NewsLetter Copenhagen & Tourism Information - February 2017

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February - 2017

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Winter February - 1942
The Ice Winter in February 1942 - was a very cold and suffering experience for Copenhageners during war time. And the Copenhageners could walk carefully over the thick ice on the 16 km Oresund Strait to Sweden.
 
The Arctic Ring - Zoo
The Arctic Ring at Copenhagen Zoo is one of the largest polar bear exhibits in Europe - and is a popular tourist magnet with a absolutely amazing Arctic landscape and wildlife.
 
Winter Holidays - Canary Islands
The Canary Islands tops the list of popular winter holiday destinations in February for the sun-hungry Danes.
 
"Fastelavn"
Colourful-costumed youngsters from all over Denmark celebrate "Fastelavn" in February - 2017.
 
Danish Fast Food since 1921
The Danish Fast Food Culture on the road - serving Copenhageners and visitors since 1921.
 
Winter Bathing in Copenhagen
Winter bathing tourists can still enjoy the really ice cold waters in Copenhagen - and be satisfied with cool ice on the surface in February.

February is quite bright & cool in Copenhagen...
...
in the Cool - Cool - Cool of the Evening!

Dear Reader...
 
Days are getting brighter in Copenhagen
February is the shortest month of the year and also the coldest in Denmark - but the days are getting brighter day by day even though the smell of spring is quite far away. The coldest February every registered in Copenhagen was during the ice winter in 1942 - where the temperature came below -28-29°C - and where Copenhageners nearly could walk carefully over the thick ice on the 16 km Oresund Strait to Sweden. It was also a very cold period for the citizens of Copenhagen - who suffered - as the coal and fuel was a subject for rationing during the occupation of Denmark from 1940 to 1945 - which effected all the homes - schools - institutions and production facilities.
 
 
The Arctic Ring - A habitat for polar bears at Copenhagen Zoo!
Copenhagen Zoo has established - an up-to-date arctic landscape called the “The Arctic Ring” that will give the audience a magnificent view over an artificial Arctic coast - where one can experience polar bears in the open air on land - and a North Atlantic bird cliff from close-up - which will house puffins - guillemots and razorbills. The popular attraction offers large dry-land areas include deep water features - as well as a acrylic tunnel with walls 15 cm thick - and a diameter of 3.6 meters for visitors that can experience the majestic polar bears - diving with unexpected elegance and mobility - so close that the audience almost can touch the floating white fur of the polar bear - which will be a magnificent sight to see though the 8-meter-long acrylic tunnel.
 
 
Mandatory Winter Holidays
The Danish school systems have a week of vacation in mid. February - where parents and children mainly take a week of for either participating on a ski vacation or holidays in the sun. The Danes most popular holiday destinations for sun bathing and warm climate is - The Canary Islands - Tenerife - Thailand - Egypt and Lanzarote. The trendiest countries for Ski Vacations are Norway - Sweden - Austria - France and Italy.
 
 
“Fastelavn” - Shrovetide in February
Visitors in Copenhagen will at the end of February experience youngsters of all ages dressed up in colourful costumes of their favourite idols and attend the “Fastelavn” feast by competing to smash the wooden barrel with a lot of “goodies" inside. The Danish Tradition of "Fastelavn" is also called the “Nordic Halloween” - and can trace its origins to the Christian observance to mark the time before Easter and the resurrection of Christ. At the old town and fishing village of Dragør just 14 km from Copenhagen - "Fastelavn" is traditionally celebrated on horseback. See more detailed description of "Fastelavn" in this February Newsletter.
 
 
Danish Fast Food since 1921
The Danish Fast Food Culture can celebrate its 96 years jubilee in 2017 - as the first outdoor mobile "Pølsevogn" (Sausage Stand) was established and a reality in 1921.
 
 
Weather in February - and Winter Bathing
February is the coldest month of the year with plenty of heavy frost at night and snowfall - with an average temperature as - 3,5°C. You will need extra warm clothing - as the frosty breeze seems much colder than the present temperatures. Last year in February - it was a long bitter cold winter with snow until middle of March - and daylight will advance with almost 2-4 hours. Winter bathing tourists can still enjoy the really cold and refreshing waters in and around Copenhagen - and be satisfied with cool ice on the surface in February.


Warmest and Coldest February day in Denmark
The warmest February day in Denmark was measured on February 24 - 1990- in “Copenhagen” Sealand - with a temperature as high as +15,8°C.

The coldest February day measured in Denmark was on February 8 - 1942 - in “Brande” - Ringkøbing - North West Jutland - with a temperature as low as -29,4°C.

Highest & Lowest temperatures in Denmark - February 2016

The highest temperature in Denmark last year in February - 2016 - was 10,5°C - at "Hammer Odde Fyr" - Bornholm - February 7. - 2016. And the lowest temperature in February 2016 - was -10,7°C in “Billund” - Mid Jutland on February 16.

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Absalon - The Founder of Copenhagen
The Statue of Absalon at Højbro Plads
 
Absalon
The statue of Archbishop Absalon was erected on Højbro Plads in 1902 - and facing the Danish Parliament.
Absalon & Copenhagen...

Visit the Statue of Absalon at Højbro Plads
The statue of Archbishop Absalon was erected on Højbro Plads in 1902 - and symbolically the monument faces Christiansborg Castle - and The Danish Parliament - where Bishop Absalon (1128-1201) - built his castle on the little island called “Slotsholmen” near the city harbour around 1167. Here he also founded the city of Copenhagen (København) on the east coast of Zealand. The task to build a castle - was to protect trade on the Sound (Øresund) - was given to him by King Valdemar I. (Great) - (1131-1182 - ruled 1158-1182)

Read more: Absalon -
History

 
 
 
Visit the Arctic Ring - and Experience Arctic Wildlife
Step into another fantastic world - when you first visit the Arctic Ring at Zoo
 
The Arctic Ring...
...the Actic home for polar bears at Copenhagen Zoo!

The Arctic Ring - with focus on North Atlantic wildlife
Copenhagen Zoo has created more space for its polar bears - extending the present enclosure with an entirely new 3,000 m2 facility named The Arctic Ring. The new attraction will beside large dry-land areas include deep-water features - as well as a glass tunnel with walls 15 cm thick - and a diameter of 3.6 meters that separates the audience from the mighty polar bears. Visitors that can experience the majestic polar bears - diving with unexpected elegance and mobility - so close that the audience almost can touch the floating white fur of the polar bear - which will be a magnificent sight to see though the 8-meter-long acrylic tunnel. On the opposite end of the tunnel one will experience the seal and birds basin - which is submerged into the polar-bear basin. The 3.6 diameter tunnel will give visitors a unique view into the polar bears underwater world.

The Open Air Artic Coast
"It is like stepping into another world - when you first visit the Arctic Ring at Zoo" - Copenhagen Zoo announces. The first thing that meets the audience - is a magnificent view over the Arctic coast - the area where you see polar bears in the open air on land. The special feature is that one is at the same level as polar bears - so one can get an idea of how big and impressive these furry 4-600 kg heavy animals are. The tunnel with the acrylic windows will enable visitors to see the North Atlantic bird cliff from close-up - which will house puffins - guillemots and razorbills. In captivity polar bears will often eat tons of small fish - bones - fruits and other meats.


Inaugurated in 2013
The Arctic Ring at Copenhagen Zoo was inaugurated on February 5th - 2013 - and is open to the public all year round.


The Donators

The Arctic Ring of Life at Copenhagen Zoo - is one of largest polar bear exhibit in Europe - and is donated by the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller's Foundation.


See Copenhagen Zoo

The Arctic Ring - Zoo
The acrylic tunnel walls are 15 cm thick - and visitors can experience the majestic polar bears very close in their right arctic element.
 
The new Polar Bear Exibit
The Arctic Ring of Life at Copenhagen Zoo - has a glass tunnel with walls 15 cm thick - and a diameter of 3.6 meters that separates the audience from the mighty polar bears.
 
“Fastelavn”
”Fastelavn” - an old Christian ritual celebrated all over Denmark
 
The Wooden Barrel
"Fastelavn" is dressing up as your favourite idol and hitting down the wooden barrel - filled with a lot of "goodies".
 
The traditional "Fastelavns" Buns
"Fastelavn" buns is a must at every "Fastelavn" event .
 
The "Fastelavnsris"
The "Fastelavnsris" is decorated bent willow branches - with candy - masks - fruit and festive colourful crepe paper.
 
"Fastelavn" on Horseback
"Fastelavn" is also hitting the barrel by horseback - and is a great tradition at Dragør - and was imported by the Dutch Settlers in 1800s.
The Tradition of “Fastelavn” in February...
...fastelavn er mit navn - boller vil jeg have!

”Fastelavn” - an old Christian ritual

”Fastelavn” can trace its origins to the Christian ritual of Lent - the period during which believers fasted - prayed and abstained from festivities of all kinds to mark the time before Easter and the resurrection of Christ. The Danish festival of "Fastelavn" is a children's carnival that has its origins in religious tradition and superstitious rituals with a mysterious appearance of small wooden barrels - children’s costumes and banners bearing the cryptic slogan "Beat the cat out of the barrel". This day is celebrated in various Christian cultures - the best known being the Mardi Gras festivities which originated in France. In fact the word Fastelavn comes from the German "Fastelovend" or "Fastnacht" which means "the evening before the fasting."

Beat the cat out of the wooden barrel and "Fastelavns" Buns
The most popular game played on "Fastelavn" is "Slå katten af tønden" or "Beat the cat out of the barrel" - which is the reason for that strange slogan and the barrels in the shops. In this game - children - who are dressed in their carnival costumes - take turns beating on a suspended wooden barrel that is filled with candy and festooned with pictures of cats. The child who first breaks the barrel and releases the candy is given the honorary title of "Kattedronning" (Queen of cats) - while the child who knocks out the last piece of the barrel is dubbed "Kattekongen" (King of cats). These titles appear to be given regardless of the gender of the child involved.

From house to house for treats of candy - change or Buns

Another tradition of Fastelavn is for children in fancy dresses to go from house to house in the neighbourhood - which is why it is sometimes referred to as the "Nordic Halloween." When the door is answered - the children sing a song called "Fastelavn er mit navn" (Fastelavn is my name) and beg for treats of candy or small change. Aside from the heavy emphasis on candy - children also indulge in "Fastelavnsboller" or Lenten buns on Fastelavn - which are cream filled sweet rolls covered with icing.

"Fastelavnsris" - Twigs and willow-branches

Another popular custom child is the "Fastelavnsris" - with which children ritually flog their parents to wake them up on the morning of Fastelavns Sunday. “Fastelavnsris” have many shapes and forms and differ from area to area. In some areas they are bunches of twigs - usually from fruit trees and preferably with buds. Those are often decorated with feathers - egg-shells - storks and little figures of babies. In other areas - they are a bent willow-branch - shaped like an ankh and wound with crepe paper that has frizzles cut with scissors. Both varieties may be decorated with candy as well.

"Fastelavn" on Horseback

The first “Fastelavn” for children was conducted around year 1800 and is a imported tradition by the Dutch settlers from Dragør and from the Isle of Amager - where they hit the barrel on horseback - which is a great tradition today when “Fastelavn” is celebrated.

Dragør



 
 
 
Danish Fast Food Since 1921
Umh - Nothing like a warm Red Sausage - and a lukewarm bun!
 
The "Pølsevogn" - 1921
The primitive "Pølsevogn" mobile (Sausage Stand) in 1921 - that served one warm "pølse" for 25 øre - and a lukewarm bun for 5 øre.

Take a bite of Danish Food Culture...

Take a bite of Danish Food Culture...
The Danish Fast Food Culture can celebrate its 96 years jubilee in 2017 - as the first outdoor mobile "Pølsevogn" (Sausage Stand) was established and a reality in 1921 - with the permission by Copenhagen's council in 1920 - to serve the first warm red sausage "Rød Pølse" in Copenhagen - together with a lukewarm bun.

Warm red porky sausage (Wieners)
Since the first warm red porky sausage (wieners) was served over the very primitive "Pølsevogn" (Mobile Sausage Stand) in 1921 - these outdoor Danish fast food venues has been the everyday "must" to visit by busy Copenhageners - as these open air street eateries are a very popular gathering site during daily hours and right up to night time for hungry customers - who just prefer some quick grab-and-go food to satisfy their appetite - all year round and throughout all weather conditions.


Read more: Red Sausages

Danish Food Culture
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Indoor Public Baths - Swimming Pools & Water Parks
 
Public Baths and Swimming Pools...
The January - February and March season is for indoor bathing and swimming - except for winter bathers - and Copenhagen offers numerous of opportunities for tourists to find and use a public bath with great indoor swimming pools and areas in the city for the whole family - with water activity centres - fitness and workout facilities - steam rooms - saunas etc. for a handful of Danish Kroners. Almost every public bath and swimming pool services offers fun pools - wave machines - great water slides - flumes - bubble pools - toddlers creek - spas - relaxing jacuzzi and aqua aerobics classes. The public baths and swimming pools is often locally placed right beside hotels and lodging quarters in town.

Copenhagen Beaches
Take a stroll at one of Copenhagen many sandy beaches - and inhale fresh clean air - while visiting the city.

Beaches and Bathing - Copenhagen


 

Public Baths & Swimming Pools

There are numerous of public baths with great indoor swimming pools with water activity centres in Copenhagen for the entire family visiting the city.
 
 
Winter Bathing for Tourists
 
Winter Bathing in Copenhagen...
...I only have Ice for you!
Winter Bathing for Tourists
Winter bathing for enthusiastic tourist is possible many places in and around Copenhagen. The temperatures in Copenhagen are under the freezing point at this time of the year - and the harbour waters plus the sea waters of the Oresound are many degrees below zero - and often covered with thick ice. There are many winter bathing facilities in Copenhagen - and winter bathing activities are mainly centred around the 4 open air harbour bath pools - right in the heart of the city - but also the newly rebuilt and modernised open air sea bath resort called “Helgoland”- plus another open air bathing facility alongside the shores of the Oresound are available for passionate winter bathers.

Thousands of Active Winter Bathers
Winter bathing in ice cold water is extremely pleasant for the health and the blood circulation - and thousands of Copenhagener and Danes practise this cold activity every morning and evening throughout the winter season. Winter swimming is a popular activity among Danes - and a "must" for the thousands of active winter bathers - plus the nearly 120,000 members of winter swimming clubs.

 
See Harbour Bathing

Winter Bathing for Tourists
Thousands of Copenhagener and Danes practise this cold winter bathing activity every morning and evening throughout the winter season.
 

 
 
Enjoy Cycling in Copenhagen - February
 

Cycling and Outdoor Fun in February...
...but you'll look sweet - upon the seat - of a bicycle made for two!

Lend a cycle at your hotel - and explore Copenhagen
Take some very warm clothes on - a warm jacket - coat - cap - scarf - and gloves - and have plentiful of outdoor fun and fresh air in February - as it can be quite cold and freezing at this time of the year. We invite you once again to
lend a cycle at your hotel and logging site - or pay for a electric bicycle - or rent cycles at selected cycles shops - and explore Copenhagen and all the historical places and cultural venues together with all the amusing sites at the ever bustling waterfront and beautiful coastline of the city. Visit the National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet) - which is situated near the city centre - and experience the Danes cultural history and everlasting heritage.

360 km of safe cycle tracks
Visitors can actually take cycle trips from the one end of the city to the other within 1-hour. Start at Kongens Nytorv and cycle through the longest pedestrian street in the world “Strøget”. Then pass the Town Hall Square and enter the main shopping street “Vesterbrogade” that will take you right to the Zoo - while passing 5 km of shops - shops and shops - in one stretch. Copenhagen is geared for cycles with over 360 km of safe cycle tracks in and around the city.

Over 800,000
cycles in Copenhagen
Nearly every Copenhagener owns a bicycle - as there are almost 800,000 cycles in Copenhagen. Over 60% of all Copenhageners cycle back and forth to work - to the nearest station or to other public transportation services. There are over 360 km of save cycle tracks around the city - and should the cyclist have a green wave between traffic lights - the speed on a bicycle can easily reach 20 km per hour. Cycles are widely used in the summertime - due to the suitable weather conditions - even though the cycle tracks in the winter period are effectively cleaned for snow or other obstacles. The first separate bicycle tracks was established in Copenhagen around the Lakes in 1910 - to secure the heavy growth of cycles on the road at that time.

OBS! - Cycle City & Free Bicycles?
Even though Copenhagen claims to be a real cycle City - and aims to be the world's best city for cyclists in 2017 - with over 360 km of safe bike lanes - placed imaginatively like a magnificent maze around the city - and just a fantastic experience for visitors and tourists to use and explore - then Copenhagen is the only Capital in the world without "Free Bicycles" for their tourists and visitors! Unfortunately - the City Council of Copenhagen has not yet decided - whether to offer tourists and visitors free bicycles to explore Copenhagen on two wheels.

Cold fun in February
Lend a cycle at your hotel or logging site and explore Copenhagen and its many attractions - shops - and leisure areas in cold February.
 

Winter Cycling

No matter the type of weather conditions - the hard core cycle commuters - use their two wheeled companion back and forth to work and to reach other end destinations in the cold Danish winter months.
 
National Museum
Visit the National Museum - and soke up the Danes cultural history. The entrance is FREE all year round.
 
 
 
Aarhus - The European Capital of Culture 2017
 
Aarhus - The European Capital of Culture 2017
Aarhus has been selected as The European Capital of Culture in 2017 - and visitors visiting the second largest capital in Denmark on the east coast of Jutland can experience a city that will be buzzing of numerous Cultural Events inclusive an explosion of Festivals and Happenings - Visual Arts and Exhibitions - Architecture and Design - Music and Sound and much more Cultural Arrangements during the entire year of 2017.

See: Aarhus
 
 
Cruise Ships in Copenhagen - 2017
 
Aidacara
Aidacara is one of the cruise ships that frequently will visit Copenhagen on it's way to the Baltic countries in 2017.
 
Marco Polo
Marco Polo will visit Copenhagen during 2017 - among other Cruise ships from all over the world - that are ready to enter the harbour area of Copenhagen on their way to the Baltic and other Scandinavian countries.
 
Popular Port of Call
Over 1.2 million passengers and crew members from all over the world are expected to visit Copenhagen by ship in 2017 - as Copenhagen is the largest port of call in Northern Europe.
Cruise Ships in Copenhagen 2017
…Copenhagen's harbour - Scandinavia's cruise centre!

The Cruise Season 2016 - 2017
The first cruise vessel will visit Copenhagen end of April 2017. The number of international cruise ships embarking at the cruise ports of Copenhagen in 2016 - was 320. Over 1.2 million passengers and crew member from all over the world have visited Copenhagen by ship in 2016 - and more than 320 cruise vessels have embarked in the cruise ports of Copenhagen in 2016 - on their way to the Baltic countries - Germany - Russia and Scandinavia - as Copenhagen is the largest port of call in Northern Europe for cruise companies and their cluise liner. 

The National breakdown of Cruise Vessels and Passengers in 2016

The busiest months for Cruise Ships Calls in the ports of Copenhagen and Denmark for Cruise Liners in 2016 was June - July and August - and the roughly nationality breakdown of passengers visiting Copenhagen in 2016 - was as follows: USA/Canada (25%) Germany (23%) - Scandinavia (21%) - UK (14%) - Italy (7%) - Spain (4%) - Australia (3%) - and worldwide (3%) - and almost equal to 2015 figures.

Cruise Ships - and New Terminal Facilities
Cruise ships entering the port of Copenhagen will either embark at the Langelinie Pier - or the harbour area of the Freeport Piers at Nordhavn. Cruise ships from Norway - Sweden and Poland will dock at the new cruise terminal at "Amerika Plads". The expected visit of "Turn Around Cruise Ships" - will mainly tie up at the North Harbour Piers or Langelinie Quay for embarkation. The North Harbour Cruise Terminal with new piers has been taken into use to service some of the millions of incoming international cruise travellers - and crew members more conveniently in the future - with a pier to dock three cruise ships at a time. The Langelinie Quay offers their passengers historic terminal facilities - and situated in the Langelinie park area. The old Langelinie quay was established in 1910 - for embarkation of international cruise liners - and is still functioning as a cruise terminal.

Sightseeing Tours & Trips
Take an online round trip on our Copenhagen city portal - Copenhagen-Portal.dk - and we are sure that cruise passengers will be overloaded with information and guided online trough the city of Copenhagen - when visiting this tourist site and cultural guide. Beside of escaping on one of our many historical excursions or cultural field trips - there are plentiful of ways to see Copenhagen as a tourist and cruise passengers.

Visit:
Inbound Travel Service

Visit:
Cruise Copenhagen

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Interactive Map - Onsite
- Sightseeing


 
Cruise Lines operating from Copenhagen Ports of Call...
...and other Ports of Call in and around Denmark!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cruise Destinations & Ports of Call in Denmark
 
Cruise Destinations - Denmark
Ports of Call in Denmark
 
The West Coast of Jutland
Visit the vast and rustic West Coast areas of Jutland - with the ever moving sand dunes - and the lighthouse at “Råbjerg Mile” - that is predicted to fall into the sea within 6-7 years.
Cruise Destinations & Ports of Call in Denmark
Beside Copenhagen being the major cruise destination in Scandinavia - then several other beautiful and exhilarating cities in Denmark - all filled with a rich history - interesting attractions and an explosion of cultural venues - are visited by intercontinental cruise passengers - as these selected cruise destinations and Danish waterfront townscapes are widely used as the Port of Call for international Cruise Liners cruising the clean and steady waters of Denmark.
 
 
Ports of Call in Denmark:

Jutland: Aalborg - Aarhus - Fredericia - Skagen
Funen: Faaborg
Sealand: Copenhagen - Elsinore - Hundested - Kalundborg
Bornholm: Rønne
 
 
Shore Excursion and Field Trips
Our Inbound Travel Service Team offers comprehensive shore excursion and field trips from all Danish cruise destinations - as well as exploring the countryside around the local historical areas with many exciting sites and top attractions.
 
 
 
 
Free - Free - Free - Copenhagen

The "Water Mother"
Visit the beautiful and warm winter garden at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek - with many subtropical plants and flowers. The statue of the “Water Mother” welcomes the audience visiting this sculptural palace - located right in the center of the town.
 
Impressionists at the Glyptotek
The audience admiring the collection of paintings and original works by French Impressionist Claude Monet at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.
 
Neo-Classicism Sculptures
Danish sculptures in Neo-Classicism style in one of the exhibition halls at the Glyptotek.
 
FREE - FREE - FREE - COPENHAGEN...
...and no plastic cards required!

FREE - FREE - FREE
Explore Copenhagen Free. Free Activities - Attractions - Events and Historical Venues. Copenhagen offers many free experiences to explore that don't cost one Kroner (DKK) and the Copenhageners wishes to share all of the free offers together with tourists and visitors.
See:
Copenhagen Culture

Here are some of the free stuff and activities tourists and visitors can explore and experience - while staying in Copenhagen. Museums - Art Galleries (Free admission on selected days) - Libraries - Parks - Gardens and Leisure Areas - Changing of the Guards - Historical Churches and Cemeteries - "Strøget" (the worlds longest Shopping Street) - Harbour Bath and Beaches - Town Hall - Skating Rinks - The Danish Parliament - The Old Citadel (from 1626) - Nyhavn - (the longest bar in Scandinavia) - Botanical Garden - The Glyptotek - Skateboarding - Top Attractions and Historical Places - plus many free Seasonal Venues and Events in Copenhagen - like Free dancing lessons in June and July - at the popular yearly Summer Dance event.
 
 

Visit The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek...
...free admission on Tuesdays
!

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek with its beautiful sub-tropical Winter Garden - and extensive collections of sculptures - as well as paintings by famous international artists surrounded by a museum building created in the fine art of classicism and inaugurated in 1897 - is a place of art and culture in Copenhagen.

A broad art collection of genuine paintings by famous Impressionists like Monet - Renoir - Degas - Cézanne and other leading Post Impressionists as van Gogh - Toulouse-Lautrec - Paul Gauguin etc. - are well represented too - and on display in the new building.

See Glypyotek



See Onsite Copenhagen - National Gallery - Interactive Map - Event Calendar - Museums -
Around Copenhagen - Christiansborg Palace

 
 
Events & Entertainment in Copenhagen
 
Events and other City Hot Spots in February 2017...
...in Scandinavia's largest and most lively capital!
   
EXHIBITION VENUES: BALLERUP SUPER ARENA - BELLA CENTER - FORUM - PARKEN - ØKSNEHALLEN
 

Exhibitions in February 2017

BALLERUP SUPER ARENA
- GGfestival Winter 2017

BELLA CENTER
- CIFF 2017 - Copenhagen International Fashion - takes places in Bella Center and will present the fashion for the Winter/Spring 2017/2018. Fantastic shows and professional presentation of trends are one of many things to experience at Copenhagen International Fashion Fair.

- LEGO WORLD 2017 - Come and experience the 'Worlds funniest playground' in 2017. For children - adults and families of all ages. A whole world made of LEGO Bricks.

FORUM COPENHAGEN
- CIFF KIDS 2017
- North Europe’s most progressive children’s fashion fair. CIFF KIDS is forging the best universe for over 200 brands.

PARKEN STADIUM

ØKSNEHALLEN
Iboga Records - The Hologram Show
Copenhagen Comics 2017

LEGO WORLD - 2017
Lego World. - Come play at the world’s biggest - and most amusing building and construction site - a whole world made of LEGO bricks..
 
 
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT - Event Calendar
 

COPENHAGEN MUSEUMS - 2017

February is for indoor activities on freezing or frosty days or rainy or snowy days - so visit some of the many historical and splendid Museums and Art Galleries in Copenhagen and beyond - as many have free admission on selected days and weekends like Copenhagen City Museum - Thorvaldsens Museum - Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek - The Hirschsprung Collection - and the The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum.

Museums with admission
The National Gallery -
The National Museum - The Resistance Museum - The Danish Music Museum.


Copenhagen Museums


Summer Evening - Skagen
Summer Evening on the beach at Skagen - exhibited at The Hirschsprung Collection. The painter P.S Krøyer and his wife in 1899 - and one of the P.S Krøyer's most famous masterpieces.

FREE SKATING RINKS
- COPENHAGEN

Free Open Air Ice Skating

The traditional skating rink at Kongens Nytorv is closed until 2019-2020 - due to the Metro expansion. The new free skating rinks in and around Copenhagen are located at:

- Frederiksberg Runddel - Frederiksberg
- Lindevangsparken - Frederiksberg
- Toftegårds Plads - Valby
- Genforeningspladsens Idrætsanlæg - Bellahøj
(Northern Europe’s biggest skating rink)

Open from 10:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. - every day
One can hire skates in various sizes at all skating rinks - also for the entire family.

Copenhagen Skating Rinks
Copenhagen offers many open air skating rinks around the city.

THE ROYAL DANISH THEATRE - REPERTOIR 2017


The Royal Danish Theatre - is a treasured cultural institution
Visit the Royal Danish Theatre and experience the performance of the Royal Danish Ballet - Philharmonic Concerts with the Royal Danish Orchestra - Opera by The Royal Danish Opera - Drama with The Royal Theatre at the National Stage or at the new Opera House. The Royal Danish Theatre is Denmark's most highly profiled cultural institution - and presents Danish theatre culture - at its very best.

Royal Danish Ballet Corps
Royal Danish Theatre
Experience the Royal Danish Ballet at the Royal Theatre - which is second to none for ballet lovers.
 
COPENHAGEN - A vibrant city - full of life - joy and entertainment!

The biggest city in Scandinavia
Copenhagen is a cosmopolitan city full of life and joy - and also the largest city in Scandinavia - which attracts a large groups of Scandinavian visitors - who enjoy Danish hospitality and the free way of practicing unrestricted drinking - related to the Danes hundreds of years of responsible alcohol culture - which goes way back to the Viking era. The Danish capital also offers - exciting events - festivals and shows that are performed in and around the city together with many cultural arrangements and sports activities.
Copenhagen Nightlife
Copenhagen offers a vibrant nightlife all over the city with cocktail bars - jazz clubs - dancing hot spots - night clubs - casino - discotheques etc. - and any other kind of entertainment that can satisfy nightlife goers.
 
Events & Entertainment: Event Calendar
 
 
 
Entertainment - Song of the Month
 
Melody & Song of the Month - February - 2017
Oldies - but Goodies!
 
Terry White Band - Memphis Tennessee
 
Oldies but Goodies!
Every month we will select a real appealing song or melody from the past - that once hit the top charts - and turned into a genuine evergreen - and is still worth listening to. The purpose is to take you down memory lane - either with the original version or in a new musical arrangement and orchestration.
 
This Month's Song
February - 2017
This month’s song "Memphis Tennessee" was written - composed and first released as a B-side in 1959 by legendary Chuck Berry. The song was then re-launched in a more rock ’n’ roll style 1963 - and became a mega-hit - as well as a signature song for Chuck Berry. And later the song was most successfully covered by Johnny Rivers and The Beatles - and was a hit on the worlds Charters and Top 10 lists.

Terry White Band - Memphis Tennessee
Listen to this stylish and rocking version of "Memphis Tennessee" by Terry White Band from Holland - who is performing the song together with a group of Line Dancing Seniors - enjoying themselves to a pulsing beat rhythm - and at the same time trying to synchronise their dancing performance. So - “Long distance information, give me Memphis Tennessee - Help me find the party trying to get in touch with me - She could not leave her number, but I know who placed the call - 'Cause my uncle took the message and he wrote it on the wall”. And while the singer is trying to trace the six-year-old daughter by a telephone call via a long-distance operator the song ends with these lyrics “Last time I saw Marie she's waving me good-bye - With hurry home drops on her cheek that trickled from her eye - Marie is only six years old, information please -Try to put me through to her in Memphis Tennessee”. And these lyrics has also be played and sung by famous artists including The Who - Paul Anka - Count Basie - Dave Berry - The Beatles - The Hollies - Tom Jones - Jerry Lee Lewis - Roy Orbison - Buck Owens - Elvis Presley - Johnny Rivers - The Rolling Stones - Del Shannon - Rod Stewart - The Ventures plus many many more.


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Previous Melodies & Songs of the Month

 

 

 
 
Marking days of February - 2017
 
Christian Holy Days - Public Holidays and Flag Days in February - 2017
 
There are no Christian Holy Days or Public Holidays in February - 2017.

Flag Days in February - 2017:
- 5. - February - 2017 - Crown Princess Mary celebrates her 44 year birthday.
- 6. - February - 2017 - Princess Marie celebrates her 40 year birthday.

- February - 2017 - All public schools close one week in mid-February for mandatory winter holidays - and many employees also take their winter holidays in this period.


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Public Holidays and Flag Days

National Flag Days
On national flags days - flags will appear on public busses - buildings and when any royal or prominent person is visiting Denmark.
 
 
Monthly Information
The Danes drink the cleanest tap and drinking water in the world!
 
The Cleanest tap water in the World
Remember - there is always clean fresh running tap water in every Danish household - institution - hotel etc. - and the Danes drink almost 2,5 litres of water each day. And the Danes are privileged to drink the cleanest tap and drinking water in the world.
Monthly Information...
…Personal and Practical Information for Tourists and Visitors!

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Miscellaneous & Monthly News Résumé…
 
 
The S-Trains and Transport in 2017...
…take the S-Train - and listen to those rails a-humming
!

The S-Train
Take the S-Train and experience Copenhagen and beyond - on one of the best local train networks in the world. The tour with the S-train is a great opportunity for tourists to see the city and also discover the outskirts of Copenhagen - as well as exploring North Sealand and the southern coastline too - with its many attractions - historical venues and enchanting forest areas. The train ride - from the Central Station or other local stations will take visitors every 20 minutes to Klampenborg - Hillerød and Frederikssund north of Copenhagen - and to Køge alongside the southern coastline of Sealand.

DSB is the main train operator in Denmark - and is owned by the Danish State.


The S-Train Net and Lines of Copenhagen - S-Trains
Free bicycles with the S-Train
The S-Train has a wide network of lines in and beyond Copenhagen - and it's free to transport a bicycle with the S-Train.
24 Hour Ticket
The 24 hour ticket provides unlimited transport by train - bus and metro in and around Copenhagen.
DSB
 
The FlexCard
The FlexCard offers unlimited transport by train - bus and metro in and around Copenhagen for
7 or 30 days.
DSB
 
Free transport of Bicycles
It is also free to take your bicycle with the S-Train every day all year round in 2017 - to your end station and destination.

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Onsite and Transport
 
 
Route Map
Route map for busses - trains and Metro.
 
Parking Guide
Car parking guide in and around Copenhagen.

Updated route map for Busses - Trains and Metro + Parking in central Copenhagen...

Maps and other traffic info are frequently updated
To give our readers better updated info about Busses - Trains - Metro and Harbour Busses as well as parking possibilities in central Copenhagen - we have moved this section from our transport site to the Monthly Newsletter page - as maps and other info are frequently updated by the provider of these services.

Updated bus route map
You're in the Greater Copenhagen area for a family visit or other reasons. Whatever - you'll need to get around by Bus - Train - Metro and Harbour Bus as easily as possible. Here we provide you with a quick overview of an updated route map that is relevant for you - which all valid for both buses - trains and Metro - some with specific periods and zones.

Harbour Busses
Take the harbour busses and experience Copenhagen from the seaside and waterfront - where one can hop on and of at popular spots around the harbour area.

The Bus Route Map is under revision!

Parking within the Pay and Display zone

You have to pay for parking at all times from 08.00 A.M. on Mondays until 17.00 P.M. on Saturdays. Your "Pay and Display" ticket is valid for the zone in which it was bought and also in any cheaper zones. Note that your "Pay and Display" ticket is valid for all zones from 18.00 in the evening until 08.00 the next morning because charges are the same everywhere for that time period. All parking around the city of Copenhagen is free on Sundays.

Se more on Parking.dk - and then select the english version!

 
 
Danish Banknotes
 
The Danish Banknotes...
…money - money - money - must be funny - in a rich man’s world!

When visiting Denmark - tourists will be presented with these banknotes called the 2009-2011 series. But one will still meet the 1997 and 1972 series of banknotes in circulation.

The Theme of the banknotes

The theme of the new banknotes is Danish bridges and the surrounding landscapes - or details from these landscapes. The artist Karin Birgitte Lund has chosen to interpret this theme in two ways - bridges as links between various parts of Denmark and as links between the past and the present. The present is represented by the bridges - the past by five distinctive prehistoric objects found near the bridges.

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Danish Currency - Banknotes & Coins

First Danish banknote - 1728
The first Danish banknote was issued in 1713 - and the banknote was to have the same value as coins - but the Danes did not trust this paper money - and its value therefore soon fell to below the coin value. The banknotes were withdrawn again in 1728.
 
 
A Messy Construction Site in 2017
 
The Metro City Ring
The Metro City Ring will circle around the central part of Copenhagen - when completed in 2019.
 
Construction Sites in Copenhagen
Due to Metro City Ring extension - there will be some messy streets and places in Copenhagen.
 
Town Hall Building Site
One of the most affected constructions sites will be at the Town Hall Square - where the major Town Hall Station will be located.
 
The Tunnel Boring Machine
The huge tunnel boring machine (TBM) - will operate and drill - bore - and excavate the two tunnels 25 to 35 meters under the surface of Copenhagen creating a diameter of almost 5 meter.
 
New York Subway opened in 1860
The New York Subway (Metro) opened in 1860 - and is the oldest and largest underground railway system in the world.

Copenhagen 2017 - A Messy Construction Site...
…21 active Metro Bulding Sites all over the City until 2019-2020!

Construction of the new Metro Circle Line
Tourists visiting Copenhagen within the next couple of years - and until 2019-2020 - will see and experience an enormous lot of heavy construction activity and building sites all around Copenhagen - due to establishing and completing the new Metro Circle Line that will run right in the central part of Copenhagen.

The expansion of the exciting public transport system
The expansion of the existing public transport system in Copenhagen by building the new Metro Circle Ring will cost the Danish tax payers almost DKK 24 billion - and will consist of two single track tunnels - running in a ring around the central part of Copenhagen - each with the approximately length of 16 km - and totally 32 km of new track tunnels are slowly being drilled and bored by advanced and giant tunnel boring machines about 25-35 metres under the surface of Copenhagen - to meet each end of the new circle line precisely.

Great benefit for future Metro users
When the new metro system is completed - it will be a great benefit for daily commuters - tourist and Copenhageners - as the new Metro Circle Ring will be a fully automated driverless metro ring line operating 24 hours - 7 days a week - and with 17 underground stations and island platforms - as well as 4 crossover facilities - with 4 construction and ventilation shafts. It will take approximately 24-minutes to travel all the way around the new Metro City Line.

21 construction sites all over Copenhagen
Tourists in Copenhagen will experience changes in traffic patterns - bus routes - as well as retail trade - shopping availability - restaurant visits - train station accessibility etc. - and everyone living and visiting the city will be affected in some way in and around the building sites. Tourist should take extra caution - and be extra careful during their stay or vacation in the city - as there will be almost 21 heavy construction sites all around Copenhagen that obviously will make the city more or less noisy - dusty - muddy etc. - with many challenging obstacles - and numerous changed streetscapes. All together - Copenhagen will be quite a big mess until 2018 - and the most affected location created by the construction work - is the Town Hall Square - right in the “bull's eye” of Copenhagen - where the pulse of the city really beats - and has for many decades - always been the favourite meeting place for tourists spending their holidays in Copenhagen.

Traffic problems all around Copenhagen
The building of the new city metro ring will obviously create a lot of traffic problems in and around Copenhagen with plenty of detours - changes in traffic patterns - as well as heavy traffic jams.

Metro Ring Completed in 2019-2020

The new Metro City Ring will according to all ambitious plans open and operate in 2019-2020 - and the preparation work - including geotechnical surveys and archaeological excavation - is already in their final stage. The huge tunnel boring machine (TBM) - also known as a "mole" - will then start to drill - bore - and excavate in the extremely hard gray clay and chalk to create the two tunnels 25 to 35 meters under the surface of Copenhagen with a diameter of almost 5 meters.

Location of construction sites
Here are the 21 different construction sites located in central Copenhagen and listed in alphabetical order - and in their originally names in Danish: Aksel Møllers Have - Enghave Plads - Frederiksberg - Frederiksberg Allé - Gammel Strand - Kongens Nytorv - København H - Marmorkirken - Nørrebro - Nørrebroparken - Nørrebros Runddel - Nuuks Plads - Otto Busses Vej - Poul Henningsens Plads - Rådhuspladsen - Skjolds Plads - Sønder Boulevard - Trianglen - Vibenshus Runddel - Øster Søgade/Sortedams Sø - and Østerport.

New York Subway - 1860
The New York Subway (Metro) is the oldest underground railway transit system in the world - which opened in 1860 - with stations located throughout the boroughs of Manhattan - Brooklyn - Queens and the Bronx. The Subway system today is one of the largest in the world with over 470 stations operating on a 24-hour basis.

The London Underground - 1863
The London Underground transit system (Metro) - called The Metropolitan Railway - opened in 1863 - and is the second oldest underground train system in the world - with over 26,000 passengers a day within a few months after the opening in 1863 - and was operating between Hammersmith and Farringdon Street. Today - the London Underground serves 270 stations by rail - and is also colloquially called "The Tube".

This article will frequently be updated

 
Travelling safely in Copenhagen - 2017
Mind Pickpockets and Trick Thieves in crowded areas in Copenhagen
 
Safety Precautions in Copenhagen...
...especially in crowded areas!

Cynical Pickpockets - Trick Thieves and Con Men!

Like in any other Capital City or Metropolitan areas - Copenhagen has it’s problems with professional pickpockets and and cynical trick thieves that mainly target Visitors and Tourists - and are spread all over the city with their criminal activities. Even though Copenhagen records a very low crime rate - and is a quite safe place to be and live - pocket thieves operate in crowded tourist areas - where the risk of being a victim for these sneaky criminals is higher on the Pedestrian Street “Strøget” - and the area around the Central Station and in S-Trains - as well as Cinemas - Cafés - Restaurants and Public Transportation etc.. So be careful with your personal belongings and always use your common sense. If any attempt - you should immediately contact the police.


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Travelling Safely in Copenhagen

Pickpockets and Thieves
Mind Pickpockets and Trick Thieves in crowded areas in Copenhagen - and many con men and criminals will enter Copenhagen for the tourist season.
 
 
 
Quotation of the month
 
Niels Bohr
 

Quotation of the month - February - 2017

"Einstein - stop telling God what to do!"

("Einstein - hold op med at fortælle Gud - hvad han skal gøre!")

Niels Henrik David Bohr - 1885-1962. Danish physicist and Nobel Prize winner 1922 - in Physics - and regarded as the father of atomic energy.

Niels Bohr


 
 
Danish Food Culture - Culinary Heritage - and Cooking Recipes
*A Part of the Danish Cultural Heritage*
 
Danish Specialities - Recipes of the Month - February
 
Patty Shells - "Tarteletter"
Old National and Provincial Everyday Dish with Rural roots.
 
The Danes consume 40 million Patty Shells - every year!
 
"Tarteletter". Patty Shells or croustade is a hallow-shaped cup of baked puff pastry also called Tart Shells. The puff pastry was invented by a French pastry Chef - Claudius Gele - around 1645. He discovered that by folding pastry dough in many layers - obtained a special crunchy baked puff pastry - a recipes still used today by professionals baking patty shells. The first filled patty shells to be eaten in Denmark were in the late 19th century - and for many decades considered as an upper-class gourmet dish. The first cookbook that described the recipes - was from 1842 by Danish cookbook author Madame Mangor - and in 1880 by recognized cookbook author Louise Nim. In 1900 - the patty shell with various fillings slowly became an everyday common meal in the Danish household - and especially in rural regions around Denmark it became a hit on the dining table - and is still a very popular country dish up to our time. The dish has become more provincial during this century - and the Copenhageners eat patty shells with quite a sense of humour. There are more than 110 recipes and different ways of making the patty shell fillings and over 40 million patty shells with appropriate fillings are consumed every year in Denmark. In 1901 - the recipes with chicken mixed with asparagus is mentioned for the first time in Miss Jensen’s cookbook. During the last 20 years the patty shell with filling has had a successful renaissance.
 

Creamed Chicken with asparagus in Patty Shells

 
Creamed Chicken with asparagus
("Tarteletter" med kylling i asparges)
The dish is over 150 years old and has been a traditional everyday meal for generations of Danes that just want to taste some crispy puff pastry with a tasty filling. One of the most popular recipes is Creamed Chicken with asparagus in Patty Shells.

Ingredients:
Fill
500 gram
1 can
1 dl
0,5 dl
25 gram
2 tablespoons



12




Chicken breasts
Asparagus pieces
Whole milk - 3,5 %
Whipping cream - 38%
Butter
Flour

Liquid from a
sparagus can

Luxury patty shells


 
Chicken Fill for Patty Shells
Creamed Chicken with asparagus is one of the recipes and filling mix for patty shells - and mentioned the first time in Miss Jensen's cookbook from 1901.
 
Seafood Fill
Seafood fill with shrimps - lobster tails - salmon with fish balls is a delicious variation to fill the warm crispy patty shells.
Follow me step by step...

Creamed Chicken in Patty Shells

Recipes for 12 patty shells
- Wash the chicken breasts thoroughly under cold running water. Part the chicken breasts
in regular pieces and place them in a pot that is covered with water - salt and vegetables - and boil it approx. for 1 to 1½ hours depending on size of pieces - the meat should be tender. Remove regularly the foam from the water surface with a spoon. Chicken meat is very juicy and the broth is used for the creamed sauce.

- Take the meat up and put it to cool on platter or plate. Save the water. The meat is cut into smaller pieces about 400 to 500 grams for this recipes. The rest can be used for other purposes.

- Asparagus liquid is passed through a sieve into a saucepan. Add milk and cream and boil gently. Mix flour and butter together in a cup or small bowl for a butter bun. Add the butter bun to the liquid. After some minutes it cooked out after which the sauce is whipped thoroughly and boil for 5 to 10 minutes.

- When the sauce is cooked through - add chicken and asparagus pieces in - while stirring lightly.

- Meanwhile warm the patty shells upside down in an oven. Then fill the 12 tart shells with the warmed creamed chicken with asparagus.

- Serve the warm crispy patty shells with the creamy delicious fill inside.


Fill variation with Seafood
-1 tablespoon butter and flour
-1 can of fish balls with bouillon
-1 dl cream 38%
-1 can chopped asparagus
-200 g shrimps
-100 g lobster tails
-100 g bits of salmon
-1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt & pepper
-Fresh dill

Stir a smooth butterball - then put in the fish balls and fish bouillon. Add cream and stir to a smooth consistency - then ad rest of the ingredients - and season to your taste with salt and pepper. Fill the warm Patty Shell with the warm Seafood fill and top up with fresh dill.


Ready-made fillings for patty shells
You can also buy various ready-made fillings for patty shells in supermarkets and grocery stores - and a choice of patty shells too.

See Eating and traditional Danish food culture


"Velbekomme" - Enjoy your meal!

 
 
 
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Important Tip!
Even though we show thousands of "sunshine photos" on our Copenhagen Portal and on this Newsletter site too - then it does sometimes "rain" in Copenhagen and Denmark - so remember an umbrella!
 


Photo substitute
As a substitute for the missing "rainy photos" on our presentation of Copenhagen and Denmark - we show the famous scene with Gene Kelly dancing in the pouring rain - and singing his legendary signature song "Singin' in the Rain".


Welcome to Copenhagen & Denmark.

Most sincerely - from Copenhagen & Denmark with love!

Advisory Board & News Letter Team
George B. Moller


Singin' in the Rain

American comedy musical film from 1952 - starring Gene Kelly - Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds - with the famous scene where legendary Gene Kelly is dancing in pouring rain - while singing the title song "Singin' in the Rain".
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