STAY in Copenhagen:
The modern hotel Copenhagen Island is located directly by the harbour of Copenhagen. The well-lit hotel complex was designed by Kim Utzon Architects and opened in the year 2006. All in all the hotel has 325 air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi internet access. The hotel also offers special rooms for allergic guests that for example differ in terms of special bedding. The restaurant The Harbour offers a far view onto the harbour and the neighbourhood through its glass facade. Since there are numerous conference rooms the hotel is also suitable for seminars of various sizes. The hotel also pays attention to the environment - and that has already paid off. In 2008 the hotel was awarded the Green Key certificate. A double room starts from 200 euros per night.
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,-.
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.
SHOPPING in Copenhagen:
You'll soon realise with a visit to Illums Bolighus why the north of Europe is well known for its tasteful design. Of particular interest are the pieces designed by the Danish greats Georg Jensen, Arne Jacobsen and Louis Poulsen. In additon, there are also international creations to marvel at and purchase, for example from Vitra Design and Alessi. Whether you need furniture, lighting or kitchen utensils; everything here is provided in style and is beautifully gift-wrapped.
If you're one of those people who love to buy vintage fashion, but can't stand the musty smell that is normally associated with the shops, then Genbrug is the place for you! Somehow, the Danes manage to keep shops like this tidy, which means plenty of fun is to be had rummaging around the spic-and-span Genbrug. Jeans, leather jackets, ball dresses, military uniforms-anything and everything that's had a place in the past or present can be found here. What's really great is that, unlike in other places around the city centre, these clothes are affordable!
This man can do the lot; as an artist, he exhibits his projects in the Moma (Museum of Modern Art) in New York. As a drummer, he joined Anders Trentemøller on tour. And now, the Danish genius is trying to make his name in the fashion world, and without further ado has opened his own shop right in the middle of the city centre. His own designs are inconspicuously hip, while also available here are designs from Wendy and Jim, Stine Goya, Bless, Gitte Wetter and Sabrina Dehoff.
EAT in Copenhagen:
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.
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.
SIGHTS in Copenhagen:
The city canals
Two highlights rolled into one; a great look at the city and loads of fun! It doesn't matter if you're an adult or child. So what do you have to do? Get into the kayak and away you go! Canoe through the city canals, out into the open sea or through the enthralling harbour area. Of course, you'll be led by a guide, who will look after you and fill you in with plenty of information.
In 1750, a twisted spire with spiral staircase was added to the Saviour's Church. And who was the first person to be allowed to climb the 150 steps up the 90m high tower? None other than King Frederik V. The view from the tower over his city must have knocked his socks off. Anyone who wants to follow in his footsteps needs to be free of giddiness though, because the church is really tall and space suddenly becomes very tight. For people who don't want to take the climb, you should at least go and have a look at the church. The altar, with its marble columns and three-storey organ case, are well worth seeing. The altar plinth is borne by two elephants which is a main feature of the decoration. The tower is only open from April to October
From squatter's area to tourist attraction; Christiania has changed a lot in the last few years. The relaxed atmosphere remains, which comes from the casual dealing of marijuana. Christiania, which lies on the grounds of a former barracks, was taken over in 1970 by hippies, as well as other alternative and unemployed people. But they certainly weren't lazy-they converted their little town into a beautiful oasis. In the meantime, the ground has become rather sought after, which is naturally one of the reasons why Christiania is supposed to be constantly vacated. But before that happens, take a look around, drink a coffee and make yourself comfortable.