It was during the weekend of an official trip to Denmark when I got a chance to explore this beautiful Scandinavian city of Copenhagen.
Since it was an official trip, my travel and lodging were already taken care of (big relief :P) and all I had to do was to think about the places which had to be visited in the next 2 days.
Before I start with the blog, I would like to share some information about Denmark:
1. You can opt to travel on a cycle as well. Denmark, being a city of cyclists, has a dedicated lane for cyclists.
2. Jaywalking is a punishable offence in Denmark therefore cross the road when the traffic light for pedestrian is green.
3. Denmark is comparatively colder than most of the other European countries therefore carry your woolens with you when travelling from Oct to March. I would also suggest you to carry an umbrella as rains in Denmark are highly sporadic.
4. Public transport system in Denmark is one of the best in the world. You should make sure to purchase the public transport card -"Rejsekort" costing around 100 DKK(1000 INR). You can get the card at the airport itself and it is valid for the intra-city commutation including buses, metros and S-trains. However, you'll have to purchase separate tickets at the Central Station for inter-city destinations. The card can be recharged at any nearby metro station.
5. Europe is an expensive continent to visit and you'll get decent hotels at somewhere around 600-1000 DKK (6000-10000 INR) (with attached washroom) in Central Copenhagen. There is also an option of staying in the rooms with shared washrooms which would be bit cheaper.
6. It is recommended that one should not spend much money on purchasing mineral water as the tap water in Denmark is perfectly drinkable.
7. Danes are very friendly people with almost everyone being good in English. So, communication is not going to be a problem anywhere in Copenhagen at least.
8. The crime rate in Denmark is very low so you can practically roam anywhere without the fear of being getting mugged or worse.
9. For my Indian friends, there is no jet spray in the toilet seats in any country in Europe or most of the countries in the world. There will, however, be toilet rolls available in every toilet.
10. The exchange rate for Danish and Indian currency is 1DKK = 10 INR (approx.).
11. The dietary habit of Danes mostly includes non-vegetarian food so vegetarian people might face a little struggle in finding the food of their choice. However, there are a few Indian and Pakistani restaurants in Central Copenhagen where you can find the vegetarian meal as well.
Having mentioned this, I'll now start sharing my experience of 2 days of exploration in and around Copenhagen.