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Review: Copenhagen



Wonderful ,wonderful....yes you guessed it

  • By SilverTraveller pb52

    206 reviews

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  • Jun 2012
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Denmark's capital city has so many visitor attractions that it is hard to know where to begin.

The central railway station is a fifteen minute ride from the airport and is where most people will arrive in the city.

The station is a feature in itself, with huge curved wooden beams holding up the roof and framing the stained glass windows which line the upper walls.

Just around the corner is the feature which most people will have heard of, the world famous Tivoli Gardens.

The Peacock Theatre has been operating here since 1874 and was built in the Chinese style with all the props,wings and peacock tail curtain operated by hand. It features comedic plays in the Italian Comedie Dell'arte style, all set to classical music. The white faced Pierrot clown and multi coloured Harlequin are characters which still survive in the oldest form of pantomime being performed today.

Ballet, musicals and Friday night Rock concerts are all part of the rich musical timetable held through three seasons.

A must-see is the Tivoli Boys Guards. This musical, marching group of under sixteens were formed in 1844 and is a Copenhagen tradition. They play concerts on stage and then march around the extensive grounds.

The grounds themselves are huge and contain small lakes, fountains and flower displays.

There are 38 restaurants and stands, beer gardens and stalls to cater for every gastronmic taste.

The rides are old fashioned, and are none the worse for that although dedicated theme park thrill seekers will find them a little tame.

Outside the park, Carlsberg Brewery stands a couple of railway stops away and is well worth a look. The small entrance fee is covered by the two free drinks or offer to patrons.

There are galleries and museums galore in the city. The best of which I would advise are Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace (for the changing of the guard), Rosenborg Castle (for the crown jewels),the National Museum, the Round Tower (the oldest functioning observatory in Europe), Nyhaven (the oldest harbour and a great place to eat or just chill out. I spent a happy couple of hours here with a bottle of wine just watching the world go by, and then another couple of hours just watching it go round!) The Little Mermaid statue has to be on every 'to do' list, as is a walk along Stroget,the longest pedestrianised shopping street in the world (calm down ladies!).

A few things to note:

Invest in a Copenhagen Card at the information desk at the airport. It includes free travel by rail (including from the airport), bus, daily canal tours, and admission to many of the city museums and attractions.

The Botanical Gardens are not at their best just now with much restorative work going on.

Not many Danes jaywalk, even when there is no traffic about. Some tourists do step off the pavement and find themselves on the ground, having been wiped out by one of the thousands of silently approaching and speedy cyclists. Survivors don't do it twice!

Several of the city centre roads are being excavated for pipeworks and for work on new stations for the Metro trains. You will see building sites at the Town Hall Square and on one part of the canal. This work is not expected to finish until 2018.

Don't let this put you off too much, the sights are still there and are still wonderful, wonderful.

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