NewsLetter Copenhagen & Tourism Information - March 2017

The Spring Season of a Brand New Year - March 2017 - Copenhagen Tourism Site and Cultural Guide
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Rosenborg's - Crocus Carpet
The beautiful and colourful Crocus Carpet in March at Rosenborg Castle is the first sign of spring in Copenhagen.
Tribute to Svend Asmussen
Legendary Svend Asmussen has just passed away - and passes a milestone in Danish Jazz history and swing time traditions.
Visit the amazing old fishing village "Dragør" beyond Copenhagen and experience the fishing boats selling their daily catch from the ship side.
The Hirschsprung Collection
The Danish artist and master painter J.Th. Lundbye with his admired "Autum landscape" from 1847 - is also displayed at the Hirschsprung Collection together with numerous other masterpieces from the Danish Golden Age.
Danish Birthdays - March
Most Birthdays in Denmark are celebrated in the month of March - and the typical and traditional birthday cake in Denmark must be decorated with Danish flags - and placed on a well festooned and creamy layer cake.
Summer Time
At the end of March - Denmark will change clocks to summer time - as all clocks will be adjusted forward by one hour until the last weekend of October.

March is blooming Crocuses & Springtime...

spring is in the air - everywhere I look around!

Dear Reader...
March is brightness - lukewarm temperatures & springtime
March is the month - where Copenhageners have returned from there well deserved winter holidays - and can enjoy the smell and glimpse of spring after 4 months of winter darkness - and the Danes are looking forward to celebrate the signs of springtime - which is all over Copenhagen. The sign of spring is all over Copenhagen. And the Copenhageners can look forward to the seasonal opening of the old amusement park “Bakken” in the northern outskirts of the city - increasing brighter daylight hours and warmer temperatures. March is also the smell fresh blooming buds in parks and recreational areas - outdoor café life - more cyclists - and last but not least - the strong and specially brewed Easter Beers that will be introduced and available in March for all genuine beer lovers to celebrate the upcoming Easter Holidays in April. The town will be filled with new blooming crocuses - winter aconites and later the dazzling yellow daffodils that will appear in the parks and other public areas - and especially like every year will be the frame of the huge white - blue and purple crocus carpet in front of Rosenborg Castle - which is a yearly Copenhagen event. The crocus lawn was established in the beginning of 1960s - as a parterre up to the Rosenborg Castle - with respect for the existing park landscape and garden architecture that was created in 1649. If you are visiting Copenhagen at the middle of March - then experience this colourful scene at “Kongens Have” - The Kings Garden surrounding the Rosenborg Garden Complex.
Summer Time in Denmark
At the end of March - Denmark will change clocks to Summer Time - as all clocks will be adjusted forward by one hour. The first time "Daylight Saving Time" (DST) was introduced in Denmark was in 1916 - during World War I (1914-1919). The second time was during World War II in 1939 (Denmark 1940-1945) - and in the years that immediately followed up to 1948. The third and last time was in the summer of 1980 - when "Daylight Saving Time" (DST) was introduced - as we know it today. Summer Time in Denmark stretched from last weekend in March - to the last weekend of October. Summertime in Denmark can celebrate its 101 year jubilee in 2017.
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.
Danish Birthday Celebration & the month of March
One of the most important days of the year for any Dane is celebrating birthdays - which has been a long life tradition for generations of Danes to celebrate.
The majority of Danes are born in the month of March - and this springtime month of the year - is the season for celebrating most Birthdays in Denmark. Good planning and suitable wellness activities - has always been the Danes prime mission and vision.
Weather in March
March is a quite cold and freezing month of the year - with plenty of frost at night - as well as snowfall sometimes - and with an average temperature as + 0-2° C. But spring is not far away - as it's actually just around the corner. You will need extra warm clothing - as the frosty breeze seems much colder than the present temperatures. Last year in March - it was a long bitter cold winter with snow into middle of March - and daylight will advance with almost 10-13 hours.

Last winter day
February 28
- 2017 - is considered to be the last winter day in Denmark - and March 1st -2017 - to be the first spring day of the new year.

Warmest and Coldest March day in Denmark
The warmest March day in Denmark was measured on March 18 - 1990- in “Karup” Jutland - with a temperature as high as +22,2°C.

The coldest March day in Denmark was measured on March 6 - 1888 - in the Municipality of “Holbæk” - near Søndersted - Mid Sealand - with a temperature as low as -27,0°C.


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Dragør - Amager
The old Fishing Village beyond Copenhagen...

...i'll be seeing you - in all the old familiar places!

Tour to "Dragør"

Tourists and visitors in Copenhagen should use some time and take a tour to the amazing little fishing village called “Dragør” - on the south spit of the isle of Amager - and situated on the scenic seashores of the Oresound.

Important Fishing Port
"Dragør’s" history dates back to the 12 century - where the town is founded - and later became an important fishing port that grew naturally in size due to its location by the Sound and Baltic Sea. The fishing port was established in the 17 century and most of the charming yellow houses were built side by side in the 18th century - with a maze of streets and alleys.

Tourist attraction and rustic atmosphere
"Dragør" draws crowds of tourists and visitors due to its many preserved historic yellow buildings and the special rustic atmosphere - that is a part of the former shipping and fishing town and harbour area. Furthermore - the old part of the town invites tourists to experience a picturesque maze of cobblestoned alleys - streets and squares surrounded by yellow painted houses with red roofs - that are built in the traditional Danish and Dutch style.

Harbour area and screaming seagulls
"Dragør" is a seafaring town - and still a thriving fishing port with bustling activity on the harbour area - which is surrounded by a hotel and some restaurants - shops - a small ship wharf and a smokehouse that sells fresh smoked fish from the daily catch. Here visitors can also experience the fishing boats selling their daily catch from the ship side and screaming seagulls plus the smell of fresh fish is a distinctive characteristic of Dragør harbour.

"Dragør" Museum - and fishing boat “Elisabeth K571”
The "Dragør" museum is worth a visit - with plentiful of old artifacts from the past. During the Nazi occupation of Denmark from 1940-1945 - the fishing boat “Elisabeth K571” - rescued more than 70 Danish Jews by sailing them in small groups to Sweden. “Elisabeth K571” is owned by the museum - and can be experienced at the harbour - as an authentic piece of history.

"Dragør" is located on the south cost of the isle of Amager - just 15-20 km from the city centre of Copenhagen.

Read more Dragør - Map Greater Copenhagen
Old "Dragør" village
The old part of amazing “Dragør” town with a picturesque maze of alleys - streets and squares surrounded by yellow painted houses from the 18th century.
"Dragør" Fishing Port
"Dragør" is a seafaring town - and still a thriving fishing port with bustling activity around the harbour area. Here visitors can also experience the fishing boats selling their daily catch from the ship side.
“Elisabeth K571”

The fishing boat “Elisabeth K571” - rescued more than 70 Danish Jews - from "Dragør" to Sweden - during the Nazi occupation of Denmark from 1940-1945 - and can be experienced at "Dragør" harbour.

Svend Asmussen has passed away!
A tribute to a great Dane & Jazz legend
Svend Asmussen & quintet - 1952
Svend Asmussen with his famous jazz quintet from 1952.
The Swe-Danes
The Swe-Danes with Alice Babs - Ulrik Neumann and Svend Asmussen - who formed the Scandinavian group - that entertained from 1959 to 1961 with great success.
Svend Asmussen
Legendary Svend Asmussen with is beloved violin has been a important part of the Danish musical heritage and music culture during decades.
The Danish jazz legend dies in February 2017
In the last days of February 2017 - one of the greatest jazz musicians of our time - violinist Svend Asmussen dies - and would have celebrated his 101 year birthday. For approximately 70 years - he has been a significant part of the Danish music scene and has performed with a string of the greatest Danish and international jazz stars and artist.

Svend Asmussen was raised in a musical family - and started taking violin lessons at the age of 7 At age 16 - he first heard recordings by jazz violin great Joe Venuti and began to emulate his style. He started working professionally as a violinist - vibraphonist - and singer at age 17 - leaving his formal training behind for good.

Early in his career Svend Asmussen played in Denmark and on cruise ships with artists such as Josephine Baker and Fats Waller. Svend Asmussen later was greatly influenced by Stuff Smith - whom he met in Denmark. Svend Asmussen also played with Valdemar Eiberg and Kjeld Bonfils during World War II.

In the late 1950s - Svend Asmussen formed the trio Swe-Danes with singer Alice Babs and guitarist Ulrik Neumann. The group became very popular in Scandinavia for their music hall style entertainment and also toured the United States.

Listen to this brilliant instrumental version of "Back Home Again in Indiana" from 2007 - played by Svend Asmussen on his beloved violin at the age of 90 - together with the very talented violinist Jonathan "Jazz" Russell - age 12 - in a spectacular jazz session.

Svend Asmussen also worked with Benny Goodman - Lionel Hampton - and Duke Ellington - as he was invited by Ellington to play on his Jazz Violin Session recording in 1963 with Stéphane Grappelli and Ray Nance. In 1966 - Svens Asmussen appeared alongside Grappelli - Stuff Smith - and Jean-Luc Ponty in a jazz Violin Summit in Switzerland that was issued as a live recording. He made an appearance at the 1967 Monterey Jazz Festival - which included a celebrated violin summit with him - Ray Nance and Jean-Luc Ponty. In 1969 - he guested on "Snakes in a Hole" an album by the jazz-rock band "Made in Sweden". He was still active playing his violin at the age of 94.

From the Editorial Staff
The editorial staff at - who all are Jazz loving and Jazz swinging enthusiasts - sends the warmest sympathy to Svend Asmussen's survivors and fans with this tribute to a very special and great Dane - as well as an international Jazz legend that filled our lives with professional entertainment and jazz music beyond boarders. We will always remember to be "Svinging with Svend" - and bow deeply in respectful admiration - and tip our hats for a Great Dane - who gave us Danes and Scandinavians - so many splendid musical moments and swinging memories. May he rest in peace with his beloved violin.

"June Night"
Under the section "Oldies but Goodies" on this March 2017 edition - Svend Asmussen's signature melody "June Night" will be perform by Danish-American Jazz Violinist
Mads Tolling.

The Hirschsprung Art Collection
Guided tours and lectures
The Hirschsprung Collection offers guided tours for their visitors - led by gallery lectures and talks to learn more about the beautiful and precious artwork displayed at the art museum.
"Roser"” by P.S. Krøyer
Famous masterpiece "Roser" from 1893 by Skagen painter P.S. Krøyer - displayed at the Hirschsprung Art Collection.
The Court of King Christian VII
The legendary painting by Kristian Zahrtmann from 1873 - describing with oil on canvas a “Scene from the Court of King Christian VII” - and is permanently on display at the Hirschsprung Art Collection.
Visit The Hirschsprung Art Collection...
...Danish masterpieces by an artistic generation of Danish painters!

The Art Museum
Visit this fabulous art museum in Copenhagen - located beautifully in a parkland - and surrounded by historical venues like Rosenborg Castle - Botanical Gardens and the National Gallery - and houses a large collection of Danish art from the 19th and early 20th century called Danish Golden Age period from 1800 to 1850 - and also a great collection of artwork from the famous Skagen Painters are very well represented.

The Collection
The museum is built around the personal art collection of Heinrich Hirschsprung - a tobacco manufacturer and patron of the arts who founded his art collection in 1865. Almost four decades later - in 1902 - he donated it to the Danish state.

Danish Golden Age

The museum exhibits more than 700 works of art. The focus is on the Golden Age of Danish Painting. All the major painters of the period are represented including C. W. Eckersberg - Christen Købke - Constantin Hansen - Wilhelm Marstrand and Martinus Rørbye - as well as many lesser known names.

Modern Breakthrough

The artistic generation in the late 19th century - also known as the Modern Breakthrough in Danish painting - who broke away from both the strictures of traditional Academicism and the heritage of the Golden Age of Danish Painting - is also well represented. This includes Skagen Painters such as P. S. Krøyer and Michael and Anna Ancher. Theodor Philipsen - Denmark's foremost representative of Impressionism - and "Fynboerne" - natives of Funen - a group of artists from Funen - who met at Kristian Zahrtmann's independent art school in the 1880s.

Museum Building
The museum building is a simple neoclassical building with a light marble cladding and a facade with pediments and Doric pilasters. The floor plan consists of four large galleries surrounded by smaller galleries - "alcoves" with light entering from windows set high in the walls. While the building from the outside has the appearance of a temple of art - the interior - with its small rooms - has the intimacy of a private home. The entrance hall to the museum has a floor mosaic from 1910 by Joakim Skovgaard in which stylised tobacco plants commemorate the founder of the museum.

The Hirschsprung Collection opened with 150 years of artwork to the public in 1911.

Event Calendar

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 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

Cruise Ships in Copenhagen - 2017
AIDAstella is one of the cruise ships that frequently will visit Copenhagen in 2017 on it's way to the Baltic Countries .and Scandinavia.
MSC Musica
MSC Musica - will visit Copenhagen in 2017 - together with 320 other Cruise ships from all over 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.
Cruise Ships in Copenhagen 2017
…Copenhagen's harbour - Scandinavia's cruise centre!

The Cruise Season 2016 - 2017
The first cruise vessel will visit Copenhagen end of April 2017. The number of international cruise ships embarking at the cruise ports of Copenhagen in 2016 - was 320. 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 cruise 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 - - 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.

The Royal Guards
Changing of the Royal Guards at noon at Amalienborg Palace is a popular and tourist site and free attraction.
Heavy artillery and armoury
All the heavy artillery are displayed in a vaulted arsenal hall that is more than 150 metres long at The Royal Danish Arsenal museum.
Old military uniforms
There is quite a selection of old military uniforms and battle clothing exhibited at The Royal Danish Arsenal museum - and all outfits are very well preserved - which could have special interest for tourist that admire old military attire in colourful fashions and patterns.
...and no 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.

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 - T - 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.
The Royal Danish Arsenal Museum
Take a Field Trip to The Arsenal Museum
The Royal Danish Arsenal museum is located in the old arsenal building in Copenhagen - and constructed by King Christian IV around 1604 - with a vaulted arsenal hall that is more than 150 metres long - and exhibits all the heavy artillery. On the upper level is the selection of different armoury - and antique guns - which is of particular interest for tourist that admire old and modern military weaponry. The Royal Danish Arsenal museum also houses a quite extraordinary collection of weapons and armour that are extraordinarily well-preserved. There are more than 5000 pieces in the collection - which is meticulously organised and displayed. The museum also displays old military uniforms and other forms of battle clothing - as well as accessories for canons - seating gear for horses and various types of ammunition from 1500s up to our time of Danish Military history.

The Royal Danish Arsenal museum was inaugurated in 1928 - in its present building - which is situated near Christiansborg Palace that houses the Danish Parliament. (Folketinget)

Free admission for juveniles under the age of 18.

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

Events & Entertainment in Copenhagen
Events and other City Hot Spots in March 2017... Scandinavia's largest and most lively capital!

Exhibitions - Fairs & Events in March 2017

Harlem Globetrotters - 2017

- Microsoft Tech Summit 2017



- Nordic Delights
- The Fitness Experience

Legendary Harlem Globetrotters will visit Copenhagen and give a Basket Ball performance that will be second to none for all of their fans at Ballerup Super Arena.

COPENHAGEN MUSEUMS - Free Entrance - 2017

March is a could month in Copenhagen for outdoor activities - but a perfect choice to visit all the museums in Copenhagen with "Free Entrance" on selected days - and all year round. 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 - The Open Air Museum

Some museums has free entrance on selected days like Thorvaldsens Museum - Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek - The Hirschsprung Collection - Copenhagen City Museum.

Copenhagen Museums

The Royal Danish Naval Museum
Visit The Royal Danish Naval Museum - and experience hundred years of Danish naval history. Free admission all year round.


Free Open Air Ice Skating

The traditional skating rink at Kongens Nytorv is closed until 2019 - due to the Metro expansion. The new free skating rinks in and around Copenhagen are located at:

- Frederiksberg Runddel - Frederiksberg
- Lindevangsparken - Frederiksberg
- Toftegårds Plads - Valby
- Genforeningspladsens Idrætsanlæg - Bellahøj
(Northern Europe’s biggest skating rink)

Open from 10:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. - every day
One can hire skates in various sizes at all skating rinks - also for the entire family.

Copenhagen Skating Rinks
Copenhagen offers many open air skating rinks around the city.
BAKKEN - “Dyrehavsbakken”
Bakken - which means "The Hill" - was founded in 1583 - and is the world's oldest amusement park. Bakken will open for the new summer season March 2017. There is free entry with more than 150 attractions - amusements - and 40 cosy restaurants to choose just 14 km north of Copenhagen.


There is free entertainment every day at Bakken. For the youngest guests - Pjerrot the white clown - performs three shows a day in front of his little house,


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.

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.
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.

More Events: Event Calendar
Entertainment - Melody of the Month
Melody & Song of the Month - March - 2017
Oldies - but Goodies!

Mads Tolling - "June Night"
A Tribute to legendary Svend Asmussen and a Great Dane.
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 Melody
March - 2017

This month’s melody "June Night" is written by Cliff Friend and Abel Baer in 1922 - and the first recording of this song was by Elliot Shaw and Helen Clark in 1924 - and published same year. Legendary Svend Asmussen recorded and presented "June Night" in 1940 - which also became his signature song during his long musical career. The Bell Sisters recorded “June Night” in 1951. Then the melody and song was recorded again in 1957 - by Michael Stewart Quartet - and became a great hit for this band. Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra also recorded "June Night" in 1957 - and so have numerous other Bands and Performers during the past.

Mads Tolling - "June Night"

“Just give me a June night - The moonlight and you in my arms with all your charms" sung and recorded for the first time in 1924 - by Elliot Shaw and Helen Clark - and has since been performed by numerous entertainers during the past. The very popular lyrics are known by nearly everyone - who has danced and swing to "June Night" - and also sung along with these lyrics "Give me a June night - Give me the moonlight - But mostly give me you". Enjoy this live instrumental and jazzy swinging version of "June Night" by Grammy Award Winning Violinist Mads Tolling - as a tribute to newly deceased jazz legend Svend Asmussen - and his signature melody. So grab your partner - wherever you are - and dance - swing and slow fox around - or just tap your feet. It’s really vibrating swing time music! "And when you're in my arms - With all your charms and the moon above - We're gonna make love, love, love - I'll hold".

June Night - Svend Asmussen Signature Melody.

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Previous Melodies & Songs of the Month


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

There are no Christian Holy Days or Public Holidays in March - 2017.

Summer Time
Summer Time in Denmark will been introduced from March 26 - 2017. All clocks to be set one hour forward.

Summer time in Denmark is from the last weekend in March - to Sunday October 28 - 2017.

Summetime - 100 year jublee
Summertime in Denmark did celebrate its 100 year jubilee in 2016.

March & Birthdays
The majority of Danes are born in the month of March - and this springtime month of the year - is the season for celebrating most birthdays in Denmark.

See Public Holidays and Flag Days

Danish Birthdays - March
Most birthdays in Denmark are celebrated in the month of March - and the typical and traditional birthday cake in Denmark must be decorated with Danish flags - and placed on a well festooned and creamy layer cake.
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.
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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.
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 2017 - to your end station and destination.

Onsite 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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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
Victor Borge

Quotation of the Month of March - 2017

“A Smile is the closest distance between two people!”

(Smilet er den korteste afstand mellem to mennesker)

Victor Borge - Famous Danish entertainer - 1909-2000.

Victor Borge & Michala Petri
Danish Food Culture - Cuisine - and Cooking Recipes
*A Part of the Danish Cultural Heritage*
Danish Specialities - Recipe of the Month - March
"Frikadeller" - (Danish Pork Meatballs)
Old National and Traditional Everyday Dish
A Genuine Danish Everyday Meal
The most eaten dish in Denmark
“Frikadeller” is a national dish - and the no. 1 preferred choice among the Danes - when selecting an every day pork dish. The first time “Frikadellen” is described in Denmark is around 1280 in a handwritten cook book where mixed minced pork meat and chicken meat is formed like meatballs. In the cookbook of Madam Mangor from 1837 the recipes of the “Frikadelle” is mentioned as we know it today. Mangor recommends that the minced pork meat is formed in a spoon - then dipped in breadcrumbs or flour - and then fried by regular fire. It is still a big mistery - why the Danes named the Danish meatballs for “frikadelle” - but a theory is - that the named stems from the French word “Fricasseé”. The Danes just love their “Frikadelle” - which is an all round popular dish to eat and enjoy all year round - in every region of the Danish kingdom. The “Frikadelle” is very easy to prepare and make - and the base is pure pork minced meat - but veal or beef meat can be added as a supplement. Surprise your Danish friends and make a “Frikadelle” dish for them - as all of the basic ingredients can be acquired and purchased abroad.
"Frikadeller" - med kartofler - sovs og surt!
(Danish Meatballs with potatoes - sauce and sliced sour vegetables)
(Danish Meatballs with potatoes - sauce and sliced sour vegetables)

The dish is over 250 years old and has been a traditional everyday meal for generations of Danes all year round - and a must at Christmas time with the Grand cold buffet table. This recipe is from all over Denmark - and is prepared in different variations from region to region.



Pork mince meat (500g)
Veal or beef mince meat (option)
Big Onion
White flour
Oats or breadcrumbs
Milk - 3,5% fat
Teaspoon salt
Teaspoon pepper
Butter or Margarine

Allspice powder (Jamaica pepper)
The "Frikadelle" Mixture
The "Frikadelle" mixture gets better the more you mix the ingredients together. It is best if you leave the mixture to rest at least an hour in the fridge - before you mix it again - and use it to be formed as oval "Frikadelle" meatballs. Ad a bit of All Spice powder to the minced meat mixture - that will give it a slightly aromatic flavour of cinnamon - nutmeg and cloves. The Allspice fruit was discovered around 1620 by the English - and cultivated since. The Allspice seasoning has for centuries been used in many Danish recipes.
When all the "Frikadelle" meatballs are shaped - fry them at high temperature on both sides - and then continue frying them at low heat around 5 minutes on each side.
The Original "Frikadelle" Dish
The Original "Frikadelle" dish with plain potatoes and thick brown sauce - which has been the Danes favourite dish for generations - and is an everyday eating for Danish families all over the country.
"Frikadelle" Sandwich
The “frikadelle” sandwich is one of the Danes favourite items in the daily lunchbox - as well as this delicious juicy pork burger is a must in every Danish picnic basket. The famous Danish open faced sandwich has also a "frikadelle" version with numerous of different toppings - and is quite a popular and delicious treat at lunchtime.

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"Frikadeller" - med kartofler - sovs og surt!

1. Mix the mince meat well together with the onion - flour or oats or breadcrumbs.

2. Then mix with the eggs. Mix spices - allspice powder - and milk together - add little by little to the meat.

3. The mixture gets better the more you mix the ingredients. It is best if you leave the mixture to rest at least an hour in the fridge - before you mix it again and use it.

4. The raw mixture should be used the same day as it is mixed.

5. Heat the pan.

6. Melt the margarine. Dip a tablespoon in the melted margarine.

7. Shape the meatballs with the tablespoon (take a tablespoonfull of the mixture and smoothen against the wall of the bowl it is in) and put the meatball in the margarine on the pan to fry.

8. When all the meatballs are shaped - fry them at high temperature on both sides and then continue frying them at low heat around 5 minutes on each side.

Thick Brown Creamy Sauce
75-100 g Butter
1 1/2 - cups milk
1/2 - cup cream
3 - tablespoons flour
1 - tablespoon brown colour
Salt & Pepper to taste
If preferred - and to boost the taste of the brown sauce: Use some of the melted butter from frying the “Frikadeller” - or some water from cooking the potatoes.

Traditional Danish Brown Creamy Sauce
Stir a little "butterball" - white flour and butter smoothly in a saucepan. Then ad a little bit of milk in together with some of the remaining frying stock. When the “butterball” mixture has a silky texture - then ad the remaining milk and cream - and stir to the boiling point - as well as adding extra flour to the sauce if nessasary. Stir constantly. Cook until preferred thickness and add salt and pepper. Milk or cream may be used with extra tablespoons of butter according to your taste. Use brown sauce colouring to darken the gravy - and sherry or wine can be added to flavour the thick brown sauce for your Danish “Frikadelle” dish.

Extra Seasonings

You can ad extra seasoning to flavour your "Frikadelle" meat mixture such as garlic - parsley - nutmeg - carrots - sesame seeds - coriander - cumin seeds - mint leaves etc. All ingredients shall be added separately for each “Frikadelle” dish and in small doses - according to your taste.

Serve and eat with
- Marinated beetroot - pickled gherkins - strong mustard or warm rustic rye bread.

Delicious vegetables servings:
Besides serving “Frikadelle” with potatoes and thick brown creamy sauce - "Frikadelle" can also be served with Creamed Stewed Cabbage - Sweet Brown Cabbage - Creamed Stewed Potatoes - Mash Potatoes with butter and garlic - Danish Pickled Red Cabbage and pealed new potatoes.

Creamed Stewed Cabbage
Sweet Brown Cabbage
Creamed Stewed Potatoes
Mash Potatoes - Butter & Garlic
Danish Pickled Red Cabbage
Various tossed salads

Christmas traditions
"Frikadelle" is a must and a tradition to serve at Christmas in Denmark at the cold buffet lunch table together with numerous other pork dishes.

Ready-made "Frikadelle"

You can also buy various ready-made "Frikadeller" - in supermarkets - at the butcher and various grocery stores.

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Velbekomme - Enjoy your meal!

Important Tip!
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!

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".

Welcome to Denmark & especially to Copenhagen!


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".

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