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Cali Dec 3rd, 2002 07:47 PM

Stockholm or Copenhagen?
 
Which city did you enjoy more, and why?

Kate Dec 3rd, 2002 09:24 PM

I found Stockholm to be kind of sterile, while Copenhagen was so charming. I'd go back to Copenhagen in a minute, but feel no need to ever see Stockholm again. There was just nothing really special about it.

oldorch Dec 4th, 2002 04:58 AM

i agree with kate. having been to stockholm several times and copenhagen twice i think there is no doubt copenhagen is the place to go for exactly the same reasons.

Ira Dec 4th, 2002 05:15 AM

Ditto.

MJN Dec 4th, 2002 05:37 AM

Have been to Copenhagen three times and Stockholm once. Definitely prefer Stockholm. Interesting museums, including an open air folk museum, lovely parks, beautiful old city.

Cali Dec 4th, 2002 10:59 AM

Thank you for your responses. I'm leaning toward Copenhagen, but still have to convince my husband. Anyone else?

xxx Dec 4th, 2002 12:10 PM

Copenhagen is the way to go. As another poster stated, Stockholm is too sterile for my taste. Also too strong of a gay population to appeal to me. My wife and I both really enjoyed our visit to Copenhagen this summer.

Rebecka Dec 4th, 2002 12:36 PM

Stockholm sterile??? How sad hearing this about the city I was born in. Surely it can't have changed all that much? Say it isn't so! The charming old city section known as &quot;Gamla&quot; stan, the museums, grand old buildings, the culture, the food, and it a city almost completely surrounded by water, too, often called the Venice of the North. I guess tastes vary, but I do hope to return there - it was a fascinating place back in the 80s. <BR><BR>However, Copenhagen has its delights, too. You gotta love a city with an amusement park in its center! Perhaps the time of year should be a consideration. If traveling in winter, maybe Copenhagen is the better bet. Stockholm is quite a way north from there!

Cali Dec 4th, 2002 01:27 PM

We are going in mid-September.

oldorch Dec 4th, 2002 01:38 PM

rebecka..i think stockholm was sterile in comparison to copenhagen..stockholm is a beautiful city in it's own right but for a skandi city i'd choose copenhagen before stockholm...but you can't go wrong either way!! i love them both.

Snoopy Dec 4th, 2002 01:44 PM

I enjoyed both cities, but I liked Copenhagen more . . . Rosenborg Castle is a fun visit; the Stroget, Copenhagen's pedestrian street, is fun year-round and teaming with people from dawn til dusk. The changing of the royal guard at Amalienborg is picturesqe as is Nyhavn, the Roundtower, and the town hall square. Frederiksborg Castle and Kronborg Castle -- both within 30 minutes of Copenhagen -- are two of my favorites. In Sept. Tivoli will still be open and I think Bakken will also be open . . . <BR><BR>I thought Stockholm was a pretty city, but between the two, I'd choose Copenhagen in a heartbeat.

kate Dec 4th, 2002 01:58 PM

Stockholm was nice but I loved Copenhagen. Maybe I was just lucky - perfect hotel, perfect weekend (the first sunny spring weekend in April), the perfect restaurant recommendation, etc. I stayed at the 71 Nyhavn Hotel, which was on the trendy waterfront. It was beautifully decorated, comfortable (although a bit small - low ceilings) and reasonably priced. The desk clerk sent me to the perfect restaurant for dinner (whose name I've forgotten, unfortunately): I asked for a place where I could celebrate my birthday alone without feeling uncomfortable - a bit of splurge, but not too expensive, and not too stuffy. I got exactly what I asked for - one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. <BR><BR>I spent the day wandering around looking at the beautiful architecture, visiting quirky museums (museum of the Danish resistance, museum of the worker), and walking from park to park. Everybody was outside, and the waterfront cafes were lively (they provide blankets because it's still a little cool). <BR><BR>Copenhagen seemed to me to combine the best of Scandinavia with a funkier edge (a bit of Amsterdam thrown in, without the seediness).<BR><BR>I'd go back in a minute. And if I was 25, I'd be figuring out a way to move there.<BR><BR>I liked Stockholm but I wasn't as lucky with my hotel and restaurant choices, and my &quot;wander aimlessly&quot; strategy didn't work as well - maybe because Stockholm is more spread out than Copenhagen.<BR><BR>But why not try both? Go to one, take the bridge from one country to another, and visit the other one?

Grandma Dec 4th, 2002 02:30 PM

We've visited both independently over the years... and recently on a cruise had the chance to vist both again.<BR>Even tho my ancestors are Swedish... I've alway felt I was probably a misplaced Dane! Nonetheless, to dimiss Stockholm so readily is a real mistake. (There, too, there is a changing of the guard... much more impressive to my eye than that in Copenhagen...) In the summer the place is almost unbelievably beautiful. ... if you can cruise the archipelago(sp?) or take trips to Gripsholm, Drottingholm, etc. On the otherhand... I'd get on a plane tomorrow if someone could guarantee a lunch of Copenhagen's splendiferous open faced sandwiches. <BR>-:) -:)

signe Dec 4th, 2002 03:49 PM

<BR>Definitely Stockholm. Just research the history.... the French connection, etc. Any bio of Charles XII, Bernadotte, Desiree... then when you are in Stockholm go to Ridderholm.

Joe Dec 5th, 2002 10:04 AM

Cali: Tough choice, but Snoopy's comments are right on. The only change I would make is Roskilde instead of Kronberg Castle for the magnificent Cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum. Definitely keep Frederiksborg, however. You can do Roskilde and Frederiksborg in the same day. They are less than 30 minutes from each other as well as from Copenhagen.<BR>PS: The changing of the gaurd at Stockholm is more picturesque than the one at Copenhagen.

Snoopy Dec 5th, 2002 11:34 AM

Joe,<BR><BR>I think you're correct. My wife was standing behind me when I wrote that comment about the changing of the guard and she said &quot;you were bored to tears, you kept wanting to leave&quot;. She was right, the &quot;changing&quot; took a long time and the guard kept smiling and goofing like they were part of some Disneyland skit.<BR><BR>However, I'd have to take issue with you over the &quot;Roskilde over Kronborg&quot; comment. I'd do both, but there's so much to see at Kronborg -- Sweden on the near horizon, and in September, if it's a nice day there will be hundreds of sailboats on the sound -- I'd put Kronborg ahead of Roskilde on visuals, though history at Roskilde makes it a &quot;probably should see&quot;.

Joe Dec 5th, 2002 11:46 AM

Snoopy: I'll stick with Roskilde, but, that is, after all, &quot;what makes the world go round&quot;. Regards.

Cali Dec 5th, 2002 12:31 PM

Thanks for all of your input! I hope to see both cities at some point, but we won't have enough vacation time for both this time.

Snoopy Dec 5th, 2002 01:58 PM

Cali,<BR><BR>Rest easy that you'll have a great time no matter where you decide to go. Clearly from these posts the majority are saying that they enjoyed Copenhagen. For me, it's Copenhagen because I've spent several months there and only 5 days in Stockholm. Im clearly biased in my views.

Dave Dec 6th, 2002 03:26 AM

I'd have to agree that both have their own charms....and while many of the posters here appear to prefer Copenhagen, I'd have to go the other way. (But only a 'little')<BR>We were in both cities 2 years ago, and at the time I actually thought I had preferred Copenhagen, until my SO pointed out that the ONE big difference between the two is the water in Stockholm.<BR>We were there in the middle of summer, and it was just beautiful walking around with water everywhere! <BR>I guess at the end of the day, you can't go wrong with either!<BR>Best wishes.


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