STAY in Copenhagen:
There's no better place to situate the Hotel D'Angleterre than in Kongens Nytorv, the royal square. Perhaps it's because of the historical location that not only Kings, but also many Presidents and stars have secured one of the noble suites here in the past. Of course, luxury is the pulse of this hotel, with its Turkish baths, hydraulic fitness centre, noble restaurant with magnificent banquet halls and the exclusive Royal Suite.One night in a double room is available at Euro 444, the Royal Suite for two people is available for Euro 3.550,66.
Why don't we just admit it; Hotel Fox is the place to be as far as overnight stays are concerned! The 61 rooms in the hotel were designed by 21 different artists. And what's the result? A colourful and beautiful smorgasbord of accomadation. It means that guests are enchanted by cartoons, mosaics, manga and a South Sea look. As well as that, you get effortless service, and in addition you can hire I-Pods and Bicycles. Hint: book early so that you can pick out your favourite room. One night in a double room is available from Euro 100,-.
Modern, yes, but over styled? No! The Square is really inviting, and at closer look it turns out to be an exquisitely furnished luxury residence. The nicest thing within is undoubtedly the Junior Suite Deluxe, however a standard room is also more than adequate. Bored by luxury? No problem, you can find plenty of other places because The Square is right in the city centre. One night in a double room is available from approximately ?160.
EAT in Copenhagen:
Amidst the Tivoli, the world-famous amusement and recreation park in the city centre of Kopenhagen, you find The Paul. The Paul is not a rollercoaster or something similar but the gourmet restaurant run by the British top cook Paul Cunningham. Already in 2003 he opened the restaurant in a glass pavilion. His passion for cooking simply came from his passion for eating, as he puts it. As a chubby, young boy with good appetite his career began. At the age of nineteen he stepped in a restaurant near Saffron Walden south of Cambridge and initially learned from cookbooks. Today he carries a Michelin star and creates a lunch and dinner menu twice a month. He cooks modern, Danish-European dishes preferably with fresh sea fruit. Unusual creations like pineapple ravioli can be found on the menu but also classics like fried goose liver. And he has also fulfilled his dream of a Chef's Table. The table for eight person stands right in front of the kitchen. On high, swivelling chairs you can perfectly watch his hands.
Italian cuisine is more than just pizza and pasta. Anyone who doesn't realise this should go to Al Mercante and discover the truth. The cooking style here is Venetian and of the highest level. This popular place is restaurant, lounge and bar all rolled into one, and in the expensive city of Copenhagen is a real guarantee of value for money! The people of Copenhagen know this and love coming in their droves to feast like at a real Italian Mamma's! Just don't forget to have a schnapps afterwards; you can choose from a whole range of 30 different Grappas!
High over the rooftops of the city, to be precise, on the 20th floor of the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, you can find a first class eating paradise. The restaurant Alberto K is, just like the hotel, designed from top to bottom by top designer Arne Jacobsen. And what comes on the plate is crafted with just as much care as the interior. You are served wonderful Italian cuisine with a Danish touch. The set meals don't come cheap, but are garnished with a magnificent view of the whole of Copenhagen. A juicy fact: Alberto K is the Danish Queen's favourite restaurant. That's why there's a table reserved for her here every night.
SIGHTS in Copenhagen:
The Round Tower
A tower without steps which really works! The Round Tower was built in the 17th century by Christian IV. It was designed as an astronomical observatory. Because instruments for studying stars aren't particularly light, the architect decided to do away with stairs and instead used a 209 metre long spiral corridor which could even be used by a horse. You must go and have a look around! One interesting fact is that the tower was already a tourist attraction back in the 19th century. Etchings of souvenir stalls can be seen in front of the tower.
Anything that's good to do with design will end up sooner or later in the Dansk Design Center.This Mecca of design is especially interesting for lovers of eccentric creations. Changing exhibitions show the designer scene from various perspectives. Dive straight into the Danish history of design! The trip through time starts in 1945 and continues right up until 2010. Not only the highlights are shown here. The development of private rooms, work places and public places are also given time.
This is the complete collection of treasures of tobacco manufacturer Heinrich Hirschsprung (1836-1908)-and it has nothing to do with smoking paraphernalia. Hirschsprung loved art, and collected it passionately. He passed his collection on to the state in 1902. All of the most important Danish painters of the 19th and 20th centuries are all here under one roof. You'll be amazed by the works of C.W. Eckersberg, Christian Christen K?bke and Anna and Michael Ancher.
SHOPPING in Copenhagen:
If you want to take home a real piece of Danish jewellery, then Gitte Dyrberg and Henning Kern is the place to go! Both designers have been working together since 1990 on their jewellery range. Their products combine distinctively Scandanavian forms with Danish traditions, which still fit perfectly to modern trends. The result is something glamorous, extravagant, spirited and wonderful. The jewellery created by Dyrberg/Kern is certainly not for plain Janes and average Joes. And what if any plain Janes and average Joes accidentally manage to get hold of the jewellery? Well, no problem! Dyrberg/Kern's jewels come with presence and personality at no extra cost.
One thing is clear: anyone who tries to leave Denmark without taking home something designer for their home will surely regret the decision. Because the Danes and their neighbours aren't famous for their funny, practical and aesthetically pleasing living ideas for nothing! Here, there are ideas that you can easily take home with you in a suitcase. Glass vases, candle sticks, odds and ends, bags and nicknacks...anything is possible, the only thing they can't guarantee is plain design! A real treasure trove of souvenirs and presents for your and other's homes.
Bente Skjøttgaard, Steen Ipsen and Martin Bodilsen have known each other for quite some time and have one thing in common: they work with ceramics. Furthermore, they are based in Denmark - a country which is internationally renowned for its ceramics. But the three artists wanted more and decided to provide a platform for aspiring and established ceramicists in Frederiksberg near Copenhagen. That's exactly what they did with Copenhagen Ceramics. They are not sure what the future will bring for this platform. At the moment, however, they host ten exhibitions by contemporary ceramicists ranging from Bodil Manz, Turi Heisselberg Pedersen to Michael Geertse. Potentially Copenhagen Ceramics will turn into a pop-up installation after the scheduled show program is over. It also might become a permanent gallery. In any case, the second floor of an old factory with whitewashed walls is an inspirational frame for the colourful artworks that are presented.