Copenhagen Tips: A Weekend Break in the City of the King
Though a queen, not a king rules the country these days, it’s easy to see why locals call Copenhagen the “city of the king”, or in Danish “Kongens By”. Copenhagen is a sophisticated city that offers visitors plenty of interesting attractions. The best thing is, you don’t need a king’s ransom to enjoy the city’s major sights!
Take a sneak peek at the palace, Amalienborg located close to the city centre and try to catch the changing of the guard ceremony which takes place at noon each day.
Eat and drink like royalty at Nyhavn, the harbour-side area loaded with bars and foodies – try a glass of the local beer or sample the flavoured spirits known as aquavit, you’ll find an extensive selection on offer here.
Going to Copenhagen with kids? Don’t miss Tivoli Gardens, the large, historic amusement park, conveniently located in the city centre. Boredom is not an option here, whether you’re aged 1 or 100, there are restaurants and outdoor shows to keep everyone entertained.
Getting down to serious eating, head to a traditional Danish “Frokost café” where you can try the famous smørbrød – an open sandwich with various toppings, from smoked eel to meat tartar, mostly enjoyed with a beer or snaps. These cafés are normally open between 1100am-1600pm. One good pick is Husmands, located in Larsbjørn Strædet, close to Strøget.
Fancy more than smørbrød? You’ll be spoiled for choice as Copenhagen is a gastronomic mecca, holding the record for Michelin starred restaurants in Scandinavia, together with a wide range of menus from all over the world, many reasonably priced too.
You can shop ‘till you drop in Copenhagen, there are so many shopping malls and clothing stores in and around the city. Many shoppers end up in Strøget, the pedestrian street from Raadhuspladsen to Kongens Nytorv, here you’ll find everything from second hand shops to designer labels such as Louis Vuitton.
Hans is a sales executive in Ryanair’s marketing department