Globetrotter Girls – Colorful Copenhagen

Author: , May 7th, 2015

Copenhagen - Dani at Globetrotter Girls

Other people might have considered it hugely inconvenient to travel to another country to catch a flight, but when I found a flight deal leaving from Copenhagen that was $200 cheaper than all the other flight from Europe to LA, my first thought was ‘Perfect! Now I’ve finally got an excuse to visit Copenhagen.’

And when I saw that it was only [euro]20 to get there from Berlin, the decision was made: I’d spend a day in Copenhagen en route to the U.S. (I love how cheap it has become to travel around Europe with budget airlines, buses and trains competing for customers).

I didn’t have much on my ‘must see’ list, except for the obligatory photo stop by the Little Mermaid, the brightly painted Nordic houses along the canals and Christiana, the famous autonomous district of the city that is known for its alternative inhabitants and subculture (since it is not allowed for visitors to take photos inside Christiana, I recommend this picture-heavy Buzzfeed article to find out what Christiania is all about).

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Denmark Gay Travel Resources

Twenty Four Hours in Copenhagen

Author: , May 7th, 2015

Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, DenmarkIf you’re as old as me, you’ll remember a time when you wouldn’t dream of embarking on a vacation or city break without buying or borrowing the relevant guide book. Whether it was Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, or one of the many other authoritative travel publishers, the reviews and advice that you found in your trusty guidebook influenced where you stayed, where you ate, and what you did at each destination – and for a lot of people, they of course still do.

However, with the internet, the situation has evolved. You can find constantly updated travel advice online, and sites such as TripAdvisor have turned the concept of user-generated reviews into a blood sport.

The location-based technology of smart phones was a further evolution in the distribution and sharing of travel insights. A quick mini-break to Denmark’s capital Copenhagen seemed the perfect opportunity to test out a new travel app that I’d been keen to try – Momondo Places.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Denmark Gay Travel Resources

Eating Out: Copenhagen

Author: , February 10th, 2015

Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, DenmarkWhen considering Copenhagen’s food scene, your gaze may be blinded by the 17 Michelin stars bestowed on 15 of the world’s most notable restaurants that reside in Denmark’s capital.

noma (Strandgade 93. Tel: +45-3296-3297. www.noma.dk), Chef Rene Redzepi’s epic riff on Scandinavian cuisine as tasted through a palette of foraged and decomposing plates of this and that, will set you back nearly $500 per person (including wine pairings). For self-proclaimed foodies it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but for those who have set their vacation budget below stratospheric levels, you can still amply celebrate the ever-changing bounty of Nordic cuisine.

Recounting the Danish dining experience is challenging in that it is often based on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Items you’ll find on midsummer menus (strawberries and asparagus) will vary greatly compared to what you might see in fall or winter (Danish cheeses, root vegetables). Don’t worry, the innovation and transformation transcends the waning and waxing of the moon. Redzepi, along with other gastronomic leaders throughout Copenhagen, are an inspiration to a new generation of innovative chefs who are establishing their own bragging rights. There are also a number of can’t-miss classics that will lure anyone with a palette for perfection.

By Matthew Wexler – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Denmark Gay Travel Resources

Copenhagen Like a Local

Author: , January 31st, 2015

Lasse Skole HansenI’ve lived here since… November 2005.

I’ve stayed because… Copenhagen is a capital city that feels like a town, so you get the perks of being in a big city but none of the traffic, noise and hassle – you can ride your bike literally everywhere, all year round. Copenhagen is by far one of the most liveable places that I know of in the world.

My favourite queer bar has to be… Masken, for kicking off the night with drinks, then on to Cosy Bar for the first dance and finally Never Mind, for dancing until my feet ache. If I had to pick one of the above, Never Mind takes the crown, for its DJ perching on an actual pulpit.

Here in Copenhagen, we always look forward to… Spring. In Copenhagen we have really long and dark winters, so as soon as springtime arrives everyone flocks to the parks and cafes in their shorts even though it’s still technically freezing – this has always been such an endearing habit that Copenhageners have.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Denmark Gay Travel Resources

Living Like a Dane in Copenhagen

Author: , October 10th, 2014

Little Mermaid Copenhagen DenmarkGay Pride is a huge deal in Copenhagen. Denmark was the first country in the world to legally recognize same-sex unions, and this year the city by the sea was still buzzing from its Eurovision high a few weeks earlier. Conchita Wurst won the coveted competition on Danish soil, a testament to the open arms and open minds of the nation.

When locals and visitors alike aren’t gathering in the city center to celebrate Gay Pride in August, the city is proudly home to a number of gay bars and gay-friendly businesses. It doesn’t matter where you go in Copenhagen, you’re sure to be welcomed like family. Here are some extra tips for living like a local in Copenhagen.

1. Ride the city-wide cycle paths

Cyclists own the streets of Copenhagen. Expect to hear the upcoming ‘ding-aling’ of Danes racing past on their morning errands – but be far from intimidated! Find a GoBike stand at Koebenhavn station and join the welcoming locals on the speedway – it’s the best (and most fun!) way to see all the city has to offer.

By Dan Beeson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Denmark Gay Travel Resources

What You Can Do With $10, $50 or $100 in Copenhagen

Author: , July 7th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 5.45.42 PMFounded by Bishop Absalon in 1160, Denmark’s capital has grown over the centuries into one of the northern Europe’s most charming cities. Packed with historical photo opps like Amalienborg Palace and Tivoli Gardens amusement park as well as feasts for the eyes and palette, Copenhagen can satiate travelers of all varieties. Of course, it’s also got a reputation as one of Europe’s most expensive destinations — but just because you have your eye on the good things in life doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank. Here’s how to experience the best of Copenhagen on any budget.

$10: Eat Like a Dane

You can’t go to Copenhagen and not delve into some of the region’s most iconic dishes, which include smorrebrod (open-faced sandwiches), handmade pastries, and flavorful sausages. If you’re short on time, Torvehallerne is the city’s largest food market and offers 60 different stalls of fresh ingredients and prepared foods. Divide and conquer and you and your travel companions can create a personalized “Best Of” Copenhagen feast.

For fast food, Danes love their hot dogs. Dop has numerous stands around the city, where you can get an organic sausage topped with remoulade and served with a side of mash and roasted beets for $6.25. For dessert, scope out one of the local bakeries such as Lagkagehuset (multiple locations), where you can sample freshly baked goods such as the snail-shaped tryksnegl ($3.30) and other assorted sweet treats.

By Matthew Wexler – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Denmark Gay Travel Resources

Copenhagen This Summer

Author: , April 30th, 2014

Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, DenmarkCopenhagen is gearing up to host the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest from May 5 – 10, but that’s not the only honor bestowed upon the Danish capital this year. The renowned environmentally friendly city has also been named European Green Capital for 2014 by the European Environment Commission. Here’s why that matters to visitors.

A Greener Eurovision

This year, Copenhagen’s green aspirations will play a major role in its hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest. The city claims that all aspects of the event production will be carried out in an eco-friendly way, from food and beverages provision, to transportation.

The city has constructed new bicycle paths connecting the Eurovision Island (the area surrounding Refshaleoen, an abandoned shipyard) to the city center, making it as easy as possible for visitors to join in with local bicycle culture and choose an eco-friendly (and cheap) mode of transport.

By Karen Gardiner Dion – Shermans Travel | Denmark Gay Travel Resources

Win a Trip to Copenhagen for Eurovision

Author: , March 23rd, 2014

Eurovision 2014This year, Denmark celebrates an important anniversary. Twenty-five years ago, the country held the world’s first same-sex civil union, and, to celebrate, VisitDenmark is holding a special contest to commemorate this historic moment.

For one lucky same-sex couple, there is a marriage ceremony in Copenhagen up for grabs! Also included in the grand prize: admission for two to watch the Eurovision Song Contest.

The contest will run until April 6, 2014. Couples who want to enter the contest can do so by posting or uploading a short video film or photo with the hashtag #ValidateYourLove, and then submitting an entry form here, telling their love story and why they should be the lucky winners of the trip to Denmark.

Authored By Jake Folsom – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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What to Do on a Four Hour Layover in Copenhagen

Author: , October 10th, 2013

Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, DenmarkIf you are planning to take advantage of Norwegian Air’s low-cost flights to Europe, chances are you’ll find yourself with a layover in a Scandinavian airport some time soon. If that city happens to be Copenhagen, you’re in luck because the airport is close enough to the city to offer the chance to get out for some sightseeing even on a short layover.

Getting Around:

Getting in to the city couldn’t be easier than with one of Europe’s fastest airport-to-city links. Six trains an hour depart Copenhagen-Kastrup and reach the city center in under 15 minutes. Taking the yellow-colored M2 line and getting off at Kongens Nytorv station will put you within easy access of many of the city’s attractions.

Relax in Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn

Nytorv, or King’s New Square, is the city’s biggest public square, laid out by 17th-century king, Christian V, whose statue you will find astride a horse in the center. The square is surrounded by grand 17th-century buildings, including the iconic Hotel d’ Angleterre, home to Champagne bar Balthazar, in the back of the hotel, which serves more than 160 different Champagnes and Champagne cocktails, including 11 different Champagnes by the glass.

Authored By Karen Gardiner Dion – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel Blog

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Three Days in Copenhagen

Author: , March 28th, 2013

Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, DenmarkAfter pillaging and plundering several Copenhagen souvenir shops in search of plastic Viking hats, my friend Ryan and I finally find our bounty at Tivoli Gardens, the famous amusement park in the center of the city from which the original Disneyland supposedly took its inspiration. Founded in 1843, Tivoli’s meticulously trimmed gardens, Moor-inspired Nimb hotel and restaurant and yesteryear kitsch, make it a surprisingly inviting place to spend an afternoon or evening, and I’m kicking myself that we waited until the last minute to pay it a visit.

We are soon to join several thousand other passengers aboard the Holland Eurodam for a seven-day Baltic cruise and are hastily investing our last few hours before departure in search of novelty hats to wear for a costume party aboard the ship. We’re also getting two vacations in one as we’ve just spent the past three days touring Copenhagen, an energetic capital city that over the course of a long weekend reveals seriously beautiful people, a smoergasbord (to steal a Nordic word) of intriguing neighborhoods, and an undeniably important dining scene–all presented with Scandinavian efficiency.

I arrive at Kastrup Airport on Friday and one day ahead of Ryan who is in Scotland meticulously photographing its moody countryside. The first thing every traveler should know about Kastrup is that it’s gorgeous and a perfect place for a long layover. It contains dozens of shops and restaurants (including an outpost of the ubiquitous local bakery Lagkagehuset and enviable food halls offering travelers a respectable first taste of traditional Danish cuisine) and its proximity to Copenhagen Central Station (about 5.4 miles) is enviable. Trains are fast, efficient, frequent, and cost about $6 each way.

Authored By Jason Heidemann – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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