Day 1 – Copenhagen


We arrive in Copenhagen at 10:45a and will be there for about 24 hours. At the end of the trip, we fly out of Copenhagen as well so we will be back for New Years Eve.  Here are the landmarks I hope to hit (Check out my Google map for reference):

Church of Our Savior – I accept this “manhood test” to climb up and touch the globe on the summit, nearly 100 meters up in the air. Tower 10AM-4PM. Climb the 400 steps to the top of the spire of the church for panoramic views of Copenhagen. The last steps are on the outside of the spire. Rumor has it that that the designer throw himself out the tower, when he discovered the rotation of the stairs was the wrong way, so that sword fights would have to be fought with the left hand, however the spiraling stairs was meant to symbol the ascend into heaven.

Christiansborg (the Parliament) – This Neo-baroque palace has ruins you can explore for 40 Kr. A reviewer said “I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of information available, all of which was also in English! As the ruins are below ground it is quite dark and the temperature does drops slightly but it wasn’t busy on our visit so it was nice and quiet!Overall I’d say we spent a little over an hour down there reading all of the information available watching the video and just looking around! Definitely worth a visit!”

Rundetårn (the Round tower) – one of Copenhagen’s most iconic buildings that offers an excellent view of the city.

Nationalmuseet Free exhibits relating to Danish history, Viking weapons, Inuit costumes and stone age tools.

Frederiksberg Have –  is a city park with the Apias Temple, a greek style temple with washed out graffiti that I think Collin may enjoy photographing. There is also a park labyrinth and an ice-skating rink.

For money exchange, the Forex bank or X-change offices will do it commission free and at a decent exchange rate. And for free internet the S-trains have free Wifi and the Public Library has free computers.

Cafe Sokkelund – Near Frederiksberg Have, Brasserie style french cafe, whose $17 Brunch is a good deal.

Cafe Sundet – at the end of the north pier at Svanemølle harbor Oct-Apr: M,W 4PM-10PM. Located on the pier with a great view this place caters to sailors and passersby who just come to breathe in the harbor scene and ocean air. Kitchen is mainly Danish cuisine. Mains from 128 Kr.

Café Charlottehaven – The daily specials (M-F) at 125 Kr are a good deal for both your pocket, taste buds and your health

VerdensKulturCenteret (The World cultural center) located in the most ethnic diverse district of Copenhagen. Houses festivals, lectures, art exhibitions, concerts and film screenings, organized by various ethnic minority associations in the city. Also has a cheap cafe, with a single daily dish of the day (lunch: 45 Kr and dinner: 65 Kr)

Floras Kaffebar – Serves great coffee and has a little food menu, Relaxed atmosphere Mains from 50 Kr.

Skt. Peders Bageri found in the The Latin Quarter has a special every day and 10kr. take-away coffee. Don’t worry about knowing the names for anything, the clerks are friendly and used to English-speaking customers.

Riz Raz – All you can eat Mediterranean inspired, vegetarian buffet for 99 Kr (and 79 Kr for lunch)

Lynetten Restaurant in Marina, which serves traditional Danish food. Dish of the day from 62 Kr.

Ravelinen – serves traditional Danish cuisine including smørrebrød, in either the beautiful building, or on an outdoor balcony with view over a canal. Lunch from 62 Kr, Mains from 142 Kr.

Hostel Options (also pursuing Couch surfer options)

  • Danhostel Copenhagen City – where I want to stay the first night $27.10
  •  Danhostel Copenhagen Downtown – where I’d like to stay for New years Eve. $38.71
  • Hotel Jørgensen – back up private hostel that offers a full Scandinavian breakfast buffet, must rent linens for extra charge.

We will come back to Copenhagen at the end of our trip, so what we don’t do at the beginning we can do at the end.


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