NewsLetter Copenhagen & Tourism Information - August 2017

The Ending Summer Season of a Brand New Year - 2017 - Copenhagen Tourism Site and Cultural Guide
   Main Menu  Contact
Return previous
 
 
Editors' Monthly Newsletter - and Tourism Info
8. Edition - August - 2017

Tourism Site with the only visible & monthly NEWSLETTER in Town about Copenhagen - No monthly subscription required!
 
 
 
 
School Start in August
School start in August - and every youngster in Denmark has ten years of compulsory school attendance.
 
Cultural Harbour Festival - 2017
Cultural and leisure time activities are made available throughout the Cultural Harbour Frstival - 2017 - for the citizens of Copenhagen - tourists and others - who wish to participate in or get acquainted with the cultural life of Copenhagen.
 
Swimming the Canals - 2017
The traditional - Swimming the Canals in August is for everyone - and arranged by the Danish Swimming Association.
 
Cruise Ships in Copenhagen - August
The Cruise Terminal at Langeline and Nordhavnen will harbour 70 Cruise Ships in August 2017.
 
Harvesting in August
Travellers entering Denmark and visiting Copenhagen by car from the south - have noticed that the farmers have started harvesting their precious crops before fall.
 
Copenhagen - A Dog Friendly City
Visit Copenhagen with your dog - as the city has the reputation of being a very dog friendly city.
 
Cycling in Copenhagen - August
Enjoy cycling in Copenhagen in warm August on more than 350 km safe cycle tracks placed like an exciting maze in and around the city - while passing many top attractions and historical sites.
August is time for Cultural Events & much more...
...roll out the barrel - we'll have some cultural fun!
 
Dear Reader...
 
Back to everyday life in August - and school start
August is the month where Copenhageners are slowly returning from their holidays after a well earned vacation. In the second week of August - nearly 600,000 school pupils are ready to start a new semester in one of the 1800 public schools “Folkeskole” - (Peoples School) - spread all over the Danish nation - with new books - friends and grades. There are nearly 70,000 school teachers - who will conduct the various form for education - and each pupil costs the Danish taxpayer about DKK 80,000,- every year. Did you know dear reader - that the Education Act of 1814 - under the reign of King Frederik VI (1808-1839) was the very first birth of the Danish “Folkeskole” - Peoples School - introducing free primary schools with compulsory education for all youngsters and pupils in Denmark between age 7 to 14 - in 1894. Since - the Danish “Folkeskole” became a part of the government-funded primary education system to meet the requirements of the beginning industrial society - and today every youngster has almost ten years of compulsory and free school learning from the age of 6 to 16 in Denmark - with educational stages from grade 0 to 9. There are almost 550 private schools in Denmark teaching other 110,000 pupils - which is also funded by the Danish taxpayers.
 
 
Recharged Batteries
Copenhageners have charged their batteries for the up-coming year - and August can be just as warm as July - or even warmer. The Copenhageners are still very active outdoors and beach life - as well as the bathing season draws them to the leisure areas alongside the city coastline - together with barbecue meals - family gatherings in the open with delicious picnic baskets - and mutual summer house visits around Copenhagen's countryside.
 
 
August is Cultural Activities
August is a sort of cultural month in Copenhagen for inspiring activities - such as attending the CULTURAL HARBOUR FESTIVAL at the waterfront - COPENHAGEN OPERA FESTIVAL around the city - - DANISH TROTTING DERBY- DANISH DERBY - CULTURAL BEER & WHISKY FESTIVAL - OPEN AIR OPERA - La Bohème - OPERA HEDELAND - SWIMMING THE CANALS for those Swimming Freaks that want to challenge themselves and take some swimming rounds in the 2 km canals that surrounds Christiansborg Palace - and then the cool IRONMAN competition - or just take a 60 km tour to Helsingør - Elsinore - and experience "Hamletscenen" presenting the SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2017 - at Kronborg Castle - also immortalised as "HAMLET CASTLE".
 
 
Many Cruise Ships and Visitors in Town
There are 74 cruise ships visiting Copenhagen in August with tousand of tourists and visitors in town from all over the world enjoying their city or business break - weekend getaway - romantic escape - adventure vacation - family holiday - destination wedding - cruise voyage - leisure triptravel incentivehoneymoon - heritage excursion - tour package - cultural event - cross country expedition etc. - and some travellers that are entering Denmark by car from the south or north - and has aimed Copenhagen for their holiday destination - will noticed that the farmers have started harvesting their precious crops before fall.
 
 
Copenhagen - A very Dog friendly City
The Danes just love their dogs - and there are over 600,000 dogs registered in Denmark - and about 150,000 in Copenhagen and neighbouring areas - and many families have two dogs in their household. So the thousands of happy dog owners are quite satisfied living in a dog friendly city like Copenhagen. The most popular dog in Denmark is the Labrador Retriever - then the German Shepherd Dog and third the Golden Retriever.
 
 
Enquiries regarding interesting Topics and Issues
The editorial Newsletter team receive many questions about certain topic and issues described and illustrated on Copenhagen-Portal.dk 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 Copenhagen and Denmark - August
The average temperature in August is about 20-25 °C - and the water temperature at the seashores around Denmark and Copenhagen is about 20-22°C - the warmest bathing temperature measured for some decades.
August is still the month for short sleeve - t-shirts and shorts - as well as plenty of outdoor activities - and there is always a fresh breeze sweeping over the rolling landscape of Denmark.

 
Warmest and Coldest August day in Denmark
-The Warmest day in Denmark in August was measured on August 10 - 1975 - in the city of Holstebro - Western Jutland - with a temperature as high as +36,4°C.

-The Coldest day in Denmark in August was measured on August 29 - 1885 - in the city of Varde - Western Jutland - with a temperature as low as -2,0°C.

August 2016

The highest temperature last year in in August 2016 - was 31,6°C - at Holbæk - Mid Sealand on August 26. The lowest temperature in August 2016 - was 3,3°C - on August 17. - at the city of Isenvad in Mid Jutland .


 
Visitors Lounge
- Harbour Bath - Beaches
 
 
For All Genuine Dog Lovers
 
Copenhagen - A very Dog friendly City...
...how much is that doggie in the window - the one with the waggley tail!

The are over 150,000 dogs in Copenhagen
The Danes just love their dogs - and there are over 600,000 dogs registered in Denmark - and about 150,000 in Copenhagen and neighbouring areas - and many families have two dogs in their household. So the thousands of happy dog owners are quite satisfied living in a dog friendly city like Copenhagen. The most popular dog in Denmark is the Labrador Retriever - then the German Shepherd Dog and third the Golden Retriever. Approximately ½ million households in Denmark own a dog - and more than 120,000 households have both dogs and cats. The Danes just love their dogs - which has been a household pet for generations. In Denmark the dog has throughout history been used for hunting - tracking - rescuing - guarding etc. - as well as a service dog for the blind and disabled - a police and narco dog - or just a friend and passionate companion.

Read more: Dog friendly city


The most popular Dog in Denmark
Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in Denmark and Copenhagen. The Retriever is very loving - kind and compassionate to their master - and Danes just love their dogs.
 
 
Visit Copenhagen Beaches
 
COPENHAGEN BEACHES - Are great warm city venues
Beach areas around Copenhagen in August
The beach and bathing season is still a great outdoor activity in Copenhagen - and when you stay in Copenhagen you are never far from a beach area. Around Copenhagen there are many beaches - where tourists can spend a day at the beach that are classified as some of the cleanest in Europe and proudly fly the "Blue Flag".

Safety and Beach numbers
On all larger public beaches there will be Lifeguards from June to August from 11 a.m. to 19 p.m. - where red and white streaked lifeguard towers are situated. And all Danish beaches have a number system - with an individual number for each beach venue - if any type of emergency should occur. The Beach Number sign will be placed on the beach - and is green with a three digit number to identify the location - where the emergency service is required. Call the police on 112 - when recue service is needed - and inform the operator of the local beach number.


Beach Activities
The beaches are especially suitable for children with miles of white sand and grassy dunes offering plenty of beach activities.


52 km from the coast line
From any point and place in Denmark - there will be less than 52 km to the coastline - beaches and sea.

Beaches and Bathing - Copenhagen

Beautiful Beaches
There are several beautiful beaches around the coastline of Copenhagen - with red and white streaked lifeguard towers on larger public beaches.
 
Emergency Beach Numbers
All Danish Beaches have a Beach Number for quick location - if emergency and rescue service is required.
 
 
15 years with Harbour Bathing
 
Harbour Bathing
Four free outdoor bathing sites - right in the centre of town - in the harbour area have been established.
 
Crystal Clear Harbour Water
The Harbour Bathing facilities offers crystal clear water - equal to the bathing water at the many blue flag beaches on the coastline of Copenhagen.
Harbour Bathing in Copenhagen
...splish splash - I was takin' a bath long about a Saturday night!


Harbour bathing since 2002

Since June 2002 - the Copenhageners no longer need to visit the beaches in the summer season outside of the city to have a fresh swim in crystal clean blue water - as the bathing water around the harbour area has reached a quality equal to the bathing water at the many blue flag beaches on the coastline of Copenhagen.

Four Harbour bathing facilities
Four free outdoor bathing sites - right in the centre of town - in the harbour area have been established. The stationary bathing facility at Islands Brygge - with a capacity for roughly 600 people - opened in June 2002 near Langebro - and the floating harbour swim bath called Copencabana - close to the shopping mall Fisketorvet - with three basins that cover more than 650 square meters. Then the harbour bathing facilities at Svanemølle Beach that is located in Svanemølle Bay at Østerbro - and finally - the newly established Sluseholmen in the South Harbour. The bathing facilities have life savers constantly on duty - and all bathing places have from the very beginning been a great success.

Opening hours
The Opening of the harbour bathing season is from June 1st to August 31st - and is a great yearly tradition. Come and join the Copenhageners from 07:00 am to 07:00 pm on weekdays - and Saturday and Sundays from 11:00 am to 07:00 pm. - and test the crystal clear harbour water of Copenhagen - as well as celebrating over 12 years of harbour bathing right in the heart of the city.


Winter Bathing
In the winter time - the harbour bathing facilities in Copenhagen are occupied by the reel Vikings of the city - that just enjoy their morning swim - when a hole in the thick ice has been removed.


Harbour Bathing


 
 
Visit The Little Mermaid - 2017
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 2017 - 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 free 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


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

Lend a cycle at your hotel - and explore Copenhagen

Due to the warm weather conditions in the city and for outdoor fun in August - we invite you once again to lend a cycle at your hotel and logging site - or rent cycles at selected cycles shops - and explore Copenhagen - and all the historical places and cultural venues - together with all the amusing spots at the ever bustling waterfront and beautiful coastline of the city. Take a cycle trip right in to the middle of town - and visit the Old Latin Quarters of the City - where you will find many attractions within walking distance like the Round tower of Copenhagen from 1642 - the Trinitatis Church that is attached to the Round Tower - The University of Copenhagen from 1836 - Copenhagen’s Cathedral from 1840 - and finally the longest pedestrian street in the world “Strøget”.

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 services. 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 2017 - 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 our valuable tourists and visitors free bicycles to explore Copenhagen on two wheels.



See:Cycling-Driving - Shopping - Interactive Map
- Round Tower -
Copenhagen’s Cathedral


The Round Tower - 1642
Visit by cycle - The Round Tower of Copenhagen from 1642 - and located in the old Latin Quarters - just on the world's largest pedestrian street called "Strøget".
 
350 km of safe cycle tracks
Copenhagen is geared for cycles with over 350 km of safe cycle tracks in and around the city.
 
Cycle Excursion
Take an enjoyable cycle excursion around Copenhagen - and visit some of the tourist hot spots - and historical venues.
 
 
70 Cruise Ships in Copenhagen
 
 
70 Cruise Ships in Copenhagen - August - 2017...
…Copenhagen's harbour - Scandinavia's major cruise centre!
Celebrity Constellation
Celebrity Constellation will enter the harbour of Copenhagen in August - 2017 - together with 70 other Cruise ships from all over the world - on their way to the Baltic Sea - and other Scandinavian countries.
 
MSC Poesia
MSC Poesia is one of the 70 cruise ships embarking the ports of Copenhagen in August - 2017.
 
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.

The Cruise Season - 2017
The number of cruise vessel entering the ports of calls in Copenhagen in August - 2017 - will sum-up to 70 international ships. The total number of international cruise ships embarking the cruise ports of Copenhagen in 2017 - is anticipated to amount 310 Cruise Vessels. Over 1.2 million passengers and crew member from all over the world have visited Copenhagen by ship in 2016 - and more than 320 cruise vessels have embarked in the cruise ports of Copenhagen in 2016 - on their way to the Baltic countries - Germany - Russia and Scandinavia - as Copenhagen is the largest port of call in Northern Europe for cruise companies and their cluise liner. 

The National breakdown of Cruise Vessels and Passengers in 2016

The busiest months for Cruise Ships Calls in the ports of Copenhagen and Denmark for Cruise Liners in 2016 was June - July and August - and the roughly nationality breakdown of passengers visiting Copenhagen in 2016 - 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 2015 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 - Copenhagen-Portal.dk - 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.

Visit:
Inbound Travel Service

Visit:
Cruise Copenhagen

Visit:
Interactive Map - Copenhagen Culture
- Sightseeing


 
 
Cruise Lines operating from Copenhagen Ports of Call...
...and other Ports of Call in Denmark!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 - Skag
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
 
Skateboarding at the Fælledpark
Visit the biggest Skateboard Park in Europe - right in the centre of Copenhagen - and located at the green grassy “Fælledparken”.
 
The Rose Garden at Rosenborg
Visit the beautiful Rose Garden situated in the Kings Park at Rosenborg Castle - with many type of colourful fragrant roses from all over the world.
 
Arken
At ARKEN you can experience modern art - contemporary art and striking architecture which alone merits a visit. ARKEN collects Danish - Nordic and international art with special emphasis on contemporary art - i.e. works from 1990 onwards.
 
The Beach Park
The Beach Park offers 8 km of sandy beaches with crystal clear water and recreational areas.
 
The Beach Park Area
There are numerous jogging and cycling paths around the Beach Park area - plus exercising capabilities and numerous playgrounds including picnic venues with "Grill" stations and sitting facilities.
 
Bird Sanctuary
Many bird watchers spend a lot of time at the Beach Park - especially during the yearly migration of birds passing trough Denmark.
FREE - FREE - FREE - COPENHAGEN...
...and no costly plastic cards required!

FREE - FREE - FREE
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.
See:
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.
*Some Museums and art Galleries have Free Admission on certain days of the week. All youngsters under 18 - have Free Admission to all museums - every day and all year round.
 
The beautiful Rose Garden at Rosenborg Castle
Visit the beautiful and extravagant Rose Garden situated in the Kings Park at Rosenborg Castle that is visited every year by over 3 mill people - as well as rose lovers and flower enthusiasts. It was King Christian 4 - who first brought the Roses to Danish gardens - and filled the park beside Rosenborg Castle with different type of colourful fragrant roses as a symbol of being a powerful Monarch. In the Kings Park one can experience striking statues of Hans Christian Andersen - and one of Queen Caroline Amalie (1796-1881) at the end of the Rose Garden. Queen Caroline Amalie was happily married to King Christian VIII (1786-1848) in 1815.

See: Rosenborg Castle
 
 
Sightseeing & Field Trips in August...
on the road again - goin' places that I've never been!
 
Take a Field Trip to Arken and the Beach Park
 
As the weather is still for open-air activities - and for field trips - we suggest that you take a tour to the “Arken Museum” 16 km from the city centre - and at the same time experience the 8 km sandy recreational beach area called Køge Bugt Strandpark “Koege Bay Beach Park” - offering different parts of leisure activities and natural green breathing space.

Combine Culture and Wildlife
On this location you will find the best from both worlds. At ARKEN you can experience modern art - contemporary art and striking architecture. The Art Museums collection comprises more than 300 works of art - and the main part of them can be seen in the permanent exhibition. For nature lovers and recreational fans - the Beach Park with lagoons - dunes - marinas and long white sand beaches is the right place to take a stroll and experience the birds and wild life plus some clean fresh air.

Bird Sanctuary
If you are a professional ornithologist or amateur bird watcher - then the enormous area that surrounds the Beach Park is just the place to spend a day - in free nature near to the waters of the Oresund and experience many type of seldom birds in one of Denmark’s largest bird sanctuaries. The Hunting Lake (Jægersø) is the home of many different types of seldom birds species - such as coots - grebes - black-headed gulls amongst many others. The swamp areas is an ideal breeding ground for the birds - and the grassy grounds for the yearly migration of birds during their regular seasonal journey.


See
Arken & Beach Park - Greater Copenhagen Map - Top-Attractions

and Sightseeing




See also Holmens Church -
Onsite - Event Calendar - Interactive Map - Museums - Around Copenhagen - Old Citadel - Inbound Travel Service
National-Museum - History



 
 
Events & Entertainment in Copenhagen
 
Events and other City Hot Spots in August - 2017...
...in Scandinavia's largest and most lively capital!
 
EXHIBITION VENUES: BALLERUP SUPER ARENA - BELLA CENTER - FORUM - PARKEN - ØKSNEHALLEN
 
EXHIBITIONS - FAIRS & EVENTS IN COPENHAGEN - August - 2017
 

Exhibitions - Fairs & Events in August - 2017

BALLERUP SUPER ARENA

BELLA CENTER
CIFF Spring/Summer 2018

FORUM COPENHAGEN
BITE COPENHAGEN 2017

PARKEN STADIUM



ØKSNEHALLEN
Young Polish Photography

FORUM COPENHAGEN
Bite Copenhagen 2017 is Denmark's new ambitious B2B Food Exhibition for national and international food actors.
 
 
EVENTS AND MARKING DAYS IN AUGUST 2017
TOP ENTERTAINMENT & ARTIST IN AUGUST 2017 - Copenhagen
COPENHAGEN OPERA FESTIVAL - 2017 - Copenhagen
The Copenhagen Opera Festival is a must for any opera lover and appeals also to the new curious generation that wants to get familiar with opera and experience the drama and passion of this fine and magic art put out into new spaces and scenes around Copenhagen - on the streets - on the water and even underground! With a line-up of leading international singers and musicians - there’s something for opera goers of all ages. And the 2017-programme offers 10 different productions - from Puccini's "La Bohème" to Wagner's "The Ring". Copenhagen Opera Festival is an exciting initiative in Danish cultural life. The festival pays tribute to opera as an art-form by taking it out of the traditional theatre and letting its sounds ring out over the streets - the underground and the waterways of the city.
 
Copenhagen Opera Festival -2017
Experience the drama and passion of this fine and magic art of opera all over Copenhagen at different venues and stages.

COPENHAGEN CULTURAL HARBOUR FESTIVAL
- 2017
The Cultural Harbour has become a yearly recurrent harbour festival. It shows cultural and leisure time activities throughout the harbour for Copenhageners as well as tourists - and others - who wish to participate in a cultural festival in August - 2017.The Festival is arranged by the Culture and Leisure Committee of Copenhagen’s City Council.
Cultural Harbour Festival
The Cultural Harbour Festival is a popular event every year for tourists and Copenhageners.

SWIMMING THE CANALS of Christiansborg - 2017
Everyone can participate in this swimming competition round the 2 km canals of Christiansborg Castle 2017. The start point of the race will be at the “Black Diamond” at 9.00 a.m. and will nearly end here too. Test your condition and the fresh waters of Copenhagen harbour. The swimming distance is 1.900 meter – 1.9 km. Contact the Danish Swimming Association - who has arranged this event - if you are interested.
Swimming the Canals - 2017
The yearly event and popular competition swimming in the 2 km canals around Christiansborg Castle - where everyone can participate.


DANISH
DERBY 2017 - Copenhagen Racecourse Klampenborg
In August - Copenhagen Racecourse Klampenborg will host the most prestigious and iconic event in the Danish race house calendar and on the Danish racetracks - The Danish Derby 2017. This sports and social event is the grand horse racing festival of the year - which dates back to 1875 - and is the place to dress up in your very best to see the finest thoroughbred horses competing to win the Derby.

DANISH DERBY 2017
The Copenhagen Racecourse at Klampenborg will host the most prestigious and iconic event in the Danish race house calendar and on the Danish racetracks - The Danish Derby 2017.
THE ROYAL DANISH THEATRE - REPERTOIR 2017
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 the new Opera House.
Royal Danish Ballet Corps
Royal Danish Theatre
Experience the Royal Danish Ballet at the Royal Theatre - which is second to none for ballet lovers.
 
COPENHAGEN - a vibrant city - full of life and joy
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.
 
Nyhavn
Copenhagen Nightlife
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.
Event Calendar
 
 
 
Entertainment - Song of the Month
 
Melody & Song of the Month - August - 2017
Oldies - but Goodies!
 
Shaggy feat Rayvon - "In The Summertime"
KYLIThe Danish National Girls Choir - TANGO JALOSIE
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 & Melody
August - 2017
This month’s Song & Melody is a famous hit from 1970 called "In The Summertime" - and was the debut single by British rock band Mungo Jerry - and was texted and composed by Ray Dorset - to celebrate the upcoming summer season. “In The Summertime" reached number one in charts around the world - and was a megahit in the UK - and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA. “In The Summertime" became one of the best-selling singles of all-time by selling more than 30 million copies worldwide. “In The Summertime" is turned into a real time Evergreen and a genuine “Oldies but Goodies” melody & song - and is still played all over the world especially in the Summertime.
Shaggy feat Rayvon - "In The Summertime"
 
While the Danes still are enjoying the summertime in Denmark - then listen and enjoy this very rhythm & blues version of "In The Summertime" by Shaggy feat Rayvon at a Woodstock Festival with thousands of wild and enthusiastic spectators dancing and singing “In the summertime when the weather is hot. You can stretch right up and touch the sky. When the weather's fine - you got women - you got women on your mind. Have a drink - have a drive - Go out and see what you can find". Yeah man “Go out and see what you can find”. The song was re-recorded and released specifically for the film “Flipper” under the title "In the Summertime" - and Shaggy also performed the song on an episode of “Baywatch”. “If her daddy's rich take her out for a meal. If her daddy's poor just do what you feel. Speed along the lane. Do a turn or return the twenty-five. When the sun goes down- You can make it - make it good and really fine". "In The Summertime" has been performed by many international artists since the first time the song was released in 1970 by Mungo Jerry.

OBS:
We are not responsible for any unrelated advertisements that appear on this video - just remove these disturbing obstacles.

 
 
Marking days of August - 2017
 
Christian Holy Days - Public Holidays and Flag Days in August - 2017


There are no Christian Holy Days - Public Holidays or Flag Days in August.

All public schools in Denmark will start a new session in August after the summer holidays - plus other educational institutions in Denmark - as well as most major firms and companies.

See
Public Holidays and Flag Days

 
 
Monthly Information
The Danes drink the Cleanest tap and drinking water in the world!
 
Clean fresh tap water
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.
Monthly Information...
…Personal and Practical Information for Tourists and Visitors!

Copenhagen-Portal.dk - do receive many hundred emails regarding subjects about: Language - Personal Emergencies - Doctors - Dentists - Casualty Wards - Free Hospital Treatment - Public Health Insurance - Pharmacy - (Apotek) - Drinking Water - Electricity - Tipping - Safety Precautions - Pocket Thieves - Police - Lost and Found Property - Local Transportation - Parking in Copenhagen - Cycling in Copenhagen - Religion and Churches - Shopping Hours - Post Offices and Banks - Credit Cards - Danish Currency - Internet - WIFI - Cell Phone - Weather and Climate - Denmark etc. The Newsletter Team has focus on all of these topics and the users of this site will find the answers under our Visitors Lounge.

See
Visitors Lounge

 
 
Miscellaneous & Monthly News Résumé…
 
The S-Trains and Transport in 2017...
…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.
DSB
 
The FlexCard
The FlexCard offers unlimited transport by train - bus and metro in and around Copenhagen for
7 or 30 days.
DSB
 
Free transport of Bicycles
It is also free to take your bicycle with the S-Train every day all year round in 2017 - to your end station and destination.

See:
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 Parking.dk - and then select the english version!

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

When visiting Denmark - tourists will be presented with these new 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 2017
 
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.
 
Town Hall 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 2017 - A Messy Construction Site...
…21 active Metro Bulding Sites all over the City until 2019-2020!

Construction of the new Metro Circle Line
Tourists visiting Copenhagen within the next couple of years - and until 2019-2020 - 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.

Breakthrough - The Tunnel Boring Work completed
The Tunnel Boring Work was completed in February 2017 - and the completion of Tracks and Metro Stations plus all nessasary facilities and technical installations has started.

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 2019-2020

The new Metro City Ring will according to all ambitious plans open and operate in 2019-2020 - 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".


 
 
Travelling safely in Copenhagen - 2017
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
 
 
Karen Blixen

Quotation of the month - August - 2017



"We must leave our mark on life - while we have it in our power."
(Vi må præge livet - mens vi har magt over det - at det ikke skal lukke sig - når vi går ud af det - uden spor).


Karen Blixen
- also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen - Danish Author - 1885-1962

 
 
Danish Food Culture - Culinary Heritage - and Cooking Recipes
*A Part of the Danish Cultural Heritage*
 
Danish Specialities - Recipe of the Month - August
 
"Smoked Mackerel with Egg Yoke - & new Potatoes"
(Røget makrel med rå æggeblomme - og nye kartofler)
Old Traditional Danish Summer Dish - Served as an Open Faced Sandwich - on rustic Rye Bread.
 
Smoked Mackerel with raw Egg Yoke and New Potatoes - is a typical Danish Summer Speciality - and is one of the popular grand open faced sandwiches that the Danes enjoy with their Snaps and Beer. The smoked Mackerel is produced all over Denmark in various Smokehouses - and especially on the rocky isle of Bornholm - where the smoked fish is used as a national dish. The Smoked Mackerel was first presented as a local delicacy in the 1860s - as well as a genuine open faced sandwich - on rye bread - with different types of toppings and decorations - depending on from which part of a region in Denmark - the Smoked Mackerel was prepared and served.
 
"Smoked Mackerel with Egg Yoke - and new Potatoes"
A genuine Open Faced Sandwich - on rye bread!
 
Smoked Mackerel on Rye Bread
(
A genuine Open Faced Sandwich - on rye bread)
The dish is over 150 years old and has been a traditional everyday meal and Open Faced Sandwish for generations of Danes that just want to taste smoked fish with a lot of different fresh toppings on rustic rye bread.

Ingredients:

Fish and Toppings

1
250 g
½
1
1
1
1/4 teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon
1
10 g
20 g
1




Whole Smoked Mackerel

Boiled new potatoes
Salad
Bunch of radishes
Slice fresh rye bread
Big onion
Salt
Pepper (according to taste)
Raw egg yoke
Butter for spread
Melted butter
Bunch of chives

Smoked Mackerel
Smoked Mackerel and other types of fish - are smoked in various smokehouses around the regions in Denmark - but is mainly known as a smoked delicacy from Bornholm.

Follow me...

Smoked Mackerel with Egg Yoke - and new Potatoes - as an open faced sandwich!


-Wash the lettuce well - drain and cut it up into smaller pieces. Getting it on a platter or large shallow bowl. - Rinse the radishes. Cut the top - and cut them into slices.

- Boiled the new potatoes

- Cut the new potatoes in half - or into suitable pieces.

- Turn the salad with potatoes - butter and radishes.

- Carefully pick the fresh mackerel from skin and bones. Then part it in suitable pieces. Spread the mackerel on top of salad that is placed on rustic rye bread with appropriate butter spread.

- Decorate the mackerel with toppings of radishes - egg yoke - onions and freshly cut chives.

Serve with Beer & Snaps
- Serve new potatoes with melted butter - and enjoy a cold Danish beer - and some chilled Danish Snaps "Akvavit" with this delicious open faced
smoked mackerel sandwich.

"Smoked Mackerel"
If you are not near a fish smokhouse - then one can purchase "vacuum packed" smoked mackerel in nearly every super market or larger groserie stores.

Restaurants and Eating Places
You can also buy ready-made "Smoked Mackerel with Egg Yoke - and new Potatoes" - as an open faced sandwich in various restaurants in town - or at Inns around the countryside.

See Eating and traditional Danish food culture


Velbekomme - Enjoy your meal!

 
 
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 remember an umbrella!


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



 
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".
 
Book your Hotel in Copenhagen - Online
 
 



85 hotels in town - 1 to 5 stars!

Online Hotel Booking – Copenhagen
Vi offer the best prices in town - From DKK 285- p.p. per/night - Breakfast included!

 
 
 
Special Transfers - Guided Tours & Transportation

Our Bus Capacity covers a fleet of Luxury Coaches and Vehicles of various sizes.
 
We can take you Here - There & Everywhere in and around Denmark!
 
Customised Roundtrip for Groups with Guide - in and around Denmark
 

Customised Roundtrip for Groups - Denmark & Scandinavia
 
Select venture and service:
Click event for more info!
 
 
 
 
This Newsletter will be updated regularly!
 
Return previous
 
  © Copenhagen-Portal.dk - Inbound Travel Service - August 2017 - Copenhagen Tourism Site and Cultural Guide
 
Copenhagen-Portal
Copenhagen-Portal © - Sponsored and operated by GBM & Co - Disclaimer