The best pizza in Copenhagen? Bæst!

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Photo by Rasmus Kramer Schou

We visited this restaurant already in October, and boy, are we happy about this! The restaurant Bæst have made it to the newspaper The Guardians’ list of the world’s best pizzas.

Yep, we hate to say that we saw it coming, but we saw it coming. It was in The Guardians list of “The 10 best pizzerias worldwide” that the restaurant Bæst, a few weeks ago, made it to spot number 8. We are not surprised. Although there were lots of good stuff in the tasting menu – which will make you full for days – it was the pizza that stuck out. Simple, Neapolitan pizza that stuck out. The restaurant even has a special built wood-fired oven, built for them and just them in Naples. In there, they bake their pizza at 500 C degrees. It’s no wonder they’ve made the list.

See the menu and book your table at the restaurant’s website. We think it’s now safe to say it literally is the best pizza in Copenhagen.

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Get to know Copenhagen: The Little Mermaid

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Who is she, really, and why have The Little Mermaid become so popular? The statue is over hundred years old and has been vandalised many times. Let’s get to know her story!

First and foremost: the man behind the statue is Edvard Eriksen. He lived between 1876 to 1959 and studied at the Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen, before his career really got started and he got assignments from the King Kristian IX. He later on got the mission to create The Little Mermaid.

Many know that Edvard Eriksen created the sculpture after the Danish writer H.C Andersen’s story, Den lille Havfrue, but not everyone knows that Eriksen’s wife Eline herself got to model when he was to create the sculpture, and why. The man who ‘ordered’ the sculpture was Carl Jacbosen, son to the founder of the beer empire Carlsberg. He was at the Royal Theatre of Copenhagen to see the play Den lille Havfrue when he got all fascinated and decided that a statue absolutely had to be done. He wanted the ballerina in the play, Ellen Price, to be the model for the statue (since the was part of the fascination). She refused to pose naked, so Eriksen’s wife had to pose instead, however the head is done after Ellen Price.

The statue was inaugurated on the 23rd of August, 1913. The sculpture standing in Copenhagen today is however a copy of the original sculpture, which is owned by Eriksen’s heirs. The Little Mermaid has – unfortunetely – been vandalised a couple of times. Already in 1964 her head was sawed of, never to be found again. In 1998 her (new) head was sawed of again, but it was found later. In 2003 she fell of her thrown when explosives was blown in the water, she got holes in her knee and wrist. In 2004 she was wrapped in a burqa. Several time she’s been re-painted, both in 1963 and 2007. Since then, she has been left alone (when writing this 2017). We hope she gets to rest in the future!

If you want to visit The Little Mermaid, head to Langelinie.

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Our New Tours in Copenhagen 2017

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For the spring of 2017, we have released a few new tours to meet the demand in Copenhagen.

From this spring, you’ll be able to join us for an alternative tour in Christianshavn – Free Spirited Copenhagen. We love this area of the city and boy, has it got stories to tell! Today it’s perhaps most known for it’s free city – Christiania – but it’s more than that. Many famous painters and characters have chosen to live here. Join us the walking tour to find about more about them.

We have also launched two new bus tours, one that goes out to Christiansborg Palace and Botanisk Have, and one that’s more of a city bustour, perfect if you’re short on time but want to see what the city of Copenhagen has to offer. Last but not least, Copenhagen Shore Excursion, the Works is the tour for the ones coming in on a ship, who only have a few hours in the city.

We hope to see you on tour this year!

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Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen

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Photo by OURWAY Tours

If you’re out for some sightseeing out of the ordinary, we can warmly recommend Assistens Cemetery. Does it sound weird to visit a cemetery during your vacation? We promise you won’t be the only one. Read why below.

In Danish, it’s called Assistens Kirkegård. The burial site is located in Nørrebro district and was inaugurated in 1760. At first, it was a burial site for the poor, but in the first half of the 19th century something happened: many famous persons from this period was buried here. Or, how about Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard?

The name Assistens Kirkegård (assistance cemetery) is actually a term which refers to cemeteries that used to be laid out in extent to existing burial sites, because more space was needed. Assistens Cemetery has always been a tourist attraction. Already in 1805 a commission was settled, that prohibited the consumption of food and drink. It also issued instructions that music or cheerful behaviour should not be allowed. Once, there was a plan to introduce admission fees to reduce the number of visitors, but this never happened. Today, it’s still a place that many people chose to visit during their visit to Copenhagen, not only for the famous graves but also for the gigantic green space that the cemetery actually holds. This cemetery is harmonic, peaceful and absolutely gorgeous.

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For the first time ever: Copenhagen Gin Fest

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If you’re a gin-lover planning to visit Copenhagen in February, this might be your lucky day! From the 17-18th of February, the first gin-festival in Copenhagen is taking place.

Copenhagen Gin Fest is the first gin-festival in Copenhagen, and will take place in Lokomotivværkstedet by Dybbølsbro, close to Fisketorvet. When you have paid the entrance fee of SEK 220, you’ll get to taste up to 120 different types of gin from 30 suppliers. More info can be found on Copenhagen Gin Fest’s Facebook page.

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Re-opening of Experimentarium

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Photo by David Trood

Since 1991, Experimentarium in Hellerup, 15 minutes north of Copenhagen, has been THE exhibition place for Science and Technology. After a big fire in 2015, the science center had to close down. On January 26th, it’s finally time for the center to re-open again.

Experimentarium is a 11,500 square metre exhibition and science center, spread on four floors. It’s located in an old soda factory and has 16 interactive exhibitions about science and technology. Among other things, it has the world’s first interactive cinema, equipped with motion sensors. It’s the audience that create the “movie”, since they all have to cooperate.

Definetely worth a visit if you’re staying in Copenhagen for a longer time! Learn more about the science center Experimentarium on their website.

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