Weekend Breaks to Copenhagen
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Top 10 Things in Copenhagen on a Short Break
The Centre takes you through the history of brewing beer and the Carlsberg Companys past. There are models of the old workers' quarters and antiquated brewing machinery, also an interesting selection of old photos and diagrams.
The good news is that Carlsberg hand out free beer at the end of your visit, much to everyones delight.
all visitors to Copenhagen eventually make their way to Central Copenhagen's main square. Originally a. hay market, in 1851 it was decided to build a new city hall there, the Radhus Hall. Today Radhuspladsen is a lively square, which acts as a central terminal point for Copenhagens buses and its people. It is full of street entertainers at all times of day and night and, with Indre By on one side, and the Tivoli Gardens and the district of Vesterbro on the other, it offers easy access to sightseeing tours of the city.
This is oldest and prettiest park in Central Copenhagen. Established in 1606 the gardens have retained much of their original design features Walk down to the Hercules Pavilion where, in the summer months, you will find a small cafe. Adjacent is a great childrens play area complete with big wooden dragons for the kids to clamber about on.
Romersgade 22. This reasonably priced restaurant, located in the basement of the Museum, is the only restaurant in Copenhagen in a listed building. This comes complete with genuine 1930s decor and an amazing glass ceiling. The restaurant is worth visiting for this alone but the food is also good. The food offered is traditional Danish fare of the period washed down with schnapps.
Near to Tivoli Gardens. Copenhagen is Scandinavia's party town, and the city's liberal drinking laws are the most relaxed in Scandinavia and bring in visitors from all over Europe. This place was a former jazz club, and is now one of the best disco and house music nightspots in the city. The decor consists of leather sofas and a fabulous panoramic mural of the city to view as you are chilling out between the hectic party scene.
On the eastern side of Christianshavn is the area called Christiania. Originally a military camp which was abandoned. It was subsequently taken over in 1971 by squatters who then declared their own 'free state. Christiana has never gained full independence but still enjoys status as a tax and rent- -free enclave with a lively, arts scene. Cars aren't allowed here but you can walk or cycle through the area and take in the craft market and organic food eateries. Guided tours are available daily throughout summer.
A visit to the museum, which is opposite the University, is essential for anyone interested in Danish history and culture. It has the largest collection of Danish historical artefacts in the country as the Museum holds the rights to almost every antiquity found in Denmark regardless how, why or where it was discovered. The exhibits include the Sun Chariot, which is over 3500 years old, and an exhibition of 3000-year-old bronze Danish horns. In the summer there are free chamber music concerts.
Directly opposite the university grounds is this remarkable neoclassical cathedral which was initially built in the late 12th century, and subsequently rebuilt no less than three times after succumbing to the ravages of several fires. The interior of the kirke is beautifully decorated with sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen's highly acclaimed statues of Christ and the 12 apostles.
This castle was built in the Dutch Renaissance style by Christian IV to use as his summer home. It now houses a museum and the treasury where the Danish royal jewels are kept.
There is a public viewing room where you can view the amazing collection of Crown jewels,which include Queen Margrethe II's emeralds and pearls. These are considered such a national treasure that the queen is not allowed to take the royal jewels with her when she travels outside the country.
surrounds the old campus of Copenhagen University and is crammed full of pedestrians, bookshops and cafes. Kultorvet, which is a plaza just to the north of the Latin Quarter, is extremely busy during the summer months when its lively beer gardens and farm stalls are subscribed to overflowing.
And when the many buskers entertain the populace and hopefully earn a Krona or two.
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