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Copen­hagen & be­yond

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Many Brits fo­cus on Copen­hagen, Den­mark's vi­brant cap­i­tal, which lies less than two hours away by air and is well served by mul­ti­ple car­ri­ers, but ven­ture a lit­tle fur­ther and there's is­lands, beaches and Den­mark's sec­ond city and cul­tural pow­er­house, Aarhus.

Copen­hagen is all about the wa­ter. Canals criss-cross the city and some of the best sight­see­ing is by boat. Many of the boats leave from the cel­e­brated water­front area – Ny­havn, with its beau­ti­ful multi-coloured houses – and head to­wards the har­bour area where you'll see the modern Royal Play­house build­ing and, sit­ting op­po­site,

The (very) Lit­tle Mer­maid statue.

An­other pop­u­lar way to see the city is by bike (the city is flat and bikes have right of way over ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans). You can hire them from all over the city. Take a trip to Chris­tia­nia, an al­ter­na­tive com­mu­nity on the edge of town where res­i­dents pay no tax, kids are home schooled and drugs are le­gal (don't worry, ev­ery­one is very wel­com­ing).

Copen­hagen's most pop­u­lar at­trac­tion is Tivoli Gar­dens, a slightly kitschy but fun fun­fair/old-fash­ioned amuse­ment park, which dates from the mid-19th cen­tury and is the sec­ond-old­est in the world.

The ex­cit­ing news is it opened for the first time ever in win­ter this year and it proved so pop­u­lar that it will open again from Fe­bru­ary 1-24 2019 with ice skat­ing, lo­cal del­i­ca­cies and drinks and rides. Fast for­ward to July and you can't miss the Copen­hagen Jazz Fes­ti­val, a two-week event which at­tracts world­class per­form­ers, cen­tred on Ny­havn, but tak­ing over most bars and clubs in the city.

What's new

New flights for 2019 in­clude three twice­weekly Ryanair routes from Ed­in­burgh to Bil­lund; Liver­pool to Copen­hagen and London Southend to Copen­hagen – all launch­ing in April.

Open­ing in May this year is an ur­ban de­vel­op­ment project called BLOX (blox.

dk/english), which is set to cre­ate a new cen­tre for the city and houses the Dan­ish Ar­chi­tec­ture Cen­tre, Dan­ish De­sign Cen­tre and recre­ational ur­ban spa­ces, play­grounds, homes, cafés and restau­rants.

CopenHill (copenhill.dk), a power-plant turned ski slope is set to open in spring. The slope will form the roof of Copen­hagen’s new green waste man­age­ment cen­tre, and there's also a climb­ing wall, café, view­ing plat­form and green ad­ven­ture and play land­scape on the roof.

It'll be eas­ier to get around the city from sum­mer 2019 with the open­ing of the new metro Ci­tyrin­gen. It will have 17 new un­der­ground sta­tions con­nect­ing vi­brant neigh­bour­hoods such as Vester­bro, Nør­re­bro and Øster­bro with the city cen­tre – and the air­port in 20 min­utes.

Food

The ad­vent of Noma – Den­mark’s most fa­mous restau­rant and four-time win­ner of

Best Restau­rant in the World – put Dan­ish cui­sine firmly on the map.

Not con­tent to stand still, open­ing at the start of this year is Restau­rant Al­chemist, which will be an im­mer­sive dining ex­pe­ri­ence prac­tic­ing holis­tic cui­sine with 50 cour­ses, ex­pe­ri­ence rooms, art in­stal­la­tions and a 10,000 bot­tle wine cel­lar which spreads across three floors.

Copen­hagen will also see a new street food mar­ket open this year, Boltens Food Court, which will have 19 food stalls and five bars. Lo­cated over three floors in a his­toric cen­tral Copen­hagen build­ing which has been com­pletely re­fur­bished.

Bil­lund

Ly­ing three hours by train or road from Copen­hagen (or served by mul­ti­ple di­rect flights from the UK), the birth­place of Lego is a mag­i­cal spot, es­pe­cially if you've got kids. Spring 2019 sees the open­ing of a gi­ant Lego-themed Cas­tle Ho­tel right next to the park, with 142 rooms, 710 beds and both in­door and out­door play ar­eas.

The Beaches

Den­mark com­prises the Jut­land penin­sula and over 400 is­lands, and has more than 7,000 kilo­me­tres of coast­line. Copen­hagen is on Zealand is­land, which is con­nected to Swe­den by a bridge (made fa­mous in the Dan­ish TV se­ries of the same name).

North of the cap­i­tal is very pop­u­lar with lo­cals and tourists alike and has lovely beaches and small vil­lages along the coast. On the west coast you'll find wide and sandy beaches; Fanø is a pop­u­lar is­land for a sum­mer hol­i­day and is just off the west coast near Es­b­jerg. The North­ern­most part of the west coast has lovely dune-backed beaches and coastal vil­lages such as Løkken, Løn­strup and Blokhus, as well as its own surf­ing spot called Cold Hawaii.

At the other end of the coun­try is the Danes’ own hol­i­day is­land, Born­holm. At Dueodde Beach on the is­land’s South East cor­ner the sand is so fine and white it has been used to fill hour glasses.

Aarhus

The Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture in 2017 and Den­mark's sec­ond largest city lies some three hours away by car from Copen­hagen, on the main penin­sula. As with most places in Den­mark, the beach, har­bour and for­est are never far away (a 15-minute bike ride).

Aarhus is home to some of Den­mark's most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions in­clud­ing the modern art mu­seum ARoS, Den Gamle By (The Old Town Mu­seum) and the new­lyre­stored Moes­gaard Mu­seum. Time a visit for the 10-day Aarhus Fes­ti­val (Au­gust 30 to Septem­ber 8 in 2019), one of the big­gest cul­tural events in the coun­try, when ev­ery street, club, stage, gallery and mu­seum is buzzing with art and en­ter­tain­ment.

“Den­mark com­prises the Jut­land penin­sula and over 400 is­lands, and has more than 7,000 kilo­me­tres of

coast­line”

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AARHUS ART MU­SEUM

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