|Copenhagen Travel Guide|
As the largest city in Scandinavia, the travel hub for the region, and a lively centre for culture and the arts, there is something happening virtually every day of the year in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen has a thriving theatre scene, centred on the Royal Theatre on Kongens Nytorv (where, uniquely, world class ballet, opera and theatre companies coexist), but also encompassing everything from live comedy to musicals.
Major museums like the National Museet, Louisiana Museum for Modern Art and the Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery), offer constantly changing programmes of exhibitions, most of them with a broad international appeal, while exhibition centres like the Bella Center and Forum host conferences, fairs and shows year-round.
Copenhagen is hot on festivals, too, most famously the Jazz Festival, which attracts the best musicians from around the world in early July, but there are many others including the popular Night Film Festival, the Golden Days Festival and Culture Night. Throw in the odd marathon, royal pageants, concerts by major stars, parades and parties, and you'll soon discover that this is a city that never rests.
Hans Christian Andersen Bicentennial
Denmark’s legendary fairy-story author, Hans Christian Andersen, will be honoured in his hometown, Copenhagen, with a full programme of events during 2005 to mark his 200th birthday. Planned activities include a film festival, exhibition, guided walks, concerts, festivals and theatrical productions, including a massive “Little Mermaid” musical show to be staged on a floating stage in the city’s harbour (opens 28 July). The "Copenhagen birthday" Grand Parade commemorates the day when Hans Christian Anderson first arrived in Copenhagen, aged 14 years (from Valby Hill to Tivoli on 3 September). Venue: Various; Website: www.woco.dk
The hot and happening Roskilde Festival is one of Europe’s greatest rock music feasts, featuring top international and local artists in a packed and varied programme. Names like Fat Boy Slim and Avril Levigne top the bill in a series of concerts across six stages that are complemented with numerous allied events and activities. Venue: 22 miles (35km) from Copenhagen; Website: www.roskilde-festival.dk
Cultural Harbour Festival
Copenhagen’s harbour comes alive with the annual cultural festival, four days crammed with dance, music, theatre, art and sports events both on the sea and ashore. Events include regattas, trampoline-diving, evening concerts by the water, workshops for children, a triathlon and much more. Venue: The main area for the Cultural Harbour festival is the Harbour Park at Islands Brygge; also Havneholmen and Kalvebod Brygge; Website: www.kulturhavn.dk
Tivoli Christmas Market
Copenhagen’s magical amusement park, Tivoli, is not just a summer fun venue. For the past decade the park has opened for the Christmas season in an extremely festive guise to provide an unforgettable yuletide experience for hundreds of thousands of visitors, young and old. Not only are many of the park’s famous rides open for business during the Christmas fun run, but there are the added attractions of thousands of fragrant Christmas trees, miles of fir garlands, candles and electric lights, a skating rink, elves everywhere, Santa Claus of course, and four Christmas market ‘villages’ where shoppers can find an array of presents in Nordic Village, Alp Village, Forest Troll Town or Old England. Several musical and theatrical productions are offered in the Park’s indoor entertainment venues and restaurants serve up traditional Christmas fare.
24 Dec - Christmas Eve