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Visit Carlsberg the famous Danish Brewery

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10/06/2018

As you know Carlsberg is the famous beer produced in Denmark and one of the symbols of Copenaghen.

In the shade of two high towers, 2 km far from the city center you’ll find the Carlsberg brewery, one of the most known beers in the whole Europe.

We decide to reach…


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Copenhagen : our travel guide!

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27/12/2017

Copenhagen is one of those cities worth visiting at least once in your lifetime.

There is no lack of attractions and places to see, and the Danish capital hides a fairy tale charm, most likely the source of inspiration to one of the most famous fairy-tale authors of all times who was born and raised there, Hans Christian Andersen.

But let’s take it one step at a time.

                                                       BEFORE LEAVING

Copenhagen is not exactly a low cost destination. This is a pretty clear cut reality as you type away on your search engine. Be it airlines or accommodations.

We purchased our tickets very well in advanced (August) for the reasonable price of € 48.00 ea. round trip.

Finding reasonable prices for nice hotels near the city center during the Christmas season was an entirely different ordeal (however as far as prices are concerned, it’s pretty much Christmas season all year round in Copenhagen).

Finally we settled on Løven Hotel, not far from the central train station and the city’s most important and characteristic sites.

The hotel has clean and spacious rooms, breakfast is not included but it offers a super accessorized kitchen with a coffee machine (American coffee, really delicious) always full of fresh coffee.

 

We reached Copenhagen at 8:30 am on Dec 16th 2017. We chose to take the train all the way to the city center, and purchased the tickets directly at the ticket machines at the airport.

After about 15 minutes we arrived in the Central Station. The architectural structure of the building is definitely noteworthy.

Our first day in Copenhagen was completely dedicated to visiting Tivoli Gardens, the famous amusement park conquers all with all its Christmas lights and decorations.

To know more about the park and Jacopo meeting Santa, I suggest you to read the article entirely dedicated to Tivoli Gardens.

                                                 RUNNERS PARADISE

I don’t know if my second hobby, a real passion, is as infamous as my first (traveling), but I love running. Hence, just picture my joy as I  “casually” found out that right behind our hotel there are 4 artificial lakes (Sortedams, Soerne, Peblinge e Sankt Jorgen) surrounded by a cycling trail and a pedestrian walk, which I simply couldn’t  resist.

Defying the cold, at 6:00 am I tied my shoe laces and ran my 13K trail lit up by street lights alone. On my way around I discovered an aspect of the city non exactly on the list of the most common guide books.

While my legs did their thing, my eyes were drunk with the sight of the city awakening. What can I say, I fell in love with it.

                                                            STRØGET

Upon returning to our hotel, after a brief pit-stop, we headed off to discover the city center, particularly Strøget. A pedestrian island set in the middle of the historical city center. Made more precious by the small markets selling Christmas articles and luminaries.

A bit of curiosity: Strøget is the longest pedestrian walk in Europe.

 

                                                             NYHAVN

Other “must see” is Nyhavn, the most famous and suggestive neighborhood in town.

Nyhavn, is the ancient harbor of the city, which has been re-developed and has become the touristic artery of Copenhagen. Thanks also to its many colorful cafes and bistro in which one can try typical dishes of the local cuisine among which the famous herrings.

If you love this typical fish dish, I suggest you try Nhyavns Færgekro’s buffet, composed entirely of herring dishes. Relax, for those of you who are not particularly fond of this fish, rearranged in every possible array and style, you can choose a different buffet menu.

Daily tours of the city start from Nyhavn, and take you through all the channels on small boats, the most surprising way to discover the city.

                                                             AMALIENBORG

Lasciato il quartiere di Nihavn ci siamo diretti al Palazzo di Amalienborg, ovvero la residenza della famiglia reale danese. La struttura del palazzo è inusuale, ovvero 4 palazzi in stile roccocò che delimitano una piazza ottogonale.

                                                   THE LITTLE MERMAID

In people’s mind when one thinks of Copenhagen one is immediately directed to The Little Mermaid, and we simply couldn’t miss it.

The bronze statue is the city’s homage to Handersen’s most famous fairy-tale.

Although I risk to sound unpopular, I believe that the statue (a mere 1,25 m tall) is a bit over rated. The city has so many attractions that are far more interesting and fascinating which should be exalted. One example is Rosenborg Castle.

                                                                 Kastellet (The Citadel)
Kastellet (The Citadel) in Copenhagen is one of the best preserved star fortresses in Northern Europe.

The ancient military fortification is surrounded by an immense park where locals and tourists meet to spend time in the open air, even if it’s cold and stings.

                                                             CHRISTIANIA

Next on the list of places you can’t miss is Christiania Neighborhood and its very singular Christmas market.

Christiania is a section of the city founded in 1971 by a group of hippies who occupied an abandoned naval base, starting the Free State of Christiania.

 

                                                        MARMORKIRKEN

During your visit to the city, take some time for Marmorkirken, name that identifies Frederiks Church, famous for its dome, the biggest in the whole of Scandinavia.

                                                            CARLSBERG

If you have a chance, don’t miss out on the Carlsberg plant, original Danish beer.

The building is a bit far from down-town, buti s well connected by public transportation.

Besides the tour of the plant, one can also taste the various beers, some of which are only available in Denmark, or only in certain occasions, like the Christmas Beer. Typical Danish tradition signaled by the selling of a special beer with its hop mix especially studied to kick off the Christmas Season.

For the younger ones, a 15 minute tour on a horse carriage along the streets in the district where the beer plant is. The tour is available every day from noon to 2pm.

And if you feel a little hungry on your way out of the plant, I suggest you stop to taste the delicious Danish cuisine in the restaurant inside the plant, and why not, try some more excellent beers!

 

                                                               TAKEAWAY…

At the end of the day, Copenhagen is a city that fascinates both young and old, romantics and matter-of-fact. The city hosts 2 separate souls, the ancient longing souls represented by the many historical buildings and castles, and a more modern soul, characterized by a 360° respect of the environment and the use of technology to simplify everyday life.

Personally, I loved every aspect of this magnificent city which has become for me a place of the heart. A place where to peer with delight and admiration, hoping that all who visit, regardless of personal taste, can treasure with longing the joy, culture and kindness of our Danish Cousins upon returning home.

 

 


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Danish food and what to eat in Denmark

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21/12/2017

Danish cuisine has been blossoming almost explosively in the recent decade.

Danish food has grown increasingly associated with so-called New Nordic cuisine, a movement born with the 2003 opening of Noma in Copenhagen and characterized by its modern spin on ultra-local, seasonal ingredients.

Copenhagen claims 15 Michelin-starred  restaurants counting 18 stars,…