Copenhagen, in Danish Kobenhaven (merchant’s harbour) is Scandinavia’s largest city with a population of over a million. Originally a Viking settlement it became the capital of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th century . Since the completion of the transnational Oresund bridge in 2000 it has become increasingly integrated with the Swedish city of Malmo. It is now an important financial hub. Copenhagen university which was founded in 1497 is the oldest university in Scandinavia.
Regular readers of the platinum line already know that Bill and I have just returned from a cruise across the Baltic sea from Bristol to St. Petersburg with CMV. I wrote about my favourite port stop Tallinn here. We were also lucky enough to spend a few hours in Copenhagen. This was our second visit to the city, having spent a long weekend in Copenhagen a few years ago. Then, the weather was very cold and we retreated to the excellent museums or the equally inviting coffee bars. This time although we could see from the colour of the leaves that Autumn was more advanced than at home it we were able to stroll in the warm sunshine.
The little mermaid has become the symbol of Copenhagen. Hans Christian Anderson (1805-1875) is probably Denmark’s best known writer. Since the Disney films his story of the mermaid who wanted to be human is known all over the world and everyone who comes to Copenhagen wants to see the bronze statue . It was bigger than I expected. You are allowed to clamber over the rocks to take a close up.
Copenhagen is a maritime city. In the last few years the port area has been transformed with warehouses being converted into trendy bars, upmarket restaurants shops and apartments. A flavour of the old city is maintained with sailing boats moored along the quays.
This canal was close to the Stroget, Copenhagen’s pedestrianised shopping area. The Stroget is almost a mile long and has shops ranging from top designer brands to small specialist stores. A top attraction for families is the Lego store which has exclusive sets found nowhere else.
The modern protestant cathedral replaced one destroyed by British bombardment during the battle of Copenhagen in 1807. I found it quite austere after seeing the beautiful Russian churches.
Denmark is a monarchy and the royal family are still very popular. Queen Margarethe has reigned since 1972 and is known for her informality. As a student she was known as Daisy Dane.
Currency: Danish Krone approximately 8.5 Krone = £1.00
Language: Danish Younger people speak good English.
Shopping: Copenhagen is famous for its mile long pedestrianised shopping street, Stroget claimed to be one of the longest in Europe. Designer brands are well represented
Transport: There are frequent buses and a metro. It is also possible to hire bikes and scooters. Copenhagen is very flat and roads have good cycle lanes. Canal boat trips are also popular with tourists. Copenhagen Castrup airport is the largest in Scandinavia.
To find out more.Copenhagen tourist office
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