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Copenhagen Off the Beaten Path

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Copenhagen Off the Beaten Path is a guide to the weirdest, funniest, quirkiest and most unique must-visit places and venues in town. Get ready to be surprised!

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  • Like a Local

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6 City Tips

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8 Places

Assistens Cemetery

Cemeteries

The Cisterns

Speciality Museums

Filmhuset

Libraries, Speciality Museums

Christiania

Neighbourhoods

Zoologisk Museum

Speciality Museums

Dragor Havn

Speciality & Gift Shops

Visit Carlsberg / Carlsberg Visitor Centre

Visitor Centres

Brede Works

Speciality Museums

Nils B's City Tips

  • Getting around by Bus, Metro or S-train is easy. They are frequent and punctual. Go for a multi-day all-zones pass, as the zone system can be a bit confusing.
  • If you're fit or want to be ... rent a bike. It's easy and cheap, with bicycle paths just about everywhere.
  • There are about 1.500 restaurants, cafés and the like in Copenhagen, so finding a place to eat is not hard — it's the choosing that can be a challenge!
  • Tips are included in the restaurant prices in Denmark. However, if you feel that the service has been exceptional, you can always give the servers extra at your discretion.
  • In most places in Copenhagen, just about any kind of attire goes. So it isn't that hard to blend in with the crowd.
  • Unless you opt for one of the Michelin-starred restaurants in Copenhagen, or are going to the opera, there are few etiquette rules that you have to follow.
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    Assistens Cemetery
    Cemeteries
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    Nils B Says:

    In the heart of Noerrebro you'll find Assistens Cemetery, the place where many famous Danes are buried. Among these are the writers Hans Christian Andersen and Soeren Kierkegaard, physicist Niels Bohr, and interestingly, the American jazz musicians, Ben Webster and Kenny Drew. As this is also one of the few green areas in this part of Copenhagen, it is a popular spot for sunbathing in the summertime, which may seem a bit bizarre to some!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Exit the cemetery and walk towards The Lakes, then turn left on to Ravnsborgade — the "Portobello Road" of Copenhagen, where you may strike a good deal.
    • Head to Noerrebrogade (that runs along Assistens Cemetery) and visit one of the hundreds of ethnic shops & kebab cafés in this area.
    • See how many famous Danes you can find buried here, then relax on a bench or go to the neighbouring park to stretch out on the lawn.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 320 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • When gearing down 26/07/2015
    • A relaxing park and a cemetery. 23/07/2015
    • Assistens Cemetery
    Address:
    Norrebrogade/Kapelvej
    Denmark
    Phone:
    35/37-19-17
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    The Cisterns
    Speciality Museums
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    Nils B Says:

    In the Frederiksberg part of Copenhagen, below Søndermarken, sits a huge old water reservoir. Different exhibitions are held here frequently, and it is also possible to roam this dark cave-like area on your own (after having paid the modest entrance fee), as well as getting a guided tour of this interesting place.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Just across the street from Søndermarken, you'll find Copenhagen Zoo, which is actually one of the better (for the animals) zoological gardens in Europe, or indeed, the world.
    • As this cave-like structure may be cool even in the summertime, remember to bring an extra layer.
    • There's a place just above ground where you can buy snacks and drinks. Or bring your picnic basket and enjoy a picnic in Søndermarken or nearby Frederiksberg Have.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Frederiksberg
    • Really liked this place 26/07/2015
    • really neat we loved it 24/07/2015
    • The Cisterns
    Phone:
    +45 28 98 01 23
    Other:
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    Filmhuset
    Libraries, Speciality Museums
    Nils B Says:

    Filmhuset, which is part of the Danish Film Institute, is located on Gothersgade next to Kongens Have and is only 400 metres from Nørreport S-train station. Here you can learn all about Danish film history. Did you know for example, that Copenhagen has the oldest working film studio in the world (established in 1906)?

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the basement cinema to see some of the strange/weird/special movies that are usually not shown in the mainstream cinemas.
    • Visit the shop and buy some movie memorabilia, or maybe that Stanley Kubrick box-set that's missing from your collection...
    • Enjoy a nice dinner in the restaurant Sult (Hunger). Booking a day ahead is advised. Sult is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #259 of 320 things to do in Copenhagen
    • Interesting place 23/01/2012
    • Filmhuset
    Address:
    Gothersgade 55
    1123 København K
    Denmark
    Phone:
    33743400
    Other:
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    Christiania
    Neighbourhoods
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    Nils B Says:

    Christiania is located just a short bus, metro or bike ride from the city centre in Christianshavn — a very mixed area. Here, you'll find beautiful canals with expensive boats and huge apartments, and then - just 200 metres away — Christiania, filled with 'home made' buildings, people and dogs running around freely, and of course the infamous Pusher Street. Whether you love it or hate it, it's unlikely you've seen anything like this place before.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Don't openly take photos in Pusher Street.
    • This is an old military area — part of the old fortresses surrounding Copenhagen — making the place historically interesting.
    • Evening concerts are often held in Christiania. Attending one of these can be quite an experience.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 320 things to do in Copenhagen
    • Alternative lifestyle gone wrong 02/08/2015
    • Experience something different 02/08/2015
    • Christiania
    Address:
    Prinsesseg. and Badsmandsstr.
    Denmark
    Other:
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    Zoologisk Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Nils B Says:

    The Zoological Museum, located in the up-and-coming Østerbro area near Faelledparken, is most easily reached by bus or bike. Home to some huge fossilised dinosaur skeletons, including the 17-metre long 'Misty,' there are lots of unusual things to explore here!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is great for kids.
    • There are no cafés or restaurants in the museum, but there is an area where you can eat your own food and drinks.
    • The museum has permanent exhibitions and a special exhibition which rotates regularly.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 320 things to do in Copenhagen
    • Great exhibition, poor acoustics 01/08/2015
    • nice museum 16/07/2015
    • Zoologisk Museum
    Address:
    Universitetsparken 15
    2100
    Denmark
    Phone:
    45 35322222
    Other:
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    Dragor Havn
    Speciality & Gift Shops
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    Nils B Says:

    Dragør Havn (Dragor Harbour) sits in the picturesque little town of Dragør, some 12 kilometers southeast of Copenhagen city, on Amager Island. The trip to this cozy little town is well-worth it. It seems like it's in the middle of nowhere, while in reality it's just to the south of the airport! Take a stroll up and down its streets, lined with old yet well-kept houses, and keep your eyes peeled for the quirky little details. There are some great restaurants here too, as well as an ice cream stand that sells some of the best cones in Denmark.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Visit Dragør Strandhotel (Beach Hotel), reminiscent of the old beach hotels that were once very common all along Denmark's 7,314 kilometres of coastline.
    • In the summertime, go to the beach just north of the Harbour or visit Dragør Fort (old military installation) south of the harbour.
    • Take the bus (about 45 minutes from Nørreport Station), rent a car or even cycle here if you're up for it.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 63 Shopping in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enjoy a relaxing day! 18/07/2015
    • Feels so far from the city! 18/07/2015
    • Dragor Havn
    Address:
    Gl. Havn 2
    2791
    Denmark
    Other:
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    Visit Carlsberg / Carlsberg Visitor Centre
    Visitor Centres
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    Nils B Says:

    While there's no production of the world-famous Carlsberg Beer in Carlsberg City anymore, most of its historic buildings are being preserved, as Carlsberg is a big part of Danish history. The first building to be transformed was the old silo, which now houses 40-something luxury apartments, but this huge area contains a lot of other special buildings too, hosting activities, concerts, exhibitions and more.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In one of the corners of Carlsberg City is the very little town of Humleby (Hops Town), an interesting enclave of charming historic houses.
    • Take a walk around the more than 30-hectare site and see beautiful green gardens and old English-style buildings, all built by Brewer Jacobsen from 1847 onwards.
    • Visit the Carlsberg Brewery Museum. The self-guided tour of the grounds includes two Carlsberg beers (or soft drinks).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 320 things to do in Copenhagen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Probably a good way to spend a few hours… 30/07/2015
    • Brewery visit- nothing too exciting 29/07/2015
    • Visit Carlsberg / Carlsberg Visitor Centre
    Address:
    Gamle Carlsberg Vej 11
    1799
    Denmark
    Phone:
    (+45) 3327 1282
    Other:
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    Brede Works
    Speciality Museums
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    Nils B Says:

    Take the S-train to Jægersborg Station and then the local train, called Grisen (The Pig) to this picturesque town, situated just 30 minutes north of Copenhagen. In this part of The National Museum, which has several locations in and around Copenhagen, you'll find original houses, streets and machines from the age of industrialisation in Denmark. In the summer months you can easily spend a lot of time here, exploring and enjoying the atmosphere of this preserved town and the surrounding nature.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There's a great souvenir shop on the premises.
    • There's lots of opportunities to eat food prepared just like in the old days.
    • Wear sturdy shoes and take a long walk through the streets and in the surrounding forest.
    • Entrance to Brede Works, as well as to all exhibitions in the area, is free.
    • If you opt to go by bicycle, it's a pleasant 50-minute ride.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Kongens Lyngby
    • The location is fantastic, guided tours are VERY interesting 03/06/2015
    • Superb and highly recommended - I would say it is a "must see" in Copenhagen 26/05/2015
    • Brede Works
    Address:
    I. C. Modewegsvej
    Kongens Lyngby 2800
    Denmark
    Phone:
    +45 41 20 63 13
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