Denmark About. Visiting, enjoying Copenhagen and Helsingor in Denmark.

Denmark must be is one of the hippest countries in Europe to visit. With Copenhagen at the centre of the activity with its lively evening scene, palaces to discover and castles to explore. If you have ever travelled to Denmark, you will understand why I immediately bring up the subject of bars. The Danish like to down a few beers when time permits. Time seems to permit quite a lot and a few beers will often become many. To this end, going out for a night on the town in Denmark, with the friendly Danes can be very dangerous in the summer. Due to its location on good old mother earth, it does not get dark in Denmark until about eleven at night during the summer. This can be a bit difficult to adjust to, particularly when you look at your watch and realize that it is four in the morning with the sun coming up. But then again Denmark is not all socializing.

Copenhagen is one of those large cities that feels small. I think this vibe could arise from the fact there are a lot of walking only areas. Even right in the centre of the city, the streets are arranged like those in a neighbourhood. This gives even the biggest bar or restaurant on the biggest street a lovely local tavern feel. If castles and palaces are your thing, then Denmark has much to offer. The palace of Amalienborg and its surrounding neighbourhood area are definite examples of that completely over the top palace building period of Europe. A quick trip out of town will deliver you to the castles of Frederiksborg and Kronborg. As castles go, I use the one through five rating and would give each of these three stars.

Helsingor is a provincial city that I was told represents the true Denmark. Surprisingly, many of the Danes seemed to consider Copenhagen a great city, but not really representative of the true Denmark. With a desire to seek the truth, I visited and stayed in Helsingor for a couple of days. Indeed, the town was that much sleepier than Copenhagen and did have that more of an authentic feel to it. But there was only one problem. Helsingor is full of Swedes, and when I say “full”, I mean it was packed with them. I like Sweden and the people, so it was not a big deal to me. Still, did this mean the Danes I spoke to felt true Denmark was a Swedish colony? When I did pose this question one evening, I was educated to a tone of near outrage. Turns out the Swedes were everywhere because of Denmark's liberal alcohol laws while Sweden is extremely repressive on this issue. It seems, since the countries are remarkably close to each other, the Swedes like to pop over for a few days of fun in the sun. Good idea.

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