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  • The largest city in the Danish Kingdom, and also its capital, is situated on the Eastern coast of the Zealand and Amager Islands. Its picturesque location on the Oresund strait attracts not only tourists but also Danes, and not only because of the world’s most famous mermaid.
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Dariusz Linkiewicz
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It has been known for a long time that Denmark is famous for architecture and design. The country’s inclination for refined design can especially be seen in Copenhagen, which can be experienced with nearly all of the senses. We can see here realizations of designs by Henning Larsen, whose studio undertook the reconstruction of the Carlsberg Glyptotek, an art museum dedicated to the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean and 19th-century French and Danish art, as well as the Black Diamond Library, which is connected to the Royal Library in Copenhagen’s waterside district. We can admire the development of architecture here by also admiring the bridge over the Great Belt between Zealand and Funen, the new terminal at the Copenhagen Airport, and the bridge overthe Oresund Strait which connects Denmark with Sweden. We can add to this the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, which resembles
﷯a shipwreck run aground among sand dunes and is an example of simplicity and beauty. Its interior is a true feast for all fans of contemporary art. ON TWO WHEELS In 2013, Copenhagen was acknowledged by the British magazine Monocle as the best city in the world because it was “created so that people could live in it.” It all results from the remarkable endeavour of the city’s authorities to show the entire world that it’s possible to organize public space differently so that it can be a model to follow in terms of ecology issues and the health of residents. Fewer cars, cleaner air and less noise contribute to a higher standard of life. In the morning hours, we can see, passing each
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other on bicycles, doctors, ministers, businessmen and parents taking their children to school. The city has 125 stations for city bicycles which we can borrow for a refundable deposit of 20 Danish krone, and this is necessary if we wish to truly feel the capital’s atmosphere. There are over 300 kilometres of bike paths available to us. Those who are lazier can make use of the services of two firms offering bike taxis. Copenhagen also has an excellent network of public transportation. There is a metro, and also ferry connections with Sweden, Norway, Germany and Great Britain, as well as 5 bridges connecting Copenhagen with neighbouring islands and the Scandinavian peninsula.
ADRENALINE It’s springtime, and it’s thus worth keeping in mind that this city offers a large dose of open-air entertainment. A necessary spot to visit is Tivoli Park situated in the centre of Copenhagen. The park offers entertainment in the form of a carousel, mimes, roller coasters, dancers, acrobats and actors playing roles from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. Those in search of a dose of adrenaline will certainly be interested in Vertigo – the fastest carousel of this type in Europe, which allows people to sit at the helm of one of two airplanes. They accelerate to the speed of 100 km/h, simultaneously revolving 360 degrees. They even offer the possibility of controlling some of the plane’s movements. We’ll also find here the “Demon” roller coaster and “The Golden Tower” – a tower which allows us to feel what it’s like to freefall towards the ground, while also admiring a wonderful panorama of the city. For those who wish to relax, there are rock concerts in the park every Friday, and in the Tivoli Concert Hall there are also classical music concerts and ballets. Everything is complemented by the wonderful scenery consisting of over 400,000 flowers and 110,000 lamps. CARL’S MOUNTAIN A true delight for beer fans is the Carlsberg brewery located right in Copenhagen. The name Carlsberg means, loosely translated, the mountain of Carl, who was the son of the Carlsberg brewery’s founder, Jacob Christian Jacobsen. The long visiting route presents the entire process of brewing beer as well as changes occurring in the production, methods of transport and storage. The highlight of the tour is a tasting of the golden drink. It’s worth mentioning that we’ll find here the world’s largest collection of beer bottles which, when placed side by side, take up 1,413 metres! In 1993, the collection was added to the Guinness Book of World Records. “HYGGE” Usually while travelling, people like to try various dishes that are unique to the local culture – and we don’t recommend spending time in Copenhagen any other way. Even though Danish cuisine isn’t very different
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dishes include Frk. Barners Kælder at Helgolandsgade 8A and Ida Davidsen at Store Kongensgade 70. The latter offers 250 different kinds of sandwiches which are extremely popular among local residents. When finishing their feast, Danes love to call out “hygge,” which confirms the wonderful atmosphere and excellent company – they often use it when referring to a successful meal with family and friends, which is something we wish for all who visit Copenhagen.
from Polish cuisine, it has dishes which can surprise you. The residents of this Scandinavian country observe their meal hours very scrupulously and we’ll be invited for lunch (“frokost”) at about 12:30. During this meal, it’s worth trying “frikadelle” (ground cutlets the size of a walnut usually served with pickled vegetables in a vinegar marinade), or warm pate with fried bacon and mushrooms – “varm leverpostej med bacon.” The main meal is supper served at about 7 pm, during which we must try “flaeskesteg,” pork with a wonderfully baked and crunchy skin, under which the meat is juicy and full of flavour. A dessert that must be sampled is “ris 'a l'amande” – rice with almonds, whipped cream and cherry sauce which is traditionally served on Christmas Eve. The restaurants where we can sample these