Originally Posted by Kingofthehill
Freki, I am visiting Copenhagen next month. Apart from Norrebro, Vesterbro, and Ørestad, are there any districts that you recommend checking out? The usual: architecture, coffee, cafés, neighborhoods, restos, etc. Thanks!
Depends on how much time you have and what your interests are..
Inner city, Old Town and Downtown are probable the most interesting to tourists, but only gives a very limited view of what Copenhagen is, so getting outside the "Lakes" is a good choice.. a personal favorite is Frederiksberg
, but Østerbro
is interesting places too - each with their own vibe and atmosphere..
A little further out you can go north and see Tuborg Havn
( in the Hellerup District ) where you will find some very interesting architecture IMO and some of the most expensive apartments in the Kingdom.. while up there a walk/drive up the "Strandvej"
can give you a glimps of how the rich Danes on the left with the ocean and coast of Sweden on the right..
If you go all the way North you'll hit Helsingør
( Elsingore ) where "Hamlet" took place ( fictive story btw ) with a fairly charming city center and the Kronborg Castle..
A nicer castle is found in Hillerød
( see my Denmark thread for some of the castles and such in proximity of Copenhagen ) so if castles have your interest a S-train trip or drive there could be worth while..
Another interesting district in terms of modern architecture is "Havneholmen
" ( available trough the Habourbus ferries ) or the Islands brygge/Kalvebod
Brygge area ( the Fisketorvet Shopping center's roof parking area has a nice view over the area )
The Ørestad District
you have already mentioned
And if you have the time and want to visit Sweden it's only a 40min train ride away..
PT is not cheap ( make sure to look at the day/week pass or 10 trip cards etc because buying a ticket at the bus, on a station or trough SMS is a very expensive solution that is nearly twice as expensive as the other options ) but it covers vrtually verywhere you want to go and gets you there pretty fast..
Remember Denmark uses the honor system so you will not be checked when entering trains, S-trains or Metro and most busdrivers will probable not check either, but there are inspectors and getting caught without a valid ticket is a 750 DKK fine so if in doubt ask ( there should be English text on ticket machinces as well as tickets, but do be affraid to ask people instead of taking any chances )
The national travel guide ( with routes, prices, etc - English available ) www.rejseplanen.dk
Alternatively there are places that rent out bikes or the free city bikes where you depostit a coin that you get back once you return it - just note that these are limited to a few districts..
Other that that if I can be of any assistance let me know.. and have a great trip.. ( not the best time of year to visit as the weather swings radically at this time of year - last saturday I was in thh woods in T-shirt with sun and 20C a week later it's nearly 0C and I had gloves on when I biked - so be prepared for everything ( though frost and snow is very rare before Yule it can happen if the actic pressures forces cold air down )