NewsLetter Copenhagen & Tourism Information - June 2017

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Denmark in June
Denmark is dresses in bright yellow and light green stirring summer colours in June - when the mustard fields are blooming around the blue lakes and fjords.
 
Aarhus - Holiday Destination
Nearly 55% of the Danes prefer to spend their holidays in Denmark - and all over the Danish kingdom. One of the most visited venues is Aarhus - The heart of Culture & Art and the second largest city in Denmark and situated in Jutland.
 
Constitution Day - June 5th
There are many ways to celebrate Constitution Day on June 5th - here are some happy Danish folk dancers in there national dresses performing a traditional dance from their region.
 
"Dannebrog"
The floating Royal Residence - "Dannebrog" is ready to cruise in June and September - and will visit the Faroe Islands - as well as 5 municipalities in Denmark - during the Royal Families Summer Voyage in 2017.
 
Bathing season in June
Officially - the bathing season starts in June - and the beaches plus the free harbour baths of Copenhagen are popular venues - and visited every day by thousands of Copenhageners.
 
The Withsun Sun Dancing
After the celebration of Whitsun "Pinse" festivities - it's an ongoing tradition for Danes to see the Whitsun Sun Dancing on the sky "Pinsemorgen" Whitsun morning.
 
Whitsun Carnival in June
The Whitsun Carnival in June is a great yearly tradition with hundreds of colourful dancers - and the central part Copenhagen will be packed with thousands of cheerful and lively spectators.
Cruising Copenhagen
The June Cruise Season has started successfully - with 70 calls - and with lot of cheerful passengers and crew members visiting Copenhagen.
 
The Danish Flag "Dannebrog"
The Danish flag fell down from the sky in 1219 in Estonia and helped King Valdemar II to win the battle at Lydanise near Tallinn.
 
Sankt Hans Eve - 2017
Celebrate Sankt Hans Eve and Midsummer with the Danes - where bonfires are lit all over the country - and where everybody sings the traditional "Midsommervisen" - the Midsummer Hymn.

Summertime in Copenhagen...
...and the livin' is easy!

 
Dear Reader...
 
June is long daylight hours and outdoor life - in Copenhagen
June is the beginning of summer in Copenhagen with real warm temperatures. June is here and June is summertime in Copenhagen. The bright yellow mustard fields are blooming all over the countryside - and the growing crops all over - has covered Denmark in stirring summer colours. The temperature is slowly rising with warmer weather and the Copenhageners are really enjoying the outdoor life - and has slowly stated the grill season with many whole roasted pork on the menu - which is also one of the Danes favourite outdoor eating’s - as Denmark is one of the biggest exporters of pork meat in the world. Parks as well as all the green breath holes of the city are filled with sunbathing citizens that are tanning their skin for the first time this year. Officially - the bathing season starts in June - and the beaches plus the free harbour baths of Copenhagen are popular venues - and visited by many Copenhageners - who just want a fresh cool swim in the crystal clear waters in and around the city. June is the month with some flag days - and national events like the celebration of the Danes beloved Constitution Day - and later the celebration of traditional Sankt Hans Eve. (St. John’s Eve).
 
 
The Whitsun - "Pinse" - Holy days in June - 2017
The next holy days and public holidays is the conventional Whitsun celebration - "Pinse" in June 2017. The Whitsun Church festival and Holy Event is 7 weeks after Easter - and the Danes traditionally celebrate 3-days with Whitsun festivities together with a lot of Churchgoing - family gatherings - plenty of food from the well visited buffet tables - barbeque activities - "Snaps" and cold foamy "Beers" - which is a popular ritual - as well as the trendy custom - not to go to bed before seeing the Whitsun Sun dancing - when rising above the horizon on the second day of the Whitsun holidays. And the traditional Whitsun Carnival in Copenhagen will present a very colourful event during the Whitsun public holidays in June 2017 - with many actors - bands and spectators.

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Celebrating Constitution Day in June - “Grundlovsdag”
“Grundlovsdag” - is the yearly anniversary of signing the first Danish Constitution of June 5. 1849 - which established Denmark as a constitutional monarchy - and is celebrated all over the Danish Kingdom. Constitution Day is a national Public Holiday and Flag Day - where most shops in Denmark are closed. The day is also "Father's Day" in Denmark. The Danes just love celebrating their "Grundlovsdag" - that is connected with many political speeches - meetings - and other types of leisure activities all over Denmark. Danish democracy is rooted in the Democratic Constitution from 1849 - and the Danes have been governed by this well functional and strong democratic Constitution ever since - signed by King Frederik VII (1808-1863 - King of Denmark 1848-1863) - on June 5. - 1849 - giving the Danes their personal liberty and democratic rights - which mainly means freedom of speech - freedom of the press and free elections. Constitution day - "Grundlovsdag" - is celebrated by all the democratic and freedom-loving Danes that are very proud of all their many core values - and their thousand year old cultural background - which has contributed to build up and develop their democratic nation - with Gender Equality & Quality - as one of the Danes most Fundamental and Constitutional Values!
 
 
SANKT HANS EVE 2017 - Celebrate it with the Danes
Sankt Hans Aften (St. John’s Eve) was a official religious holiday in Denmark until 1770 - and has since the time of the Vikings been a Danish tradition of celebrating the Midsummer with bonfires and speeches all over the country in the evening of 23th June - 2017. Especially on the coastline of Denmark - bonfires are lit to celebrate the midsummer month and a great tradition is to sing “Midsommervisen” - the Midsummer Hymn by Holger Drachmann - “Vi elsker vort land” - We love our Country.
 
 
The Cruise Season has started successfully - with 70 calls in June
At the present - 70 cruise vessels will visit Copenhagen in June 2017 - with a lot of cheerful passengers and crew members - having great expectations - on their way to explore the Baltic - Russian and Scandinavian countries.

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The floating Royal Residence - "Dannebrog" 
From June to September - the Royal Yacht “Dannebrog” becomes the floating Royal Residence - when the Royal Family tours and cruises the Danish waters and international seas in the summer season - visiting Danish provincial cities and foreign ports. The Royal yacht is also used for official arrangements - when docked in domestic harbours or abroad. The Royal Yacht “Dannebrog” is named after the Danish flag.
 
 
Valdemar’s Day and "Dannebrog"
Valdemar’s Day on June 15. is to commemorated the Danish flag called "Dannebrog" (1219) - and reunification with Southern Jutland 1920. (Flag Day). The Danish Flag "Dannebrog" is the oldest National Flag in the world.
 
 
Enquiries of interesting Topics and Issues
The editorial Newsletter team receive many questions about certain topic and issues described and illustrated on Copenhagen-Portal.dk especially concerning: The Danish Cultural Heritage - The Royal Danish Family - Cruise matters - Museums - Denmark - Transportation - Danish Food Culture - Events - Historical Venues - Danish Currency & money etc. - which the editorial team will focus on and explain in a more detailed - and select as a main topic in a up-to-date version in every monthly Newsletter edition - beside of other news related subjects about Copenhagen and Denmark.
 
 
Weather in June
Copenhagen in June can be pleasantly warm with some showers - and there is always a fresh breeze sweeping over the rolling landscape in Denmark. June - July and August are probably the best months of the year to visit Copenhagen - and there can be both cold snaps just as easily as heat waves. Pack shorts and sundresses - short sleeves with a light sweeter - but always keep a light waterproof jacket handy for those inevitable rainy days - as the weather can be completely unpredictable here. The average temperature in June is about 18-25° C. The highest temperature in Denmark last year was +29.4° C in June 2016.

 
Warmest and Coldest June day in Denmark

The Warmest day in Denmark in June was measured on June 29 - 1847 - at Hillerød - mid Sealand - with a temperature as high as +35,5°C.

The Coldest day in Denmark in June was measured on June 2 - 1936 - at “Klosterhede Plantage” - Ringkøbing - Western Jutland - with a temperature as low as -3,5°C.

June 2016
The highest temperature in June last year in 2016 - was +29.4°c - at Rønne - on the sunny Isle of Bornholm on June 25 - 2016. The lowest temperature in June last year in 2016 - was +1.1°c - at Isenvad located near Herning in Mid Jutland on June 11 - 2016.
 
 
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Visit Delightful Denmark...
A part of the Danish Cultural Heritage and National Treasures!
 
AARHUS
THE SMILING CITY & CRUISE DESTINATION
A Remarkable - Must See - Tourist Sight and Historical Venue
 
Aarhus - The European Capital of Culture 2017
 
Aarhus - Jutland
Aarhus is situated in Jutland and placed on the Bay of Aarhus - and facing the Kattegat Sea.
 
Aarhus - 2017
Aarhus has been selected as The European Capital of Culture in 2017.
Aarhus - The Heart of Culture and Art 
One of the most visited historical sites in Denmark
 
Aarhus - The Heart of Culture and Art & much more...
Aarhus is not just the second largest city in Denmark - but the largest city in Jutland - and a remarkable cultural pearl and artistic oasis on the east coast of Jutland - as well as being the central melting pot of culture and art that has influence on the East Jutland metropolitan area with it’s population of almost 1.5 million residents. And Aarhus is just a city specially created for genuine art lovers and cultural cosmopolitans - as Aarhus offers different types of art - and all kind of imaginative creations that are spread at selective venues all over the city and beach areas.

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 various 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.

Read more - Aarhus...

Delightful Denmark Series


 
 
The Royal Residence - “Dannebrog”
 
 
The Floating Royal Residence - “Dannebrog”
...out on the ocean - far from all the commotion!
 
The Royal Yacht "Dannebrog"
"Dannebrog" is the floating Royal Residence for the Danish Royal Family - and was launched in 1932.
 
The Interior Design
Lisbet Friis has designed and printed the interior textiles for The Danish Royal Yacht in commission for the Danish Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik.
 
The next Royal Generation
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary is the new and next generation of royalties that has entered the Royal Yacht "Dannebrog".
 
The Danish Flag "Dannebrog"
The Royal Yacht “Dannebrog” is named after the Danish flag.
 
King Frederik IX - & "Dannebrog"
King Frederik IX - was a sailor in heart - and just loved his "Dannebrog". Here the King is waving to a cheering audience during a visit with "Dannebrog" to Aarhus in 1957 - together with his Queen Ingrid.
 
Summer Cruises with "Dannebrog"
The royal summer cruises with "Dannebrog" is a great opportunity for the royal family to meet the citizens that arrange local festivities at each port of call.
The floating Royal Residence - "Dannebrog"
During the summer season - from June to September - the Royal Yacht “Dannebrog” becomes the floating Royal Residence - when the Royal Family tours and cruises the Danish waters and international seas - visiting Danish provincial cities and foreign ports. The Royal yacht is also used for official arrangements - when docked in domestic harbours or abroad. The Royal Yacht “Dannebrog” is named after the Danish flag.

80 Years of Royal Summer Cruises
The Royal Yacht “Dannebrog” was launched for the first time on May 26 - 1932 - and was named by Queen Alexandrine in 1931 - wife of King Christian X. “Dannebrog" replaced the first "Dannebrog" that was a paddle steamer launched in 1880 - when King Christian IX was king (the Father-in-Law of Europe). The Royal Yacht serves as the official and private residence for the royal couple - and other members of the royal family - when they are on their summer cruises in Danish waters and on official visits abroad.

The Royal Maritime Quarters
The Royal maritime quarters consist of Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik’s studies - dining room - communal salon - and sleeping cabin. The royal quarters contain furniture and decor from the previous royal yacht from 1880. The Queen and the Prince Consort have also taken a personal interest in deciding on the interior design.

The Crew from the Royal Danish Navy
The crew on “Dannebrog” consists of nine officers - seven sergeants - two constables and 35 conscripts - who have been specially selected from the Royal Danish Navy. The officers are usually contracted for a two to four year period - while the conscripts only join the cruise for one summer season.

"Dannebrog" from June to September
The first short summer cruise embarks from Copenhagen Harbour in May - under the firing of a salute from the battery of Sixtus at Copenhagen’s harbour - and from Kronborg Castle at Elsinore - when the Royal Vessel passes the old Kronborg edifice from 1574. The summer cruises takes the Royal couple and family to all parts of Denmark - as well as to Greenland - and to the Faroe Islands - which is a part of the Danish Kingdom - and ends in the late summer of September - when the royal couple officially disembarks in Copenhagen.


King Frederik IX - and “Dannebrog”
But “Dannebrog” will always be associated by the Danes with their very popular monarch King Frederik IX - Queen Margrethe’s father - who more than anyone else just loved his Yacht “Dannebrog”. When King Frederik IX was a unmarried crown prince - he sailed to Stockholm on board the “Dannebrog” in 1934 - for his wedding with Swedish Princess Ingrid - later Queen Ingrid - and brought her back to Denmark on “Dannebrog”. The Royal Yacht “Dannebrog” was therefore coupled with one of the happiest moments in his life. King Frederik IX had a morning ritual of being hosed down on the wash deck with ice cold water - also when the Royal ship was in Greenland and the north Atlantic waters.


The Active Sailor King - "Sømandskongen"

King Frederik IX was born in 1899 - and the King of Denmark from 1947 - until his death in 1972. The King was a sailor in heart and a symbolic image of a modern monarch with a natural friendliness and warmth without jeopardising the inherent dignity of the Monarchy and Royal institution. The King was called in Danish “Sømandskongen” - The Sailor King - and was an admired and beloved sovereign - who modernised the Royal Danish Monarchy and the former old-fashioned household and institution behind it. He also took the initiative to changed the existing line of Succession to the Danish throne via a democratic elected Referendum held under the Act dated the 25th March - 1953 - that permitted female succession to the throne of Denmark - according to male-preference primogeniture - so his daughter - Princess Margrethe became the Heiress Presumptive - and later the second Queen of Denmark.

The Popular Royal Family
The Royal family was particularly an invaluable national hub and foundation for the Danes during the development and construction of the Danish welfare state up through the 1950s and 1960s - and especially after a destructive and demoralising World War II period - with the very unpleasant and hideous Nazi occupation of Denmark. King Frederik IX was a solid base and national symbol together with his Queen Ingrid for the Danes - as well as a fatherly figure - who was highly respected and admired throughout the entire Danish kingdom. The Danish Royal Family is a very popular and important institution today - and is highly supported by the Danes.

Summer Cruises in 2017
"Dannebrog" will visit several towns and cities facing the waterfront during the planed summer cruises in Denmark - and the royal event is a great opportunity for the royal family to meet the citizens that arrange local festivities at each port of call. It is a custom that the royal visits include a reception on board "Dannebrog". The floating Royal Residence - "Dannebrog" is ready to cruise in June to September - 2017. There will be 1 cruise to Kalundborg in June - and 1 cruise visiting the municipality of Mariagerfjord. And then 1 cruise in August-September - where the royal family will visit the most-easterly located Danish isle - Bornholm - and then cruise to various cities situated on rocky Bornholm - during the Royal Families Summer tour 2017.

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Celebrating Whithsun (Pinse) in Denmark
The relaxed Holydays and joyful Public Holiday in Denmark
 

Celebrating Whithsun (Pinse) in Denmark
One of the more relaxed Holydays and joyful Public Holidays is the Whitsun Celebration - which is a really look forward to Holiday Break for the Danes.

Frequent visitor or first time tourist
And if you are a frequent visitor or first time tourist in Copenhagen and Denmark then join the Danes and celebrate the 3-days traditional Danish “Pinse” holy Whitsun holidays (Pentecost) - where the bright warm sun will appear high above during the Whitsun Holidays - and will invite visitors and the sun hungry Danes and Copenhageners outdoors to visit the amusement parks “Bakken” and "Tivoli Gardens” plus other fun and amusement parks spread all over the Danish nation. And there will be arranged Picnic’s and Barbecue parties in open air - and outside venues at the wonderful beach and light green forests close to the woodland areas placed around Copenhagen and Denmark.

“Pinsesnit” - and new tailored clothing in bygone days
In bygone days and in the past for many decades - it was a tradition for generations of Danes to celebrate “Pinse” by either purchasing new stylish clothing or get a new tailor-made wardrobe created for the Whitsun Holidays - which in Danish is called “Pinsesnit” (Whitsun Cut) - and was a must important purchase to start the summer season in Denmark. The entire family was equipped and dressed up with new affordable clothes that gave them the right status and respect - when being a part of the celebration of the Whitsun holydays and public holidays.


The Whitsun Sun Dancing
Some enthusiastic citizens will follow the Whitsun Services in the many historical Churches in the City and beyond - and then enjoy excitedly the Grand Whitsun Buffet with great Danish specialities - swallowed down with many “Snaps” Akvavit and draught foaming “beers" - while experiencing in quite a happy and dazzling mood the traditional Whitsun Sun Dancing in the morning all over Denmark. (Pinsesolen danse pinsemorgen)

Celebrating Whitsun “Pinse” in Denmark
Celebrating the Holydays connected to Whitsun (Pentecost) ”Pinse” - is a tradition that has excited since the Evangelical and Lutheran reformation in 1535 - in Denmark - and marks the descent of the Holy Ghost (Spirit) 50 days after Easter - which means that the Whitsun “Pinse” Holydays and Public Holidays will be placed at the beginning of May until middle of June.

The Danish word for Whitsun or Pentecost is “Pinse” and Whitsun - Pentecost and "Pinse" stems from the Greek word “Pentekoste” - which means "The Fiftieth".

Whitsun “Pinse” is beside Easter and Christmas the third most significant Holy Celebration of the year for the Danes - and is also called the birthday of the Church - and many churchgoers used time to participate in the many Church Services in and around Copenhagen and all over the Danish nation.

 
The Hefty "Pinse" Feast
The delicious "Pinse" buffet is a hefty feast for all the hungry and food loving Danes with plenty of Danish "Snaps" and draught foaming “beers" that has been a tradition to intake for generations - when celebrating "Pinse".
 
"Pinsesnit" & new Clothing
The entire family (1918) was equipped with new clothing "Pinsesnit" for celebrating Whitsun together with their traditional outing and delightful picnics in the green forests and woodlands.
 
"Pinse" Sun Dancing
The Danes are early up Whitsun morning to see the "Pinse" Sun Dance happily on the golden coloured sky.
 
 
Valdemar's Day & The Danish Flag "Dannebrog"
 
The National Flag - “Dannebrog”
Every citizen is proud of their country and national flag - so are the Danes - and there is a special history and myth connected to the Danish flag. According to the myth - the Danish King Valdemar II called (Valdemar Sejr) - "Valdemar the Victorious" (1170-1241 - King 1202-1241) - was during his crusade to Estonia caught in a battle in June 1219 at Lyndanise near Reval - and while combating - a revelation happened - as a red flag with a white Christian cross surprisingly fell down from the sky and landed beside the King. With the red white flag in his hand - King Valdemar II won the battle at Lydanise near Tallinn - and after this historical event the Danish King Valdemar II commanded the flag to be the Danish national flag - and since named "Dannebrog".

The Legend of "Dannebrog"
The legend of the Danish flag is very popular among the Danes - and their favourite storytelling about the Danish flag "that fell down from the sky in 1219" - is the most trendiest tale - even though a handful of other legends about the Danish flag exist.

Valdemar’s Day
On Valdemar’s Day June 15. the Danish Flag “Dannebrog” is commemorated every year together with the reunification with Southern Jutland 1920. (Flag Day).

"Dannebrog" & other Scandinavian Flags
The Danish flag called “Dannebrog” - is possibly the oldest national flag in the world. As being a part of a Christian culture together with other Scandinavian countries - the design and pattern of the Danish flag - with the Christian Cross was also later adopted by the other Nordic countries including Sweden - Norway - Finland - Iceland and Faeroe Islands - to symbolise their Christian heritage and the foundation of Christianity in each of the five Scandinavian nations.


See: Denmark

The Danish Flag "Dannebrog"
The Danish flag fell down from the sky in 1219 in Estonia and helped King Valdemar II to win the battle at Lydanise near Tallinn.
 
Scandinavian Flags
Scandinavian flags blowing in the fresh Nordic wind from right to left respectively - Finland - Iceland - Norway - Sweden and Denmark - all with the Christian Cross.
 
 
Visit the Happiest People in the World
The Core Danish Values are mutual trust and confidence with one another!
 
A relaxed life style

The Danes have a very relaxed and happy life style - and use any opportunity to carry out their open air activities.

Danes - The Happiest People in the World...
...I want to be happy - But I won't be happy - Till I make you happy too!

Happiest people in the world
The Danes have been awarded and crowned several times in many international surveys - the status and appraisal of being the "happiest people" in the world - with a very high living standard - and the Danes have their own humble opinion - as why their nation ranks among the best in the world.

Democratic rights and freedom

Most of all freedom loving Danes protect and defend their democratic rights - as freedom of speech - freedom of the press - gender equality - high quality of life - financial security and social benefits - informal working atmosphere - clean environment - equal educational possibilities - Christian values and much much more - which is a part of the Danes cultural heritage and national identity. But most of all
- the Core Danish Values are mutual trust and confidence with one another!

See
: Happy Danes

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Graduation of Students and Midwife’s
 
June and Students in Copenhagen
Newly graduated students with their white caps celebrating their diploma in the traditional festooned trucks.
 
June and Midwife's in Copenhagen
It has been a tradition every year that the new graduated Midwife’s danced around the Stork Fountain to celebrate their diploma.
Students and Midwife’s in June...
...the coming generation celebrates their graduation!
 

The yearly traditional graduation
In June tourist and visitors in Copenhagen will experience the graduation of students from all of the gymnasiums in Copenhagen. The yearly traditional event will be celebrated all over Denmark - where the new students receive their white cap (studenterhue) - who have completed an upper secondary level education and passed the final last exam.

Students and Kongens Nytorv
All over the city one will see students in old driven horse carriagesdecorated trucks and many types of festooned transportation vehicles carry the newly graduates to visit all of the students families during this festive celebration. They will toot the horn widely and heavily for you - and you are welcome to wave back. It is also great tradition to dance in a ring around the equestrian statue of King Frederik V on Kongens Nytorv - where many of the students will be present - and later visit “the longest bar in Scandinavia" Nyhavn. Unfortunately - the construction of the new Metro Circle Line has occupied Kongens Nytorv - and new students will have to wait until year 2018 - to carry out their yearly tradition.

Midwife's and the Stork Fountain
Every year it has been a great tradition - that the new graduated Midwife’s danced around the Stork Fountain to celebrate their diploma together with their families and friends. The event gathers a lot of cheerful spectators and is a great experience for Copenhageners as well as the tourists visiting the city.


See Kongens Nytorv - The Stork Fountain

 
 
Visit Copenhagen Beaches
 
COPENHAGEN BEACHES - Are great warm city venues
Beach areas around Copenhagen in June
The beach and bathing season is still a great outdoor activity in Copenhagen - and when you stay in Copenhagen you are never far from a beach area. Around Copenhagen there are many beaches - where tourists can spend a day at the beach that are classified as some of the cleanest in Europe and proudly fly the "Blue Flag".

Safety and Beach numbers
On all larger public beaches there will be Lifeguards from June to August from 11 a.m. to 19 p.m. - where red and white streaked lifeguard towers are situated. And all Danish beaches have a number system - with an individual number for each beach venue - if any type of emergency should occur. The Beach Number sign will be placed on the beach - and is green with a three digit number to identify the location - where the emergency service is required. Call the police on 112 - when recue service is needed - and inform the operator of the local beach number.


Beach Activities
The beaches are especially suitable for children with miles of white sand and grassy dunes offering plenty of beach activities.


52 km from the coast line
From any point and place in Denmark - there will be less than 52 km to the coastline - beaches and sea.

Beaches and Bathing - Copenhagen

Beautiful Beaches
There are several beautiful beaches around the coastline of Copenhagen - with red and white streaked lifeguard towers on larger public beaches.
 
Emergency Beach Numbers
All Danish Beaches have a Beach Number for quick location - if emergency and rescue service is required.
 
 
Free Harbour Bathing
 
HARBOUR BATHING - A Free Copenhagen Event
Crystal clean & fresh bathing water
The Harbour Bathing facilities will open in June - July & August - and will again offer tourists a fresh free swim in crystal clean and fresh bathing water until September. The bathing facilities have life savers constantly on duty and both bathing places have from the very beginning been a great success. The Opening of the harbour bathing season is from June 1st to August 31st - and is a great yearly tradition and event for Copenhageners. Come and join the Copenhageners from 07:00 am to 07:00 pm on weekdays - and Saturday and Sundays from 11:00 am to 07:00 pm. All lovers of outdoor-bathing are looking forward to this special and traditional wet and sun-tanning event in June - and until September.

Harbour Bathing

Harbour Bathing facilities
The Harbour Bathing facilities will open in June for all visitors and Copenhageners - who loves a cool fresh free swim in crystal clear water.
 
 
Join - Free Summer Dancing
 
Dance with the Copenhageners
The yearly Summer Dance in "Fælledparken" is for everyone - who enjoys dancing - and also for all the tourists that visit the city in June and July - 2017.

Free Summer Dance 2017 - "Fælledparken"
...I could have danced - danced - danced all night!

Come and Dance with the Copenhageners -
Free!
Come and dance with the Copenhageners in June at "Fælledparken". (The peoples Park). SWINGTIME - LATIN - TANGO etc. Free open air Dancing session and lessons at Fælledparken with great live bands - and happy dancing people. Everyone is welcome. So take your partner or find one and join in a programme of popular dances - with free dancing lessons that will teach you some basic steps and start you off on the right foot - when you want to dance - SWING - SALSA - TANGO - RUMBA - STANDARD - and much more.

So - take them stepping shoes on
and turn loose on the dance floor. Dancing will take place in June and July at "Fælledparken" - Monday to Thursday from 19.00 – 22.00 p.m. The Culture and Leisure Committee of Copenhagen’s City Council is the prime organizer of this very trendy and successful event.

See Event Calendar

 
 
Visit The Little Mermaid - 2017
One of the most famous "Cult" Icons in the World
 
Branding Copenhagen
The Little Mermaid has celebrated her 100 years jubilee - in 2013.
 
The City Brand of Copenhagen
The little Mermaid is Copenhagen’s grand old lady - and a world famous "Cult" Icon - that has been the pride of the city for generations.
Branding Copenhagen for over 100 Years...
...The Little Mermaid - The City Brand of Copenhagen!

Loyal to all of her tourist’s fans
She just sits on her stone - and welcomes all of her fans from all over the world - and has been a loyal Girl and the "First Lady" for over 100 years branding Copenhagen and Denmark in all sorts of weather. In 2013 - The Little Mermaid commemorated her 100-year grand jubilee - and she will be happy if everyone from countries outside Denmark will come and visit her in 2017 - and send her a lot of loving and well-deserved flying kisses from the seashores of Langelinie.

The City Brand of Copenhagen
She is Copenhagen’s "Grand Old Lady" - and the pride of the city - as well as being one of the most likable and adorable "Cult" figures in the world - but is still in a young shape - and she is also the famous City Brand of Copenhagen - and will always be the prime national symbol and landmark of Denmark's capital. No one else can brand Copenhagen like the Little Mermaid!


First Lady and Prime landmark of the city
Millions of tourist's visit The Little Mermaid free every year - and she sure knows how to promote Copenhagen - as she has done brilliantly for over the last 100 years - as the Prime landmark of the city.

Read more: The Little Mermaid


 
 
Cycling in Copenhagen - June
 

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

Explore Copenhagen on a Cycle
Due to the really warm weather conditions in the city - and for outdoor fun in June - we invite you once again to hire a cycle at your hotel and lodging site - or pay costly for a electric bicycle - or rent a bike at selected cycles shops - to explore Copenhagen on two wheels - and visit all the historical places and cultural venues - together with all the amusing spots the biggest city of Scandinavia can offer.
Start at the Town Hall Square - and take the safe cycle tracks alongside "Vesterbrogade" - and pass Tivoli Gardens from 1843 - then pass the Central station of Copenhagen from 1911 - and stop to admire the Liberty Memorial from 1779. All the way trough "Vesterbrogade" you will find a diversity of shops - and a bustling shopping area. Pass the Museum of Copenhagen - and then cycle all the way to Copenhagen Zoo from 1859. Visit the neighbouring Frederiksberg Palace - and the pretty Palace Gardens from 1703. The cycle tour will take around 1 - 1½ hours - and is about 3,5 km. long one way.


350 km of safe cycle tracks
Visitors can actually take cycle trips from the one end of the city to the other within 1 - 2 hours. Copenhagen is geared for cycles with over 350 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.


See: Cycling & Driving - Copenhagen Culture - Shopping - Interactive Map
- Town Hall - Tivoli - Central Station -Liberty Memorial -Museum Copenhagen - Zoo - Frederiksberg Palace -


Amalienborg Palace
Touring the city by cycle - and visit some top attractions in Copenhagen.
 
350 km of safe cycle tracks
Copenhagen is geared for different types of cycles that can use over 350 km of safe cycle tracks in and around the city.
 
Family Cycling
Visit the Zoo on the cycle trip through the city - with the entire family on safe cycle tracks throughout Copenhagen.
 
 
Cruise Ships in Copenhagen - June
 
 
70 Cruise Ships in Copenhagen - June - 2017
…Copenhagen's harbour - Scandinavia's cruise centre!
Eurodam
Eurodam will enter the harbour of Copenhagen in 2017. The cruise vessel is one of Holland America Line's new Signature-class ships.
 
Celebrity Constellation
Celebrity Constellation is one of the cruise ships embarking the ports of Copenhagen in 2017.
 
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 2016 - as Copenhagen is the largest port of call in Northern Europe.

The Cruise Season - 2017
The number of cruise vessel entering the ports of calls in Copenhagen in June - 2017 - will sum-up to 70 international ships. The total number of international cruise ships embarking the cruise ports of Copenhagen in 2017 - is anticipated to amount 310 Cruise Vessels. 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.

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Inbound Travel Service

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Cruise Copenhagen

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Interactive Map - Copenhagen Culture
- Sightseeing

 
 
 
 
Cruise Lines operating from Copenhagen Ports of Call
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
And no costly plastic cards required!
Free Summer Dance - 2017
Enjoy the free dancing lessons in June and July - at the popular yearly Summer Dance event. Just grab a partner and simply swing and dance.
 
Bakken Amusemet Park
Bakken (The Hill) - Amusement Park with free entrance - and the world's oldest amusement park - which was established in 1583.
 
The Botanical Garden
Visit the delightful Botanic Garden in Copenhagen - with thousands and thousands of living specimens and an oasis for horticultural lovers.
 
The beautiful Palm House
Visit the beautiful Palm House in the Botanic Garden - and why not get married here in romantic and exotic surroundings.
FREE - FREE - FREE - COPENHAGEN...
...and no costly 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.
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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* - Libraries - Parks - Gardens and Leisure Areas - Changing of the Guards (Amalienborg Palace) - 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 - The Little Mermaid - Amalie Gardens - Gefion Fountain - 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 - and the Summer Ballet - performed by the
Royal Danish Ballet Corps at Ofelia Beach or the Opera Festival in the summertime.
*Some Museums and art Galleries have Free Admission on certain days of the week. All youngsters under 18 - have Free Admission to all museums - every day and all year round.
 
See Museums
 
 
Take a Field Trip in and beyond Copenhagen
Bakken - Amusement Park
Bakken - The Hill
Visit Bakken (The Hill) Amusement Park with free entrance - and the world's oldest amusement park - which was established in 1583 - and is still an active and very popular venue for city-weary Copenhageners - who enjoy outdoor life - picnics in the woodlands and plenty of amusements and rides - as well as spending a day out in the open fresh air - in tranquil and relaxing green surroundings.
 
An Oasis & Sanctuary in Copenhagen
 
Botanical Garden - Copenhagen
Visit the delightful Botanic Garden in Copenhagen free - with thousands and thousands of living specimens. The major part of the Botanical Garden is open and approachable for visitors - as well as almost all outdoor sections - like the beautiful Palm House and the gorgeous greenhouses with orchids - bromeliads - succulents etc. Nevertheless certain assortments and parts in the garden are not open for guests - as these specific sections are reserved for researchers - teachers and students in connection with their studies and ongoing educational projects.

Wedding in green and exotic surroundings
And why not prepare your wedding in the magnificent Palm House - while you visit the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen.

See - Botanical Garden

See - Get Married in Copenhagen

See - Event Calendar - Holmens Church -
Copenhagen Culture - Interactive Map - Museums - Around Copenhagen - Old Citadel - Inbound Travel Service - National-Museum - History

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

Exhibitions - Fairs & Events in June - 2017

BALLERUP SUPER ARENA

BELLA CENTER
- AFRICA ENERGY FORUM - 2017
- MONEY 20/20 EUROPE
- ICNIRS 2017

- WFSBP Congress 2017

FORUM COPENHAGEN

PARKEN STADIUM
- GUNS N’ ROSES

ØKSNEHALLEN
- Perspective Playground
- Vivian Maier -In Her Own Hands -
Spectacular Street Photos

ØKSNEHALLEN
Visit this spectacular Photo Exhibition - “In Her Own Hands” - by American and legendary street photographer Vivian Maier - displaying an impressive selection and gallery of her fabulous everyday street photos.
 
 
SOME EVENTS AND MARKING DAYS IN JUNE 2017
 
HARBOUR BATHING - A Free Copenhagen Event

The Harbour Bathing facilities will open in June - and will again offer tourists a fresh free swim in crystal clean blue water until September. The bathing facilities have life savers constantly on duty and both bathing places have from the very beginning been a great success. The Opening of the harbour bathing season is from June 1st to August 31st -and is a great yearly tradition and event for Copenhageners. Come and join the Copenhageners from 07:00 am to 07:00 pm on weekdays - and Saturday and Sundays from 11:00 am to 07:00 pm. All lovers of outdoor-bathing are looking forward to this special and traditional wet and sun-tanning event in June - and until September.


Harbour Bathing
HARBOUR BATHING
The Harbour Bathing facilities will open in June for all visitors and Copenhageners - who loves a cool fresh free swim in crystal clear water.
 
 
CONSTITUTION DAY (Grundlovsdag) - June 5 - Denmark

The anniversary of signing the first Danish constitution of 1849 - which established Denmark as a constitutional monarchy. Constitution Day is a public holiday and most shops in Denmark are closed. The day is also Father's Day in Denmark. The Danes just love celebrating their "Grundlovsdag" - which is connected with many political speeches and other types of leisure activities all over Denmark. (Flag Day and Public holiday)
CONSTITUTION DAY - 2017
The Danish Constitution Day on June 5. is commemorated all over Denmark - and the Danes just love celebrating their "Grundlovsdag" - with a lot of festivities and leisure activities.
 
 
FREE OPEN AIR BALLET - ROYAL DANISH BALLET - Ofelia Plads

Open air Ballet with FREE ENTRY at Ofelia Plads and Beach in the center of Copenhagen. Once more the Royal Danish Ballet Company invites everyone to celebrate the opening of the new season 2017 - and be able to experience highlights from last season. Take a big picnic basket and some cold bottles of wine with you and enjoy this special performance near the waterfront of Copenhagen and sandy surroundings. This open air classic Event is a must for Ballet lovers - who will enjoy the best from both worlds - fresh air and superb classic Ballet performance. Come and join this festive Ballet arrangement in open air at Ofelia Plads. Duration - Approx. 3-hours inclusive intermission.


Royal Danish Ballet Corps
OPEN AIR BALLET - 2017
Come and enjoy - open air Ballet with FREE ENTRY at Ofelia Plads and Ofelia Beach area in the center of Copenhagen.
 
 
AROUND ZEALAND REGATTA - 2017

The traditional and classical boat race starts and ends at Elsinore port. The 2400 sailing ships can be seen from Copenhagen's coast. The race is a national event and experience lasting 2-3 days and covers a course of 220 nautical miles around Zealand. Time zone: Europe - Copenhagen
visitors can experience this beautiful scene with the many sailing ships from the shores of Copenhagen and Sealand.
AROUND SEALAND - 2017
Copenhagen visitors in June can experience this beautiful scene with many sailing ships from the shores of the city and Sealand at the Around Sealand Regatta - 2017,
 
 


THE WITHSUN CARNIVAL
- 2017
The Carnival of Copenhagen is a major event of the year - with a 3-day arrangement in and around the Copenhagen - and the starting point at Fælledparken. There will be a lot of fun - music - workshops and performance. During the carnival period - there are many parades with numerous samba bands that will accompany and entertain the dancers and audience during the Carnival at the Fælledparken location.
The Whitsun Carnival - 2017
The Whitsun Carnival in Copenhagen is one of the major events of the year - with many colourful dancers and the inner city packed with thousands of cheerful spectators.
 
 
SUMMER DANCE 2017 - "Fælledparken"

Dance with the Copenhageners at Fælledparken. SWINGTIME - LATIN - TANGO etc. This is a real Copenhagen event. Free open air Dancing session at Fælledparken with great live bands and happy dancing people. Everyone is welcome. So - take them stepping shoes on and turn loose on the dance floor. Dancing will take place June and July - Monday to Thursday from 19.00 – 22.00 p.m. The Culture and Leisure Committee of Copenhagen’s City Council is the prime organizer of this very trendy and successful event.
SUMMER DANCE - 2017
The open air Summer Dance in "Fælledparken" is a great yearly Copenhagen Event with free dancing lessons and plenty of vibrating music.
 
 
SANKT HANS EVE 2017 - Celebrate it with the Danes

Sankt Hans Aften (St. John’s Eve) was a official religious holiday in Denmark until 1770 - and has since the time of the Vikings been a Danish tradition of celebrating the Midsummer with bonfires and speeches all over the country in the evening of 23th June. Especially on the coastline of Denmark - bonfires are lit to celebrate the midsummer month and a great tradition is to sing “Midsommervisen” - the Midsummer Hymn by Holger Drachmann - “Vi elsker vort land” - We love our Country.
SANKT HANS EVE - 2017
"Sankt Hans Aften" (St. John’s Eve) has since the time of the Vikings been a Danish tradition celebrating the Midsummer with bonfires and speeches all over the country in the evening of 23rd June.
 
 
ROSKILDE FESTIVAL 2017 - Warm Up & Attend

Roskilde Festival always presents the most up to date and progressive music programme and bands as well as lots of events and activities. Warm-up from 22-23 June - 2017. Many bands are ready to perform with other contemporary - legendary - progressive and innovating quality music from all over the world at the Roskilde Festival. Camping is free with a festival ticket. Roskilde is located 35 - 45 km from Copenhagen.

ROSKILDE FESTIVAL - 2017
The Roskilde Festival is one of Europe's biggest rock and music festivals - with over 100,000 happy festival visitors.
 
 
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 all ballet lovers.
 
 
COPENHAGEN - a vibrant city - full of life and joy
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.
NYHAVN BY NIGHT
Nyhavn is a magnet for tourists and Copenhageners - especially at nightfall - and a must for anyone visiting Copenhagen.
More Events: Event Calendar
 
 
 
Entertainment - Song of the Month
 
Melody & Song of the Month - June - 2017
Oldies - but Goodies!
 
Dr. John - Dream - When You're Feeling Blue
 
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
June - 2017
This month’s song "Dream - When You're Feeling Blue" - is written by Johnny Mercer in 1944 - and published by the popular singing group from America “The Pied Pipers” with lead singer June Hutton in 1945 - which also became a major hit that year. Other notable versions include a best-selling single by Frank Sinatra - Roy Orbison - and most recently Michael Bublé's version in 2007.
Dr. John - Dream - When You're Feeling Blue
Turn up for your speakers on the highest volume - then grab your partner and take a slow jitterbug or booty bounce dance - and enjoy this swinging version of "Dream - When You're Feeling Blue" - “Dream, that's the thing to do. Just watch the smoke rings rise in the air. You'll find your share of memories there” - and still enjoy this special rocking and swaying version of "Dream - When You're Feeling Blue" by Dr. John and his band - so “Dream when the day is through - and dream - dream - dream - yes Dream".

The song "Dream - When You're Feeling Blue" has been sung by numerous of popular artist and singers during the past.
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Previous Melodies & Songs of the Month

 
 
Marking days of June - 2017
Christian Holy Days - Public Holidays and Flag Days in June - 2017
 
 
Christian Holy Days - Public Holidays and Flag Days in June - 2017
 

May 4. - 5. - Whitsun - "Pinse"
Whitsun celebration - "Pinse" in May. The Whitsun Church festival and Holy Events is 7 weeks after Easter - and the Danes traditionally celebrate two days of Whitsun. After the Whitsun festivities - it is a popular ritual - not to go to bed before seeing the Whitsun sun dance - when rrising above the horizon on second Whitsun day.
(Flag day May 5 - 2017)

Constitution Day (Grundlovsdag) - June 5.
The anniversary of signing the first Danish constitution of 1849 - which established Denmark as a constitutional monarchy is celebrated all over the Danish kingdom. Constitution Day is a public holiday and most shops in Denmark are closed. The day is also Father's Day in Denmark. The freedom loving Danes just love celebrating their "Grundlovsdag" - which is connected with many political speeches and other types of leisure activities all over Denmark. (Flag Day and Public holiday)

Copenhagen's History

Royal Birthdays
Prince Joachim - June 7. - Prince Henrik - June 11. (Flag Days)

The Royal Guards will be dressed in their red “gala” uniforms on Prince Joachim and the Prince Consort Henrik’s birthday’s - at all royal palaces. All busses will have flags on top of the roof - on all flag days.

Valdemar’s Day
Valdemar’s Day on June 15. to commemorating the Danish flag "Dannebrog" (1219) and reunification with Southern Jutland 1920. (Flag Day)

Midsummer Eve - Traditions and celebrations
It is a great tradition to celebrate Midsummer Eve in Denmark on the evening of June 23. In Denmark - the solstitial celebration is called "Sankt Hans Aften" and was an official holiday until 1770. The Danes celebrate Midsummer by the bonfires singing the Midsummer hymn - while the traditional burning of a witch on top of the bonfire. Midsummer Eve is celebrated all over Denmark.

Public and Private Schools - Educational Institutions etc.
All public and private schools in Denmark are closed from mid June until mid August for summer holidays - as well as other educational institutions.

Constitution Day - June 5.
"Grundlovsdag" - Constitution Day is celebrated all over Denmark on June 5. - and has been a great tradition every year since 1849 to celebrate and commemorate - with many speeches and festivities for all freedom loving Danes.
 
Royal Guards in Red Gala
The Royal Guards dress up in their red gala uniforms for Royal birthdays and other national related occasions.
 
Danish Whitsun Luncheon
 
See Public Holidays and Falg Days - Event Calendar

 
 
Monthly Information
The Danes drink the Cleanest tap and drinking water in the world!
 
Clean fresh tap water
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.
Monthly Information...
…Personal and Practical Information for Tourists and Visitors!

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Visitors Lounge

 
 
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.

See:
Copenhagen Culture 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!

 
 
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.

Breakthrough - The Tunnel Boring Work completed
The Tunnel Boring Work was completed in February 2017 - and the completion of Tracks and Metro Stations plus all nessasary facilities and technical installations has started.

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".

 
 
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.


Read more:
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 - June - 2017
 
 
King Frederik VII
 
Quotation of the month - June

“People's love - My strength”

(Folkets kærlighed - min styrke)
King Frederik VII - (1808-1863 - King of Denmark 1848-1863)

The Danish Democratic Constitution
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Danish Food Culture - Cuisine - and Cooking - Recipes
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Danish Specialities - Recipe of the Month - June
 
Fridge Buttermilk "Koldskål"
Old country dessert served during the summer season all over Denmark!
 
 
Fridge Buttermilk (Koldskål) appeared in the Danish households - as an every day dish - when buttermilk became common in Denmark in the early 1900s - and was eaten chilled most days during the summer - as a dessert or milky drink. In Denmark it is a must to serve "Koldskål" with crispy cookies “Kammerjunkere” - (rusk biscuits) - during the summer months and season. No Danish summer - without "Koldskål".
 
 
How to prepare "Koldskål" with Vanilla and Lemon flavour
A national Danish summer dessert or drink
 
Koldskål - Fridge buttermilk & Calories
Old country dessert from all regions of Denmark made in different variations and especially served during the summer season. This recipe is without eggs and the editorial staffs' favourite - but this milky dessert consists of some well meaning calories! Calories aren't bad for you. Your body needs calories for energy. But eating too many calories - and not burning enough of them off through activity - can lead to a little bit of weight gain.
 

Ingredients:
1 litre
0.5 litres
0.5 litres
5-6 tablespoons
2 teaspoons
3 teaspoons
1 potion


Buttermilk
Curdles milk (junket)
Whipping Cream 38%
Sugar (your choice)
Vanilla sugar or from stick
Fresh lemon juice
Crispy Rusk biscuits-cookies
(Kammerjunkere)

 
Crispy biscuits (Kammerjunkere) cookies

250 g
1 tsp
1 tsp
½ tsp
50 g
100 g
1
½ dl

Flour
Baking powder
Vanilla sugar
Salt
Sugar
Butter or Margarine
Egg
Milk or Cream

 
Ready-made "Koldskål"
Ready-made "Koldskål" is produced in nearly every dairy in Denmark and more than 1,5 million litres are consumed every month in the summer season.
Follow me step by step...

Koldskål
Put all of the milky products in a suitable size bowl - then ad the amount of sugar you prefer - vanilla and lemon juice.

Stir and then whip the dessert with a hand whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the dessert is turned into a smooth and thick mixture with a rich creamy consistency.

Then set it to cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Serve the chilled dessert with crispy Rusk biscuits - cookies. (Kammerjunkere)

Crispy Rusk biscuits - Cookies (Kammerjunkere)
Rusk Cookies
(Kammerjunkere)
Mix and Bake
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until you have achieved an airy and steady dough. Then form the dough to small balls
3-5 cm on a baking sheet. Bake the cookies in the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees.
The cookies are a “must” in the Danish "Koldskål" - Fridge buttermilk.

Ready-made -Cookies (Kammerjunkere)
You can also buy the crispy Rusk biscuits - cookies
(Kammerjunkere) in any Danish supermarket and grocery store.


Ready-made "Koldskål"
You can also buy ready-made "Koldskål" - and according to figures from the Danish Dairy Board - Danish dairies produced 1.5 million litres of “koldskål” every month in the summer season in different variations and flavours.


OBS!
Anyone - who reads this recipe - are welcome to tell us the correct English translation of the word "Kammerjunkere".

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