Copenhagen & Denmark - NewsLetter & Tourism Information - April 2018

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Free Meals - April 1st.
On April 1st - restaurants serve free meals - food and dishes - all sorts of beers - and other types of alcohol will be free April 1st - all over town. Eat all you like of the Danes National Dish "Stegt flæsk" - Fried slices of Pork Belly with potatoes and creamy parsley sauce - free.
Happy Danes - 2018
The Danes are once again awarded to be among the Happiest People in the World - by the “World Happiness Report" - which is commissioned for the UN Conference on global “Happiness”.
The Traditional Easter Lunch
The traditional Easter Lunch - primarily with many variations of marinated herring plus other Danish delicacies - and drunk with "Snaps" and strong Easter beers. The Easter Buffet is from Blåvand Kro - East Jutland.
Easter "Snaps"
The Indispensable Easter “Snaps” with around 45% pure alcohol is the must to drink for the Danes at their booming Easter luncheon table - with an extravaganza of food and strong Easter brew and beers.
"Varme Hveder"
Traditional "Varme Hveder" - Wheaten bread - has been eaten by the Danes since 1686 - every Great Prayer Day - "Store Bededag"- and is a national flag - holy and public holiday.
The Stork arrives in April
The first storks arrive in April and find their old nesting places - which is a clear sign of spring in Denmark.
Ploughing and Farming - April
The farmers are very busy in April - and a fresh smell of ploughing earth and fertilizing reaches in to Copenhagen by swiftly winds.

April is Springtime with Happy Danes...
though April showers may come your way - they bring the flowers that bloom in May!

Dear Reader...

The Danes - Welcomes You - as one of the Happiest in the World!
The Danes are once again awarded to be among the Happiest People in the World - by the “World Happiness Report" - which is commissioned for the UN Conference on global “Happiness”. The report has just been published - by the Earth Institute at Columbia University - that examine the analysis of global happiness in all aspects. The Danes have been awarded several times - as being the “Happiest” people on this earth - and has been ranked on top of this list in numerous occasions. The UN-report also concludes that “Joyful” citizens living in happy communities and countries - just live longer - and strive to cultivate their “Well-being” continuously. Come to Denmark and experience the "Happiest" people in this world!

See: Happy Danes

April brings a lot of spring signs
The sign of spring is all over Copenhagen - as the inhabitants can look
forward to celebrate their holy Easter Holidays with a lot of good food - traditional booming Easter buffets - church going - Easter eggs and family gatherings - with plenty of strong Easter beers and “snaps” (Akvavit) in the middle of April - together with the seasonal opening of Tivoli Gardens - increasing brighter daylight hours and warmer temperatures. April is also the smell of fresh ploughing earth and fertilizing - cherry trees blooming - road construction all over town - humming birds building nests - blooming buds in park and recreational areas - outdoor café life - more cyclists - the first storks arrive at their nesting site - and last but not least April showers that brings many May flowers - and finally not to forget the strong left over Easter beers that has been introduced and available for all genuine beer lovers.
Only April 1st - 2018 in Copenhagen
On April 1st - everything is nearly Free in Copenhagen - all the large department stores - shops and hotels gives a 90% discount on all purchases and accommodation - all Police Woman in town will award any male tourist with a huge hug and kisses - restaurants serve Free Dishes - all sorts of Beers - and other types of Alcohol will also be distributed Free - the sausage stands will serve Free Hot Dogs all day long - all Transport is complimentary. Thieves will not steel from tourists - and Politicians will tell truthful stories the entire day. All Mail - Postcards and Parcels are sent free from Copenhagen to the whole wide world. Burger King will serve a free special quarter pound Doggy Whopper for the 160,000 dogs in the city - and all tourists must wear 3D glasses to experience Fresh Air in Copenhagen. Finally - the Little Mermaid will be sent to Australia for good - and the Prime Minister will give a free Guided Tour around Christiansborg Palace - and at the Danish parliament - for all the valuable tourists visiting the city - followed up by a free large Buffet with the most outstanding Danish Delicacies and various strong Drinks.

Welcome to Copenhagen and enjoy April 1st - 2018!
The Great Prayer Day - “Store Bededag” and “Varme hveder”
April has a special holy day and public holiday. The Great Prayer Day - “Store Bededag”. This Christian holy day has a great tradition - as the Danes since 1686 - have eaten a special type of wheaten buns called "hvedeknopper" - or more popular named “varme hveder”. In olden days - and way back in history - all bakeries was closed on this holy day - and people was compelled to buy these “hvederknopper” the evening before - The Great Prayer Day - and had to warm and eat them on the following holy holiday as "varmer hveder". Pre-warmed wheaten buns.
Enquiries of certain Topics and Issues
The editorial Newsletter team receive many questions about certain topic and issues described and illustrated on especially concerning: The Danish Cultural Heritage - The Royal Danish Family - Cruise matters - Museums - Denmark - Transportation - Danish Food Culture - Events - Historical Venues - Danish Currency & money etc. - which the editorial team will focus on and explain in a more detailed - and select as a main topic in a up-to-date version in every monthly Newsletter edition - beside of other news related subjects about Copenhagen and Denmark.
Weather in April
April can be quite mild and warm with a surplus of sunshine - but also the well known April showers can not surprise visitors in Copenhagen. April can also be quite cold and freezing with frost locally - especially in mid Jutland with some snowfall in the beginning of the month. The average temperature is + 6-10°C. You will need warm clothing if you go window shopping - as the breeze seems a bit colder than the present temperatures. The highest temperature of the month was last year 19-20°C - and registered several places especially in the interior parts of Denmark. The daylight will advance with almost 6-7 hours.

Warmest and Coldest April day in Denmark
-The warmest April day in Denmark was measured on April 17 - 1993 - at “Holbæk” - mid Sealand - with a temperature as high as +28,6°C.

-The coldest April day in Denmark was measured on April 3 - 1922 - at “Store Vildmose” in Vensyssel - Northern Jutland - with a temperature as low as

Highest & Lowest temperatures in Denmark - April 2017
The highest temperature in April last year in 2017 - was 17.8°c - in Copenhagen on the isle of East Sealand on April 1. The lowest temperature in April last year in 2017 - was -6.0 °c - at Karup in Mid Jutland on April 19.

See: Visitors Lounge - Event Calendar - Public Holidays and Flag Days
Easter is also Danish "Snaps"
1.6 millions of “Snaps” bottles (Akvavit) is consumed at Easter time in Denmark!
Snaps is the “Water of Life”
"Snaps" is the Danes favourite strong 45% alcohol beverage - and is called “Water of Life” in Latin.
Various types of “Snaps” labels
The are about 75-100 various types of “Snaps” labels in Denmark - with different taste - depending on the part of region the "Snaps" originates from.
Drink and Enjoy "Snaps" with the Danes...
...I say that little ole snaps drinker me!
"Akvavit" - "Snaps" - “Water of Life”
We recommend that you don’t miss the opportunity - while you are visiting Copenhagen to taste the Danes favourite strong 45% alcohol beverage called “Snaps” or “Akvavit”. That also can be spelled “Aquavite” - which derives from aqua vitae - and means “Water of Life” in Latin. So - join the Danes and be a part of their thousand year old drinking culture by tasting the genuine Danish “Snaps” - which is a strong and flavoured liquid - and distilled liquor - with a very pale golden colour or crystal clear white fluid. It is faintly dry in flavour - and ranging in alcohol content from about 45% by volume. Various aromatic flavourings are added and implemented - to hit the exact “Akvavit” taste - by usually including caraway - cumin seed - lemon or orange peel - cardamom - aniseed - and also fennel.

Easter "Snaps" - The Danish way
During Easter time - and Easter Holidays - almost 1.6 millions bottles of “Snaps” (Akvavit) will be consumed throughout the month of March - at all the popular Easter luncheons and dinners that are arranged to celebrate the Danes great Easter season - plus the many traditional Easter parties that are very trendy for groups holding their own annual “Påskefrokost” - or at the popular family gatherings. The Easter food extravaganza involves plenty of brunch or buffet food with various selections of cold cuts - beer and "Snaps" - and often also with music and dancing. The great Easter “Påskefrokost” usually continues into the wee hours of the morning. Food-wise - the “Påskefrokost” - normally buffet table - is a veritable feast - and the main purpose is - to eat - drink and be merry at Easter-time. The Danish “Snaps” plays a vital role in the Easter “Påskefrokost” ceremony.

Learn more about the Danes and their more than thousands years of enjoyable drinking culture!

See: Much more about Danish "Snaps"

Denmark & Scandinavia
Nordic Nations - Northern Regions - Nordic Countries & Nordic Welfare States
Visit Scandinavia and other Scandinavians - when Visiting Copenhagen & Denmark!

Denmark's Regions and Scandinavia

Denmark is connected to the European continent with Germany in the south - and the kingdom is surrounded by its nearest neighbours Sweden and Norway. Together Sweden - Norway - Finland - Iceland - Faroe Islands and Denmark - are all Nordic Nations belonging to the Northern Regions that is considered as a part of Scandinavia - and also called the Nordic Countries - as well as the Nordic Welfare States.
Learn briefly more about all of the Nordic Welfare States. See: Denmark & Scandinavia

Copenhagen Culture & Destination Copenhagen
Learn a bit more about Copenhagen & Copenhageners - before visiting the biggest capital in Scandinavia!
Vintage Tourism Poster
Copenhagen Culture
Copenhageners and their dynamic city
When you visit Copenhagen - you will find a dynamic and vibrant city filled with more than thousand years of history and Danish culture with its strong values and mentality that has influenced generations of friendly and helpful citizens - who worship their democratic rights - freedom of speech - freedom of press - gender quality and Christian traditions - which also is a basic part of the Danish Cultural Heritage that is the foundation of probably the best welfare and health care system in the world. A part of this healthcare system is also beneficial for tourists and visitors - as it includes free hospital treatment if an unexpected sickness or accident should occur during a temporary stay in Denmark. But always be acquainted with your travel insurance. Copenhagen has been awarded several times - as one of the liveliest cities in the world - based on the Copenhagener's high quality of life.
The Danes have been awarded and crowned several times - as being the “Happiest” and most "satisfied" people on this earth - and has been ranked on top of this list in numerous occasions. The latest UN-report also concludes that “Joyful” citizens living in happy communities and countries - just live longer - and strive to cultivate their “Well-being” continuously. Come to Denmark and experience the "Happiest" people and most "satisfied" citizens in this world!

  See: Copenhagen Culture

Visit The Little Mermaid - 2018
One of the most famous "Cult" Icons in the World
Branding Copenhagen
The Little Mermaid has celebrated her 100 years jubilee - in 2013.
The City Brand of Copenhagen
The little Mermaid is Copenhagen’s grand old lady - and a world famous "Cult" Icon - that has been the pride of the city for generations.
Branding Copenhagen for over 100 Years...
...The Little Mermaid - The City Brand of Copenhagen!

Loyal to all of her tourist’s fans
She just sits on her stone - and welcomes all of her fans from all over the world - and has been a loyal Girl and the "First Lady" for over 100 years branding Copenhagen and Denmark in all sorts of weather. In 2013 - The Little Mermaid commemorated her 100-year grand jubilee - and she will be happy if everyone from countries outside Denmark will come and visit her in 2018 - and send her a lot of loving and well-deserved flying kisses from the seashores of Langelinie.

The City Brand of Copenhagen
She is Copenhagen’s "Grand Old Lady" - and the pride of the city - as well as being one of the most likable and adorable "Cult" figures in the world - but is still in a young shape - and she is also the famous City Brand of Copenhagen - and will always be the prime national symbol and landmark of Denmark's capital. No one else can brand Copenhagen like the Little Mermaid!

First Lady and Prime landmark of the city
Millions of tourist's visit The Little Mermaid every year - and she sure knows how to promote Copenhagen - as she has done brilliantly for over the last 100 years - as the Prime landmark of the city.

Read more: The Little Mermaid

Tivoli Gardens - Copenhagen
Tivoli Gardens has open its gates to the public 175 times!
Tivoli is breathtaking amusements
Tivoli offers many breathtaking amusements - which gives the visitors tremendous rides - and a fantastic view over Copenhagen.
Tivoli - and thousands of lights
Tivoli is thousands of lights that illuminate the entire garden and creates a special cosy atmosphere in the evening.
Tivoli opens its gates for summer 2018...
...fairy tales can come true - if you’re young at heart!

Tivoli is an electrifying entertaining venue
Tivoli is one of the world's best known amusement parks - and one of the greatest attractions in Scandinavia. Tivoli Gardens was founded in 1843 by Georg Carstensen (1812-1857) - and the oldest buildings in the garden are the head-entry portal and Pantomime Theatre from 1874. Tivoli opens every spring in March-April to mark the Danish spring and summer season - and closes its gates at the end of September. Tivoli is the most visited amusement park in Scandinavia - and a cultural institution in Copenhagen - as well as a vibrant funfair and true fairy tale Garden. In 2018 Tivoli will Celebrates its 175 year Jubilee.

Tivoli is adventure for everyone
Every year - when Tivoli opens in spring for a new season - it is a cheerful event for the Copenhageners - after surviving a long and cold winter. Tivoli is flowers in full blossom - and happy faces everywhere - plus children with balloons enjoying themselves in the colorful amusement park. In the evening - darkness is highlighted by the many thousands of light bulbs that are hanging along the parts - garden - trees and lakeside. Tivoli offers more than 30 amusements rides with many breathtaking experiences and some adventures with spectacular sights over Copenhagen. Especially - the world’s highest carousel - the 80 metres high Star Flyer - which gives the visitors a tremendous ride and a fantastic view over Copenhagen. It bustles with life and rhythm - when the Tivoli Big Band plays for dancing on the big lawn - and accompanies international stars from all over the world on the outdoor stage. The Pantomime Theater tells the stories of the two lovers - who have an awful lot to go through before they get together. Music will be playing merrily in the Concert Hall - and the Glass House offers high class entertainment and performance. Tivoli is adventure the whole day long for children and families - and that’s why the easygoing Copenhageners look forward every year with great anticipation - when Tivoli opens up for a brand new season.

Tivoli - Event Calendar

Cycling in Copenhagen

Cycles and Outdoor Fun in April...
...but you'll look sweet - upon the seat - of a bicycle made for two!

Explore Copenhagen on a cycle
Take some warm clothes on - and have plentiful of outdoor fun and fresh air in April - as this month can charm with some warm weather. We invite you once again to lend a free bike at your local hotel and lodging site - or pay for a electric bicycle - or rent a bike at selected cycles shops - and then explore Copenhagen with all the historical places and cultural venues together with all the amusing sites at the ever bustling waterfront and beautiful coastline of the city. Just a few km from the city centre - tourists can cycle to the old canals of Christianshavn - and visit some of the quarter’s attractions like the beautiful Church of Our Savior from 1682 - that has one of the many towers rising above Copenhagen’s skyline - and is famous among tourists and visitors for its spiral tower and staircase with a magnificent view over the city. The remarkable tower and spiral-shaped gold spire construction is 90 meter high with 400 steps to the top. And nearby is "Christiania" also called - The City in the City - which is a great tourist venue in Christianshavn.

350 km of safe cycle tracks
Visitors can actually take cycle trips from the one end of the city to the other within 1-hour. Start at Kongens Nytorv and cycle through the longest pedestrian street in the world “Strøget”. Then pass the Town Hall Square and enter the main shopping street “Vesterbrogade” that will take you right to the Zoo - while passing 5 km of shops - shops and shops - in one stretch. Copenhagen is geared for cycles with over 350 km of safe cycle tracks in and around the city.

Over 800,000 cycles in Copenhagen
Nearly every Copenhagener owns a bicycle - as there are almost 800,000 cycles in Copenhagen. Over 60% of all Copenhageners cycle back and forth to work - to the nearest station or to other public transportation venues. There are over 360 km of save cycle tracks around the city - and should the cyclist have a green wave between traffic lights - the speed on a bicycle can easily reach 20 km per hour. Cycles are widely used in the summertime - due to the suitable weather conditions - even though the cycle tracks in the winter period are effectively cleaned for snow or other obstacles. The first separate bicycle tracks was established in Copenhagen around the Lakes in 1910 - to secure the heavy growth of cycles on the road at that time.

OBS! - Cycle City & Free Bicycles?
Even though Copenhagen claims to be a real cycle City - and aims to be the world's best city for cyclists in 2018 - with over 360 km of safe bike lanes - placed imaginatively like a magnificent maze around the city - and just a fantastic experience for visitors and tourists to use and explore - then Copenhagen is the only Capital in the world without "Free Bicycles" for their tourists and visitors! Unfortunately - the City Council of Copenhagen has not yet decided - whether to offer tourists and visitors free bicycles to explore Copenhagen on two wheels.

Shopping and Interactive Map
- Christianshavns Canals

Visit Christianshavn and its canals on cycle and then experience how modern architecture is blended in with the old historical buildings from around 1620.
Christiania - Copenhagen
Visit the "The Free City" Christiania on cycle. Christiania was established in 1971 - by a group of homeless citizens that occupied the old empty military barracks at Christianshavn. Christiania is a great tourist attraction today.
350 km of safe cycle tracks
Copenhagen is geared for cycles with over 350 km of safe cycle tracks in and around the city.
Cruise Ships in Copenhagen - April - 2018
AIDAstella is one of the cruise ships that frequently visit Copenhagen on it's way to the Baltic countries in 2018.
MSC Musica
MSC Musica - will visit Copenhagen in 2018 - together with over 320 other Cruise ships from all parts of the world.
Popular Port of Call
Over 1.2 million passengers and crew members from all over the world are expected to visit Copenhagen by ship in 2017 - as Copenhagen is the largest port of call in Northern Europe.

7 Cruise Ships in Copenhagen - April - 2018...
…Copenhagen's harbour - Scandinavia's cruise centre!

The Cruise Season - 2018

The first 7 cruise vessel will visit Copenhagen mid April - 2018. The number of international cruise ships embarking at the cruise ports of Copenhagen in 2017 - was 325. Over 1.2 million passengers and crew member from all over the world have visited Copenhagen by ship in 2017 - and more than 320 cruise vessels are calculated to embark the cruise ports of Copenhagen in 2018 - with nearly 1.3 million passengers and crew members on their way to the Baltic countries - Germany - Poland - Russia and Scandinavia - as Copenhagen is the largest port of call in Northern Europe for cruise companies and their cruise liners. 

The National breakdown of Cruise Vessels and Passengers in 2017

The busiest months for Cruise Ships Calls in the ports of Copenhagen and Denmark for Cruise Liners in 2017 was June - July and August - and the roughly nationality breakdown of passengers visiting Copenhagen in 2017 - was as follows: USA/Canada (25%) Germany (23%) - Scandinavia (21%) - UK (14%) - Italy (7%) - Spain (4%) - Australia (3%) - and worldwide (3%) - and almost equal to 2016 figures.

Cruise Ships - and New Terminal Facilities
Cruise ships entering the port of Copenhagen will either embark at the Langelinie Pier - or the harbour area of the Freeport Piers at Nordhavn. Cruise ships from Norway - Sweden and Poland will dock at the new cruise terminal at "Amerika Plads". The expected visit of "Turn Around Cruise Ships" - will mainly tie up at the North Harbour Piers or Langelinie Quay for embarkation. The North Harbour Cruise Terminal with new piers has been taken into use to service some of the millions of incoming international cruise travellers - and crew members more conveniently in the future - with a pier to dock three cruise ships at a time. The Langelinie Quay offers their passengers historic terminal facilities - and situated in the Langelinie park area. The old Langelinie quay was established in 1910 - for embarkation of international cruise liners - and is still functioning as a cruise terminal.

Sightseeing Tours & Trips
Take an online round trip on our Copenhagen city portal - - and we are sure that cruise passengers will be overloaded with information and guided online trough the city of Copenhagen - when visiting this tourist site and cultural guide. Beside of escaping on one of our many historical excursions or cultural field trips - there are plentiful of ways to see Copenhagen as a tourist and cruise passengers.

Inbound Travel Service

Cruise Copenhagen

Interactive Map - Onsite
- Sightseeing

Cruise Lines operating from Copenhagen Ports of Call
Cruise Destinations & Ports of Call in Denmark
Cruise Destinations - Denmark
Ports of Call in Denmark
The West Coast of Jutland
Visit the vast and rustic West Coast areas of Jutland - with the ever moving sand dunes - and the lighthouse at “Råbjerg Mile” - that is predicted to fall into the sea within 6-7 years.
Cruise Destinations & Ports of Call in Denmark
Beside Copenhagen being the major cruise destination in Scandinavia - then several other beautiful and exhilarating cities in Denmark - all filled with a rich history - interesting attractions and an explosion of cultural venues - are visited by intercontinental cruise passengers - as these selected cruise destinations and Danish waterfront townscapes are widely used as the Port of Call for international Cruise Liners cruising the clean and steady waters of Denmark.
Ports of Call in Denmark:

Jutland: Aalborg - Aarhus - Fredericia - Skagen
Funen: Faaborg
Sealand: Copenhagen - Elsinore - Hundested - Kalundborg
Bornholm: Rønne
Shore Excursion and Field Trips
Our Inbound Travel Service Team offers comprehensive shore excursion and field trips from all Danish cruise destinations - as well as exploring the countryside around the local historical areas with many exciting sites and top attractions.
Free - Free - Free - Copenhagen
The Royal Guards
Changing of the Royal Guards at noon at Amalienborg Palace is a popular and free tourist site and attraction.
The Historical Citadel - 1626
Visit the old windmill and canons on the ramparts of the old Citadel from 1626. The Venue is quite popular - and a free attraction - as well as a very historical site.
Old Cannons from - 1766-1769
The hoary cannons produced in Denmark from the period 1766-1769 - are the genuine 12-pounder bronze cannons that are placed on the Princesses bastion on the ramparts of the Old Citadel as historical and decorative monuments - which also are used on ceremonial occasions.
...and no costly plastic cards required!


Explore Copenhagen Free. Free Activities - Attractions - Events and Historical Venues. Copenhagen offers many free experiences to explore that don't cost one Kroner (DKK) and the Copenhageners wishes to share all of the free offers together with tourists and visitors.

Copenhagen Culture

Here are some of the free stuff and activities tourists and visitors can explore and experience - while staying in Copenhagen. Museums* - Art Galleries* - Libraries - Parks - Gardens and Leisure Areas - Changing of the Guards - Historical Churches and Cemeteries - "Strøget" (the worlds longest Shopping Street) - Harbour Bath and Beaches - Town Hall - Skating Rinks - The Danish Parliament - The Old Citadel (from 1626) - Nyhavn - (the longest bar in Scandinavia) - Botanical Garden - The Glyptotek - Skateboarding - Top Attractions and Historical Places - plus many free Seasonal Venues and Events in Copenhagen - like Free dancing lessons in June and July - at the popular yearly Summer Dance event - and the Summer Ballet - performed by the
Royal Danish Ballet Corps at Rosenborg Castle or the Opera Festival in the summertime.
*Some Museums and art Galleries have Free Admission on certain days of the week.
The Old Citadel - 1626
Take a Field Trip in and beyond Copenhagen
Visit the old Fortifications - and historical Citadel of Copenhagen established by King Christian IV in 1626 - to protect the city from the Seaside. Experience the area with the military barracks and old canons on the ramparts plus the beautiful view over Oresund and to Sweden. The area is open to the public - and is a great free tourist attraction that is located on the old exercise grounds of Copenhagen.

Old Citadel

See: Event Calendar - Holmens Church - Interactive Map - Museums -Around Copenhagen - Copenhagen's History

Events & Entertainment in Copenhagen
Events and other City Hot Spots in April - 2018... Scandinavia's largest and most lively capital!
Exhibitions - Fairs & Events in April 2018





- Caroline Wozniacki vs Venus Williams - Champions Battle 2018 - Tennis


Scandinavian Dental Fair & Annual Scientific Meeting DDA - SCANDEFA 2018 - is a trade fair for dentists.
As April can be a lukewarm month in Copenhagen for both indoor and outdoor activities - a perfect choice is to visit some of the museums in Copenhagen including The National Gallery - The National Museum - The Danish Music Museum - The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum - The Royal Danish Naval Museum - The Danish Music Museum - The Victorian Home - Little Mill Museum - Brede Works Museum and The Open Air Museum - as all Museums will give the visitors a vast insight in Danish Cultural History - as well as the Danes prehistory from the day Denmark was born as a Kingdom with tracks before the early Viking Age and up to our time.

*Some museums has free entrance on selected days.

See: Copenhagen Museums

The Open Air Museum
Visit The Open Air Museum with over 100 genuine rural buildings and country homes rebuilt and on display - as far back as 1650. The museum was founded in 1897 - to preserve and protect Danish culture and everlasting heritage treasures.
TIVOLI GARDENS - New Anniversary Season - 2018
World famous Tivoli Gardens opens the gates in March - April for the summer season 2018. Every year - when Tivoli opens in spring for a new season - it is a cheerful event for the Copenhageners - after surviving a long and cold winter. In 2018 Tivoli will Celebrates its 175 year Jubilee.

Tivoli is flowers in full blossom - and happy faces everywhere - plus children with balloons enjoying themselves in the colorful amusement park. In the evening - darkness is highlighted by the many thousands of light bulbs that are hanging along the parts - garden - trees and lakeside.

See: Tivoli Gardens

The Pantomime Theatre
The Pantomime theatre from 1874 - is the oldest existing building in the Tivoli Gardens - and is an open air theatre that performs every evening with ballet and live music.
The Queen's Birthday
The Danish Queen Margrethe II - will probably be celebrated on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace on her birthday in April by the Danes with waving Danish flags at noon 12.00.

Celebration of the QUEEN's 78 year birthday at Amalienborg

Queen Margrethe II - will be celebrated on the balcony of Amalienborg Palace on her 78 year birthday by the Danes and Copenhageners at noon 12.00 - where people by tradition gather at the square of Amalienborg Palace and wave the Danish flag for the Queen and her family. The Royal Guard will be dressed in red gala uniforms and will play many birthday songs for the Queen. Visitors, who are in Copenhagen, should experience this popular and traditional event in royal surroundings and join in to celebrate the very popular Danish Monarch.

See: Royal Web Sites


The Royal Danish Theatre - is a treasured cultural institution
Visit the Royal Danish Theatre and experience the performance of the Royal Danish Ballet - Philharmonic Concerts with the Royal Danish Orchestra - Opera by The Royal Danish Opera - Drama with The Royal Theatre at the National Stage or at the new Opera House. The Royal Danish Theatre is Denmark's most highly profiled cultural institution - and presents Danish theatre culture - at its very best.

See: Royal Danish Ballet Corps
Experience the Royal Danish Ballet at the Royal Theatre - which is second to none for ballet lovers.
COPENHAGEN - A vibrant city - full of life - joy and entertainment!

The biggest city in Scandinavia
Copenhagen is a cosmopolitan city full of life and joy - and also the largest city in Scandinavia - which attracts a large groups of Scandinavian visitors - who enjoy Danish hospitality and the free way of practicing unrestricted drinking - related to the Danes hundreds of years of responsible alcohol culture - which goes way back to the Viking era. The Danish capital also offers - exciting events - festivals and shows that are performed in and around the city together with many cultural arrangements and sports activities.

More Events: Event Calendar
Copenhagen offers a vibrant nightlife all over the city with cocktail bars - jazz clubs - dancing hot spots - night clubs - casino - discotheques etc. - and any other kind of entertainment that can satisfy nightlife goers.
Entertainment - Song of the Month
Melody & Song of the Month - April - 2018
Oldies - but Goodies!
Swing with us & Helmut Lotti - "Just a Gigolo"
Oldies but Goodies!
Every month we will select a real appealing song or melody from the past - that once hit the top charts - and turned into a genuine evergreen - and is still worth listening to. The purpose is to take you down memory lane - either with the original version or in a new musical arrangement and orchestration.
This Month's Song
April - 2018
This month’s song "Just a Gigolo" was composed in Vienna in 1928 - and published in 1929 - as a song from the Austrian songbook with the title "Schöner Gigolo - armer Gigolo". “Just a Gigolo” is widely known in its present form performed and recorded by Louis Prima in 1956 - that also during his long and successful career became his signature song - as a medley - where he used the opportunity to pair it - with another evergreen “I Ain’t Got Nobody”. The two songs have followed as one song since - and been a great success for numerous performers and entertainers - last but not least David Lee Roth’s cover version from 1984 - which hit the top of many billboards and charts worldwide.
Helmut Lotti - "Just a Gigolo"
“I'm just a gigolo and everywhere I go - People know the part I'm playing - Paid for every dance, selling each romance - Ooh, and they're sayin'” - A great song about a genuine but faded Gigolo - and a song that for generations ended it’s days as a superb evergreen that have been danced - sung and hummed to - since Louis Prima created and introduced the song in 1956 - as a medley including the song “I ain't got nobody. Nobody cares for me, nobody. Nobody cares for me. I'm so sad and lonely. Sad and lonely, sad and lonely. Won't some sweet mama come and take a chance with me? 'Cause I ain't so bad". The newest version is performed splendidly here by Belgian singer and entertainer Helmut Lotti - together with a swinging band and captivating audience. The previous entertainers that have performed this song includes Fats Waller - Django Reinhardt - Art Tatum - Louis Armstrong - Bing Crosby - Harry James - Sarah Vaughan - Thelonious Monk - Erroll Garner - Oscar Peterson - Village People - Lou Bega - and many more have ended the song by singing “Pay for every dance - sellin' each romance - Ooohh what they're sayin'”. No one (no one) - no one (no one) - Loop-de-loop (loop-de-loop) - Nobody (nobody) - Nobody cares for me - Oh Yeah! Grab your partner. Turn on your loudspeakers - and dance a slow jitterbug with a humpy rock rhythm.
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See: Entertainment - Nightlife 

Marking Days of April - 2018
Christian Holy Days - Public Holidays and Flag Days in April - 2018

Easter - Christian Holy Days - Public Holidays
March 29 - (Maundy Thursday) - March 30 - (Good Friday) - April 1 - (Easter Sunday) - and April 2 (Easter Munday) - are Holy Days and Public Holidays in March and April - 2018. April 27 - (The Great Prayer Day) is also a Holy Day and Public Holiday.

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar. It celebrates the resurrection from the dead of Jesus - three days after he was crucified. The Easter story is at the heart of Christianity. The week leading up to Easter is called Holy Week.

- Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter Day.
- Maundy Thursday is the day - when Jesus ate the last supper with his disciples
- Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates the execution of Jesus by crucifixion.
- Easter Sunday marks Jesus' resurrection.

National Flag days in April - 2018

- April 1 - (Easter Sunday)

- April 9 - Occupation of Denmark 1940.
(Flags on half mast until 12.00 - noon)

- April 16 - Queen Margrethe II's Birthday

- April -27 - The Great Prayer Day
“Store Bededag”
and “Varme hveder”.
Warm wheat buns.
The Great Prayer Day - “Store Bededag”.
(Holy day - Flag Day and Public holiday)

- April 29 - Princess Benedikte's Birthday

Summer time in Denmark is from the last weekend in March 2018 - to Sunday October 28 - 2018.

Flags on busses & public buildings
All public busses will drive with the Danish flag - as well as all public buildings will be flagging on national flag days - plus flags all over town - when any royal or prominent person is visiting Denmark.

Public Holidays and Flag Days

"Easter Lunch - Snaps & Beer"
The Danes will enjoy their Easter Lunch with plenty of Snaps and Foamy Beer in good company with each other. Celebrating the Easter Holidays with lots of food and drinks - is one of the relaxed ways for Danes to spend their Holy Holidays.
"Varme Hveder"
After walking on the ramparts of the Citadel - it is a tradition to eat warm wheat buns called "Hveder" before The Great Prayer Day.(Store Bededag).
National Flag Days
On national flags days - flags will appear on public busses and buildings - or when any royal or prominent person is visiting Denmark.
Monthly Information
The Danes drink the Cleanest tap and drinking water in the world!
The Cleanest tap water in the World
Remember - there is always clean fresh running tap water in every Danish household - institution - hotel etc. - and the Danes drink almost 2,5 litres of water each day. And the Danes are privileged to drink the cleanest tap and drinking water in the world.
Monthly Information...
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Miscellaneous & Monthly News Résumé…
The S-Trains and Transport in 2018...
…take the S-Train - and listen to those rails a-humming

The S-Train
Take the S-Train and experience Copenhagen and beyond - on one of the best local train networks in the world. The tour with the S-train is a great opportunity for tourists to see the city and also discover the outskirts of Copenhagen - as well as exploring North Sealand and the southern coastline too - with its many attractions - historical venues and enchanting forest areas. The train ride - from the Central Station or other local stations will take visitors every 20 minutes to Klampenborg - Hillerød and Frederikssund north of Copenhagen - and to Køge alongside the southern coastline of Sealand.

DSB is the main train operator in Denmark - and is owned by the Danish State.

The S-Train Net and Lines of Copenhagen - S-Trains
Free bicycles with the S-Train
The S-Train has a wide network of lines in and beyond Copenhagen - and it's free to transport a bicycle with the S-Train.
24 Hour Ticket
The 24 hour ticket provides unlimited transport by train - bus and metro in and around Copenhagen.
The FlexCard
The FlexCard offers unlimited transport by train - bus and metro in and around Copenhagen for
7 or 30 days.
Free transport of Bicycles
It is also free to take your bicycle with the S-Train every day all year round in 2018 - to your end station and destination.

Copenhagen Culture and Transport
Route Map
Route map for busses - trains and Metro.
Parking Guide
Car parking guide in and around Copenhagen.

Updated route map for Busses - Trains and Metro + Parking in central Copenhagen...

Maps and other traffic info are frequently updated
To give our readers better updated info about Busses - Trains - Metro and Harbour Busses as well as parking possibilities in central Copenhagen - we have moved this section from our transport site to the Monthly Newsletter page - as maps and other info are frequently updated by the provider of these services.

Updated bus route map
You're in the Greater Copenhagen area for a family visit or other reasons. Whatever - you'll need to get around by Bus - Train - Metro and Harbour Bus as easily as possible. Here we provide you with a quick overview of an updated route map that is relevant for you - which all valid for both buses - trains and Metro - some with specific periods and zones.

Harbour Busses
Take the harbour busses and experience Copenhagen from the seaside and waterfront - where one can hop on and of at popular spots around the harbour area.

The Bus Route Map is under revision!

Parking within the Pay and Display zone

You have to pay for parking at all times from 08.00 A.M. on Mondays until 17.00 P.M. on Saturdays. Your "Pay and Display" ticket is valid for the zone in which it was bought and also in any cheaper zones. Note that your "Pay and Display" ticket is valid for all zones from 18.00 in the evening until 08.00 the next morning because charges are the same everywhere for that time period. All parking around the city of Copenhagen is free on Sundays.

Se more on - and then select the english version!

Danish Banknotes
The Danish Banknotes...
…money - money - money - must be funny - in a rich man’s world!

When visiting Denmark - tourists will be presented with these banknotes called the 2009-2011 series. But one will still meet the 1997 and 1972 series of banknotes in circulation.

The Theme of the banknotes

The theme of the new banknotes is Danish bridges and the surrounding landscapes - or details from these landscapes. The artist Karin Birgitte Lund has chosen to interpret this theme in two ways - bridges as links between various parts of Denmark and as links between the past and the present. The present is represented by the bridges - the past by five distinctive prehistoric objects found near the bridges.

Read more:
Danish Currency - Banknotes & Coins

First Danish banknote - 1728
The first Danish banknote was issued in 1713 - and the banknote was to have the same value as coins - but the Danes did not trust this paper money - and its value therefore soon fell to below the coin value. The banknotes were withdrawn again in 1728.
A Messy Construction Site in 2018
The Metro City Ring
The Metro City Ring will circle around the central part of Copenhagen - when completed in 2019.
Construction Sites in Copenhagen
Due to Metro City Ring extension - there will be some messy streets and places in Copenhagen.
Marble Church Building Site
One of the most affected constructions sites will be at the Town Hall Square - where the major Town Hall Station will be located.
The Tunnel Boring Machine
The huge tunnel boring machine (TBM) - will operate and drill - bore - and excavate the two tunnels 25 to 35 meters under the surface of Copenhagen creating a diameter of almost 5 meter.
New York Subway opened in 1860
The New York Subway (Metro) opened in 1860 - and is the oldest and largest underground railway system in the world.
Copenhagen 2018 - A Messy Construction Site...
…21 active Metro Bulding Sites all over the City until 2019!

Construction of the new Metro Circle Line
Tourists visiting Copenhagen within the next couple of years - and until 2019 - will see and experience an enormous lot of heavy construction activity and building sites all around Copenhagen - due to establishing and completing the new Metro Circle Line that will run right in the central part of Copenhagen.

The expansion of the exciting public transport system
The expansion of the existing public transport system in Copenhagen by building the new Metro Circle Ring will cost the Danish tax payers almost DKK 24 billion - and will consist of two single track tunnels - running in a ring around the central part of Copenhagen - each with the approximately length of 16 km - and totally 32 km of new track tunnels are slowly being drilled and bored by advanced and giant tunnel boring machines about 25-35 metres under the surface of Copenhagen - to meet each end of the new circle line precisely.

Great benefit for future Metro users
When the new metro system is completed - it will be a great benefit for daily commuters - tourist and Copenhageners - as the new Metro Circle Ring will be a fully automated driverless metro ring line operating 24 hours - 7 days a week - and with 17 underground stations and island platforms - as well as 4 crossover facilities - with 4 construction and ventilation shafts. It will take approximately 24-minutes to travel all the way around the new Metro City Line.

21 construction sites all over Copenhagen
Tourists in Copenhagen will experience changes in traffic patterns - bus routes - as well as retail trade - shopping availability - restaurant visits - train station accessibility etc. - and everyone living and visiting the city will be affected in some way in and around the building sites. Tourist should take extra caution - and be extra careful during their stay or vacation in the city - as there will be almost 21 heavy construction sites all around Copenhagen that obviously will make the city more or less noisy - dusty - muddy etc. - with many challenging obstacles - and numerous changed streetscapes. All together - Copenhagen will be quite a big mess until 2018 - and the most affected location created by the construction work - is the Town Hall Square - right in the “bull's eye” of Copenhagen - where the pulse of the city really beats - and has for many decades - always been the favourite meeting place for tourists spending their holidays in Copenhagen.

Traffic problems all around Copenhagen
The building of the new city metro ring will obviously create a lot of traffic problems in and around Copenhagen with plenty of detours - changes in traffic patterns - as well as heavy traffic jams.

Metro Ring Completed in 2019

The new Metro City Ring will according to all ambitious plans open and operate in 2019 - and the preparation work - including geotechnical surveys and archaeological excavation - is already in their final stage. The huge tunnel boring machine (TBM) - also known as a "mole" - will then start to drill - bore - and excavate in the extremely hard gray clay and chalk to create the two tunnels 25 to 35 meters under the surface of Copenhagen with a diameter of almost 5 meters.

Location of construction sites
Here are the 21 different construction sites located in central Copenhagen and listed in alphabetical order - and in their originally names in Danish: Aksel Møllers Have - Enghave Plads - Frederiksberg - Frederiksberg Allé - Gammel Strand - Kongens Nytorv - København H - Marmorkirken - Nørrebro - Nørrebroparken - Nørrebros Runddel - Nuuks Plads - Otto Busses Vej - Poul Henningsens Plads - Rådhuspladsen - Skjolds Plads - Sønder Boulevard - Trianglen - Vibenshus Runddel - Øster Søgade/Sortedams Sø - and Østerport.

New York Subway - 1860
The New York Subway (Metro) is the oldest underground railway transit system in the world - which opened in 1860 - with stations located throughout the boroughs of Manhattan - Brooklyn - Queens and the Bronx. The Subway system today is one of the largest in the world with over 470 stations operating on a 24-hour basis.

The London Underground - 1863
The London Underground transit system (Metro) - called The Metropolitan Railway - opened in 1863 - and is the second oldest underground train system in the world - with over 26,000 passengers a day within a few months after the opening in 1863 - and was operating between Hammersmith and Farringdon Street. Today - the London Underground serves 270 stations by rail - and is also colloquially called "The Tube".

This article will frequently be updated

Travelling safely in Copenhagen - 2018
Mind Pickpockets and Trick Thieves in crowded areas in Copenhagen
Safety Precautions in Copenhagen...
...especially in crowded areas!

Cynical Pickpockets - Trick Thieves and Con Men!

Like in any other Capital City or Metropolitan areas - Copenhagen has it’s problems with professional pickpockets and and cynical trick thieves that mainly target Visitors and Tourists - and are spread all over the city with their criminal activities. Even though Copenhagen records a very low crime rate - and is a quite safe place to be and live - pocket thieves operate in crowded tourist areas - where the risk of being a victim for these sneaky criminals is higher on the Pedestrian Street “Strøget” - and the area around the Central Station and in S-Trains - as well as Cinemas - Cafés - Restaurants and Public Transportation etc.. So be careful with your personal belongings and always use your common sense. If any attempt - you should immediately contact the police.

Read more:
Travelling Safely in Copenhagen

Pickpockets and Thieves
Mind Pickpockets and Trick Thieves in crowded areas in Copenhagen - and many con men and criminals will enter Copenhagen for the tourist season.
Quotation of the Month
H.C. Andersen
  Quotation of the Month - April - 2018

"To travel is to live!"

(At rejse er at leve!)

Hans Christian Andersen - Danish Fairytale Writer - 1805-1875

Hans Christian Andersen

Danish Food Culture - Cuisine - and Cooking - Recipes
*A Part of the Danish Cultural Heritage*
Danish Specialities - Recipes of the Month - April
"Pickled - Marinated and Salted Herring"
( Pickled Herring is served in numerous varieties in Denmark)

"Pickled - Marinated and Salted Herrings - is Christmas & Easter -
But Eaten All Year Round"

(Pickled Herring is served in numerous varieties at Christmas & Easter Time in Denmark)

Marineret sild
Preservation of fish has been known and used since the Viking era for more than thousand years - and salt and vinegar was the based ingredients to preserve fish. The ancient methods of preserving fish included drying - salting - pickling and smoking - and all of these techniques are still used today by using more modern techniques of freezing - conservation and canning. On sailing vessels fish were usually salted down immediately to prevent spoilage - and modern freezing and canning methods have largely supplanted older methods of preservation. In the 19th century people in common households started to marinate herrings to obtain a more delicate seafood menu. Marinated or pickled herring (picture ©) is a delicacy in Scandinavia and especially in Denmark where herring is marinated is numerous varieties such as Herring in curry - Herring in sherry - Herring pickled - Herring spiced - Herring in mustard - Herring with onions etc. "Marineret sild". Initially - herring is cured with salt to extract water. The second stage involves removing the salt and adding flavourings - typically the base ingredient vinegar - salt - sugar solution to which ingredients like peppercorn - bay leaves and raw onions are added. In recent years also other flavours have been added due to foreign influences. For many generations the marinated herring (pickled herring) is a must at Easter in Denmark - and on the yellow decorated Easter tables together with Danish “Snaps” and strong Easter beer. (Påskebryg) Picture Copenhagenet - ©.
How to prepare Marinated Herring - "Marineret sild"
A Scandinavian and Danish delicacy from the Viking Era

Marinated Herring - "Marineret sild"
(Danish Marinated Herring - Recipes)

For many generations the marinated herring is a must at Easter in Denmark - and on the yellow decorated Easter tables together with Danish “Snaps” and strong Easter beer. (Påskebryg)

Ingredients - Marinated Herring

3-4 ounces
7 ounces
medium size
medium size

If preferred


Marinated Herring

Herring fillets
Tablesspoons of Sugar
Teaspoon whole black pepper
Onion sliced thin
Red onion sliced thin
Bay leaves
Teaspoon dill seeds
Teaspoon whole allspice

Teaspoon mustard seeds
Whole cloves
Salt and pepper - Your taste

Star anise
Teaspoon fennel seeds

Curry Marinated Herrings
Curry marinated herrings is a true delicacy - and a sort of herring that is very popular - as well as a must on the Christmas and Easter and buffet table.

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Marinated Herring
(Pickled herring)

6 fresh herrings filleted
- soak in cold salted water for 12 hours.

Roll each fillet around.

Place the rolls in a clean glass jar or crock.

Arrange the onion rings and bay leaves between the rolls. Add
whole black pepper - dill seed -
whole allspice - mustard seed - whole cloves - salt and pepper.

Combine the vinegar - sugar - water and salt in a saucepan - and bring to the boiling point - then remove from the heat and cool.

Pour the cooled mixture over the herring rolls and cover the jar.

Let stand in the refrigerator 1 week before serving.

The marinated herring rolls will keep 3 to 4 weeks in the refrigerator.

Herring is served on:
Warm rustic rye bread with butter or lard and fresh onions.

Serve with supplements
The marinated Herrings can be served with potatoes
- hard boiled eggs - scrimps - carry dressing - caviar - lettuce - radish - tomatoes - red onions - capers - pickled gherkins and fresh dill.

Easter and Christmas traditions
Marinated Herring is a must and a tradition to serve at Christmas and especially Easter in Denmark at the cold buffet lunch table.

Ready-made "Marinated Herring"

You can also buy various ready-made Marinated Herrings in supermarkets that have a wide selection of choices with specific taste from all parts of Denmark.

Velbekomme - Enjoy your meal!

Spiced Marinated Herrings
Spiced marinated herring is the normal type of herring similar with the white preserved herring - both kinds of marinated herrings are eaten on the Danish "Smørrebrød" open faced sandwich - and is an every day dish. The two sorts of herring must be found on the Christmas and Easter tables - and washed down with "Snaps" and Danish Easter brew.
Pickled Herring Lunch Plate
A typical lunch plate with various types of Danish pickled herring -and different supplements - which is on many luncheon menus at restaurants and eating places in Denmark. The marinated Herrings can be served with potatoes - hard boiled eggs - scrimps - carry dressing - caviar - lettuce - radish - tomatoes - red onions - capers - pickled gherkins and fresh dill.
Pickled - Marinated - and Salted Herring
Pickled - marinated and salted herrings in many variations is a Danish Delicacy that especially is served at Easter and Christmas time - but consumed all year round - and the Danes simply love their different types of raw herrings pickled - and just like their Viking ancestors.
The famous Danish Seafood buffet style table
The famous Danish Herring and Seafood Buffet style table with a vast selection of cold cuts - herring and fish dishes - plus other seafood varieties together with plenty of Danish Beer and "Snaps". That's the relaxed way Danes spends their Holy holidays eating and drinking gracefully together.
Great selection of Pickled Herring
One will find a great selection of different types of pickled herring in shops and supermarkets in Copenhagen - and at Easter Time the herring products are a very popular treat.
Marinated Herrings - in various combinations
Pickled herring has an extended shelf life - and every year a new pickled herring recipe is added to the assortment of herring delicacies - especially at Christmas and Easter time.
  See Eating and traditional Danish food culture
Important Tip!
From the Online Goodwill and Tourism Ambassadors of Copenhagen!
Important Tip!
Even though we show thousands of "sunshine photos" on our Copenhagen Portal and on this Newsletter site too - then it does sometimes "rain" in Copenhagen and Denmark - so always remember an umbrella!


Singin' in the Rain

American comedy musical film from 1952 - starring Gene Kelly - Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds - with the famous scene where legendary Gene Kelly is dancing in pouring rain - while singing the title song "Singin' in the Rain".

Photo substitute
As a substitute for the missing "rainy photos" on our presentation of Copenhagen and Denmark - we show the famous scene with Gene Kelly dancing in the pouring rain - and singing his legendary signature song "Singin' in the Rain".

Most sincerely,
Advisory Board & News Letter Team

George B. Moller

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