Copenhagen Sightseeing Tours
Copenhagen landmarks are conveniently clustered in an area that is easily accessible by foot, train or bus. Around 900 years ago, a footpath was formed down what is now the heart of the city: the pedestrians-only street, Stroget, with its centuries-old architecture, fountains and busy shops. Climb Christian IV's 17th-century observatory for a view of the city. Visit Our Lady's Cathedral, located between the walking street and the Norreport Station, a masterpiece of neoclassical architecture with colossal marble statues by Denmark's famous sculptor, Thorvaldsen. And see Copenhagen from the water on a canal tour that stops at Nyhavn, the picturesque harbor, passing the famous Little Mermaid gazing out over the water.
COPENHAGEN LANDMARKS, MONUMENTS AND HISTORIC SIGHTS OR DISTRICTS
Radhus (Town Hall). Right in the center of the city, the Town Hall is a good place to start exploration in any direction. Noble statues stand at its entry, on its roof and inside, where, among others, the writer Hans Christian Andersen and the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr are honored. You can visit Jens Olsen's World Clock, with its exact calibration, in the lower portion of the Town Hall Tower. A panoramic view of the city from the top of the tower will require a tour guide. Guided tours in English: Monday-Friday at 3 pm, Saturday 10 am. Tower tours: June-September Monday-Friday at 10 am, noon and 2 pm; Saturday at noon; October-May Saturday tours only. Radhus around 20 DKK; clock only, 10 DKK. Radhuspladsen, phone 33 66 25 82.
Rosenborg Palace. Built by King Christian IV in the 17th century, Rosenborg manages to be both ornate and cozy. On display are three centuries of royal furnishings, as well as the crown jewels. No explanations are offered as part of the displays, so it's a good idea to purchase one of the guidebooks to the castle at the entrance. Try to visit on sunny days because the castle has no electric lights. A children's pantomime theater in Rosenborg Gardens is free; performances are Tuesday-Sunday at 2 or 3 pm (performances canceled in event of rain). Palace is open May 1 to Aug 1 from 10 am to 3 pm daily, Aug 1 to Sep 21 from 11 am to 3 pm daily; Sep 22 to May 1 from 11 am to 2 pm Tuesday, Friday and Sunday only. Adults 40 DKK, children (under age 15) 10 DKK. 4A Oster Voldgade, phone 33 15 32 86.
Amalienborg Palace. Winter home to the royal family since 1794, the palace is actually composed of four identical rococo structures. Amalienborg Palace Square, with the magnificent equestrian statue of Frederik V, is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and a major tourist attraction. Every day at noon there is the ceremonial changing of the guard. As an added bonus, if you arrive on a day when the royal family is in residence, you can witness 70 guards in high furred helmets march toward this ensemble from their barracks at Rosenborg Palace.
Little Mermaid. Statue inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's famous tale. The pensive maiden sits on rocks just a few feet into the harbor on the north side of the city. She can be reached by a short stroll from Langelinie -- a picturesque quay that surrounds the Kastellet (Citadel), a 17th-century fort -- or via one of the Mermaid buses that depart frequently from the Radhuspladsen (Town Hall).
Rundetarn (Round Tower). The panoramic view from the tower is impressive. Constructed in the 17th century as an observatory, it consists of a spiraling ramp that ascends within the structure to the top. June-August, daily 10 am to 8 pm; September-May Monday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday noon to 4 pm. Adults 15 DKK, children 5 DKK. 52A Kobmagergade, phone 33 93 66 60.
Nyhavn. East of Kongens Nytorv, once a neighborhood where sailors ate, drank and slept. Its nautical heritage is still reflected in its architecture and atmosphere. It has become a magnet for photographers and restaurateurs and a popular starting point for the canal tours.
Christiansborg Palace. On the Slotsholmen (island headquarters of Danish political institutions). The granite and copper structure was built early this century on an ancient site. You can take a guided tour in English through the ornate royal reception rooms used by the Queen when she receives foreign dignitaries. May-September, Tuesday-Sunday 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. October-April, Tuesday-Friday and Sunday 11 am and 1 pm. Adults around 27 DKK, children 10 DKK, phone 33 92 64 92.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Houses both a stunning classical collection and, somewhat incongruously, an assemblage of Danish impressionist and postimpressionist art. The columns and statuary are Etruscan, Roman and Greek. A new wing houses works by French sculptors and painters. The building itself is a work of art and merits a visit (the central palm garden with murmuring fountains was cleverly designed to offer museum visitors a place to relax). Located next to Tivoli. May-August, Tuesday-Sunday 10 am to 4 pm; September-April, Tuesday-Saturday noon to 3 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Adults 15 DKK, children free. Wednesdays and Sundays free. 7 Dantes Plads, phone 33 91 10 65.
Nationalmuseet (National Museum). The largest museum in Scandinavia, displaying Danish artifacts from the Stone Age to the mid 19th century. Included are Viking helmets and battle implements, artifacts from Greenland, Egyptian mummies and extensive royal coin collections. Mid June to mid September Tuesday-Sunday 10 am to 4 pm; mid September to mid June Tuesday-Friday 11 am to 3 pm, Saturday-Sunday noon to 4 pm. Adults around 30 DKK, children free. Located across from the Christiansborg Palace. Frederiksholms Kanal 12, phone 33 13 44 11, fax 33 47 33 30.
Children's Museum (Bornenes). Located inside the National Museum (above), this is a large area in which children travel a tunnel of sound and light to a typical classroom of the year 1900 as well as to Africa, a medieval castle, a Viking ship and much more. There's also a display of toys from the past 200 years.
Statens Museum for Kunst (Royal Museum of Fine Arts). Danish and European painting and sculpture. Notable Matisse collection in addition to works by Durer, Rembrandt and Picasso. Tuesday-Sunday 10 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesdays until 9 pm. Adults 30 DKK, children free. Near Rosenborg Palace. Solvgade 48-50, phone 33 91 21 26.
Louisiana Modern Art Museum. A 19th-century mansion overlooking the sea, this contains works by Giacometti, Henry Moore and Carl-Henning Pedersen. Many sculptures are in the magnificent gardens. About 45 minutes north of Copenhagen in Humlebaek. (Central Railroad Station offers a discount ticket covering train and museum for around 45 DKK; for information, phone 33 14 17 01.) Thursday-Tuesday 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday 10 am to 10 pm. Adults 48 DKK, children 15 DKK. Gammel Strandvej 13, phone 42 19 07 19.
Arken Museum of Modern Art. Itself a work of art, this new museum by the sea is built like a ship. Danish and Nordic works as well as art from the rest of the world. Open Apr 1 to Sep 30 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. Between Oct 1 and Mar 31 open every day except Monday 10 am to 5 pm. Adults 40 DKK, children 15 DKK. Ishoj Strandpark, 100 Skovvej, phone 43 54 02 22. (Take a train to Ishoj, then Bus 128; it's 30 minutes distant.)
Eksperimentarium. A hands-on science museum where you can try hundreds of experiments with sound, light, water currents and more. Short demonstrations and special exhibits. Climb a "mountainside" of varying steepness. Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 am to 5 pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9 am to 9 pm; Saturday-Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Adults 69 DKK, children 49 DKK, child and adult together, 98 DKK. Next to Tuborg Breweries. Tuborg Havnevej 7, 2900 Hellenip, phone 39 27 33 33.
Karen Blixen Museum. The childhood home of the author of Out of Africa (1885-1962). She returned there after 17 years in Africa. Rooms are as they were when Blixen lived in the house. Wednesday-Friday 1 to 4 pm, Saturday-Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. Adults 30 DKK. Runsted Strandvej 111 (30 minutes from center of Copenhagen), phone 42 57 10 57.
PARKS, GARDENS AND ZOOS
Zoologisk Have (Copenhagen Zoo). Offers a lovely setting for the animals, who have comparatively large living spaces. In the children's area are a petting zoo and pony rides. A rabbit maze on the playground invariably delights children. A tropical exhibit in the main part of the zoo is complete with rain showers. Daily 9 am to 4 pm, until 6 pm in summer. Adults 55 DKK, children 27 DKK. Roskildevej 32 Valby, phone 36 30 20 01.
AQUARIUMS AND PLANETARIUMS
Denmark's Akvarium (Aquarium). More than 300 types of fish from various seas. North Sea species are an unusual sight for many visitors. A lovely setting across from the beach. March-October, daily 10 am to 6 pm, November-February, daily 10 am to 4 pm. Adults 50 DKK, children 30 DKK. North of Copenhagen. Strandvejen, Charlottenlund Fort Park, phone 39 62 32 83.
Tycho Brahe Planetarium. Built in honor of Danish astronomer Brahe, this planetarium hosts star shows under the dome and also shows films in the Omnimax Theater. English narration recordings available. Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 am to 9 pm. Exhibitions: adults 15 DKK, children 10 DKK. Omnimax films: adults 65 DKK, children 48 DKK. Gammel Kongevej 10, phone 33 12 12 24.
AMUSEMENT OR THEME PARKS
Tivoli Gardens. The amusement park and garden that was said to have inspired Walt Disney is not to be missed. It's a park of fantasy, filled with flowers and colorful lights. It's a pleasure even for an afternoon stroll. But Tivoli also offers rides, a pantomime theater, bands, a concert hall and fine restaurants serving everything from hot dogs (polser) to gourmet foods. Although Tivoli is fun during the day, the atmosphere takes on an especially magical glow at night. Watch for the fireworks at midnight on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. April-September, daily 10 am to midnight. Winter season 1997 (Nov 22-Dec 22) boasts a Christmas market with more than 50 tables and tents. Adults around 44 DKK, children (under age 12) 17 DKK; rides additional. (No entrance fee to the Christmas market.) Vesterbrogade 3. Phone for information: 33 15 10 01.
Bakken Amusement Park. Said to be the world's oldest amusement park, Bakken offers a more rustic experience than Tivoli in a beautiful setting among tall, old trees. The rides are a little wilder than those in Tivoli. Many restaurants and games. Bakken is fun, but be forewarned: There's a lot of drinking. (Take the train to Klaupenborg station, located 25 minutes by train from Copenhagen. Park is to the left when you get off the train.) Walk or ride in the horse-drawn carriage. 50 DKK per carriage, maximum 5 people. March to August daily 1 pm to midnight. Free. Dyrehausbakken 38, phone 31 64 13 97 (recording).
Walking tours are good ways to explore this compact, pedestrian-oriented city. The Copenhagen Walking Tour offers two-hour tours of the old city led by a locally residing U.S. guide. 20-35 DKK. May-September daily at 10:30 am, beginning at the Tourist Information Office, near the corner of Bernstrorffsgade and Vesterbrogade, by the Central Railroad Station. Schedule available at the tourist office, or call 32 97 14 40 for information. No reservations needed. Netto Boats offers canal tours May-September, departures every 20 minutes. 20 DKK. Tours depart from Holmens Church (opposite the Stock Exchange) and from Nyhavn Canal. Phone 31 54 41 02. (The more publicized Canal Tour is exactly the same as above, but costs 40 DKK.)
Copenhagen Excursions offers bus tours of the city and castles. Walking is a better way to see the city, but these are a good, if expensive, alternative on rainy days. 125-155 DKK; tickets sold by hotels and the tourist office. Good idea to reserve in advance during high season. Depart from outside the Palace Hotel in Town Hall Square. Phone 31 54 06 06.
Christianshavn. An area south of the city center and separated from it by the inner harbor. One section, Christiania, has become well known as a center for free expression and, at times, a haven for runaways and drug users. Visitors will feel welcome as they stroll through during the day, but may feel uncomfortable at night when things become a bit wilder. Caution: Photographs are discouraged in the area called Pusher Street, where recreational drugs such as marijuana and hashish are openly offered for sale.
Carlsberg Brewery. Tour this world-famous brewery. After being guided through the various stages of beer making, sample the original-recipe Elephant Beer (twice as strong as Carlsberg's U.S. product). Tours Monday-Friday at 11 am and 2 pm. Free. Twenty minutes by bus from the city center. Ny Carlsbergvej 140, phone 33 27 13 14.
Tuborg Brewery. Guided tours, plus samples. This is the location of the largest beer bottle in the world. Tours Monday-Friday at 10 am, 12:30 and 2:30 pm. Free. Twenty minutes by bus from the city center. Strandvejen 54, phone 33 27 22 12.
ALBANY CONVICT GAOL AND THE BRIG AMITY Albany Historic Precinct, Stirling Terrace, Albany.
Take a day trip to nearby historic Albany and wonder at the fortitude of those who founded WA's earliest settlement. Visit the Old Convict Gaol for a day or night tour, the tiny replica Brig Amity, home to dozens of men and animals for a journey lasting many weeks, and the lovingly restored Patrick Taylor Cottage.
Entry fees : Gaol - adult $5.00, concession $2.50, child $2.50, family $12.00; Gaol Night Tours (Fri & Sat nights) - $15; Brig Amity guided tours - $6.00; Patrick Taylor Cottage - gold coin donation.
Open 7 days, 10 am - 4 pm.
DENMARK HISTORICAL MUSEUM Mitchell Street, Denmark.
Treat yourself to a slice of Denmark's history!
Open Tuesdays 2 pm - 4 pm. Thursdays 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm. Sundays 2 pm - 4 pm.
Phone 9848 1539.
BARTHOLOMEWS MEADERY South Coast Hwy, William Bay.
Come and see the action in the glass beehive. Bees - these industrious little creatures produce many delicious, healing and useful substances. At Bartholomews Meadery you will discover many wonderful products made by the bees, including finest quality, unprocessed honey, propolis (a natural antibiotic), beepollen, beeswax and royal jelly products.
Open daily 9.30 am-4.30 pm
Phone 9840 9349.
THE DENMARK BERRY FARM. 61 Lantkze Rd, off Scotsdale Tourist Drive (4 km from town).
A fresh taste of summer! Come and pick your own favourite berries. Red & golden raspberries, loganberries, silvanberries, blackberries, boysenberries and marionberries. Try our delicious homwmade ice-cream and preserves. Main season December - January.
Open 11.00am - 5.00pm December thru' April, Weekends & School Holidays. Other times by arrangement.
Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day.
Phone 9848 1226.
DINOSAUR WORLD Bandit Rd, Bow Bridge.
The Valley Of The Giants bird and reptile park has a world class permanent exhibition of Dinosaur Skeletons including the only T-Rex in Australia. The Denmark Dinosaur World bird and reptile centre is a unique place in Australia’s South West Southern Forest and only a 10 minute drive from the Tree Top Walk.
Visitors can experience a hands-on eco-adventure into the world of birds and reptiles. Learn about conservation and breeding programmes of the critically endangered Red Tailed Black Cockatoo and the spectacularly coloured Giant Macaws from the Amazon rainforest of South America. Marvel at the secret and intriguing world of Australia's fascinating and unique reptiles, including rare Pythons, Dragon Lizards and Monitor Lizards. Experience the amazing Southern Forest and interact with nature. Your journey through this discovery experience will both inform and excite your imagination.
Open daily, the parkland setting has a picnic and barbecue facilities. There is ample parking for caravans and buses. The gift shop has books on the dinosaur, reptiles and birds. There are public toilets, wheel chair access, refreshments and espresso coffee available. Get up close and personal with the only T-Rex in Australia. Marvel at Protoceratops, the horned Dinosaurs plus many more. Meet Velociraptor made infamous in the movie “Jurassic Park”. See some of the tallest and smallest meat eating Dinosaurs. Bring your camera for a photo beside one of the biggest carnivores of all time.
PENTLAND ALPACA STUD AND ANIMAL FARM cnr Scotsdale & McLeod Rds, Denmark.
Pentland Alpaca Stud and Animal Farm is a hands-on animal farm and wildlife park where you can pat, cuddle and feed a huge range of friendly and interesting animals. The family-owned and operated farm opened in 1990 and as well as with 70 alpacas (and babies) there are koalas, kangaroos, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, horses, donkey, deer, emus and aviary birds. Meet Tyson the North American bison, Buffy the Asian water buffalo, Tess and King Lear the Scottish Highland cattle, Muriel the pig, Foxy-loxy and Jox the foxes, Ernee the dingo and many more!
Visitors can walk amongst and hand feed gentle alpacas - domestic animals from South America bred for their luxurious wool. As they breed all year round there are usually new babies on view. A set of extremely rare (1 in 50,000) twin alpacas were born on the farm in June 2004 - the first in WA!
Visitors are welcome to pat the friendly koalas Ned, Henry and Banjo and 10 am feed time is the best time to see them awake.
Two or three orphaned kangaroo joeys are hand-raised each year and, depending on their age, they are either tucked up in their sleeping bag in the shop or roaming freely around the farm. They get their bottle at 3 pm daily, along with the other farm babies – usually calves, goats, lambs and piglets.
Group bookings, coach tours, social groups and school excursions are all welcome; overseas tourists in particular love being able to touch Australian wildlife!
The huge craft gallery features ceramics and art by Wendy Binks plus other souvenir items. The Alpaca boutique has alpaca fleece and yarn and hundreds of exquisite alpaca garments, from beanies to jumpers.
A kiosk is open all year with the café open during school holidays and for group bookings. There is also a shady picnic area with gas BBQs. There are lovely gardens to walk amongst, lawns to relax on and forest and ocean views.
Two small farm dams are stocked with rainbow trout – bring your own rod or hire one at the shop and try your luck!
Open 10 am-4 pm daily.
Closed 24th and 25th December.
Phone 9840 9262.
THE PUZZLE SHOP AT TINGLEWOOD WINES Glenrowan Road, Denmark. 9840 9218.
Novel and different puzzles and games, toys and craft - something for everyone. The Puzzle Shop is located in the cellar sales area of Tinglewood Wines. Browse the puzzles while tasting quality Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz wines. Just 8 km from town, in magnificent Karri country.
Open Thurs-Sun, 9 am-5 pm daily, school and public holidays, closed Christmas Day.
Phone 9840 9218.
THE TOFFEE FACTORY AND A BIT ON THE SIDELot 77 South Coast Hwy, William Bay. 9
*** GOLD AND SILVER AWARDS AT THE WA ROYAL SHOW *** It's official, The best toffee, brittles & sauces!
Toffee made with the finest ingredients in the traditional English manner from a timeless family recipe, adapted only to suit the Australian climate. Visitors can view the toffee making process daily and then, of course, sample the goodies. The products are available in a range of flavours, in varying quantities and styles of packaging, designed either to take home as the perfect gift or to eat now, if you can't wait. Also available is our very popular mail order service.
'a bit on the side' - our range of gourmet sauces and preserves is now also made at the Toffee Factory.
Good access and plenty of parking for coaches and caravans.
Open from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm daily.
Phone 9840 9900.
DENMARK DINGHY HIRE on the river, at Berridge Park.
Motor boats, canoes, paddleboats, aquabikes and pontoon boats for hire. Entertainment for family and friends, includes lifejackets for all ages, from babies to adults, instruction on how to use the craft and river safety, supervision of paddleboats and aquabikes.
Operating school holidays and public holidays, September through to April, 9 am to 4 pm. Fishing specials available all year.