Copenhagen in late March

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Out on the town

My friend Rob and I decided on Copenhagen as a weekend break destination largely because it was one of the few places neither of us had been... we even managed to get a fabulous deal on some great Business Class tickets out there, so the trip started with a massage in the Molton Brown spa at Heathrow. Always a good score!

We subsequently arrived in Copenhagen refreshed (and a little drunk). Luckily, navigating to the centre of town from the airport was unbelievably easy on the train and we were soon checked into our hotel, which was unfortunately undergoing some major renovation works (as we would find out at 9am the following morning). It was nice and central though.

Bundled up against the chilly night

We decided to hit the town right away and followed the crowds to one of the bars in the central area. The smoking was pretty hardcore everywhere, but we soon met a couple of guys who drank and danced the night away with us till we crawled home at 5am. This is where the early morning hotel renovations were a bit of a bugger, but at least it got us up for breakfast and out into the beautiful sunshine to explore the city for the day.

Although Copenhagen's general vibe and architecture was not as iconic or necessarily beautiful as other European cities, it definitely had a friendly feeling and it was delightful to clock all the blonde locals. Rob and I decided to head to the free community of Christiania first of all. This is a social experiment from the 60s where a bunch of Danish citizens took over former army territory and turned it into a commune for hippies and free spirited non conformists.

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Over the years Christiania's purpose and standing with the government has gradually changed, with biker gangs running the area at times, and it looks as though it won't be allowed to continue in its current incarnation for too much longer, so we thought it was definitely worth visiting as a slice of history. And boy! What an interesting spot. If you've seen the movie Children of Men, it sort of looked a little like the internment camps at the end of the film... post apocalyptic with open braziers and market stalls, packs of dogs, helicopters flying overhead and teams of police outside the community. A fascinating experience for sure. If you're headed to Copenhagen, make sure you include Christiania in your travels. I only wish I could have taken photos, but it's generally frowned on, so you'll just have to go and see it for yourself.
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After the free community, we wandered the city a little longer, checking out the Black Diamond building before hooking up with Victor, one of the locals we had met the night before. What a treat to be shown around by someone who knew where to go. He took us out to see the Little Mermaid (larger than I had expected she would be), the Royal Palace, some delightful coffee shops and a trip up a tower to clock some spectacular views of the city.

After bidding farewell to Victor we headed out for dinner and drinks with another couple of random Danes we had met. Great company, but I thought the food and booze was vastly overpriced for what it was. We didn't stay out quite as late this second night so we could get up early on our last day to venture a little further afield in exploring the city.

Why not!
And so Sunday started with a trip to the Botanical Gardens, which were nice enough but nothing special, although the turtles we spotted made the effort worthwhile. Ready for a little fortification, we stopped at one of Copenhagen's more renowed coffee shops for the world's most fabulously sickening nougat cake and some very thick hot chocolates. Always a must on a holiday I feel!

Pausing for a while to sit on one of the benches in the town hall square for a bit after that, Rob and I reflected on what we had thought of Copenhagen in general. We came to the conclusion that it was the experiences we had had there that made the trip so successful, rather than the city itself, which was stumbling-around-drunk-in-the-streets rowdy at night, not particularly clean, a little bland architecturally, smokey, and expensive.

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Having said that, though, we certainly benefitted from the friendly nature of the locals, there were some fascinating sites like Christiania and the Black Diamond building, service was friendly, the city was totally walkable and easy to navigate, and we had done quite well for food. While I wouldn't recommend placing Copenhagen on the top of your must-see list, I would certainly have missed out on an amazing holiday had someone told me not to bother going, so in balance I would instead suggest that you do go and experience what the Danish have to offer beyond the standard pastries that we know them for... it was definitely worth my while doing so :)

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Out on the town
Out on the town
Bundled up against the chilly night
Bundled up against the chilly night
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Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Why not!
Why not!
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Copenhagen
Canal view
Canal view
Copenhagens canals
Copenhagen's canals
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Dragonspire on the Børsen buildi…
Dragonspire
Dragonspire
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The Church of Our Savior
The Church of Our Savior
Spire of the Church of Our Savior
Spire of the Church of Our Savior
Church or our Savior
Church or our Savior
Christiania
Christiania
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Near the entrance to the free com…
Mural near the entrance to the fre…
Mural near the entrance to the fr…
With local mate Victor
With local mate Victor
View of Copenhagen
View of Copenhagen
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Copenhagen
Near the The Black Diamond building
Near the The Black Diamond building
The Black Diamond
The Black Diamond
The Black Diamond
The Black Diamond
Languishing in the sunshine
Languishing in the sunshine
Rob and the Black Diamond
Rob and the Black Diamond
The Black Diamond building
The Black Diamond building
Amalienborg Palace (where the roya…
Amalienborg Palace (where the roy…
Rob and Victor at the Royal Palace
Rob and Victor at the Royal Palace
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Guard outside the Royal Palace (A…
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Copenhagen
This is suggesting I look Swedish
This is suggesting I look Swedish
The little mermaid
The little mermaid
With the Little Mermaid
With the Little Mermaid
With the Little Mermaid
With the Little Mermaid
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Copenhagen
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Could this sign indicate the offe…
Swan in the botanical gardens
Swan in the botanical gardens
Swan in the botanical gardens
Swan in the botanical gardens
Turtle in the botanical gardens
Turtle in the botanical gardens
Turtle in the botanical gardens
Turtle in the botanical gardens
Royal guard
Royal guard
Royal guard
Royal guard
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Copenhagen
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Hee hee
Hee hee
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In the Rådhus square
In the Rådhus square
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Town hall
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Jus and Rob
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Rob and Jus... tired at the end o…
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