Germany shares one of its borders with Denmark, a peninsular like piece of land in the north, a country which still has a constitutional monarchy like Germany did in the past. We took the opportunity to visit Copenhagen the capital of Denmark earlier this year.

Think of Denmark and you'll think of Carlsberg beer, LEGO building blocks, Hans Christian Andersen , Bodum coffee plungers and for me, fine quality audiophile speakers like DALI, Jamo and of course Bang & Olufsen.. For the Australians who are interested in trvia, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was a former Sydney real estate agent. She's now part of the oldest monarchy in the world!

Copenhagen is a tidy city located by The Sound ("Øresund" in Danish) which is a strait between the Kattegat and the Baltic Sea. You can actually drive from Copenhagen across a 2km bridge into Malmo, Sweden.

One of the easier cities in out tour, we found transportation - bus, tram and train -. from the airport to and within the city really simple. In fact, after enquiring about transportation options at the information counter in Copenhagen's International Airport, we bought our tickets, took the train to the city and exhanged busses straight to the front door of our hotel.

I think it is fair to say that we adopted the pedestrian shopping mall of Strøget as our base. The mall commences with the City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) at one end and the New Kings Square (Kongens Nytorv) on the other end. This 1.2km journey comprises of four streets which are linked by three squares. With plentiful restaurants, buskers and shopping - the experience was simply something not be missed. Strøget connected us to Nyhavn (New Harbour is our best guess of what this means) - a very plasant harbourfront with plenty of restaurants where we understood most Danes would come out to, when the sun is out.

Our journey took us to Amalienburg Castle - where we understood the Royal family lives in during their visits to Copenhagen. Copenhagen is blessed with a fully functional harbur which we were unfortunately not able to visit. Christianborg Palace is also within walking distance from the New Kings Square (Kongens Nytorv) - Christianborg Palace is now the home of the Danish Parliament.

We were able to see the famous Little Mermaid statuette - whcih to my surprise was quite little. Made famous by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, there were plenty of tourists watching this sight. Not far away lies Gefion Fountain, the largest monument in Copenhagen which features goddess Gefion commanding four strong oxen. Rosenborg Castle was also very interesting - where the most complete treasury (Satskammer) we have seen in Europe is found. Castles here appear to be better decorated on the inside compared to the King Ludwig castles we have in Germany - justifying the amount of time we spent there. There was just simply too much to see.

The monarch in Denmark is the longest servicng in the world. It owns many castles around Denmark. We were luck to be able to visited their largest and most lavish being Fredricksborg Castle, which is located in Hillerød - about 40 minutes by train outside of Copenhagen. As the rail system was reasonably easy to manouver, we decided to visit this castle which now functions as a museum on the last day of our stay in Copenhagen, right before taking the train out to the airport..


The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid
Perhaps one of Copenhagen's more famous landmark, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen

 

Images of Copenhagen
Images of Copenhagen

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Thumberlina
Thumberlina
One of Andersen's famous
fairy tale.

 
 

People
The Danes pretty much kept to themselves but were very friendly when we spoke to them. Perhaps Asians are a bit strange looking to them - we generally didn't have an issue with them. We rate this 3 out of 5.

Service
Service was generally good. You dont have to wait around for long before being served. Transportation was easy to follow with good instructions and people were again eager to help anytime.
I would rate this 4 out of 5 for Service.

Culture
Lots of dated buildings around Copenhagen, the Danish culture appear to be one that is generally welcoming. We love the Castles and Nyhavn - the docklands style restaurant lifestyle.
We rate this 3.5 out of 5.

Attractiveness
City streets were clean, public transportation simple to use, instructions clear and always on time.
We rate this a 4 out of 5.

Food
Well, we didn't eat any danish food - not knowing what this was in the first place didn't help - we had some pretty good indian food and some chinese food! Yes, sampling Asian food in Europe is not the benchmark for the quality of their cuisine ... We rate this 2 out of 5.

Cost
We found Copenhagen moderately priced. Food was relatively cheap, public transportation reasonable and reliable and the hotel accomodation reasonable at €100 per night. However, we were not happy when chaged €29.95 per person for breakfast! We thought it was included in the price..
Note that the McCurrency index places Denmark's Big Mac HIGHER than that in Europe... see the table to the right !
We rate this 2.5 out of 5.

Overall
Everything considered; the sights, experience, food and cost - we still had a fun time and would rate this 3 out of 5.

Copenhagen, DK

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McCurrency Index
ref: July 24th, 2008

Malaysia $1.70
Singapore $2.92
Australia $3.36
Europe (EU) $5.34
Denmark $5.95