Friday, April 9, 2010

A Danish Encounter

Along with Central Asia and Africa (although I have been to Egypt), Scandinavia is a region I have wanted to visit for quite some time now. Looking at the Scandinavian countries, I think Finland would be the one that would appeal to me the most, but I don't think a weekend would be enough to visit it. For the Easter break (4 days weekend), I thought it would be best to pick a city and fully explore it and its environs.

So, I picked Copenhagen. I have heard from people I know that it is a quaint and pretty city and definitely worth a visit. I thought it would be perfect for a 4 day weekend as the city is not too big at all, and so exploring could be done fairly easily, and would give me some time off to relax.

The emblem of Copenhagen:

I flew with SAS which I found very efficient and punctual. Apparently, it has a reputation for being the most punctual airline in Europe! For once, it felt great to be on a flight that left and arrived on time.

For accommodation, I had found a great deal through Venere, which gave a discounted rate for those who spent a minimum of 3 nights at the Imperial Hotel. As it is, Copenhagen is an expensive city (similar to Geneva), and finding good deals can be quite difficult.

The Imperial Hotel turned out to be great in many ways. It was conveniently located to main sites, had well decorated and comfortable rooms (I slept soooo well!) and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Plus, there was a sign near the lift that was actually a promotion called "Room and Dine", where we could eat at the restaurant there, or any of the restaurants within its chain for a very discounted rate. In an expensive city like Copenhagen, these things do come in handy! That too, the promotion was valid for every night of my stay there!

There is also a Visitor's Centre close to the hotel that is very well organized and provides useful information on current events and places to eat. I was very impressed by its layout-after a long time, I saw a tourist office that actually provided efficient service.

I will go through in more detail, the sightseeing I did, and also my dining experiences in this city in the upcoming posts...Do be on the lookout for them!


Laurence said...

hey, could have shown you around...

Sriram said...

I have heard a lot about Danish pastry, cannot wait for the pictures...


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