Copenhagen has some very excellent shopping opportunities. The main shopping streets are Købmagergade, Østergade and Niels Hemmingsens Gad. But it is also worth taking a look at the small side streets where many small shops offer their goods. In many other Danish cities, too, attractively designed pedestrian zones with cozy cafés invite you to go shopping. Typically Danish are e.g. B. Bing & Grøndal and Royal Danish porcelain, Holmegård glasses, Georg Jensen silverware, Bornholm ceramics, Faroese wool and Lego sets. Visitors from countries outside the EU can reclaim Value Added Tax (MOMS)
Usually: Mon-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-2pm (in general) /-5pm (larger shops in big cities). Sun 12pm-4pm (bigger shops in big cities).
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Danes often like to pay cashless with the Dankort (chip card that is filled with credit and which only has to be inserted into the corresponding machines for debiting at the checkout). In addition to cash (Danish crowns), you should always have your Eurocard with you, as you can use it to pay almost anywhere. In the supermarkets, the price for larger quantities of a product is often printed in large letters, with the individual unit price appearing in small letters below it.
There is a distinctive nightlife in Denmark. In larger cities such as Aarhus, Aalborg, Gothenburg, Silkeborg or Odense there is a wide range of entertainment. Especially in Copenhagen, which is well-known for its jazz scene, night turns into day: well-known international artists perform in the numerous concert halls, music bars and jazz clubs. The best known is the Copenhagen Jazzhouse (Internet: jazzhouse.dk). The first cafes open at 5 am in the morning, when the nightclubs close. Most of the locations are near City Hall Square and in the alleys between Strøget, Gothersgade and Vester Voldgade streets. The smaller towns are less busy, but there are usually a few cozy pubs, good restaurants or a bar here too. In the summer months, numerous festivals, open-air theaters and other events lure people outdoors. In Ringkøbing you can take part in a guided tour with a singing night watchman every evening during the warm season (start: 21:00). As in all Scandinavian countries, winter is a bit quieter. There is also a wide range of cultural activities in Copenhagen. In the opera house Det Kongelige Teater (website: www.kglteater.dk) there are opera and ballet performances as well as orchestral concerts every evening. Here you can also see performances by the Royal Danish Ballet. In the Det Ny Teater (Internet: www.detnyteater.dk) international well-known musicals are staged. Some variety shows in Copenhagen are also restaurants.
An important part of Danish cuisine are seafood, sweet and sour marinated or smoked herring, mackerel, cod, cod, pollock, plaice and shrimp. Hearty specialties include roast pork with red cabbage, liver pâté with roasted onions and Danish cave cheese. In summer and autumn, the menu is enriched with berries and mushrooms. The Danes love sweets of all kinds: puff pastry with cream filling and icing, cream ice cream with fruit or chocolate sauce, liquorice, peppermint pastilles and colorful candies. In many places there are Dropskøgereien where you can watch the confectioner making sweets. There are numerous gourmet restaurants in Copenhagen, An exceptional number of restaurants can also be found in Aalborg. There are pizzerias and fast food restaurants in all cities. Food stalls selling hot sausages (Pølser) and hot dogs, french fries, soft drinks and beer can be found on every street corner.
Many Danes eat smørrebrød at lunchtime – breads topped with sausage, fish or cheese and lavishly topped, which are eaten with a knife and fork. Cold buffet (Koldt Bord) with self-service is offered in numerous restaurants. There is often a large selection of fish and meat, sausage and cheese, salads, hot dishes and desserts. You eat the different courses in order. For breakfast there is tea or coffee, different types of bread, rolls, jam, cheese, sausage and boiled eggs.
The Danish Hotel and Restaurant Association labels restaurants that pay special attention to the needs of diabetics. The sign features a chef’s hat with the phrase ‘Diabetes mad – sund mad for alle’ written around it.
Tips are already included in hotel and restaurant bills, as well as in taxi fares. Porters and staff in public restrooms expect a tip.
Danish breweries such as Carlsberg and Tuborg produce numerous types of beer (Øl). Another national drink is Akvavit (Aquavit), also known as Snaps. Aquavit is served ice cold and drunk with cold meals with beer; however, as everywhere in Scandinavia, alcohol is expensive.
Minimum age for consumption of alcoholic beverages
In Denmark, you can drink beer and wine from the age of 16 and spirits from the age of 18.
Rooms can be booked at the hotel information desk at Copenhagen Central Station. The local tourist offices can also help. Numerous hotels and guesthouses are available in the holiday areas. Danish Hotel and Restaurant Association: HORESTA, Vodroffsvej 32, 1900 Frederiksberg C (tel: +45 35 24 80 80. www.danishhotels.dk). Hotel Classification: Hotels are classified into the Hotelstars Union star categories from one to five stars. ‘Green Key’: Many of the hotels and simpler accommodation options also participate in another category system that works according to ecological principles. In order to receive the certificate for environmental friendliness, 55 strict criteria must be met.
A camping pass is required at some campsites. This is available at the campsites. Over 500 designated campsites are available. Level and price are very different. Children under 4 years pay half. DK Camp: Industrivey 5D, 7120 Vejle (tel: +45 7571 2960. www.dk-camp.dk). Categories: 1-5 stars. Pitches verified by the Danish Camping Association are marked with a green tent symbol. 5-star pitches: Fulfills the highest demands. 3-star places: showers, razor and hair dryer sockets, washing machines, cooking facilities, shopping facilities. 1-star pitches: Minimum facilities such as sanitary facilities, drinking water, etc. A campsite directory is available from the Tourist Office (see p. addresses). Quality logos indicate particularly suitable campsites for active people (e.g. cyclists, golfers or anglers). Visit Denmark lists the campsites that have already received the fishing, golf or bicycle quality logo.
Other accommodation options
Holidays in a holiday home are very popular with many visitors to Denmark. Visit Denmark offers an overview of the providers of the more than 200,000 holiday homes of each category in Denmark. Rooms are also rented out on numerous farms. If you want, you can help out on the farm. Sometimes outbuildings have been converted into holiday apartments. Numerous farms have their own trout streams. All farms and holiday homes are regularly inspected by the Tourist Office. For more information, contact the National Association for Farm Holidays in Denmark (bondegaardsferie.dk).
95% Evangelical Lutheran; there is a small Catholic and Muslim minority; about 3000 Jews.
Social Rules of Conduct
General: The Dannebrog (the national flag) and royalty are held in high esteem. In 2019 the Dannebrog turned 800 years old. Social etiquette: The Danes are very respectful of one another. You shake hands when you first meet and only again if you haven’t seen each other for a long time. People address each other by their first names and you. Only people over the age of 75 and the queen, who may only be used the first name when she offers it, are used. Danes say thank you very often. Invitations: Many Danes take off their shoes before entering an apartment. Guests should only drink after the host raises his glass – “Cheers” means Skål. After the meal, Danes say thank you to the cook with Tak for mad. Clothing: Casual dress is accepted everywhere, formal wear is only expected on special occasions and in exclusive hotels and restaurants. Ban on veils: Wearing burqas, niqabs, masks, balaclavas and false beards is prohibited in Denmark. Photographing: People should be asked before photographing them. The residents of the free town of Christiania expressly forbid themselves to be photographed. Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all publicly accessible facilities and means of transport, at all public service workplaces and in all major eating and drinking establishments. Most of the time, however, there are separate smoking cabins. There is a total smoking ban in bars larger than 100 square meters. Only operators of small pubs can decide for themselves whether they want to allow smoking or not. Many hotels offer smoking rooms. Tipping: Tipping is not very common in Denmark. It is usually already included in the bill. However, it can be given in case of great satisfaction with the service.
Best travel time
The mostly moderately warm summer lasts from June to August. Mild winters (Dec – March). February is the coldest month, spring and autumn are mild. The warmest weather in Denmark is from the spring month of April through to autumn and mid-October.
Due to their location on the Gulf Stream, the climate of the Faroe Islands is relatively mild, the winters are warm, but there is a lot of wind all year round. The autumn months and the west are the rainiest. The summer months are cool with little sunshine but the least amount of rainfall.
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5,792,202 (Source: homosociety)
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