Staff Review


by The Kirker Team

Scandinavia is one of my favourite parts of the world to explore and it has endless rewards for visitors - from the beautiful scenery and distinct seasons to the fascinating history and friendly people.'Copenhagen is a vibrant city, that travellers of all ages can enjoy. We arrived in the late afternoon to our hotel, the 71 Nyhavn, and were treated to stunning views across the harbour from our rooms. The hotel is comprised of two renovated warehouse buildings situated on the Nyhavn - the colourful street of former warehouses stretching along the canal. The oldest house on the street is No. 9 Nyhavn, which was built in 1681, and has barely been altered since. The street has also been the home of many artists and writers, including Hans Cristian Anderson, who wrote The Princess and the Pea while living there. Nowadays the homes have been renovated and converted into restaurants and bars - in the summer months locals sit outside enjoying the long Danish evenings. In the winter months the street is transformed into a charming Christmas market with stalls dotted along the canal.'If it is a special occasion you're travelling for (or you just fancy treating yourself) Copenhagen also has a vast array of fine dining options, with a number of excellent fish and seafood restaurants (our concierge would be delighted to recommend and book restaurants). Hotels such as The Nimb, in Tivoli Gardens, offer culinary tours of the city, allowing you to sample the finest food the city has to offer.'Aside from the food, Copenhagen also has a rich culture and history to explore. Among my favourites were the National Museum - which contains many artefacts from Denmark's pre-history, such the Rune stones and the Sun Chariot, and an interesting exhibition on indigenous cultures across the world - and the Ny Carlsberg Glypotek. The focal point of this latter museum is its extensive collection of Ancient Mediterranean sculptures, situated around a stunning winter garden. Across 19 galleries, it's also houses many collections including French Impressionists and paintings of the Danish Golden Age.'Situated next to the Glypotek (and visible from the museum's roof terrace) are the Tivoli Gardens - the central park of Copenhagen which, like the rest of the city, has something for everyone. Throughout the year various different events and concerts, including jazz, classical, ballet, modern dance and musicals, are held in the gardens, on one of many stages such as the iconic Glass Hall Theatre or the open air stage. The gardens are also home to a vintage amusement park, which is the second oldest (still in operation) in the world. There are also many restaurants situated around the park offering a variety of different cuisines (including the Grøften, serving Denmark's famous Smørrebrød). We ate at the Nimb's Gemyse - an organic restaurant with dishes made from vegetables grown in the restaurant's own garden and greenhouses.'Copenhagen is a city that every discerning traveller should visit at least once. It is an excellent choice for a short break, and can easily be combined with many other destinations, such as Stockholm, Gothenburg, Oslo and the Norwegian Fjords to create a longer multi-centre itinerary.

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