Travel from Arne Jacobsen's SAS Royal Hotel, one of the first masterpieces of postwar Danish design, past the city's environmentally-conscious modern architecture to its Art Nouveau city hall. Visit some of the best local shops for world-famous Danish design. Pass by the famous old townhouses at Nyhavn - a scene you may recognize from postcards of Copenhagen - and the auction houses where great vintage Danish design is for sale. End at the Danish Design Museum.
Arne Jacobsen's SAS Royal Hotel; Copenhagen's Art Nouveau City Hall; Illums Bolighus design shop in Central Copenhagen; the Danish Design Museum
Take the train to Copenhagen's central station, København H. Exit towards Bernstorffsgade, then walk 5 minutes north towards the SAS Royal Hotel, a green box-like skyscraper. Start the tour under the canopy with the crowns on it.
Places to stop along the way:
For the shopper: Illums Bolighus for a wide range of Danish design products; Royal Copenhagen porcelain and dishware; Georg Jensen silver; HAY modern home design; Magasin department store for Danish fashion brands; Bredgade for vintage pieces from the 1950s and 1960s. For the museum goer: Glyptoteket for classical sculpture and French impressionist art, the Danish National Museum for Viking artifacts, the Danish Design Museum for modern Danish design.
Best time of day:
Many of the interest points are outdoors, but interior locations like City Hall (9am-4pm) and design shops (10am-6pm) have limited hours and may not be open on Sunday.
Keep an eye on your belongings; Copenhagen is popular with pickpockets. If you're a budget traveler, keep in mind that sitting down at a cafe will cost you a minimum of US$10 for a drink, or US$30 for a drink and a sandwich. Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world.
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