Cheap flights to Copenhagen leave from Brisbane and Perth, with flights from Sydney or Melbourne costing a little more. Travellers heading to Denmark, via London, can reach Copenhagen by ferry across the North Sea, or by train. Australians do not need a visa to enter Denmark for stays of less than 90 days. Copenhagen Airport, called Kastrup, after the small town in which it is located, is 8km south-east of the city centre. The cheapest way to get to the city from the airport is by bus. Look for the 12, 30, 36 and 250S services which leave from outside the terminals.
The Copenhagen subway, called the Metro, is fully automated (yes that’s right, no drivers) and is an effective way to get across the city from east to west. Its two lines run daily, around a clock, every 4 minutes during the day and 15-20 minutes apart at night. In addition to the Metro, the cheap S-train service, which is similar to the S-Bahn network of Germany, runs from early morning to late night daily and on Fridays and Saturdays all night. Regular buses criss-cross the city during the day every 2-6 minutes. There is no timetable as such, but electronic displays at stops alert passengers when the next bus is due. S buses are an express service mostly for commuters that link areas where other public transport is not well provided, while N buses are the network of 10 lines that run during nights (1-5am). CityCirkel are small tourist buses that run a circular route in the centre, every 7 minutes. They stop regular wheretraffic is heavy, or can be hailed at places marked with green dots on the curb.
The legend of the mermaid has its roots in Denmark, and Copenhagen in particular. It is said that the home of all mermaids was Mermaid Banks in Øresund - the place of Copenhagen's most famous attraction - Little Mermaid. The sculpture sits on a rock in the water, but be warned, it lives up to its name and is only 1.25m tall. The Gefion Fountain is the largest monument in Copenhagen. The fountain is to Copenhagen what the Trevi Fountain is to Rome, a wishing-well. The goddess Gefion is the fountain’s main figure. Copenhagen is the religious centre of Denmark and has many churches of note. The architecture of The Church of our Saviour is outstanding and the view of the city from the top of its tower, which travellers ascend via a golden staircase, is breathtaking
One thing that makes Copenhagen attractive for shoppers is the ability to see all the hot spots by foot. The pedestrian shopping street Strøget and Købmagergade has many small boutiques and the malls of Illum and Magasin offer a wide range of shopping options. For cheap shopping in the centre of the city head to the Gammel Strand Flea Market, open during the summer season every Friday and Saturday. There you can find high-quality antique or vintage household items, china collectibles and Danish porcelain. Every Saturday between May and October, along the 300m long cemetery wall on Nørrebrogade, visitors will find Nørrebro Loppemarked, another good spot for antiques, furniture and collectibles. For cheap, designer clothes check out the Frederiksberg City Hall flea market. Copenhagen has many great restaurants catering for all tastes, but don't forget to visit a genuine Danish "kro" to taste cheap local favourites like smørrebrød, (open sandwiches) pølser, (hot dogs) and frikadeller, (meatballs). Copenhagen nightlife kicks into gear after midnight, when the nightclubs come to life. Before then the locals head to the many bars or cafes. Many of Copenhagen's cafés, bars, restaurants and clubs change character during a 24-hour period. One of those so-called hybrid-bars is Aura at Nytorv.
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