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Copenhagen. This is where old fairy tales blend with flashy new architecture and world-class design; where warm jazz mixes with cold electronica from Copenhagen's basements. You'll feel you've seen it all in a day, but could keep on discovering more for months.
Today these are distinctive municipalities, together making up the city's metropolitan area with around 2 million inhabitants. A notable exception is Frederiksberg, an independent municipality with its own mayor and municipal council, located inside Copenhagen.
Many locals consider spring the high-point of the year.
Most of Copenhagen's annual events are held during June and July, and when the sun is out there is always life in the streets.
Tivoli opens its doors for the Christmas markets, and most Danes go on a drinking rampage, with the very Danish and traditional Christmas lunches, with work and family.
A number of low-cost carriers also fly to the airport. EasyJet serves Copenhagen from London Luton, London Gatwick, Edinburgh, Manchester, Milan, Geneva, Paris CDG, Hamburg and Berlin Schönefeld. Air Berlin flies direct to Düsseldorf, Berlin and Palma de Mallorca. Norwegian offers budget flights to (amongst others) to Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Budapest, Paris, Geneva, Vienna and Warsaw.
Travel by train, bus and metro can be scheduled electronically through journeyplanner.dk.
Tickets and the zone system
You can switch freely between all trains, Metro, and buses within this hour, as long as your last trip starts before the time is up (your ticket will be timestamped in fifteen minute intervals).
If you want to enjoy some local colour on an art tour, The Hirschsprung Collection in Østerbro features the top-of-the-pops of Danish artists, with a particular focus on the Skagen painters. For something quintessentially Danish, breeze through the wonderfully quirky sketches of the much-loved local personality Storm P at the aptly named Storm P museum on Frederiksberg.
Science & Natural history
The Geological museum where dinosaur fossils, moon rock, and glow in the dark minerals should spark some interest in the subject for even the most school-weary kid. The Botanical Gardens on the opposite side of the street is an excellent place for a stroll in the beautiful park, even if you are not botanically inclined, and the classical palm house is a nice place to relax if it is cold outside. In poor weather, Tycho Brahe Planetarium on Vesterbro is another option and is part planetarium with an interesting astronomy exhibition and part omnimax theatre where they usually screen science films. The aquarium Den Blå Planet (The Blue Planet) is a new place focusing on marine life, situated near the Kastrup metro station
Strøm also held in August is an annual electronic music festival, running in its third year. It is a gathering of the best promoters and vibrant venues Copenhagen has to offer, mixed up with events at squares, concert halls, or unusual locations throughout the city.
Copenhagen Pride, A lavish LGBT parade. The week leading up to the parade is usually full of community events and parties. Count on the City Hall Square (Rådhuspladen) changing its name to Pride Square during the week and hosting live acts, concerts and debates.
Night of Culture (Kulturnatten) is held in mid-October, on the last Friday before the school holiday in week 42. You buy a badge for 70 Kr and get access to major museums, exhibitions, churches, libraries, schools, organisations, the parliament and other cultural attractions including some places that are not open to the public during the rest of the year. Open from 6PM to midnight. Attracts about 100,000 people.
MIX Copenhagen - LGBT Film Festival. Held in Week 43, Ten days of LGBT cinema at its very best with more than 130 screenings of the world's best feature films, short films, and documentaries with LGBT relevance, culminating in a champagne party on the final day, when the best film of the year receives its award.
J-dag On the first Friday of November, at 8:59 precisely, the Tuborg Christmas Beer is released and celebrated in town, with blue Christmas hats and Tuborg girls.
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