Enchanting Copenhagen

Jun 20, 2014 Avatar Hilton Smith Hilton Smith

On a recent trip to visit London, I scheduled a short stopover in Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen is a jewel, and with the sun out it shines even more. I love this city for its livability, unique design sense, the ease and casualness of its residents and the numerous attractions beyond the famous Tivoli Gardens.

Take a one-hour canal cruise from tall ship framed Nyhavn, walk around the historic Royal Palace, or visit such unique museums such as the one for music or toys. The Danes flood the famous walking streets, many with ad hoc street performers, but one thing is generally missing. The locals all have cell phones, but you seldom see them.

There will be a quick “hello” or a text and then they are put away so their owners can enjoy the scenery or each other with no distractions. Not the “American” thing to do.

My brief home was the newly restored and well located Hotel D’Angleterre, originally opened in 1755. After a closure of two years the hotel is now fresh and revived. I had a superior room which is excellent for one person, fine in size with a B&O TV and walk-in shower.

Of course, there are plenty of room categories for different needs. I describe the interior design as classic elegance. This is the Grand Dame of hotels here, but she is no longer old and dusty.

Copenhagen was easy to get around with my purchase at the Airport of a 24-hour transit ticket, valid for bus, train and Metro (light rail) throughout the Greater Copenhagen Region for only 130 DKK.

The Metro appear driverless, but that did not seem to be an issue. Cars will be that way soon. Copenhagen is a very bike-friendly city, too, with well marked lanes.

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