The bronze statue to Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid' perched on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen – Truths & Trivia 

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Just a little fun...

So this post is our light-hearted view of Copenhagen.

It has some of the interesting stuff, a few trivial facts, and our thoughts on this Danish city.

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Let’s start with the Truths about Copenhagen

It’s Denmark’s capital city and within touching distance of Sweden, well by bridge anyway.

Location

The 3 C's

Continent

Europe

Country

Denmark

Capital

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is located on the island of Zealand, on the eastern coast, where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea merge. Denmark forms part of Scandinavia, which is made up of two other countries Sweden and Norway. Although some may say otherwise.

The focal area for a mini-break will be around Nyhavn waterfront, Frederiksstaden and the harbour district. Though there are so many fascinating areas, museums and palaces to discover in Copenhagen.

National Flag

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City Coat of Arms

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It’s good to talk

What speaks?

Language

Danish (English is widely spoken)

International Dialling Code

+45

Currency

Danish Krone (DKK)

What Time?

Timezone

Central European Time (CET)

Difference from UTC

+1 Hour

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So what’s this Trivia then?

About Copenhagen, the Kingdom of Denmark’s largest city

Did you know?

  • Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world. In 2020 it ranked second, just being pipped at the post by its Nordic neighbour, Finland.
  • The Carlsberg tagline of “Probably the best lager in the world" which was so well known in the 80s was the dulcet tones of Orson Welles.
  • There’s a Barbie museum in Copenhagen. It’s a private collection, viewing by appointment only.
  • It appears that a few of Copenhagen’s cemeteries double as parks. I wished I’d known that as I love discovering the history within cemeteries. The Assistens Cemetery is the last resting place of the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.
  • This perhaps a British thing, but I did find it odd standing at a pedestrian crossing waiting for the traffic lights to change when nothing could be seen for miles.

It's famous for...

Food and Drink

Cake

I don’t really need an excuse for a cake, although I took one for the team and indulged in a Danish pastry.

Smørrebrød

Smørrebrød is a Danish open sandwich, typically served on rye bread, with varying toppings. I passed on the herrings.

Beer

Although I’ve mentioned Carlsberg, quite a few brewhouses are popping up around the capital. There’s even a distillery near Christiania.

Pølsevogn

Look out for the hotdog street vendors.

See and Do

The Little Mermaid

The beautiful statue of The Little Mermaid has to be visited. Otherwise, Hans Christian Andersen would not be happy.

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is a great escape from city life. Directly in the heart of the city and incredibly fun, even if you’re not into the amusement rides, it’s a pleasant place to stroll around and enjoy lunch.

Nyhavn

Nyhavn may be bustling throughout the day; however, it is such a lovely place to visit. Stroll the beautiful waterways and enjoy a waterside café and watch the world go by.

By Bike

Copenhagen is reasonably flat, so hire yourself a bike and tour the city at your own pace.

Don’t forget to have a peek at our “Copenhagen photo gallery

Movies & Music

The Danish Girl

The film The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne was shot around Copenhagen. Including scenes around Nyhavn, which was transported back to the 1930s.

The Bridge

The gripping TV drama ‘The Bridge’ was filmed at locations around Copenhagen. No spoilers, but a body was found at the centre point of the Øresund Bridge, which links Malmö with Copenhagen.

The Music Scene

Copenhagen has a vibrant live music scene, with plenty of venues dotted around the city. A particularly significant genre is the jazz scene. 

And our thoughts on Copenhagen?

(Would we return? Is it good value? And did we feel the love?)

Return-a-bility

or What are the chances of us revisiting?
85%
(0% - You'll have to drag us over hot coals to go back 100% - Why am I not there now?)

Notes:

I enjoyed my time in Copenhagen, it comes across as a very relaxed, friendly city and great for a weekend break. I may return in the future, although I would like to visit some other Nordic cities first.

 

Value for Money

Our value for money index. Don't forget we're Londoners, and that means our baseline is quite high.
60%
(0% - How much? I wanted to buy a drink, not the bar 100% - How much? I'll take two.)

Notes:

As so often with capital cities it is a bit more expensive than the rest of the country. However, it is certainly not one of the cheapest countries to visit, and now after visiting Iceland, it isn’t the most expensive.
 
You just need to do some research; you can eat at reasonable prices. Equally, if you want to splash out on one of Copenhagen’s many Michelin restaurants, then I say go for it.

Getting around town

What's it like discovering the city?
 
Is it walkable? do you need to use public transport? did we leave with weary feet?

95%

(0% - It's mountainous and public transport's a joke 100% - I'm in paradise.)

Notes:

We used public transport to and from our accommodation, which was pretty easy to navigate. However, most of the time, we just strolled around discovering the charming city on foot. It’s reasonably flat and very bike-friendly.

 

Our Gadgets

our travelling toolkit

  • 6-Port Desktop USB Charging Station

  • Mini Dual USB Car Adapter

  • Portable Charger 2 USB Ports Power Bank

  • Bose SoundLink Revolve, Portable Bluetooth Speaker

  • USB rechargeable LED Flashlight

  • Collapsible Water Bottle

Janis's Hi's & Lo's

Highlight

I loved strolling around the waterways and discovering the mixture of architecture. Also, visiting Tivoli was great fun.

Lowlight

I’m not too sure if anything disappointed, as I’m struggling to think of anything. I only wish I had visited a gallery.

 
 

Gary's Hi's & Lo's

Highlight

I loved Copenhagen, as always the architecture spoke to me, and there's something really charming about Tivoli.

Lowlight

Nothing about the city, probably wished I'd taken the Carlsberg Brewery tour to find out a little more about the history of brewing in the country.

Our Gift ideas

A few ideas for a friend

  • Children's World Globe 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

  • Travel-Size Laundry Bag

  • Metallic World Globe

  • RFID Blocking Cards

  • The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World

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Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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