – Gilleleje Golf Club – Møllekilde Golf near Hundested – Asserbo Golf Club – Fredensborg Golf Club – Helsingør Golf Club – Hornbæk Golf Club – Simons Golf Club – Rungsted Golf Club –

Photo: Klaus Bentzen©

absolutely right places in North Zealand where you can cultivate your desire to cycle, as a tourist, a recreational athlete or someone more experienced. In the forests, many cycle paths await you; both the easy ones and the difficult ones. Many places in North Zealand have marked out cycle routes and at the tourist agencies you can obtain a number of maps that make it somewhat easier to follow the routes. You can also buy The Danish Cyclists Federation's guide book to cycling experiences in North Zealand. The fjord path The fjord path is a 275 km long walking and cycling path, which leads around along Roskilde Fjord and Isefjord. Guaranteed traffic safety, nature experiences and the glimmer of sunshine in the water. Run and jump... North Zealand is full of running and orienteering clubs, but you can easily take a run without being a member of a club. At the tourist offices you can obtain a map of the forests so you are sure you can find your way. In Tisvilde Hegn, the Danish Forest and Nature Agency has published a special book – Rend og Hop i Tisvilde Hegn – with referral to 90 large, numbered stakes distributed around in the forest. The stakes are GPS-marked. Did you get a bite? With your waders on and your favourite fishing rod in your hand, you stand alone early one morning and ex-

Frederikssund Golf

Photo: Frederikssund Golf Club©

perience the sunrise. The birds begin to twitter. There is ground mist. Is there a bite? North Zealand offers a great deal of fishing opportunities. In Helsingør you can sail on a cutter on the Oresund (remember your fishing licence). In Fredensborg you can visit "Put and Take". In the streams and along the coast, there are rich opportunities for a catch. Swing the golf club In North Zealand you don't need to look far for a place where you can swing your golf clubs. All around North Zealand you will find the finest golf courses in the most beautiful surroundings you could imagine. If you need a place to sleep when it gets too dark to play golf, then enquire at the nearest tourist office and get help to book a good room, a summerhouse or perhaps an apartment. 129

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The beach at Tisvildeleje Photo: Klaus Bentzen©

North Zealand for beautiful beach babes and handsome beach boys The many yachts swarm the coast and the harbours. The surfing areas are amongst the very best in Europe. The bathing and beach life along the Kattegat coast is paramount by the fresh and clean Kattegat, where many places raise the blue flag as a symbol of quality and a clean environment. Kilometres of sand, beach and dunes.


Gilleleje faces the sea The fishing village, Gilleleje, is one of the great attractions on the Kattegat coast. It was established more than 500 years ago by herring fishermen and today, Gilleleje is still an active fishing village. The harbour bubbles with life from morning to evening, but now tourists are part of the mix that gives the area a lively, international atmosphere. In Gilleleje, you can bathe from Veststranden by Strandbakkerne or in Dronningmølle. Hornbæk is for the whole family White, sandy beaches and crystal-clear sea water, close to forests with winding paths, old fisherman houses with pink climbing roses that spread over the white picket fences. For more than 100 years, Hornbæk has been one of the preferred holiday locations in Denmark.

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Inspiring calm in the romantic beach town, Tisvildeleje West of Tisvildeleje – opposite Denmark's fifth largest forest, Tisvilde Hegn, there is a kilometre-long white and child-friendly sandy beach with clean salt water, dunes and at the edge of the woods. Here, the nature is unusually tidy, open and untouched. Recently, Tisvildeleje has become the great "in place". So that's why you should: "Take a trip to Tisvilde".

Gileleje Beach

Liseleje – part of "Lido di Halsnæs" On Zealand's north coast, with kilometres of child-friendly beaches by the blue waves of the Kattegat and a large forest and plantation area, you will find the idyllic town Liseleje. Close to Asserbo Plantation, Tisvilde Hegn and all the sights and amusements of North Zealand and less than one hour's drive from Copenhagen. The beach is easy to get to as there is a large parking area right by the water. North Zealand's coastal lifeguards For the prevention of drowning accidents, The North Zealand Coastal Lifeguard Service established 20 lifeguard posts on the stretch of coast between Hundested and Espergærde. They are manned during the summer holidays as well as certain weekends. Read more at:

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Hundested Harbour

Kulhuse Beach Kulhuse Beach, which flies the blue flag, is located at the tip of Hornsherred. The ferry "Columbus" connects Hornsherred from here to the remainder of North Zealand. You can buy a joint ticket for the Isefjord's four ferries at the local tourist offices. Frederikssund 200-year market town anniversary Frederikssund Harbour and the many child-friendly beaches at Hornsherred are included in celebrating the anniversary in 2009. Guaranteed shopping and nature experiences for the whole family.

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Coastlines and Fjords in North Zealand Oresund

Only a few places in Denmark offer such varied maritime experiences as is the case in North Zealand. There are excellent yachting harbours, good fishing waters, topclass beaches, beautiful fjords – and close to all things maritime are golf courses, sights and museums, which are all on a par with the international heavyweights.


The Oresund coast is an attractive area about 50 kilometres long that stretches from the invisible border where the capital, Copenhagen, ends being a metropolis and lightly and elegantly glides over into a large, green area with loads of big and small houses along Strandvejen. Strandvejen is the approx. 400-year old coastal road that connects Copenhagen to Helsingør. The area is one of Denmark's most fashionable – this is where many Danes would like to live. This is actually not so strange, partly because it is so beautiful and partly because there are so many opportunities for activities and experiences. Yachtsmen find their way to the yacht harbours in Rungsted, Vedbæk and Nivå, which offer first-class facilities and short distances to museums and attractions of the highest quality. Nivå Harbour is also the Oresund coast's only natural harbour located in a scenic area close to a good, sandy beach.

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THE MARITIME ORESUND From the beginning of time, Helsingør has been occupied with everything to do with harbour and Sound water. Ferry services, fishing and naturally, yachting. Helsingør Nordhavn – a few minutes walk from the city centre – is one of Zealand's largest yachting harbours with great facilities for seafaring people. From Helsingør, several of the shipping lines' large ferries sail frequently to Sweden every single day, all year round. Oresund Aquarium At the Oresund Aquarium in Helsingør, you can see precise reconstructions of environments from the floor of the Oresund in ten large aquariums, e.g. a reef, a sea grass meadow and a mud floor from the Sound's deepest point. Smaller aquariums focus on especially interesting animals. The divers ensure that the aquariums are always supplied with fresh animals from the right locations. Something quite special is that in a large pool, it is possible to touch, e.g. starfish, sea urchins and crabs.

Sailing on the Oresund

Helsingør Nordhavn

Roskilde Fjord and Isefjord Along the two fjords, which encase Hornsherred, a fjord path, a cycling and walking route have recently been laid with the opportunity of experiencing the fjord landscape and the natural and cultural environments that are associated with the life and history of the fjord. Here, you can experience rich bird life, the market towns and harbour atmosphere in and around Frederikssund and Frederiksværk.

Photo: Ole Thomsen©

Read more about the harbours along the Oresund coast: Rungsted – Vedbæk – Helsingør – Nivå – Snekkersten – Espergærde –

Sunset over Isefjord

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The presence of history in North Zealand Almost everywhere you turn in North Zealand, you will feel the presence of history. Either from the large, old trees, the castles and palaces, the houses or perhaps from one of the grand museums that tell the stories of earlier times. Denmark's first and biggest computer Denmark's National Museum of Science and Technology is a wonderland of planes, steam machines, bicycles, cars, electrical appliances and other inventions. A fully operational car from 1888. Telephones, radios and computers, such as Denmark's first computer, DASK, which is bigger than your 'fridge. There is something to see, touch and listen to here for the whole family.

An exciting bouquet from Gribskov Municipality In Gribskov Municipality, a whole bouquet of small and exciting museums have been gathered together. Just to mention a few of the "flowers" in the bouquet: Museum of International Lighthouse History at Nakkehoved – Pibe Mølle (mill) from 1779 by Helsinge – Laugø Smedje (foundry) by Helsinge – The Ship Halls and The Old House in Gilleleje – Ramløse Mølle (mill) and Artisan Museum.

Frederik's Works Industrial Museum A visit to the fine, old powder works in Frederiksværk is a unique experience. Here you can walk around the world's best preserved powder works with water mills and operating machinery, the history of which goes all the way back to the 1750s.

North Zealand's only cathedral You need to tilt your head all the way back if you want to see the top of the 68-metre high church tower on North Zealand's only cathedral, St. Olai in Helsingør. The church's oldest parts are from the 13th century, but actually the church was not completed before 1480-1559.

Once many years ago Flynderupgård Museum in Espergærde is beautifully located between Egebæksvang Forest and the cultivated fields. In the main building, there are permanent exhibitions, e.g. an old grocery shop and a North Zealand peasant's living quarters. In addition, there are changing special exhibitions.

Hirschholm Palace – reused as a museum The majority of Danes know the story about the love relationship between Queen Caroline Mathilde and Struensee, the insane royal doctor of Christian VII. The highlight of this story was played out in Hørsholm in 1771 on and around the now torn down Hirschholm Palace. The palace's farm buildings, the coach house for the royal carriages and the administration building still exist and the two latter buildings house Hørsholm District Museum today.

Take a walk in an abbey One of the most beautiful and best preserved abbey buildings in Northern Europe can be found in Helsingør. The Carmelite Abbey of St. Maria church was founded in 1430 and in 2009 you can take a walk through the long corridors, music rooms and refectory of the abbey. (From 16 June to 15 September at 2 p.m. with a guide). In the 1600s, the church's organist was Dietrich Buxtehude and the organ he played on was restored a few years ago. Cultural history at Færgegården The museum, Færgegården, is housed in Jægerspris Estate's old ferryman's house from 1839 and is located by Crown Prince Frederik's Bridge, which connects Frederikssund to Hornsherred. Characteristic local finds from the Bronze Age, Viking times and Middle Ages can be seen.


Also take a look at: The National Museum of Science and Technology – Museums in Gribskov Municipality – Helsingør Cathedral – Museums in Gribskov – Flynderupgård – The Carmelite Abbey – Færgegården – Hirschholm Palace –

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Among the Vikings, monks and old stones There is one thing common to the three things mentioned above – it was long ago. And yet, in North Zealand, even in 2009, you can experience Vikings, monks and old stones. Vikings In Frederikssund, enthusiastic citizens have performed the Viking plays since 1952, which the town is so known for. Every year more than 250 adults and children take the audiences back to the dramatic history of the Viking times on the outdoor stage at Kalvøen. Here, you will also find the Viking homestead, which is an outdoor museum with free entrance. In 2009, "The Giant Starkad" will be performed, directed by Pierre Miehe-Renard. Monks Paradise on earth... that's what the monks at Esrum Monastery wanted to create. A place created for calm and contemplation far from the activities of people. Today, 850 years later, the paradise can still be sensed in the remains of the enormous mediaeval monastery, which rests in the beautiful landscape by Esrum Lake. During the year, there are many opportunities to get an insight into the life of the monks, e.g. with exhibitions, lectures and major events. For example, visit the grand Knights' market in June. Esrum Møllegård could also be one of the family's holiday highlights. Old stones In the Middle Ages, Æbelholt Monastery by Hillerød was one of the Nordic region's leading Augustine monasteries. Today, there is not much left other than old stones. The monastery was built in 1175, but was torn down following the reformation in 1536. At the monastery museum you can see the remains of approx. 300 excavated skeletons, which shed light on some of the illnesses of that time. Once a year, Æbelholt Monastery Market is arranged.

Also take a look at:

Viking play in Frederikssund

Photo: Søren Wesseltoft©

Esrum Monastery

Photo: Esrum Kloster©

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Attractive Attractions in Halsnæs In Frederiksværk, Hundested and Liseleje you can experience everything your heart desires, that's if you want to try some of the experiences described here. Each area has its own special atmosphere. Halsnæs Tourist Agency, Gjethusgade 5, 3300 Frederiksværk, tel. +45 47 72 30 01.

Frederiksværk is traversed by the channel, which among other things, is the home of the "Frederikke", the boat that navigates Arresø. The channel also supplies the driving power for the Gun Powder Works, where you can still see the old machines that were used in the powder production. The town's cultural gathering point is Gjethuset, which houses both art exhibitions and holds concerts. The highlight is Frederiksværk Music Festival - Denmark's largest chamber music festival held every year through the month of July. Hundested buzzes with a maritime environment around the harbour, which is a trading, ferry, fishing and yacht harbour. The harbour is also the home of restaurants in all price categories and galleries, which for example, show the special pictures that are inspired by "the Light over Halsnæs" - surrounded by the three waters. You may well say that Skagen slightly resembles Halsnæs! At the furthest point on the pier, is Glas Smedjen where you can


see the artists at work and the finished glass art. In June, the harbour makes room for a large art ware market and all of Halsnæs welcomes you to Open Studios in August. Liseleje is the essence of seaside life in the good old-fashioned way with lots of cosy environments, good cafés, fun specialty shops and not forgetting a good and disabledfriendly bathing beach. In August, the sky is covered by kites of all sizes and shapes at the annual Kattegat Kite Festival.

Frederiksværk Music Festival in July, see Kattegat Kite Festival, Liseleje, 15 August Sildens Dag (Herring Day), Hundested, 5 September

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May - August



Copenhagen Castle ­Concerts

Copenhagen Distortion

Public festival with approx. 170 feature films from around the world and the best participate in competitions with prizes worth up to 50,000 Euros. Copenhagen's cinemas

Beautiful castle concerts every Wednesday. Classical music with soloists from The Royal Academy of Music (free entrance). Christiansborg Slotskirke, Copenhagen Frederiksborg Slotskirke, Hillerød 08.05-09.05

UCI BMX Supercross World Cup The world's best riders bout on one of the best courses in the world. With eight riders who battle on the technically demanding course, this race is BMX in an exciting and spectacular format - tailored to the best BMX riders in the world.

Celebrate Copenhagen's night life with parties and events at discothèques, nightclubs and bars. Copenhagen's nightclubs, bars 23.06

Skt. Hans evening (Midsummer Night) In the evening, Danes gather around large bonfires where the witch is symbolically burned and "sent off to Bloksbjerg", as its called. Parks, open spaces and along the coast


Copenhagen Marathon The Black Diamond 29.05-31.05

May - August

Carnival 2009

Copenhagen Castle ­Concerts

At Whitsun, Copenhagen's carnival opens the doors to the annual carnival party. Copenhagen Carnival is one of Copenhagen's big cultural events.


Beautiful castle concerts every Wednesday. Classical music with soloists from The Royal Academy of Music (free entrance). Frederiksborg Slotskirke, Hillerød

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Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Copenhagen Castle ­Concerts

Helsingør harbour and Dokøen form the settings for the maritime festival, Baltic Sail, with ships, parties and lots of experiences for the family. Helsingør

All of Copenhagen sizzles with swing and more from a large number of cafés and on squares and in parks. Many of the events are free, but there are also always concerts with big international names. Copenhagen's music venues, cafés and squares

02.07-05.07 (warm-up from 28.06)


Roskilde Festival

Father Christmas' - World Congress

Helsingør Maritime Festival & Baltic Sail

Some of the most prominent Danish and international names within rock, pop, electronic music, hip hop and world music perform at one of the largest European music festivals. Roskilde, Festivalpladsen

Beautiful castle concerts every Wednesday. Classical music with soloists from The Royal Academy of Music (free entrance). Fredensborg Slotskirke, Fredensborg

The curious event at Bakken with hundreds of men dressed in red with long, white beards began in 1957 and gathers Father Christmas' from around the world. They also get up to some fun in Copenhagen. Bakken 27.07-02.08

World Outgames An international event for homosexuals, bisexuals and transvestites who compete in 28 different sports. 139

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Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix

Old, open sports cars step on it and race against each other so they can be heard several kilometres away. The fleet of cars is a pure joy to study for any car enthusiast. Around Fælledparken



Copenhagen Fashion Weekend

Culture harbour

Parallel to the industry fair, Copenhagen Fashion Week, events for consumers interested in fashion take place and you can win exclusive tickets to some of the Fashion Week'sshows. Various department stores, shopping centres, etc.

A large number of events with free music and other entertainment for adults and children along Copenhagen Harbour. Islands Brygge, Fisketorvet and Kalvebod Brygge. 10.08-16.08

Copenhagen Summerdance Modern dance under open skies. 10.08-16.08

POWER Electronic music festival in the capital city. Various places around Copenhagen. 21.08-30.08

Copenhagen Cooking 04.08-09.08

Street Theatre Festival Helsingør and Swedish Helsingborg join together for performances that can be understood by all nationalities ­the acting is actually without words. Helsingør, Helsingborg


Øksnehallen, Tivoli, Meyers Madhus, etc. Gourmet festival with loads of delicacies and special events at the city's best eateries. 21.08

INDEX:AWARD EXHIBITION Part of Copenhagen Design Week. Design to Improve Life The finalists for the world's biggest design award.

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The Little Mermaid's 96th birthday

100,000 Euros is the prize for each of the categories, Body, Work, Home, Play and Community for design that sets new standards and makes our everyday life or world better. The prizes will be awarded on

Copenhagen Castle ­Concerts

Happy girls and women jump into the water to celebrate the little bronze sculpture with such international impact. Langelinie


Beautiful castle concerts every Wednesday. Classical music with soloists from The Royal Academy of Music (free entrance). Kronborg Slotskirke, Helsingør

FINA 10 KM Marathon Swimming World The international swimming federation's marathon World cup will be held right in the middle of Copenhagen. The world's best open-water swimmers will compete on a ten kilometre distance around Christiansborg. 27.08-06.09


CPH design:WEEK

Around Christiansborg

One of the world's biggest design events makes Copenhagen the centre of the most exciting new products for a while. Danish Design Centre and others

Which other European city can boast of having water in the harbour around the government building that is so clean you can hold swimming competitions in it? No others, right? So come and join us and at the same time take home a great experience.


CODE 09: copenhagen design CODE09 will be the gathering point for the finest within design, furniture, interiors and architecture when Denmark holds the first international design week in Copenhagen. Bella Center 141

ar 20 September 03.09-06.09

Copenhagen Furniture Festival

Part of Copenhagen Design Week. Experience international furniture design all over the city with several different events when Copenhagen Furniture Festival hits the streets.




CSC Copenhagen Cycling

International film festival for children and youngsters is also open to the public. Copenhagen

A part of Bike City Copenhagen CSC Copenhagen Cycling offers both elite cycling and cycling for exercise for everyone in the streets of Copenhagen. Experience the city on two wheels on a traffic-free route and watch when all the professional Danish riders participate in an exciting mini race around Christiansborg. Free entrance. 26.09

FITA World Cup Final Archery


Kopenhagen Contemporary Copenhagen's contemporary art scene is celebrated. Galleries, exhibition rooms, museums and art halls open their doors to the public for an intense weekend with emphasis on art. 04.09– 06.09



For the first time ever, you can experience a music and art festival which exclusively uses sustainable energy. The festival will place focus on innovative green energy.

Art Copenhagen


Over 50 galleries exhibit hundreds of paintings that can also be purchased. Forum

A first-class sports show in the heart of Copenhagen - on the water in Nyhavn. The world's best archers battle for the sport's biggest money prize with up to 250 million viewers via TV and the Internet. 02.09-06.09

Cph ADD, Copenhagen Architecture + Design Days place focus on the city's modern architecture and city development. Round and about in Copenhagen

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IOC session and congress

Christmas in Tivoli

The world's most high-profiled sports congress will be a gigantic media event. In the course of nine days, Copenhagen will be filled with sports and cultural events such as the CountDown party, which will be held at R책dhuspladsen. The climax will be on 2 October where the hosting city for the Olympic Games 2016 will be announced.

The old amusement garden is magically transformed into a wonderful universe where lavish lighting and decorations as well as many stalls with goodies, etc. provide a quite special experience that attracts a million guests every year.

09.10-18.10 Halloween in Tivoli Denmark has embraced the Halloween tradition. Tivoli opens its doors to lit-up pumpkins and cosy scariness. 09.10

The city's Christmas tree

December 19.11-30.12

An abundance of various events and places open their doors for visitors

Christmas in Tivoli

Copenhagen Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Parties, performances, concerts and other lively events.

Copenhagen is the hosting city for the 'United Nations Climate Change Conference' (COP15). Together with the conference, visitors can experience many cultural features such as exhibitions, climate debates for children and concerts. One of the highlights is Bright and Green from DI Energibranchen, which offers elements from art, architecture, entertainment and industry fairs with the industry's answer to the climate challenges. Beginning of December

Culture Night




Everywhere there are decorations with garlands and lights so it oozes Christmas spirit. Many squares are adorned with illuminated Christmas trees and the spruce on R책dhuspladsen is one of the most impressive. R책dhuspladsen

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Worth knowing Here is an abundance of practical information and tips that can make your activities in Copenhagen easier.

Taxi Call Københavns TAXA on tel. +45 35 35 35 35. Use the same ticket in the bus, on the train and metro Tickets can be purchased in the bus or at the station's ticket sales or vending machines. Depending on how far you need to travel, you pay for at least two and at the most nine (all) zones. You can travel cheaper with a clip-card with 10 trips, which you can purchase in kiosks, at petrol stations, at ticket automats and on stations with service. Children under 12 travel for free Two children under 12 can travel for free together with an adult. Children under 16 can either purchase a children's ticket or children's clip-card for two and three zones. 24-hour ticket and 7-day card You can travel even cheaper with a 24-hour ticket, a 7-day card or CPHCARD. Read more: Trains: Busses: Metro: CPHCARD:

Parking The parking regulations in Copenhagen are not easy to figure out so it is worth it to become familiar with them on As a basis, in the Inner City you must always pay for parking. You purchase the parking ticket in the ticket machines, which primarily accept coins. The detailed parking regulations appear on the machines. The districts around the centre will also be gradually divided into parking zones that will cost money to park in. Remember to position the parking disc so you don't get a fine. You can also purchase a day-ticket if you need to park for longer than two hours. Here is lost property The primary lost property office in Copenhagen is Copenhagen Police, Slotsherrensvej 113, 2720 Vanløse +45 38 74 88 22. If you have forgotten something in the bus or train you can call HT's information service on + 45 36 13 14 15 and DSB on +45 70 13 14 15. On-duty doctor and pharmacy with 24-hour service In case of emergency, you must call the emergency dispatch centre on 112. In Copenhagen City you can get hold of the on-call GP on + 45 70 13 00 41, in the surrounding municipalities the on-call GP will take calls on +45 44 53 44 00 and in North Zealand on +45 48 25 00 41. Steno Apoteket on Vesterbrogade 6C opposite the Main Station is open 24-hours a day. Shops' opening hours Monday to Friday, the majority of shops are open from 1017.30. Magasin, Illum and shopping centres are however open until 7 or 8 p.m. The opening hours on Saturdays are generally from 10 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. Some close earlier and others, like Magasin and Illum are open until 5 p.m. 17. On Sundays the majority of shops are closed.


TOURIST INFORMATION - click in and take a look at Copenhagen The side bulges with information and inspiration. For example, you will find: - Practical information about the shops' opening hours and everything about tax-free shopping. - Find information about the on-call GP and oncall dentist. - Attractions, sightseeing and events - inspiration, opening hours, etc. - Links to electronic maps of the city. - Restaurants and night life. - Information about public transport and validity of tickets. - Online booking of stay-overs from bed & breakfast and hostels to exclusive five-star hotels and luxury flats. - Order CPHCARD beforehand and have it sent to you with a detailed guide.

Selected public holidays in Denmark in 2009 Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are on the 9th and 10th April. Easter Monday is on 13th April. Common Prayer Day is on 8th May. Ascension Day is on 21st May. Whit Monday is on 1st July. Constitution Day is always on 5th June where we celebrate our constitution. Christmas Day and Boxing Day on the 25th and 26th December are national holidays. Shops and museums are also closed on Christmas Eve on 24th December. Mobile portal: All of Copenhagen in your mobile phone Wonderful Copenhagen's mobile portal gives you access to information about everything from cafés and cinemas to shopping, attractions and sightseeing: • From a Danish mobile phone: send a text message with the text woco to 1231 • From a foreign mobile phone: send a text message with the text woco to +45 22 90 40 00 • Afterwards you will receive a receipt on your mobile phone and you are then registered. • You can also use the address: Everyone who has WAP on their mobile telephone can use the portal. It costs the ordinary mobile charge.

iSpot: The city within reach When you are in Copenhagen and you don't have access to the Internet, the tourist portal, iSpot, can help you. Round about in the city - for example, at the large tourist information and several hotels - a number of screens have been set up. Here, with a few clicks you can find out when museums close, where the nearest café is located or find inspiration for where you can go shopping or sightseeing. Hotel booking At you will find the largest and broadest selection of stay-over options in Copenhagen. Right from bed & breakfast and hostels to exclusive five-star hotels and luxury flats. You can easily book your stay-over online.

CPHCARD is the city's discount card CPHCARD is an experience card that provides free access or discounts to a large number of attractions and sights in Copenhagen and environs. The card also provides free transport by train, bus and metro. Read more about CPHCARD on page 8. 145


Authorised tourist agency

Authorised tourist information

TURIST AGENCIES Copenhagen Right Now

Vesterbrogade 4A 1577 Copenhagen V Tel.: +45 7022 2442

Halsnæs Tourist Agency/Frederiksværk

Gjethusgade 5 3300 Frederiksværk Tel: + 45 4772 3001

Hornbæk Tourist information

Vestre Stejlebakke 2A 3100 Hornbæk Tel.: +45 4970 4747

Asserbo Tourist information

Kastanievej 23 3300 Frederiksværk Tel.: +45 4774 5144 Frederikssund

Halsnæs Tourist Agency/Liseleje

Lisehøjvej 10 3360 Liseleje Tel.: +45 4774 2311

Hørsholm Tourist information

Rungsted Strandvej 129 2960 Rungsted Kyst Tel.: +45 4586 1799

Tourist Agency

Havnegade 5A 3600 Frederikssund Tel.: + 45 4731 0685 Gilleleje

Helsinge Tourist information

Gadekærvej 17 3200 Helsinge Tel.: +45 4871 6779

Tisvilde Tourist information

Banevej 8 3220 Tisvildeleje Tel.: +45 4870 7106

Tourist Agency

Gilleleje Hovedgade 6F 3250 Gilleleje Tel: + 45 4830 0174 Halsnæs

Helsingør Tourist Agency

Havnepladsen 3 3000 Helsingør Tel.: +45 4921 1333

Tourist Agency/Hundested

Jernbanegade 8 3390 Hundested Tel.: +45 4793 7788


Hillerød Tourist Agency

Christiansgade 1 3400 Hillerød Tel.: +45 4824 2626

The tourist agency for Allerød, Slangerup, Egedal, Furesø and Naturparken between Farum and Slangerup

Kongensgade 23 3550 Slangerup Tel.: +45 4733 0787


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