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First trip to Copenhagen

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First trip to Copenhagen

I will be flying in and out of Copenhagen Aug 8-15. Don't know if we should just stay in one location in the city (if so, which one!), and do day trips to other areas of Denmark, or Sweden. Is a week in Copenhagen enough time to go other places as well? I want city culture, as well as nature, good food, Danish experiences. Don't care about wild nightlife! Any guidance would be much appreciated.

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You can of course stay in Cph one week and make daytrips from there and enjoy the city. But I think your holiday will be felt more varied and richer, if you stay in a quiet and selected, idyllic place outside the city also, for 2 nights for example, and staying the rest of the time in Cph, unless you decide to make a longer tour of the country. Many parts of Jutland are too far away to experience just in a day´s excursion from CPH.

You are not stating whether you are going to rely only on public transport, but it is sufficient in Denmark, if not particularly cheap in general. However I suggest that you also rent a bicycle, at least to try it. The city is safe to cycle in and it can some extra mobility and experiences when out of town also. Denmark is heavily engaged in making bicycles a major means of short-distance transport, and even the city of New York is currently studying and copying the Cph experiences and systems within this method of ecological and congestion-free transport. Distances are short and you can also bring it with you on the train, for example. In the Copenhagen area, this is free. They can be rented in most places, for a day or a week ...

Anyway, I can recommend the island of Møn for a rural stay, there are many B&Bs, not very expensive, nice and varied scenery and a lot to see. It is about 100 kms south of Copenhagen. Regarding bicycles, it is easier to rent when you have arrived there, rather than bring them with you. You take the train to Vordingborg and a bus from there.

Use the site www.rejseplanen.dk for travel transport planning in Denmark; the airline norwegian.com has some inexpensive domestic flights also.

Also, the islands of Bornholm or Funen seem particularly likely destinations in that respect ...

Edited: 23 June 2010, 20:26
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2. Re: First trip to Copenhagen

Stay near central station and take a short, 30 minute train ride one day to Malmo, Sweden.

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We just returned from a 4 night stay in Copenhagen. We stayed at the Savoy Hotel just a 5 - 10 minute walk from the train station. It is a privately run hotel with continental breakfast included. We booked online directly with the hotel for 3800 DKr which averages to 950 per night because weekends are more (the price was the same or better than the discount websites). It was very nice for the price and centrally located. My best advice would be to get the COPENhagen Card for unlimited travel and admission in the city and the immediate area just outside the city. The card can be purchased at some/most (?) hotels, online inadvance and at the OPEN Centre across from the Central Station/Tivoli Gardens. We bought a 72 hour card for ~ 450 DKr and it was well worth it, we travelled to Hillerod and Dragor and went into several museums/castles and Tivoli Gardens every night on the Card with no additional fees. Unfortunately, we did not get outside of the city transit system and could have used a couple of more days just for Copenhagen. With travel on the card it is easy to get to the airport or the train to Malmo. If we return another time we would try to stay somewhere out of Copenhagen just to see more of the country.

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Trains to Malmo are not covered by cOPENhagen CARD.


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Near Mon is also Mons Klint which is a very interesting set of cliffs (chalky) and beautiful views. There trails to hike to enable that but I found it very refreshing and it wasn't a long drive up to CPH after that. We also ate at the restaurants at NyHavn which were good food for us. As far as booking in the city we found this the toughest of many cities in our 5 week trip last year. There is a Scandic Hotel? about 5 miles south of CPH but it's right on the rail line enabling quick in/out of the city if other places are booked. An active host/hostess at a B&B might also be a good idea for culture and finding a place to stay with under a month to go.

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Three nights were perfect for us as part of a 2 week Scandinavian tour we did on our own. Stayed at the Opera which was great. Well located to Nyhaven where you can get tour boats as well as walk the sites easily. Was a 10 minute walk from the Metro which we took from the airport. Things a bit pricy but you can hunt down reasonable costs. For the record, the Danes were the warmest and friendliest of all the Scandinavians. Stockholm was another favorite if you can include it! The palaces, museums and Tivoli were all super! Have fun!

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