“Pleasure disappoints, possibly never.’ – Soren Kierkegaard

Taking the train from the airport couldn’t be easier. When you arrive in copenhagen airport, follow signs to the exit and you will find the train platforms. As a native of central London, this train journey was an unusually pleasant experience; clean, quiet and straightforward.. what more could you ask for?

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Hotel: anyone visiting here should consider Hotel Nebo. It is much less ‘basic’ than their website suggests. It’s very comfortable and ideally situated right behind the central station. Profits go to local homeless shelters so this is somewhere to consider for the feel good factor too.

http://www.nebo.dk/en-gb

Can you walk around? Yes it’s a very flat city. It’s not as small as tourist boards would have you believe though, it’s still at least an hours walk from one side to the other. My choice in the snow was not to attempt too much walking. There are far easier ways to see the black diamond, libraries and museums etc. Copenhagen is a city that has depended on the water for its whole history. A boat tour is a very enjoyable way to orientate yourself around the city. Copenhagen has grown up around the waterways, and its Viking heritage has meant that much of the city’s major landmarks are visible from the water. The audio guide is good, and I supplemented it with google for the really interesting bits including some research on Norse gods and their fate at Ragnarok.

“Ragnarok is the end of the world in Norse Mythology, it’s the doom of the Gods and mankind. It will be the final battle of the Gods vs the giants.”

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NewHayvn translates as new port and that was certainly its intention. It’s the iconic picture of Copenhagen for good reason, it’s charming.

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The little mermaid: I have read online that this is underwhelming so I had no real expectations. As I sailed past here, on the shore could see a small group of tourists happily snapping away. The statue itself is smaller than I expected, but delicate and whimsical. It’s a shame that this monument is slightly out of town otherwise I expect more people would visit it. If you grew up in tales of mermaids, the snow-queen and the princess and the pea then this little homage to the great storyteller, Hans Christian Anderson, is worth a viewing.

Shopping: as with any city you’ll find a lot of the same shops you can find across the world, from Gucci to H&M. I can’t say I found anything hugely danish in the central shopping street. Stroget shopping street is the longest and oldest pedestrian street in the world according to the city of Copenhagen tourist board. The street was made pedestrian in 1962 which means you are less likely to be mown down by a cyclist than you might otherwise be in the city.

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