Mix of his­tory and moder­nity

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for watch­ing tele­vi­sion and us­ing the free Wifi, and the com­pact bath­room had all your lux­u­ri­ous es­sen­tials in­clud­ing fluffy bathrobes and ex­clu­sive Molton Brown toi­letries.

It is said that the best way to get around the city is by bike and all the lo­cals cy­cle. But as we were so close to the train station, it seemed silly not to make the most of the rail­way line.

So we pur­chased a Copen­hagen Card, which gave us free ad­mis­sion to 73 mu­se­ums and at­trac­tions, free pub­lic trans­port by bus, train and Metro, and dis­counts at restau­rants and at­trac­tions and on en­ter­tain­ment. A 48-hour un­lim­ited card costs £60 for adults and £30 for chil­dren, and it is well worth buy­ing.

We used it to visit the 100-year-old amuse­ment park Tivoli Gar­dens, the iconic Lit­tle Mer­maid statue, the free­town of Chris­tia­nia and the 17th cen­tury tower and ob­ser­va­tory Run­de­taarn, known as the round tower and the old­est func­tion­ing ob­ser­va­tory in Europe.

With a his­tory that dates back to 1043, Copen­hagen is full of his­toric land­marks, in­ter­est­ing sights and mu­se­ums. Be­ing an old har­bour and mar­itime city, one of the most beau­ti­ful ways to see it is by boat, sail­ing down its charm­ing canals.

Us­ing our Copen­hagen Cards, we climbed on board a 40-minute canal tour and snapped away at all the fab­u­lous sights.

Copen­hagen is just a 20-minute train ride to Swe­den, so it is worth tak­ing your pass­port out with you for the day if you fancy vis­it­ing the su­per stylish city of Malmo to tick off your list.

The scent of freshly baked goods is not hard to find in Copen­hagen, with Den­mark be­ing so fa­mous for its pas­tries. But you will also dis­cover that the most pop­u­lar snack is the unique smør­re­brød (open faced sand­wich).

In­vari­ably on rye bread, smør­re­brød can have an al­most un­lim­ited num­ber of top­pings, from her­ring to raw beef, seafood and egg.

The Danes not only lead a healthy lifestyle by cy­cling ev­ery­where, their Nordic cui­sine is very much driven by sea­sonal and or­ganic pro­duce, and one restaurant that demon­strates just that is BROR in Køben­havn.

Opened in 2013, the ca­sual and vi­brant restaurant serves in­no­va­tive dishes made from the very best pro­duce in the north­ern Euro­pean re­gion.

For around £70 per head (595KK) we en­joyed an as­tound­ing five-course taster menu with un­usual ‘ snacks’ in­clud­ing bulls’ balls, cod cheeks and monk­fish liver.

To our amaze­ment, a couple of the chefs at the restaurant were from Sur­rey and Berk­shire, mak­ing our de­li­cious culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence even more ex­tra­or­di­nary.

BROR, the Dan­ish word for brother, sym­bol­ises care, re­spect and hon­esty; val­ues upon which the fan­tas­tic restaurant is built.

Four days in Copen­hagen is plenty of time to en­joy leisurely vis­its to the top at­trac­tions, sam­ple tra­di­tional del­i­ca­cies and soak up the at­mos­phere of this fash­ion­able yet his­toric city. n Laura’s flights were pro­vided by EasyJet, book at www. easyjet.com; n BROR sup­plied a five-course tast­ing meal for two, book at www.bror-ante.dk; n An­der­sen Bou­tique Ho­tel pro­vided two nights ac­com­mo­da­tion with break­fast in an Amaz­ing Ju­nior Suite. Prices start from £131 for a stan­dard room, book at www. an­der­sen-ho­tel.dk; n Ho­tel Kong Arthur sup­plied two nights ac­com­mo­da­tion with break­fast in a Ju­nior Suite. Prices start from £127 for a dou­ble room, book at www.arthurho­tels. dk/ho­tel-kong-arthur; n Visit­den­mark.co.uk or­gan­ised much of Laura’s trip, in­clud­ing flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion at Ho­tel Kong Arthur and two Copen­hagen Cards.

The Lit­tle Mer­maid statue.

Fresh sea­sonal dining at BROR restaurant.

One of the el­e­gantly dec­o­rated bed­rooms at the Ho­tel Kong Arthur in Copen­hagen.

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