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Nyhavn - Nyhavn 1, 1051 København, Denmark

Copenhagen - the Danish capital city with a population of around 800,000 people - is a haven of culture, nightlife, restaurants and picture-post card streets. If you've got 2 days to spend in Copenhagen, then there's plenty to see in the central district. I've been living in the Copenhagen area for the last 10 years - and when friends visit, these are the kinds of things I like to do with them. Perhaps the only omission from the itinerary that I could add would be a boat trip exploring the canals. My favourite is the boat rental company GoBoat. Alternatively, jump on one of the large canal boat guided tours - available in English and other languages - from Kongen's Nytorv. Be aware that Denmark is nearly a cashless society. I can hardly remember any times in the last 10 years when I needed cash. Danes generally pay for things with their debit cards, Apple / Google Pay, or with an online app available only to Danes called "Mobile Pay". Be aware that using foreign credit cards may attract a transaction fee - which you should be notified of. Most places will take cash, if that's what you have, but just be aware that you don't need it - even in taxis. Tipping in Denmark in restaurants and bars is discretionary - and very different to the tipping culture in, say, the USA. Staff are generally paid a good wage, and tips are generally used if service is very good, and is certainly not mandatory. It is not required or expected to tip many other professions that Americans may be used to tipping, such as taxi drivers. Getting around Copenhagen is easy. If you prefer public transport, you can use the Metro underground train system. Be sure to purchase a ticket before you travel from the electronic machines in the stations using your debit/credit card. Even though access to the trains is not gated, there are regular inspections on the trains, and fines are around 800 Danish kroner (DKK). If you're travelling further than the reaches of The Metro, you can use the train system - the "S Trains" serve the metropolitan area - you can find more information at the DOT - department of public transportation site. Another fun way to get around Copenhagen is via bicycle ("cykel") - just like the locals. There are many bike shops that will rent you a bike - alternatively you can pick one up off the street with an app on your mobile phone - from firms such as Donkey Republic. Be aware that Danes take cycling extremely seriously - and its important to obey the rules. Stick to the bike lanes where present, and slower cyclists should stick to the inside (right hand side). Expect a few speedy cyclists to speed past you on the left. Be courteous and always use hand signals when turning or stopping. Use the bell on your bike to warn others if you are about to pass them. You must not pass a red traffic light when cycling - or you may get a fine from the police. It is also illegal to cycle when impaired by alcohol. As a pedestrian on the streets of Copenhagen, you are well advised to stay out of the bike lanes! Wandering into a bike lane can be dangerous. Generally however, cars must stop for bikes on right hand turns, and bikes must stop for pedestrians. The weather in Copenhagen can be mixed. Expect temperatures in the summer months in the 20Cs during the day, and in the winter months between to 0-10C in the daytime. Denmark can often be windy - so you won't see many locals with umbrellas, unlike, say, London. Therefore, a foldaway water proof jacket could be a good idea, if showers are expected. If you've got additional time, you could take the train to Malmö - just across the Öresund strait. You can check out our Malmö itinerary. Photo credits: Nyhavn - Chris Lawton,

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Culture-Historical Building Culture-Stately Home Diverse-Excursion Diverse-Nature Exercise-Cycling Exercise-Horse Riding Exhibition-History Nature-Forest Nature-Hill Nature-Lake Nature-Park Social Distance-Social distance friendly
Jægersborg Dyrehave, Dyrehaven, 2930 Klampenborg, Denmark

SUMMARY: 15 minutes outside central Copenhagen is a stunning 1000 acre deer park. This hidden gem contains beautiful walking paths through a dense oak forest, a multitude of lakes, and sweeping fields filled with 2000 wild deer. Choose to walk, cycle, or even ride around the park in a horse and carriage. This is a perfect spot for nature photographers to get up close to herds of roaming deer or to do some birdwatching. And keep an eye out for rutting stags, although you are likely to hear them before you see them! The main paths are mostly gravel with some of the smaller routes muddy after rain. So appropriate footwear is recommended in poor weather. This is an excellent spot to visit all year round. During the summer and spring, you can enjoy picnics in the sunshine. Then in autumn experience the changing of the leaves on the oak trees, and in winter go for a bracing stroll on a frosty morning. DON'T MISS: The Hermitage Hunting Lodge at the centre of the park. This should be the main highlight of every visit to Dyrehave. The magnificent building dates back to the 18th century. As it was used by the Danish royal family to host hunting parties and luxurious banquets. The lodge is positioned on top of a hill with a view of the surrounding fields. On a clear day, you might catch a glimpse of the Swedish coastline across the water! HOW TO GET THERE: You need to get to Klampenborg train station then follow the signs to the entrance of the park. When you exit the train walk forwards, past some public toilets (make sure to use these before starting a long walk!). After, take a left over a bridge and up ahead you will see a red gate signalling the entrance. Catch the number 029 train from Copenhagen Central Station (20 minutes) or the same train from Nørreport (15 minutes).

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Refshalevej 163D, 1432 København, Denmark

SUMMARY: nestled inside an enormous warehouse on the edge of Copenhagen's harbour is one of the largest indoor climbing centres in Scandinavia. If you are looking to get your inner-city adventure kicks, this is it. Blocks & Walls flexes a huge selection of facilities including multiple high-wall climbing routes, a bouldering section, a gym, changing rooms, and a cosy café. There is a wide selection of courses and classes on offer to improve your climbing abilities. Alternatively, take an introductory lesson with an instructor to learn the ropes - so to speak - or, if you already know what you are doing then you can use the facilities independently (proof of certificates required). WHEN TO VISIT: Opening hours are as follows: Monday-Friday: 10:00-23:00; Saturday & Holy Days: 10:00-20:00; Sunday: 10:00-22:00. It gets very busy after work on weekdays (18:00-20:00) and weekends, so aim for off-peak times if your schedule allows it. DON'T MISS: the other selection of actives nearby in Refshaleøen. Only a few minutes walk is a paintball centre, high-ropes course, skatepark, and bungee jump. If you're hungry, the brilliant street food-market Reffen is also a stones throw away with an amazing selection of food and bars from around the world along with the famous Danish craft brewery Mikkeller. HOW TO GET THERE: It is a little out the way with no metro station nearby so it is recommended to take a bus. First, get the M1/M2 line to Christianshavn St. (Metro), then change to bus 2A. The bus stop Christianshavn St. (Torvegade) is right by the station and easy to find. The bus ride will take around ten minutes, get off at Refshaleøen (Refshalevej) which is the final stop. It is a short walk to Blocks & Walls from there. NOTE: Climbing shoes are required for all facilities, you can bring your own or hire a pair for 40dkk. For the high walls, an equipment set can be hired for 90dkk. Equipment requirement varies across courses and activities with different prices for members - more details on their website.

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Dantes Plads 7, 1704 København, Denmark

‘Glyptoteket’ comes from Greek, meaning ‘sculpture museum’, and it does what it says on the tin. A stone’s throw away from both Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen Central Station, it couldn’t be easier to fit in a visit to this cultural institution. The Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket was originally built to house the private art collection of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of Carlsberg beer, J.C. Jacobsen. He was an avid art collector, and he later opened the doors of the Glyptoteket to the public. The museum boasts an impressive collection of sculpture from ancient Mediterranean cultures including Greece, Egypt and Rome, as well as more modern works from France and Norway. There is also a large collection of paintings in the Glyptoteket, most notably from the French impressionists, Post-impressionists and the Danish Golden Age. Even if you don’t look at a single work of art, the Glyptoteket is worth visiting for the building alone. In the centre of the museum, joining the four separate wings is the Winter Garden, with fountains, palm trees and a huge dome made from copper and wrought iron. It’s the perfect place to take a break in your tour of the museum, and there’s even a cafe serving Danish classics and coffee. The Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket is open from 10am to 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 9pm every Thursday, and it's free to enter every Tuesday!

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Islands Brygge 14, 2300 København, Denmark

SUMMARY: just south of central Copenhagen is a small subsection of the harbour that harbours a secret (pardon the pun). During winter there may be a few people walking dogs in the park or running along the waterfront but little activity otherwise. Then, summer rolls around… and out rush the locals. Splashing into the “baths” (don’t be fooled by this term, the water is freezing) with surprising zeal. Everyone eager to shake off their cabin fever after a long and bitter Nordic winter. And what better way to freshen up than with a bracing swim in the harbour! WHEN TO VISIT: on a warm day it is especially beautiful with the sparkling water and blue skies. In the late spring and throughout summer the area gets very busy, particularly on weekends and public holidays. Open 15th of May to 15th September. DON'T MISS: the high-board jump. If you are looking for your bit of adventure this is it. The top board is five meters high, with two smaller boards at three and one meters high. Climb the slippery staircase – past the smirking teenagers goading each other to jump – and get a great view from the top before plunging into the water below. HOW TO GET THERE: there are multiple ways to find Islands Brygge. A popular route is to walk from the city centre along the waterfront and across the Lille Langebro bridge, which takes 20-25 minutes depending on where you’re coming from. Or you can get the M1 subway line and get off at the Islands Brygge stop. You can also catch the 5C bus (get off at Klaksvigsgade (Amager Boulevard)) or the 68 bus line (get off at Weidekampsgade (Klaksvigsgade)). I recommend walking to take in the harbour views. NOTE: You must stay inside the designated bathing zone. No point straying out into the harbour and risking getting run over by a boat in the active waterway!

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Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk, Denmark

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is just a short journey from Copenhagen. Jump on the train at Copenhagen Central Station, and within an hour you'll be wandering around this waterside art lovers' paradise. The museum is made up of different wings, which house both the permanent collections and special exhibitions, featuring work by artists from all over the world. Make sure you take a map from the reception desk to make sure you cover everything, as it can be easy to accidentally skip a whole wing without realizing! Wandering through the museum is a feast for the eyes, and sometimes the ears and hands, too, as the different collections make use of different media. There are videos, music, lights, and interactive exhibits to discover, so you’re sure to find something to entertain you, no matter what your taste. Louisiana is not only worth visiting for its collections. In the outside area of the museum you will find a sculpture garden where you can stroll at your leisure and admire the many different kinds of sculpture which are scattered around every inch of the beautiful space. Then, stop for a break at the cafe, which serves Danish classics, coffee, pastries, wine and beer. The cafe has indoor and outdoor seating - opt for outdoors if the weather permits, to gaze out at the calm waters of the sound between Denmark and Sweden. Getting there: From Copenhagen, take train 29 to Humblebæk. From here, it’s a well-signposted 10 minute walk to Louisiana.

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Children-Sport Exercise-Other Nature-Hill Nature-View point
Vindmøllevej 6, 2300 København, Denmark

SUMMARY: in a bid to become the first carbon-neutral capital city by 2025, Copenhagen has come up with some fantastically innovative ideas for how to reach this goal. By expanding their extraordinary network of bike lanes, delivering recycling initiatives that actually work, and ensuring that a great deal of their food produce is fresh/organic/vegan means they are well on their way to achieving green living. Now comes their ingenious waste management system that designers and engineers have managed to double up as a recreational centre. The Amager Ressource Center (known as ARC) turns waste into electrical energy lighting buildings and heating homes. It is also known as CopenHill, which boasts a dry ski slope, hiking route, and a massive 85m climbing wall. If you want to save yourself from aching legs there is an elevator open to public use; the fantastic view from the top is not to be missed. WHEN TO VISIT: opening hours are 12:00-20:00 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri; Wednesdays 12:00-22:00; Saturdays 10:00-20:00; Sundays 10:00-18:00. DON’T MISS: the café/bar at the bottom of the slope which serves up a selection of hot snacks and chilled drinks. Thursday and Saturday are the designated party evenings so aim for then if you want to sample the after-ski! It would hardly be a ski trip without an après bar, would it? HOW TO GET THERE: First, get the M1/M2 line to Christianshavn St. (Metro), then change to bus 2A. The bus stop Christianshavn St. (Torvegade) is right by the station and easy to find. Get off at Lynetten (Refshalevej) which is the second to last stop. It is then a ten-minute walk from Lynetten bus stop. If you are staying near Vesterport or in Frederiksberg you can take the bus line 37 and get off at Amagerværket which is the final stop. NOTE: To go on the climbing wall you must be certified. For the ski slope, you can rent equipment (package price starting from 150dkk) or bring your own - lessons are also on offer. There are membership options available, check out their website for more details.

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2150 Nordhavnen, Denmark

The overnight mini-cruise that runs from Copenhagen to Oslo is a relaxing way to get between Nordic capitals. The DFDS car ferry that makes the journey is equipped with multiple restaurants, bars and even a night club, to entertain travellers on their journey over. There is even a small swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna below deck. There are rooms of several different class - all ensuite - from bunk beds to double beds to Commodore Class with a balcony. Departure from Copenhagen is late afternoon - around 16:00, and arrival in Oslo is breakfast time the following day. The buffet breakfast gives travellers a good start for the day. Upon arrival in the centre of Oslo, you can either spend the day exploring on foot, or opt for one of the recommendable bus tours that provides visits to the ski-jump and famous sculpture park. Oslo is very pedestrian friendly for those wishing to explore the harbour front, shops and royal palace. The boat departs again in the late afternoon and arrives in Copenhagen the next day at breakfast time. The cost of the trip can vary greatly depending on cabin class and time of year. Out of season winter travels can be extremely affordable. During the summer months, the cruise from Copenhagen and past Sweden can be highly enjoyable - especially with the outdoor seating, bars on deck, and the fact that it can be light until past 23:00.

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