There are probably about 144 reasons for us to be happy that Eurovision will take place in Copenhagen next year, so maybe we will even consider making this a series - today DR announced Copenhagen as hosting city for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
Very few theme parks have managed to stick to their authentic atmosphere like Tivoli in Copenhagen. Opened in 1843 Tivoli is still one of the most frequented theme parks in Europe. The park offers modern rides and top restaurants but is also still full of antique merry-go-rounds and vintage Ferris wheels. Walt Disney during a trip overseas with his wife Lilly visited Tivoli Gardens. Walt was so impressed with the Danish amusement park, he immediately decided Disneyland should try to emulate its "happy and unbuttoned air of relaxed fun."
Herning does have it's own Tivoli by the way - so whomever is stuck with his hotel reservations in the other Eurovision candidate city, can still spend a day or two there.
New parties and dance clubs are popping up in Copenhagen all the time. These complement the many bars and cafés in town. Lesbians and gay men tend to mix more freely in Copenhagen than in many other large cities around the world. During the last few years, lesbian women have indeed gotten a lot of positive attention, and today some of Denmark’s hottest DJ’s and musicians are openly lesbians. Attitudes towards lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered persons are mostly liberal and open-minded. In this guide you will find all details about the Danish capital's gay life
Coffee in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a coffee paradise. Numerous coffee bars have sprouted up in the city, the cafes have upgraded their coffee menus and the barista has replaced the bartender as the known face behind the counter where Copenhageners meet. Find some of the best ones here. If you want to drink your coffee like the Copenhageners do, have a wienerbrød to go with it, which translates to Viennese bread. The rest of the world calls it Danish pastry.
Design in Copenhagen
Danish design has quite a reputations around the world. In Denmark design is not something to look at, but a way of life for many people who choose to surround themselves with things that are not only cool to look at, but extremely practical in the same time. We'll be heading for Illums Bolighus when we are in Copenhagen, in the middle of the famous Strøget shopping street, but very probably also to some of the many smaller independent design shops around, in the trendy Meatpacking District for instance.
Beer in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is known for Tuborg and Carlsberg beers, but these two beers are far from the only possibilities. In Copenhagen there are no less than six micro breweries, brewing and serving fantastic alternatives to the world famous pilseners. Here is a little guide if you might get thirsty.
Biking in Copenhagen
Saying that Danes like to bike would be a gross understatement. In Copenhagen bikes rule the roads and way of life. Biking paths make up half to two thirds of almost all streets. More people seem to be biking to work than driving. What really is funny in Copenhagen is the variety of bikes on the streets. Copenhageners treat their bikes as an expression of their personalities: some weld trunks onto the front of their bikes to make a makeshift seat for passengers, while others transform their machines into delivery carts or mobile prams. You can rent a bike for a bit more than 10 Euros a day (but don't forget to change your Euros at the border, the Danes still have their own currency: the Danish krone).
Food in Copenhagen
Gourmet Restaurant Noma has been ranked the best restaurant in the world in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Noma fits comfortably in what is called the New Nordic Kitchen, which is characterized by local, sustainable and innovative cooking. If your budget doesn't allow you to visit Noma, this is where you can find the best burgers in town.
Eurovision in Copenhagen
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Denmark won the Eurovision Song Contest this year, but did so twice before. In 1963 Jørgen & Grether Ingmann were the first ones, followed by the Olsen Brothers in 2000. In the following years, Copenhagen hosted the contest as well as the coming year. Both locations can be visited by Eurovision fans, in 1964 the concert hall in Tivoli was were it all happened, in 2001 the Parken Stadium. In 2014 there will be a Eurovision island, where not only the contest will take place, but loads of other activities as well.
Tourism in Copenhagen
The little Mermaid is probably what comes to mind first when you are asked what you know about Copenhagen. You'll be surprised how little it actually is, but still it is a must-see in Copenhagen. H.C. Andersen, who wrote the fairytale about the little Mermaid, still has hero status in Denmark. Copenhagen has much more to offer however, Here is a top 30 of tourist destinations in the city.
Royalty in Copenhagen
Like Sweden and Norway, Denmark is a monarchy. If you happen to drop by Amalienborg Palace and see the royal flag topping it, you will be sure that the Royals are in, if that will be queen Margarethe herself will require some more training in the exact meaning of the royal flags. Every day at noon you can witness the changing of the guards at the Palace.
Smørrebrød in Copenhagen
Open faced sandwiches consisting of Sliced rye bread, topped with cold meats, smoked fish or cheese are known as smørrebrød in Denmark. Even if you don't know how to pronounce that, you will not have a hard time getting your hands on some of them. They have been a lunchtime meal for the Danes for as long as anyone can remember and they still are popular.Ida Davidsen is probably the most well known place to head for, if you're hungry around lunch time.
Swimming in Copenhagen
To go for a swim you don't have to go far in Copenhagen. Just south of the centre you'll find an amazing outdoor swimming pool called Islands Brygge Havnebadet. If you go a bit further to the south you'll find Amager's strandpark, one of Denmark's best beaches. The water temperature in May is not likely to be much more than 10´C however, so we might want to skip the outdoor swimming.
Source: 12points.tv, Huffington Post, Lonely Planet, VisitCopenhagen