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Next Stop… Copenhagen!

by Nicole on February 5, 2014

It’s one of my favourite cities and I’m so excited to be heading back for a few days of culture, arts, and hopefully some cycling – the Danish people’s favourite way to get around!

Yesterday afternoon I touched down in Copenhagen, Denmark, to spend a night at the Isben Hotel, readying myself for a week of exploring the cities coolest cultural finds and find out just what makes Feburary Copenhagen’s coolest cultural month!

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Wondercool Festival

Wondercool is Copenhagen’s major winter festival, running the entire length of February, with a focus on art, architecture, design, food, fashion, music and cultural experiences – it’s everything I love to discover when travelling!

From my base at Hotel Kong Arthur, I’ll be setting out each day to see a poetry reading, take in a gastronomic theatre experience, visiting to the Design Museum of Denmark and FROST at the National Gallery! I’m also hoping to discover more about The Copenhagen – the cities namesake cocktail launched back in 2010.

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Fairytales and TV stories

Denmark is a land of fairytales and stories, none more famous than Hans Christian Andersen.
Though Andersen was born in Odense, Copenhagen was a city the man lived in and has their own stories of the man to share.

I’m hoping to discover more about these famous fairytales and about the man himself as I visit the Hans Christian Anderson FairyTale House, see the house in Nyven where he lived and wrote ‘The Princess & The Pea’, the famed Little Mermaid, who is back from her world travels, and maybe even see his final resting place in beautifully manicured Kulturcentret Assistens.

I’ll also be taking a guided walking tour following the Danish crime series’ “The Killing” and “The Bridge”.
I must be one of the few people who haven’t seen these award-winning tv-shows but I’m excited to learn about them and then hopefully get my hands on a copy when I’m back in London to understand what I saw!

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Denmark by Design

Design doesn’t come just in fashion but through food, architecture, art and spoken word!
As part of the WonderCool festivities I’ll be learning about Danish fashion design, taking part in a Gastronomic Theatre experience (anyone know what this is? I’ve never heard of the concept before!), sitting in on a Dylan Thomas poetry reading and seeing some bite-sized live concerts as part of FROST at the National Gallery of Denmark.

The hotel I stayed at last night, Hotel Isbens and their sister hotel where I’ll be spending the week, Hotel Kong Arthur, are not only boutique and smartly designed spaces but are also part of the world’s first CO2 neural hotel group! Now who said that protecting the planet couldn’t be stylish?

Of course, there’s also art in food and beer so I’ll be visiting a Paleo restaurant, checking in to one of my favourite bars, Mikkeller, and making a stop at the famed Carlsberg Brewery!

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That’s just a small taster of what I’m doing while in Copenhagen this week. I’m also hoping to learn more about vikings, the countries cycling culture, what makes Copenhagen one of the world’s most liveable cities (and why the people are constantly voted the happiest!) and what the heck ‘hygee‘ is!

On my trip to Copenhagen I’ll be meeting up with my gorgeous friend and fellow blogger Monica from The Travel Hack and we’ll be sharing our experiences through Instagram, or for all my updates you can follow what I’m up to through the Travel Tracker!  If you’d like to see more from the festival on Twitter, check out the hashtag #Wondercool on your favourite social media platform!

Now it’s over to you:

What are your top tips in Copenhagen?
What part of a country’s culture do you like to explore when travelling?

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My trip to Copenhagen was arranged by Visit Denmark.
All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 EurotripTips February 5, 2014 at 11:16 am

I loved the Norrebro Bryghus, a great place for microbrews pairings with awesome food. Also, the views from the top of Rundetarn are amazing. Enjoy Copenhagen, such a beautiful city!

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2 Nicole February 6, 2014 at 1:45 am

Thanks for the tips Marie-Eve!

Really keen to check out the Rundetarn again as H.C. Anderson is said to have frequented the library and the view is beautiful (though my only memory of it is from photos since I had a fever last time I climbed!)

Will have to check your posts for some more inspiration. :)

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3 Jen February 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Wow you have a full on few days ahead of you Nicole. It all sounds wonderful. Especially the Gastronomic Theatre experience. I have never heard of it either but am curious now. Look forward to reading about it on your blog later down the track.

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4 Nadja February 5, 2014 at 8:12 pm

I really would love to cycle around the city! I’ve never been there before. It’s time to travel to this gorgeous city:)

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5 Sammi February 5, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Wow! Jealous, I really want to go to Denmark, but my friend lives in Give and only Ryanair fly to Billund (and I will not fly Ryanair).

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6 Nicole February 6, 2014 at 1:34 am

Hi Sammi,

My friends at the Danish Tourism Board have passed this information on to you: “fly Norwegian Air to Aalborg in Jutland or to Billund via Copenhagen with SAS. Alternatively, Give is a 3 hour train journey away from CPH and she can book her trip on Rejseplanen.dk”

I hope you can visit Denmark soon! It’s a beautiful country with so much to share with it’s visitors. Plenty of hidden gems, great food and kind people who love to share their countries best bits; and I’m sure your friend would love you to visit! :)

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7 Sammi February 6, 2014 at 1:48 am

Hey Nicole,

Thanks for this, and for your comment on my blog. Great! I’ll look into it :)

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8 Catherine February 11, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Sounds like you’re going to have an amazing week :) I’m most jealous of you learning about Hans Christian Anderson and his fairytales!

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9 Kadri February 24, 2014 at 12:01 am

I would like to I cycle around the city and enjoy the nice and warm sunny weather.

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10 April April 5, 2014 at 3:39 am

Wow, this sounds amazing. Ever since I was a kid, I always dream of having a fairy tale life but I’m all grown up now and I’ve got kids already. Maybe I can pass it on to them and let them feel that fairy tale life that I’ve been dreaming of by going to this wonderful place, called Denmark. Starting today, I’ll count the days until I bring my children in that wonderful place that has full of fairy tale stories.

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