Copenhagen..Tell me all about it...

May 15th, 2002, 03:31 PM
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If it's open (?) don't forget a lovely museum outside the city... Louisiana.. modern art in lovely setting. Also.. have lunch at some local spot that serves open face sandwiches!! (with beer and schnapps....traditional..)
 
May 15th, 2002, 05:07 PM
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Second, strongly, the recommendation to visit Louisiana -- easy to do by taking the "S train" toward Helsingor and get off at Humlebaek -- follow signs (walking, about 15 min) to Louisiana. And then get back on the train to Helsingor and see the castle -- it's "a.k.a." Elsinore, Hamlet's castle. It's a dramatic setting, even if -- or especially if -- there is a howling wind! You can imagine all the murther and ghosties and Gertrude and Sir Lawrence Olivier. On Saturdays, you can also see half of Sweden disembarking from the ferries to buy their quota of booze.

Seriously, that's a great day-trip and a one-day pass makes it possible and cheap, and very easy from whichever S-train station (including main station) you are nearest.
 
Feb 7th, 2003, 12:05 PM
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Feb 7th, 2003, 01:24 PM
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yeadonite, why are you topping all of the Scandinavia posts?
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Feb 8th, 2003, 06:36 AM
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Snoopy,
I topped about 5 that I wanted to get more information on, since I am going for 15 days. I did not want to start all new ones since the subjects were covered. I wanted to get a view on things like safety especially since I am an American and I cant imagine that Americans are particularly welcome in a lot of places now. Is there a better way to get all your questions answered, I want to use proper etiquette? I used the Netherlands boards alot last year and they were really helpful.
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Feb 8th, 2003, 07:20 AM
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Hi yeadonite,
Yo wrote
>I cant imagine that Americans are particularly welcome in a lot of places now...<
Are you planning a trip to the Middle East?
You will be going to a very civilized country, where people are courteous and not disposed to make guests feel uncomfortable. Just enjoy yourself.
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Feb 8th, 2003, 07:28 AM
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I will be going on a business trip to Copenhagen later this month. I'll be arriving the day before the meeting starts and will have a (Friday) afternoon free--any suggestions on a good way to see the main city sights that day? Is there a good day tour organization, walking or otherwise?
Also, we have one dinner scheduled at Skt. Gertrudes Kloster--what's it like? I understand it was a monastery at one time.
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Feb 9th, 2003, 11:26 AM
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BTilke, there are tours that leave from the center of town, the Radhuspladsen but Copenhagen is a great walking city. If you are truely time limited, walk the Stroget, a mile-long pedestrian only passageway, from the center of town to Kongens Nytorv, then walk along Nyhavn. This will give you a brief view of some of the best Copenhagen has to offer the walker. The Roundtower, Grayfriars Square, Old Square and New Square are very active on a Friday.

Skt Gertrudes Kloster is interesting. The food was very good and the wine selection was terrific. After dinner, we were seated in a private room for cigars and brandy. All very, very expensive. It was lit entirely by candles. PERSONAL OPINION: it was a little crowded, and the private room was small to the point of claustrophobic for me . . .
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Feb 9th, 2003, 11:38 AM
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Hi Rhonda,
Is Friday afternoon your only free time? If not, you might like to schedule a quick trip out to Roskilde (about 1/2 hr by train) for the Viking ship museum and the cathedral.
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Feb 10th, 2003, 01:09 AM
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Snoopy, thanks for those suggestions. I will try and follow one of those itineraries during my free time. I'm looking forward to Skt. Gertrudes Kloster. I've heard good things about it.
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Feb 10th, 2003, 02:17 AM
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Just a note about accomodation.
We stayed a the Palace in May and had a poor experience, unlike Lacey's above.

The room was xceptionally worn, the toilet ran, tiles missing in the bathroom, wallpaper peeling, and one of the windows was broken out (one of the double pane). It was definately not up to Le Meridien standards.

We moved to another hotel after one nite.

Also, we were told by various waitstaff at different restaurants that service is not included in the bill - unusual for most Western European counties.

Please someone correct me if this is not the case.
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Feb 10th, 2003, 06:46 AM
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Queenie,

Typically, waiters and waitresses in Copenhagen don't expect a tip. There are some notable exceptions, however, Rosie McGee's being one, because of the large numbers of tourists that visit and leave a tip because they don't know any better.

When I was there in the early 90s, I never left tips and that was on the advice of the concierge at the hotel. However, in November 2002, that stupid practice of returning your change in lots of small bills showed up in several restaurants.

I happen to think that the Palace is a dump. It was a great place to stay in the late 70s and early 80s. But in the last 5-7 years it has been totally overrun by tourist groups and the hotel isn't showing the wear very well.
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Feb 10th, 2003, 07:09 AM
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Snoopy, any views on the Copenhagen Marriott? We'll be there. It's listed as 5-star, we were wondering about the location. Thanks.
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Feb 10th, 2003, 07:30 AM
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Btilke: The new Copenhagen Marriott is located more for business travelers than for tourists. I would prefer a more centrally located hotel. (You would use a ton of reward points at the Marriott)

We stayed at the Hotel Danmark and liked it - the location was good and the service was extremely pleasant and helpful. Have fun.
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Feb 10th, 2003, 07:51 AM
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BTilke,

I agree with Bird; there's virtually none of the charm which is Copenhagen near that hotel. However, it is a very nice hotel and the staff are very helpful and friendly. But that's only one night's experience. I almost always stay at the SAS Radisson Scandinavia. It's about a mile south of city center but there's a casino there and the lobby bar is very active. Breakfast there is outstanding.

The Kong Frederick is central and reasonable . . . and older. My take on the Danmark is that the rooms are small and I am not. At 6'3", 240lbs I like room to move around.
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Feb 10th, 2003, 10:11 AM
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This is a business trip, which is why I'll be at the Marriott. However, I should have most of a day free before the conference. The hotel's web site says it's within walking distance of the Tivoli Gardens--Snoopy, how far is it from the walking route you suggested?
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Feb 10th, 2003, 02:16 PM
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Maybe a 15-20 minute walk depending on your pace. I think it's about a mile and a half, not much more from the downtown area. Perhaps the Copenhagen Marriott has an "info" page. Or, if you are pressed for time, take a cab from the hotel to the Radhuspladsen and walk toward Nyhavn and then take a cab back to your hotel.
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Feb 10th, 2003, 02:36 PM
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Thinking of the "northern capitals" tour with Globus tours. 14 days. Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Turku, Helsinki and St. Petersburg.
Question: My vacation starts Sept 2. Is this the wrong part of the world for September weather?
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Feb 11th, 2003, 05:53 AM
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Not in my opinion. You'll see highs in the and 40s for lows. In Copenhagen there will likely be late afternoon showers that will clear up by evening. Days will be fairly long still.
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Nov 4th, 2005, 08:59 AM
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November??..well...not the best season....rainy, cold..strong wind...
EARLY autum is preferable...

To get around the habour use the waterbuss!!...itīs easy!!(and donīt have an annoying guide to disturb your thoughts and...it's what the local uses..

the good thing about CPH is its size...compared to many other european capitals it is small and easy to stroll....

(well--for sommeone used to a city with 52000 inhabitants...even CPH is big i suppose)
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