Member Travel Tips: Copenhagen

 

 

AWCA members are an adventurous bunch! Many of us are frequent and enthusiastic travelers, so this new series aims to share travel tips each month. Each recommendation below comes from the real-life experiences of people you know and trust. Do you have suggestions for our members? Please fill out our short survey.

This month's destination is Copenhagen!

Lodging:

Restaurants:

Activities:

  • The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. A very interesting and well-done museum where we learned more about the Vikings (and maybe they were not as violent as portrayed but definitely fierce). And the cafe there serves a modern take using only foods of the Viking Age!
  • Climb to the top of the bell tower at Church of Our Saviour for the best view of Copenhagen. (It's so cool because the steps are on the outside of the spire. It was even on the Amazing Race.)
  • Tivoli Gardens - European amusement park and really fun. Be aware it's not open all 12 months! Check the dates before you make plans.
  • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek - - an art museum housed in a gorgeous space. Lots of sculpture, some mummies and other ancient stuff, and small but really nice collection of French masterpieces and paintings from the Danish Golden Age. I imagine the King's Garden (Kongens Have) will be especially lovely in the summer! Or slightly later in the spring when things are blooming.
  • The Nyhavn neighbourhood looks like Amsterdam with pretty canal homes.
  • Rosenborg Castle.
  • Little Mermaid Statue. I guess it's a must-see but it's a bit underwhelming.
  • Walk or run along the water on the boardwalk. It’s near the Marriott. Fun outdoor exercise option.
  • First time we went we did a canal cruise, which is a good way to see some of the city.
  • AC Perch’s Thehandel is an old tea shop. So many options and some tasty tea!

Other Tips:

  • One of my favorite cities. Pretty, charming, clean, friendly people, good shopping, and great food!
  • We spent most of our time walking around, enjoying seeing the city. It's very walkable, but a canal tour is worthwhile when you're ready for a break!
  • It was pretty easy to take the train from the airport to the central station. There's a bank of ticket kiosks in Terminal 3, you can choose English on the machine, and there are people to help if you get confused. Uber doesn't operate in Copenhagen, but there are taxis if you need. The Copenhagen airport was actually really nice — definitely one of the quietest I've ever been in. We got to the airport a bit early for our flight home, and it was a pleasant place to relax and have a drink. There are also lots of stores there if you want to grab something on your way home (and don't want to schlep it around the city with you).

Do you have tips you'd like to add? On our members only Facebook page, there's a lively conversation!

Next month, we'll be sharing tips for the beautiful city of Maastricht! Please help fellow AWCAers by sharing your experiences in our our very short survey.

Member Travel Tips: Venice

photo of Venice canal with a gondola in the middle and houses lining the sides

AWCA members are an adventurous bunch! Many of us are frequent and enthusiastic travelers, so this new series aims to share travel tips each month. Each recommendation below comes from the real-life experiences of people you know and trust. Do you have suggestions for our members? Please fill out our short survey.

This month's destination is Venice!

 

Lodging:

  • Hotel Amadeus - near the train station, about a 30 minute walk to St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
  • Hotel Paganelli - "Great views, reasonable, and 5 minutes to St. Mark's Square"
  • Hotel Agli Alboretti - "There's a classic wine bar right nearby"
  • Another member suggested: "Try Airbnb for something central and authentic, but it's easy to stay in Mestre too. Mestre is like Buitenveldert to Amsterdam."

Restaurants:

Activities:

  • One member suggested taking a gondola rowing lesson and said, "it was a hit with the kids."
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • An Interpreti Veneziani concert - "The cellist is amazing! They perform in a lovely old church close to the Academia bridge. I've seen them several times. The first time I had my (then) teenage children with me. They loved it too."
  • Take the ferry to Burano island. "Great atmosphere and cute shops."
  • Pay the €6 per person (plus expensive coffee) to sit at St. Mark's Square and listen to music.

Other Tips:

  • Try to get a little lost and you will find wonderful things!
  • Drink your coffees and wine at the bar and not sitting down to save some money.
  • Check out "the area around Campo Santa Margarita. It's usually pretty lively and kind of a young crowd."
  • Another idea: "it's really fun to buy vino 'alla spina,' which is straight from a tap into a glass or plastic bottle. The wine isn't necessarily that great, but I love the idea that it's like buying the local beer in Germany or such."
  • "It's expensive, but if you are flying into Marco Polo, it is a fabulous experience to hire a private boat/taxi to take you to Venice proper (also a lot faster)."
  • Do you have tips you'd like to add? On our member's only Facebook page, there's a lively conversation! Comments about Venice can go here.

Next month, we'll be sharing tips for the beautiful city of Copenhagen! Please help fellow AWCAers by sharing your experiences in our our very short survey.