Denmark Travel Guide
Everyone knows of the red-light districts of De Wallen in Amsterdam and Reeperbahn in Hamburg, but what about the shadier side of Denmark's tourism?
Well, up until recently, bestiality was a legal practice in the Scandinavian country, and, as if that’s not odd enough, it seems certain sects invited tourists to horse around with, well, the horses. According to Danish animal rights groups, Denmark sort of became a center for bestiality-based tourism, and a 2007 report by two journalists from 24timer claim to have obtained access to an animal brothel, which existed so tourists could enjoy the company of a terrier or even a German shepherd.
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Can you hear it now?
“I’ll take the chicken burger, fries, a vibrator, two cock rings, and the 50 Shades of Grey whip set.” Yes, officially licensed 50 Shades of Grey sex gear is on the menu.
Sounds outrageous but a restaurant in Copenhagen recently added sex toys to its late-night, “After Dark” menu. According to Hot Buns restaurant owner Mathias Kær, he told The Local.dk, “On Friday and Saturday nights there are only two things most people want: sex and food. We’re combining them both.” Logical enough, because, when I’m stumbling home after a night out, the first thing I think to purchase isn’t a slice of pizza, but rather a $15 burger and four new cock rings.
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September is, without a doubt, the height of beer news for the year. There's Oktoberfest, the release of pumpkin seasonals, autumn beer tests, and airline beverage menu revamps. For 2014, SAS has some big news to share on that last front; they've partnered with Denmark's Mikkeller craft brewery to develop SAS Wit, onboard SAS long-haul flights in Business Class.
According to Mikkeller's Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, "it's a wheat beer in the Belgian traditionfresh with a summery taste of orange peel and cilantro. As such, it's a bit cloudy with residue from yeast and wheat."
Already SAS has expanded the partnership to include an upcoming sweet red lager (preview of the cans below).
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Denmark sees its fair share of tourists throughout the year, and enjoys its position a quick train or plane ride away from other Northern European capitals. Alas, the goal is always to attract more tourists, and now the country’s tourism board has figured a novel way to do so through social media. It’s one part marketing and one part tourism, as they aid in promoting the country while also appealing to those already there.
The campaign involves posting street signs with suggested hashtags at Denmark's "most shareable places."
Be sure to bring your appetite if you’re heading to or through Copenhagen anytime soon, as the airport is bringing in some fine concourse cuisine.
As part of the Copenhagen Cooking Food Festival the airport has opened up a pop-up restaurant called Hallo Hello. Of course the food here is the focus, but the folks behind the idea—Lasse Askov and Bo Lindegaard—have real life social networks on the mind as well.
They’re encouraging diners to share three course meals with strangers, as they’re trying their best to offer up a little bit of relationship and friendship as a side dish.
Denmark is objectively an awesome place to live. The United Nations has officially declared that it's literally the happiest country on Earth. It has a strong economy, a robust social safety net, and people who are on the whole gorgeous (don't forget that last part, because it's about to become important).
There's only one problem, apparently. Not enough of those gorgeous people are making new gorgeous people. We presume there's lots of sex going on - how could there not be - but it's not productive sex, in the traditional sense. The country is actually facing the possibility of a demographic collapse, in the sense that it's becoming a real national problem that serious people discuss.
The folks at Danish travel company Spies Rejser think they've got an idea for reversing the decline. The video, which opens with the question "can sex save Denmark?," describes a campaign that Spies is calling "Do It For Denmark!"
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We’ve all had our share of bad seats when traveling, but now there’s one way to make it a little bit better. Best of all it won’t cost you any money, and the way it works is delicious.
Chocolatier Anthon Berg has teamed up with SeatGuru to create something known as the “Generous Upgrader.” It won’t bump your seat up to first class, but it will give you the next best thing—free chocolate!
Passengers scan their boarding pass at the pink kiosk, which then references the SeatGuru database and "grades" your seat. Good ones are rewarded with a little bit of chocolate, bad seats get a little more, and the truly awful seats get quite a bit of chocolate—including neck pillows and eye masks from Anthon Berg.
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Although castles sometimes fall victim to the "if you've seen one you've seen them all" mentality, here's one that certainly stands out from the crowd, one you've probably heard about even if you've never been to Denmark: Kronborg Castle, aka Elsinore, aka Hamlet's Caste.
Kronborg served as the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet, and today you can see a performance of the play within the castle walls. Not many North American travelers know about this unique novelty, but it's actually not a new endeavor: The play was put on inside Kronborg for the first time in 1816 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
If you’re fly to—or through—the airport over in Copenhagen within the next month or so, you might just want to build in some extra time for a nice airport meal. This isn’t just a slice of Sbarro either, as this is probably one of the best airport restaurants around. Just remember to act quickly, as this Michelin-level spot is one of those pop-up options.
CPH Nordic Dining and its open kitchen will feature offerings from three of the country’s best chefs. Thomas Rode will be bringing techniques from his place—Kong Hans Kælder—and David Johansen from Kokkeriet will also be making some airport appearances. Last but not least is Mikkel Marschall who will also make up part of this tasty triumvirate of airport chefs.
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It’s not quite an IKEA in the middle of the airport, but one pop-up shop over in Denmark is bringing a little Scandinavian style to the terminal.
Danish designers have set up an area to display their goodies, as the new shop is doing its thing at Nytorv next to Tax Free (New Square). Things kicked off on May 8, and it sounds like you have a couple weeks to enjoy the offerings from different artists and manufacturers.
There will be an on-site jeweler doing her thing, as well as those putting together some bicycles with a little more style than usual. Woven cane chairs will be assembled right in the middle of all the airport action, as airport officials are all about showing off in what they’re calling a “live showroom.”
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Inside the Copenhagen Museum
Welcome to København! Often recognized as being one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in Europe with the best quality of life, Copenhagen is no-brainer. Sure it may be a tad expensive, but there's reason after reason for that. This week and last, Lilit Marcus will be sharing the must-hit spots, whether you have three days or over a week.
If you want to feel more like a local than a tourist, spending a day on the less crowded south side of Copenhagen is the way to go. Start heading west on Vesterbrogade, and you’ll soon find yourself mingling with the locals...although you still won’t have trouble finding English speakers.
At Vesterbrogade 59 you'll hit the Copenhagen Museum. This institution devotes itself to the history of the city, and since you’ve already spent a few days here you’ll recognize names of common places and famous former residents. The museum itself is fun and even zany at times, an eclectic mix of old paintings, re-created rooms from different time periods, plenty of subtle burns on the Swedes, and art made out of recycled trash.
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Welcome to København! Often recognized as being one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in Europe with the best quality of life, Copenhagen is no-brainer. Sure it may be a tad expensive, but there's reason after reason for that. This week, Lilit Marcus will be sharing the must-hit spots, whether you have three days or over a week.
Think for a moment, The name Roskilde may already be familiar to you because of the city's most famous event, the annual music festival. But there’s much more to this cool town than one rollicking week every summer. Just a short train ride outside of Copenhagen (you’ll need to buy a regular ticket for zone eight), there are several attractions within a pretty short walking distance of the train station.
Our recommendation for a good overview of Roskilde is to start far away and come back the way you came. This means go along Algade, the main shopping street in town, and then hang a left onto Fredriksborgvej. After about 20 minutes, you’ll encounter a gorgeous fjord with several buildings in front of it. A team of scientists discovered Viking ships in excellent condition at the bottom of this fjord, and the Viking Ship Museum holds the reassembled boats along with all the juicy details on how such an excavation was accomplished, what we know about Vikings and the history of Denmark, and a room where kids (and grownups!) can play dress-up with Viking outfits.
Pick up some “Viking’s Blood,” a strong locally-made mead, at the museum gift shop. Next door, re-created Viking ships go on daily fjord trips so that you can see the magnificent view from other angles; there’s usually one a day during the week, and only in the warmer months, so be sure to take a look online and plan accordingly.