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Christmas and New Year in Denmark and Copenhagen - 2018
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Editors' Monthly Newsletter - and Tourism Info
11. Edition - November - 2018
 
 
Christmas Time in Copenhagen & Denmark
 
 
Christmas Preparations
All over Denmark the preparations to celebrate Christmas has started by making all sorts of traditional Christmas decorations.
 
Christmas Tree - Town Hall Square
The big Christmas Tree at the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen will be lit again on the first Sunday of Advent in December like it has traditionally been done since 1914.
 
Christmas Celebration
The Danes will tastefully decorate their houses with Christmas lights during November - creating a cosy and blissful atmosphere for Christmas.
 
The Christmas Seal 2018
The new Christmas Seal 2018 - "Julemærke" is published and portraying different motifs from the "Trolls" forest with a lot of busy and active Christmas "Trolls".
 
Copenhagen Christmas Illuminated
Copenhagen will be illuminated at Christmas Time with beautiful lights garlands in the streets and alleys to celebrate the upcoming Christmas Holidays.
 
“Mortensaften”
"Mortensaften" is roasted duck and family gatherings in November - celebrating the humble St. Martin of Tours - "Morten Bisp".
 
Hubertus Hunt - 2018
The annually Hubertus Hunt will take place at ”Dyrehaven” north of Copenhagen - with over 100 horses and riders challenging many exciting hindrances.
Cosy November in Copenhagen...
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you'll see a smiling face - a fireplace - a cosy room!
 
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Copenhagen the top No. 1 city to visit in 2019
Lonely Planet recommends tourist to visit Copenhagen and the Danish Capital in 2019 - and pronounced Copenhagen as being “cool” and “unstoppable” in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel’ book...
 
 
The Cosy month with Christmas preparations and traditions
It's Christmas time in Copenhagen and Denmark - and the cosiest months of the year are November and December - where the climate in Copenhagen and Denmark starts to be freezing cold - and the first frosty periods begin to have influence on what you are wearing of really warm clothing. November is quite a relaxed month for shopping and for indoor activities - as well as loading up for Christmas preparations - and getting into the right Christmas spirit before December - with all the normal hush and rush to buy food and presents - and the traditional family gatherings with freshly baked Christmas cakes and cookies. It is quite a contrast to visit Copenhagen in November then in spring and summer - where all the leaves have nearly left the trees - and the sunny hours are limited to a minimum - while the electrical lights are the dominant illumination of the city. There will be Christmas Markets all over town with Christmas entertainent and other Christmas activities and events. All the homes in Copenhagen - and even the Queens Palace at Amalienborg has lit up the fireplaces - and turned the various heating systems on to warm up and create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere during the long cold winter. Many Copenhageners - as well as several other Danes feel like hibernating in winter just like bears do - and then wake up again - when spring arrives - loaded with new energy and recharged batteries. The cold long nights and short days with darkness are sending the message loud and clear - winter is coming - and the big Christmas Tree at the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen will be lit again on the first Sunday of Advent in early December - like it has traditionally been done since 1914 - and to symbolise that Christmas is spreading its magic spell all over town - as well as many of the houses in and around Copenhagen will be decorated with sparkling Christmas lightning. And all Graves in the many landscaped and historical Cemeteries located all over Copenhagen will traditionally be garnished with floral Christmas decorations and fir - and lit up with candles during Christmas time - which is a beautiful scenery and extraordinary experience.
 
 
Christmas Seal 2018 - "Julemærke" 2018
The new Christmas Seal 2018 - "Julemærke 2018" - has been presented at Copenhagen Town Hall by Crown Princess Mary - and Patron of The Christmas Seal Foundation - on October 29 - 2018 - and then released for purchase at every post office in Denmark.
 
 
J-Dag - is Christmas beer day in November
It is the day that beer lovers and beer enthusiasts have been waiting for nearly a whole year - and now finally the J-Day (J-Dag) will be launched on Friday - November 2nd at precisely at 20:59 in any pub - bar - restaurant - supermarket - groceries - or anywhere else in Denmark by introducing this years strong - dark and tasty 6% “CHRISTMAS BREW” that also is the talk of the town in Copenhagen.
 
 
"Mortensaften" (St. Martin's Eve)
The Danes celebrate “Mortensaften” on the evening of November 10th - where the tradition has been for generations to serve roasted duck - (Mortensand) - and invite for a cosy family gathering. Celebrating “Mortensaften” in Denmark is similar to the traditional "Thanksgiving" Dinner in the USA and Canada - with a hefty meal - with a large juicy roasted turkey in the middle of the dinner table.
 
 
Hubertus Hunt
The annually Hubertus Hunt will take place at ”Dyrehaven” north of Copenhagen in November. Between 40,000-50,000 spectators will attend and watch over 100 horse riders in their red hunting uniforms along the route with many exciting hindrances. The first hunt with hounds was in 1905.
 
 

Weather in November

November can be quite cold with frost at night on the surface - and sometimes a bit of snowfall. To keep you warm - while visiting Copenhagen - you will need extra warm clothing like sweaters - windproof jacket - long pants - closed toe shoes - gloves - scarf and hat. The average temperature in November is about 5 - 10 °C - and many showers are expected - but there is always a fresh cool breeze sweeping over the rolling landscape of Denmark - and there are still many visitors in town enjoying the cool and frosty side of Copenhagen.

Warmest and Coldest November day in Denmark
The Warmest November day in Denmark was on November 2 - 1968 - at "Præstø" South Sealand with temperatures as high as 18,5°C.

The Coldest November day in Denmark was on November 30 - 2010 - at "Vestervig" North Jutland with temperatures as low as -5-6°C.


Highest & Lowest temperatures in Denmark - November 2017
The highest temperature in Denmark last year in November - 2017 was +13,5°C - in Horsens -East Jutland - on November 1 - 2017. And the lowest temperature in November 2017 was -4,7°C at Billund in Mid Jutland on November 13 - 2017.


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Christmas and New Year celebrations in Copenhagen & Denmark
 
 
Copenhagen the top No. 1 city to travel to in 2019 -
Awarded by Lonely Planet.
 
Lonely Planet - 2019
Lonely Planet’s 'Best in Travel’ 2019 book - awarding Copenhagen as the top No. 1 city to travel to in 2019.

Copenhagen the top No. 1 city to travel to in 2019 - Awarded by Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet recommends tourist to visit Copenhagen and the Danish Capital in 2019 - and pronounced Copenhagen as being “cool” and “unstoppable” in Lonely Planet’s 'Best in Travel’ 2019 book - which ranks the top cities - countries and trends across the planet - and has given Copenhagen a very strong reputation and global position that recognises the biggest capital in Scandinavian as being ‘The world’s top city for 2019’. Copenhagen is sparkling with architectural pearls - historical venues - amazing attractions - cultural sights - castles & palaces - Michelin stars and much more that all are placed in one of the liveliest cities in the world and inhabited with the most "satisfied" citizens living in a welfare nation and fairy tale kingdom.

 
 
The New Christmas Seal - 2018
Julemærke - 2018
 
Christmas Seal 2018 - "Julemærke" 2018
The new Christmas Seal 2018 - "Julemærke 2018" - has been presented at Copenhagen Town Hall by Crown Princess Mary - and Patron of The Christmas Seal Foundation - on October 29 - 2018 - and then released for purchase at every post office in Denmark.

The world's first Christmas Seal
The world’s first Christmas Seal “Julemærke” was invented by a Dane and published in Denmark at Christmas time in 1904 - portraying the Danish Queen Louise of Denmark and printed with the word “Julen” - 1904. Over 4 million were sold in the first year at 2 øre per seal. (There is 100 øre to every 1.00 kroner.)
See: Newsletter December 2018

Tuberculosis and child welfare

The Christmas Seal are labels placed on mail and cards beside the original stamp during the Christmas season to raise funds and awareness for charitable programs. During the following years - after the first Christmas Seal war released for sale in Denmark - enough money was raised in Denmark to develop a fund that could build the first Christmas Seal Sanatorium in Kolding for children associated with lung diseases tuberculosis - which was called the poor man's disease. The Sanatorium was inaugurated in 1911 - as an operating convalescent home to combat tuberculosis and especially to help sick children with this terrible lung disease - as well as to re-establish future protective child welfare.

Buy a Christmas 2018 Seal
If you are in Denmark in November or December - and want to support a great cause or the idea behind the Christmas Seal Homes and convalescing institutions - then it is easy to buy some extra Christmas 2018 Seals stamps at the post office and put them on your cards - letters or other type of postal material.
A stamp booklet with 10 Christmas Seals costs only DKK 25.00,-.

The Christmas Seal 2018
The new Christmas Seal 2018 - "Julemærke" portraying different motifs from the "Trolls" forest with a lot of busy and active Christmas "Trolls".
 
First "Christmas Seal" - 1904
The world's first Christmas Seal was Danish - and printed in 1904 - portraying the Danish Queen Louise of Denmark.
 
 
Christmas Markets & Events all over Copenhagen
Join the Copenhageners Celebrating Christmas at their "Julemarkeder"
 
Christmas Markets in Town
There are many Christmas Markets spread all over Copenhagen during the month of November - and one of the largest is at "Kongens Nytorv".
Christmas Markets & Events all over Copenhagen
There are many Christmas Markets spread all over Copenhagen during the month of November - where the Copenhageners are loading up for their Christmas activities and the traditional celebration of Christmas in December. The Christmas events around the city will be a pleasant mixture of choirs singing Danish Christmas Carols - Christmas Brass bands entertaining - Christmas Concerts - Christmas Amusements for children and families - and the longest pedestrian street in the world “Strøget” will be decorated and lit up for Christmas together with all the historical Churches placed around the town - as well as open air eateries and food stands serving delicious Danish Christmas goodies. Santa Claus will be present in the major Departments Stores and also handing out cookies and sweets to all passing by. The major Christmas Markets will be placed at “Kongens Nytorv” - “Nyhavn” - “Town Hall Square” - "Nytorv" - “Christiania” and “Tivoli”. (Admission required at Tivoli) Even the joyful Salvation Army will start to sing Christmas Carols if you don’t donate some funds in their colleting cans.

See: Nyhavn - Town Hall Square - Tivoli.

 
 
"J-Day" in November - "Julebryg & Snebajer"
Christmas Beer Day Celebration is Christmas Time in Copenhagen & Denmark
 
J-Dag - November 2 - 2018 - 20:59...
…life is to short not to drink good healthy Christmas beer!

J-Dag is Christmas beer day

It is the day that beer lovers and beer enthusiasts have been waiting for nearly a whole year - and now finally the J-Day
(J-Dag) will be marked on Friday - November 2nd - 2018 - at precisely at 20:59 in any pub - bar - restaurant - supermarket - groceries - or anywhere else in Denmark by introducing this years strong - dark and tasty 6% “CHRISTMAS BREW” that also is the talk of the town in Copenhagen. The letter "J" stands for the Danish word for Christmas "Jul".

Many happy hours at Christmas time
If you are visiting Copenhagen in November - and if you see a horse-drawn carriage from Carlsberg and Tuborg in the city - you probably will get a free hand out sample of this year’s traditional Christmas brew. Every Danish brewery has there own brand of Christmas beer - so there is a great selection of different sort’s of strong and dark beers in Denmark - and there are many happy hours around the Danish cities and especially in Copenhagen at Christmas time.

A yearly welcoming event
The first J-Day with the special “Christmas Brew” - was marketed in 1990 to all the cheerful beer loving Danes - and ever since J-Day has been a yearly welcoming event - as well as it helps boosting up the Christmas sprit up to the cold but cozy Christmas holidays
. The first Danish Christmas Beer was brewed and introduced in 1920.

The first strong Danish Christmas Brew
The very first strong Danish Christmas Brew was produced and launched in 1958 by Carlsminde Brewery located in the town of Nyborg on the isle of Funen.

Over 300 types of strong Christmas Beers in Denmark
More than 300 big and small breweries brew strong Christmas Beers and Seasonal Ales all over Denmark with different taste and with an hefty alcohol percentage that will satisfy the Danes beer drinking culture during Christmas time that is the seasons for thick “Juleøl” - “Julebryg” and “Snebajer” - which is dated back several hundred years - and been used to be swallowed down - when celebrating Christmas in Denmark.


 

Christmas Beer Tradition
The first J-Day was introduced in 1990 - and has been a Christmas tradition ever since.
 
First Danish Christmas Brew
The first Danish Christmas Beer was brewed in 1958 - by Carlsminde Brewery - Nyborg - Funen.
 
Strong Danish Christmas Beers
There are more than 300 types of Christmas Beers to select in Denmark for the thirsty beer lovers that can celebrate Christmas with thick and hefty Xmas ales.
 
 
"Mortensaften" (St. Martin's Eve)
The Danes serve and eat roughly 650,000 ducks on “Mortens Eve”.
 
"Mortensaften" (St. Martin's Eve)
The Danes celebrate “Mortensaften” on the evening of November 10th - where the tradition is to serve roasted duck. (Mortensand) The legend is that the humble St. Martin "Morten Bisp" would not let himself be appointed as a Bishop - and therefore he hid in a goose habitat. But he was betrayed by geese cackling - and was found. He later became Bishop - and then decided that every year to punish each geese - by slaughtering and eating them. Celebrating “Mortensaften” is similar to the way celebrating "Thanksgiving" in November - as it is a tradition and custom in the USA and Canada - with a hefty meal - centered around the large roasted turkey. The Danes buy - Fry - serve and eat roughly 620,000 to 650,000 ducks on “Mortens Eve”.
The "Morten Duck"
The Danes buy - fry - serve and eat roughly 620,000 to 650,000 ducks on “Mortens Eve”. Bilka.dk
 
 
Christmas and New Year celebrations in Copenhagen & Denmark
 
 
 
 
Christmas Preparations - 2018
The blissful fragrance of Christmas
 
Selecting the Christmas Tree
It's a great tradition for the Danes every year in December to find and select their Christmas tree - and is also much fun and excitement for children and families to choose the one that fits exactly to their needs and to be lit up at Christmas Eve.
 
Christmas Displays
All over Copenhagen in Malls and Stores there will be merry Christmas decorations to create the appropriate Christmas atmosphere for shoppers and visitors.
 
Christmas Decorations
All around Denmark Christmas decorations are being prepared and made for the upcoming Christmas time and holidays.
 
The Red Paper Hearts
The red paper hearts (julehjerter) hanging on the Christmas tree is a must - when decorating the tree.

Passionate Christmas Preparations in November and December...

Selecting the right Christmas tree to worship Christ - and celebrate Danish Christmas traditions


Selecting the Danish Christmas tree
Selecting the right Christmas tree (Juletræ) in Denmark at Christmas time in November and December is a great passion for the entire family - and feelings run deep - when it comes to selecting the ideal Christmas tree.

The perfect Christmas tree
It’s a great tradition and a must among the Danes - and for lovers of Christmas traditions as well to use some time in the month of December to find the perfect Christmas tree - whether it's pine - fir or spruce - and a real Christmas green tree is always better than the most grievous of plastic.

The blissful fragrance of Christmas
For some Danes - only a traditional pine or fir will do. Others could care less about looks - opting instead for a tree that will fill the house with the blissful fragrance of Christmas.

Christmas Displays in Shopping Malls and Department Stores
All over Copenhagen in Malls and Stores there will be merry Christmas decorations to create the appropriate Christmas atmosphere with Christmas landscapes featuring Christmas Trees - Lightning - Trains - Santa Claus and his throne - “Nisser” etc. that will make shoppers in a pleasant Christmas mood - when visiting shopping venues in Copenhagen and other cities in Denmark.

Christmas Cut-out Decorations
All around Denmark - and as a special kick-off for celebrating the upcoming Christmas months - at kindergartens - schools - nursing homes - institutions and in every Danish home - all Danes are happily busy preparing and making Christmas cut-out decorations – which has been a great tradition for generations. And the cosy “hyggelig” family gathering and get-together preparations - with a lot of Christmas cookies and other tasty Christmas cakes that are served - while cutting and making Christmas decorations like flags - garlands - paper hearts - Advent wreath plus a lot of other traditional Christmas festoons to decorate walls and the traditional Christmas Tree. Especially children and grownups have quite an enjoyable interval during the Christmas preparation time - while this dark period are lit up by candles around Danish homes - and the lovely Christmas occasion and holidays is an event every Danes is looking forward to every year.

The Indispensable
Red and white Pleated Paper Heart (Julehjerter)
The red and white pleated paper heart (julehjerte) and Christmas cut-out decoration that symbolises the colours of the Danish flag - was invented by fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen in 1860 - and is a must decoration to hang on the Danish Christmas tree. The traditionally red and white pleated paper hearts are often filled with nuts and cookies and other appetizing goodies - which is eaten up during Christmas time. The red and white pleated heart have since changed paper colours - and are made in numerous other colourful versions together with other coloured paper cuts that is a creative element every upcoming Christmas season to traditionally decorate the festive Christmas tree and celebrated the Danish Christmas traditions.

 

 
 
 
Danish Christmas Trees
The Danes are European champions to cultivate and produce Christmas trees
 
Danish Christmas Trees
Every year the Danes produce and sell over 15 million Christmas trees. And of these 80 % is exported.
Facts and info about the Danish Christmas trees:

The Danes are European champions to cultivate and produce Christmas trees:
- Every year the Danes produce and sell over 15 million Christmas trees
- 36 tons of Nobilis Fir and Nordmann Fir - plus 10 tons of Spruce - Pine and greenery
- 80 % is exported abroad to - Germany - England - France - Holland - Norway and Sweden
- 20 % Christmas trees is for our home market
- The most popular tree sort selected and used in Denmark for Christmas is Nordmann Fir.
 
 
Enjoy Cycling in Copenhagen - November
Especially at Christmas Time - the season for visiting Christmas Markets
 

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

Explore Copenhagen on a cycle
Take some very warm clothes on - a warm jacket - coat - cap - scarf - and gloves - and have plentiful of outdoor fun and fresh air in November - as it can be quite chilly at this time of the year - and can give you fairly red cheeks. We invite you once again to lend a bike at your local hotel and lodging site - or pay for a electric bicycle - or rent a bike at selected cycles shops - and take a
cycle trip right in the middle of town and visit the Old Latin Quarters of the City - where you will find many attractions within walking distance like the Round Tower of Copenhagen from 1642 - the Trinitatis Church that is attached to the Round Tower - The University of Copenhagen from 1836 - Copenhagen’s Cathedral from 1840 - and finally the longest pedestrian street in the world “Strøget”. It is also the season for visiting all the Christmas Markets in Copenhagen by cycle - which all are situated in a range of reasonable cycling distance.

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 - and some have one extra cycle for commuting and leisure activities - 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.


Copenhagen - Cycle City
Copenhagen is a real cycle city - and aims to be the world's best city for cyclists 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 on two wheels.


Cycling around: Cycling & Driving - Visitors Lounge

 

 

Cold fun in November
Lend a cycle at your hotel or lodging site and explore Copenhagen plus its many attractions - shops - and Christmas markets all over the city.
 
Copenhagen's Cathedral
Visit by cycle - The beautiful Copenhagen Cathedral - and attend a service or a wedding. The Cathedral is from 1840 - and located in the old Latin Quarters - just near the world's longest pedestrian street "Strøget".
 
Round Tower - 1642
Visit by cycle - The Round Tower from 1642 - that is connected to Trinitatis Church - and located beside the longest pedestrian street in the world “Strøget”.
 
 
 
Cruise Ships in Copenhagen
7 Cruise Ships in Copenhagen - November & December - 2018...
Copenhagen's harbour - Scandinavia's major cruise centre!
 
Queen Elizabeth II
Luxury Ocean Liner MS Queen Elizabeth II from Cunard Cruise Line is one of the cruise ships that will visit Copenhagen in 2019.
 
MS Aurora
MS Aurora from P&O Cruises will visit the ports of Copenhagen in the new year of 2019.
 
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 2018 - as Copenhagen is the largest port of call in Northern Europe.
 

Cruising Copenhagen
The cruise ship season is declining for 2018 - and will end with almost 320 calls - with 7 Cruise Vessels entering Copenhagen’s harbour in November -December - 2018. Over 1.2 million passengers and crew member from all over the world are expected to visit Copenhagen by ship in 2018 - and more than 68 different cruise vessels have embarked the cruise ports of Copenhagen in 2018 - from 40 international Cruise Companies on their way to the Baltic countries - Germany - Russia and Scandinavia - as Copenhagen is the largest port of call in Northern Europe for intercontinental Cruise Companies and their Cruise Liners.
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Nationality breakdown of passengers in 2017
The busiest months in Copenhagen for cruise liners in 2017 was June - July and August - and the nationality breakdown of passengers visiting Copenhagen in 2017 - was as follows: Germany (25%) - USA/Canada (23%) - Scandinavia (21%) - UK (14%) - Italy (7%) - Spain (4%) - Australia (3%) - and worldwide (3%).

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.

Online sightseeing trip
Take an online round trip on our 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 Inbound Travel Service many historical excursions or cultural field trips - there are plentiful of ways to see Copenhagen as a tourist and cruise passengers.

See:
Cruise Copenhagen

See:
Inbound Travel Service
- Sightseeing

 
 
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 fishing boats on the sandy beaches.
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.
 
Denmark Tours - in and around Denmark
Customised Roundtrip with Guide - in and around Denmark

 
 
Cruise Lines operating from Copenhagen Ports of Call...
...and other Ports of Call in Denmark!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christmas and New Year celebrations in Copenhagen & Denmark
 
 
Free - Free - Free - Copenhagen
No costly plastic cards required!
 
The Marble Church
The Marble Church with its impressive dome and balustrade with 18 historical Statues from the Bible - is situated beside Amalienborg Palace.
 
The inner dome
The inner dome of the church is resting on 12 columns and has a span of 31m. The cupola is split into 12 equal parts and decorated with angels and the 12 apostles placed in each section.
FREE - FREE - FREE - COPENHAGEN...
...and no plastic cards required!

FREE - FREE - FREE
Explore Copenhagen Free. Free Activities - Attractions - Events and 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 - Libraries - Parks - Gardens and Leisure Areas - Changing of the Guards - Historical Churches and Cemeteries - "Strøget" (the worlds longest Shopping Street) - Harbour bath and Beaches - Free bicycles - 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 Events in Copenhagen.


Frederiks Kirke - ”The Marble Church” - Free entrance

Visit the ”The Marble Church” with its great dome rising high above the rooftops of Copenhagen. The church is one of the characteristic landmarks of the city’s skyline. Around the church are 14 bronze statues of prominent Danish Church Fathers. On the balustrade around the dome are sculptures in zinc of 18 historical figures from the bible - comprising prophets and apostles as well as the founder of Reformation Martin Luther (1483-1546). After the church complex was left incomplete and stood as a ruin for nearly 150 years - and after nearly 20 years of construction due to new founds and other generous contributions - the Marble Church was finally completed and inaugurated on 19. August 1894. “The Marble Church” has the largest church dome in northern Europe with a span of 31m - that is resting on 12 columns.


See: Marble Church

 
 
Christmas and New Year celebrations in Copenhagen & Denmark
 
 
Events & Entertainment in Copenhagen
 
Events and other City Hot Spots in September - 2018...
...in Scandinavia's largest and most lively capital!
 
EXHIBITIONS - EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT IN COPENHAGEN - September - 2018
 
EXHIBITION VENUES: BALLERUP SUPER ARENA - BELLA CENTER - FORUM - PARKEN - ØKSNEHALLEN
 
See: Event Calendar - 2018
 
 
 
 
 
Marking Days in November - 2018
 
Christian Holy Days - Public Holidays and Flag Days
November - 2018

There are no Christian Holy Days or Public Holidays in November - 2018.

The J-Day - where the new strong Christmas beer is introduced on Friday November 2th.

The traditional celebration of "Mortensaften" on November 10th - with roasted duck and family gatherings.

The big Christmas Tree will be lit at the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen first Sunday of Advent in 2018.

The Danes have set their clocks back 1 hour - and have switched to wintertime -
October 27 - 2018

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Public Holidays and Flag Days
 
 
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 2018...
…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 2018 - 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!

 
 
Danish Banknotes & Coins
The first Danish banknote was issued in 1713
 
The Danish Banknotes...
…money - money - money - must be funny - in a rich man’s world!

When visiting Denmark - tourists will be presented with these new 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.
 
 
Christmas and New Year celebrations in Copenhagen & Denmark
 
 
 
Travelling safely in Copenhagen - 2018
Mind Pickpockets and Trick Thieves in crowded areas in Copenhagen
 
Safety Precautions in Copenhagen...
...especially in crowded areas - and at Christmas Time!

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.
 
 
 
Christmas and New Year celebrations in Copenhagen & Denmark
 
 
Quotation of the month
 
Victor Borge
Quotation of the Month - November - 2018

“Santa Claus has the right idea - visit people only once a year”

(Julemanden er inde på noget rigtigt: besøg folk én gang om året)

Victor Borge - Famous Danish entertainer - 1909-2000.




 
 
 
Christmas and New Year celebrations in Copenhagen & Denmark
 
 
Important Tip!
From the Online Goodwill and Tourism Ambassadors of Copenhagen!
 
 
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 always remember an umbrella!



Most sincerely,
Advisory Board & NewsLetter Team


George B. Moller




 
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