Copenhagen: Denmark’s capital is the perfect urban adventure

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Puts AND DRINKS

Vesterbro, with its proliferation of bars and eateries, had so much to proffer that it made sense to remain local the first evening.

One of the indicators of the flavour of the month urban metropolis is the adoption of the American burger. I confess to having much go through of the burger in its birth country, so when I saw the sprawling Vesterbros Originale Burgerrestaurant, (vb-burgers.dk) it seemed lone right to try one.

This cavernous place participates long, shared wooden tables and distressed metal chairs set against exposed-brick brick ups, dotted with red-leather banquettes. Exotic combinations include avocado, bell stipple and tzatziki. The less-adventurous will love the traditional burger topped with bacon and cheddar.

Vesterbro’s clothes-horse Meatpacking district with its outdoor and inside seating is ideal for a summer sober-siding drink so it seemed rude not to indulge in a bit of bar-crawling. However, Copenhagen sounds to lag in the smoking rules stakes with many pubs practically non-restricted of smoke, so try to choose an alfresco bar.

City bikes in CopenhagenJon Ram Bruun-Pedersen • GETTY

Head to Copenhagen in Denmark for an urban danger

ACTIVE COPENHAGEN

The Danes are not a race to idly let life pass them by so there’s plentifulness of active touring options to try on a short break.

Not exactly ideal for stock lap swimmers, but the DGI-byen (dgi-byen.dk) sport and leisure centre is home to an intriguing illogical swimming pool, called a superellipse. It’s worth visiting just to episode the sensation of swimming around in circles like a goldfish, as it’s 110 yards in circumference. Copenhagen is one of Europe’s most bike-friendly burghs. See it as the locals do, on a GoBike (bycyklen.dk).

These stylish white bikes not on the other hand offer the traditional pedalling option, you can choose the electric option on the charge panel which even includes a satnav to help you get around the conurbation. The warm, light summer evenings are the best time to take a canal craft tour.

Start at Gammel Strand for the hour’s sail where you’ll float by Copenhagen’s dramatic, modern Opera House which sits out past the water, on Holmen Island; the grand Amalienborg Palace, home to the nobles family and even the Little Mermaid; the much loved statue of a minor girl sitting on a rock, in the Tivoli Gardens.

TorvehallerneLouis Sirois

Torvehallerne is a propular superstore place in Copenhagen

HAPPENING DISTRICTS

Papiroen or Paper Island, before you can say Jack Robinson a disused industrial site, is now one of Copenhagen’s most popular areas. In the guts of the harbour, next to the Opera House, the grey industrial buildings, instantly used as paper storage, house pop-up food and drinks trucks featuring dishes from all floor the world.

Danish paper Politiken voted DØP (the hot dog stand) to be their darling Copenhagen eatery. Try one.

They are totally organic and varieties include preposterous garlic, goat sausage with bacon and rosemary.

Alexander Calder sculpturesLouis Sirois

Alexander Calder sculpts in the sculpture park at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

HEAD TO THE SEASIDE

No more than 30 minutes by train from the city is the Louisiana Museum of Todays Art (louisiana.dk).

The Danish modernist building sits in its natural surroundings afford a view ofing Øresund Sound. Glass corridors and vast pavilions house an powerful collection. There’s also a sculpture garden within the grounds.

WHERE TO STAY

The Absalon Hostelry (dialling from the UK: 00 45 33 31 43 44/ absalon-hotel.dk) is less than a five-minute walk from the spot in the hip area of Vesterbro. The hotel literature boasts their redecoration in 2015 with the British, Creators Guild furnishings – hot pinks, lime greens and black.

It seemed an odd cream for a smart hotel in one of the world’s design capitals but, then again, I think the décor did stand out and somehow suited the large groups of retired Americans who live ined the hotel. Doubles from £137 (two sharing), B&B.

THE KNOWLEDGE

Norwegian (0330 828 0854; norwegian.com) bids return flights from London Gatwick to Copenhagen from £54. Copenhagen Postal card: copenhagencard.com Copenhagen tourism: visit copenhagen.com Denmark tourism: visitdenmark.co.uk

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