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Creekenhagen- Dansk Hygge- Exploring The City


Matt Creek

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Welcome Back. In this section we take a look  at same of the many  places and jewels to explore in this city of Fairy Tale and wonderous city. 

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Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital city, a place famous for Lego, Hans Christian Anderson and  creativity. It is the largest and busiest city in Denmark (naturally) and Scandinavia. It also features rich history and  it’s own Royal family. 
 
Attractions:
Copenhagen features a large diversity of attractions and architecture, from modern wonders such as the Black Dismond to the historical treasures of Rosenborg. There are also lots of green areas and lakes. 
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Nyhavn is perhaps one of the most iconic and touristy areas of the City, it’s colourful harbour side buildings are believed to be centuries old and home to many stories. Hans Christian Anderson is  believed to have hung out there frequently. 
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So simple yet effective, there are lots of bars and restaurants on this stretch, however likely very pricey (when Copenhagen is already very expensive). 
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We took a river cruise from here. The tour lasts one hour and gives an  insight into the city, with the tour guide giving plenty of info of the place and some of it’s buildings. 
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The cruise is definitely worth it, especially if you want to learn and see more of the city. 
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The Little Mermaid statue is yet another wonder to this city. It was built in 1990 from requests of the owner of the Carlsberg brewery. 
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It certainly isn’t the biggest of landmarks, but still cute nonetheless. 
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Around the main shopping area of the city lies Rundetarn (Round tower), this tall and unique building offers plentiful beautiful panoramic views of the city. It also houses an art exhibition and an observatory. 
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Copenhagen features several castles and palaces in and around the City. Rosenberg is one of them. 
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The attraction is split it into two sections, the  first part covers the ground, first and second floor. Where you discover some of the many rooms and historical artefacts of the palace.  
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My favourite rooms were the treasure, mirror and throne room. I also liked the music box too, which played out tunes every so often.
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The second part of the attraction covers basement, in here you can witness some of the royal jewels and treasures, which is certainly impressive to say the least. 
 
Rosenberg is definitely worth a visit if you want to learn some history of the city and Danish royal family. The attraction has similarities to the Tower Of London and the historical parts of Warwick Castle. 
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Away from the main areas of the city lies the Cisterns. This former underground reservoir- turned art space, hosts different installations each year. 
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The exhibition when we visited was called- It Is Not The End Of The World, where you would walk around in provided footwear exploring the sights and sounds around you. 
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The exhibition initially presents a scenario where the end of humans but necessarily the world has occurred. The main centre pieces include a flooded toilet, based off the ones in United Nations and sign with the title “It Is Not The End Of The World”.
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The eerie music and sound effects, water and limited lighting around, make for an interesting and overwhelming experience. It’s almost like the tunnels go on for miles! 
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Would recommend if you are after a different experience, but not if you don’t like the dark and unknown! Check Cisterns website as the exhibitions do change annually. 
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Some of the additional activities we experienced on our trip was Changing Of The Guard at Amalienborg, home of the Danish Royal Family, I believe these are more triumphant when the family are in! 
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Church Of Our Saviour is unique and stunning church to look at, I’ve never seen anything like this before! It dates around Baroque times I believe. 
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Climbing up the tight and fairly confined stairs, gets you to the top of this wonder. It’s not the easiest place to climb, but the views are rewarding! 
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Tomb and I somewhat agreed the views here were better than Rundetarn. 
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Another interesting place is The David Collection, this museum houses Egyptian and Middle Eastern works and artefacts, the largest in Europe . Whilst this may not appeal to everyone, the artefacts in here and fascinating. Free entry too.
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The Food
It’s no secret Denmark is cheap, and the same can be said about the food. However I can honestly say the quality of cuisine is nothing short of excellent and seems to be of generally good quality. Even the hotdogs in Tivoli tasted freshly delicious.
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Smorrebrod is one of Denmark’s most famous cuisines, these open sandwiches feature a selection of toppings including pickled herring. We had these in Tivoli and Cafe Komplet, and they were undoubtedly delicious. 
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Torvehallerne is one of many food halls and features Grod, somewhere does Porridge so delicious I actually enjoyed it. N.B I never used to like porridge.
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This has to also be one of the nicest bakeries I have ever visited.
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They also have delicious pizza in Copenhagen too.
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Warpigs is certainly one of the more interesting places to eat, think Smokehouse Barbecue but more edgy and cool.
 
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I also had a Burger King as my first meal too. Very cultural.
Tips/
Copenhagen is easily accessible by foot, but there are several  bus and train routes too, the metro system they have is remarkably efficient 
 
Denmark isn’t cheap, except things to be 50-100% more than UK prices. A Burger King cost me £9-£10 and a sit down meal around £30 for 1/2 courses and a drink. Only tip with outstanding service.
 
Best restaurants are generally off the beaten track (normally the case now in most major cities). Nyhavn is expensive for drinks.
 
If you wish to focus your trip on the parks and only want to do one cultural thing, it should either be a Nyhavn River Cruise or Rundetarn. 
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And in the case of tradition and culture, I had to visit a Lego Shop too!
 
 
Thanks for reading. 

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