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Copenhagen/Christianshavn

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Christianshavn is an artificial island, erected in the swampy area between what is now the [[Copenhagen/Indre_By|Inner city]] and the island of [[Amager]], by King Christian the 4th, as a grand unification of his mad dash of construction projects, and his ambitions to develop [[Denmark]] into a major Naval power.
The district was build built as part of the southern fortification of Copenhagen in the early 17th century. It was designed in the image of Amsterdam, with a canal cutting straight through the center - from this point Danish merchants were to expand trade over the seven seas, a heritage that is still very visible today, with the forest of masts from the sailing ships docked along the canal, and the century old watering holes of sailors still handing out beers and ''snaps'' to thirsty passers by.
In the early days Christianshavn was an independent city, until it was swallowed by the rapidly expanding capital, but to this day retains a unique atmosphere - and the people refer to themselves at Christianhavners first, and then as Copenhageners. In many ways Christianshavn is still a small town in a big city. Diversity is thriving here, and the distict district has managed to embrace people from all walks of life; from the alcoholic sipping beer at the corner, to the marketing yuppie, and form its own special identity stemming from this diversity.
==Get in==
Christianshavn and the sub district of Holmen, is a peninsula stretching
out north through the old fortifications - because of this it is
surrouned surrounded by water, and only access is across the Knippelsbro bridge,
and the dam to [[Amager]]. It is entirely located within Zone 1 of the
common ticketing system of the Metro, trains and busses. It is only a pleasurable 10 minute walk from Strøget on Amagertorv, past the parliament, and over the Knippelsbro bridge, if you don't want to pay for public transit.
The backbone of bus transport in central Copenhagen are the A buses operated by Movia [http://www.moviatrafik.dk/Service/Tourist/touristguideUK/Pages/TouristGuideUK.aspx], which run every few minutes throughout the day. The S Buses are express buses that operate on longer lines, with fewer stops. '''Christianshavn's Square''' is the major stop, with stops by 3 different buslines, and interchange to the Metro.
*'''2A''' Starts at the Tingbjerg distict district in the [[Copenhagen/North-West|North Western]] part of Copenhagen, and runs through [[Copenhagen/Indre_By|downtown]], with stops at Rådhuspladen (the central square) and the central station, before it crosses the harbour, and runs through Christianshavn on Torvegade, with stops at Asiatisk Plads (Ministry of foreign affairs) and the Metro station on Christianshavn Square. It terminates at Kastrup metro station on [[Amager]].
*'''350S''' Begins its journey in the suburb of Herlev, north west of Copenhagen. And runs through the [[Copenhagen/Indre_By|inner city]] with stops on Nørreport station and Kongens Nytorv square, before it crosses Knippelsbro bridge, and stops at Christianshavn Square. It continues onwards to [[Amager]], and terminates in picturesque Dragør south of the Airport.
=== By bike ===
ChristianiaChristianshavn's small quite , quiet streets are excellent for sightseeing on a bike, and the free ''citybike'' system covers the entire district, there are stalls at Christianshavn torv, Asiatisk Plads (near the ministry of foreign affairs), Church of our saviour, at the main entrance to Christiania, and the central square of Holmen.
==See==
[[Image:Cph-Amagergade.jpg|thumb|Old houses along Amagergade]]
Christianshavn's main attraction, is actually Christianshavn itself. It bears some resemblance to [[Amsterdam]], with its quite quiet streets branching out from the main canal, flanked by old houses, in bright colours, some dating back to 18th century - one of the photogenic ones is '''Amagergade''' on the right side of the the main street, at the end nearest the dam to Amager. And of course the green oasis of the free town [[Copenhagen/Christiania|Christiania]], with its creative home build houses, covered in its own guide.
* '''[[Copenhagen/Christiania|Christiania]]''' <see name="" alt="Fristaden Christiania; or just 'Christiania' or 'Staden'" address="" directions="Enter from Prinsessegade" phone="" url="http://www.christiania.org" hours="Open 24 hours" price="Free" lat="" long="">Christiania has since its establishment in a former military area in 1971 been a partially self governed and semi legal community of 85 acres, today with more than 1,000 inhabitants and more than a million people visiting every year. Christiania contains bars, cafes, restaurants and concert venues. Christinia is car free with small paths and a lot of green and water areas. Staden has throughout the years been a subject for controversy. The political pressure for legalisation and normalisation has increased over recent years and negotiations on the future of the area are ongoing. Do not take photos on the central "Pusher Street", drug dealers will not tolerate it.</see>
* <see name="Dansk Arkitektur Center" alt="Danish Architecture Centre" address="Strandgade 27B" directions="" phone="+45 3257 1930" url="http://www.dac.dk/visEmneside.asp?artikelID=1571" hours="M-Su:10AM-5PM,W:-9PM" price="40 Kr" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Each year, 5-10 exhibitions on Danish and foreign architecture can been seen here. Conferences, lectures and guided tours are held in connection with exhibitions.</see>
* <do name="Casino Copenhagen" alt="" address="Amager Boulevard 70" directions="" phone="+45 33 96 59 65 " email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://uk.casinocopenhagen.dk/" hours="2PM-4AM " price="Entrance: 85 Kr.">Is the only Casino in Copenhagen</do>
* <do name="Christianshavns bådudlejning of café" alt="Christianshavn boatrental boat rental and cafe" address="Overgaden neden Vandet 29" directions="" phone="+45 32 96 53 53" url="http://www.baadudlejningen.dk" hours="" price="80 Kr/hour" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Interesting mix of a café on a floating dock in the canal, that also rents out rowing boats for sailing in the canals of Christianshavn. Also sells picnic baskets for the boats.</do>
*<do name="Kajak ole" alt="" address="Strandgade 50" directions="" phone="+45 40 50 40 06 " url="http://www.kajakole.dk" hours="" price="from 245 Kr" lat="" long="">This outfit conducts guided kayaking tours around the canals of Christianshavn and Holmen. The owner is a nice and friendly dude, that has been doing his tours for more than 10 years. the 3 standard tours ranges between 1½-3 hours, but you can also request special individual tours. Also arranges hilarious kayak waterpolo water polo games.</do>
*<do name="The Operahouse" alt="" address="Ekvipagemestervej 10" directions="" phone="+45 33 69 69 33" url="http://www.operaen.dk" hours="5PM-last show" price="Price varies." lat="" long="">Opened in 2005 in a striking building overlooking the harbor, designed by world renowned architect Henning Larsen. Mainly hosts Opera's, but occasionally shows contemporary music concerts, and plays. For Opera's there are always 25 tickets reserved for selling on the day.</do>
* <see name="Vor Frelsers Kirke" alt="Church of our saviour" address="Sankt Annæ Gade 29" directions="" phone="+45 32 54 68 83" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.vorfrelserskirke.dk/" hours="Closed till April 2009 due to major renovationsChurch: 11AM-3.30PM, Tower 10AM-4PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Climb the 400 steps to the top of the spire of the church for panoramic views of Copenhagen. The last steps are on the ''outside'' of the spire. Rumor has it that that the designer throw himself out the tower, when he discovered the rotation of the stairs was the wrong way, so that sword fights would have to be fought with the left hand, however the spiraling stares stairs was meant to symbol the ascend into heaven. </see>
==Buy==
*<buy name="Ceramic Studio and Shop" alt="" address="Wilders Plads 9B" directions="" phone="+45 32 96 29 20" url="http://www.vincents.dk/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This is a combined studio and shop for the two ceramicists Inge Vincent and Karin Michelsen, carrying products in the beautiful Scandinavian design tradition.</buy>
*<buy name="Ginnungagab" alt="" address="Overgaden oven Vandet 4A" directions="" phone="+45 32 54 22 11" url="" hours="M-F:11AM-6PM,Sa:11AM-3PM" price="" lat="" long="">A place to go for some alternative souvineerssouvenirs, the store is specialized in products of leather and wool, from Scandinavia and Greenland, like clothing, shoes and bags. It also carries the vikings prefered alcohol; mead, and organic vegetables. Have fun pronouncing the name, when asking directions for the store.</buy>
*<buy name="Pang Christianshavn" alt="" address="Dronningensgade 46" directions="" phone="+45 21 69 21 02" url="http://www.pangchristianshavn.dk/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This small store carries furniture, clothes and interiors in every color of the rainbow, as long as it packs a punch. Pang is a danish word for colors that stands out.</buy>
[[Image:CphFrederiksBastion.jpg|thumb|Sunday brunch at Frederiks Bastion]]
* <eat name="Bastionen + Løven" alt="" address="Christianshavns Voldgade 50" directions="" phone="''+45'' 32950940" url="http://www.bastionen-loven.dk/" hours="" price="350 Kr for dinner menu, 85 Kr for lunch" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Nice resataurant restaurant in romantic green sourroundingssurroundings. Serves Danish inspired gourmet food. </eat>
* <eat name="Cafe Hekla" alt="" address="Prinsessegade 59" directions="" phone="+45 32 54 87 28" url="http://www.cafehekla.dk" hours="M-F:3AM-midnight,Sa:11AM-midnight,Su:11AM-10PM" price="Mains from 110 Kr" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Quality bistro style with Christiania across the street and 10 min. walk from the Opera. Serves French and Danish food.</eat>
* <eat name="Café Wilder" alt="" address="Wildersgade 56" directions="" phone="+45 32 54 71 83" url="http://www.cafewilder.dk/engelsk.htm" hours="M-Th:9AM-midnight,F-Sa:9AM-2AM,Su:9.30AM-midnight" price="Lunch from 60 Kr, Mains: 145 Kr" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Good simple food for brunch, lunch, dinner, or just a drink.</eat>
* <eat name="Frederiks Bastion" alt="" address="Refshalevej 80" directions="" phone="+45 32 57 08 51" url="http://www.frederiksbastion.dk" hours="W-Sa:noon-9PM,Su: 11AM-9PM" price="2 courses: 279 Kr" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Old gunpowder house turned into bar and cafe, big nordic bruch brunch on weekends. Danish food with a french twist. </eat>
* <eat name="Lynetten" alt="" address="Refshalevej 200" directions="" phone="+45 32 57 17 08" url="http://www.restaurantlynetten.dk/" hours="M-Su:noon-9PM" price="Dish of the day from 62 Kr" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Restaurant on the Lynetten Marina, which serves traditional Danish food.</eat>
* <eat name="Ravelinen" alt="" address="Torvegade 79" directions="" phone="'+45'' 32962045" url="http://www.ravelinen.dk/ravelinen-uk.htm" hours="M-Su:11.30AM-midnight" price="Lunch from 62 Kr, Mains from 142 Kr" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Very traditional summer restaurant in townhouse from 1728, serving traditional Danish cousine cuisine including ''smørrebrød'', in either the beautiful building, or on an outdoor balcony with view over a canal.
</eat>
*<eat name="Asador Argentino" alt="" address="Overgaden Neden Vandet 17" directions="" phone="+45 32 54 54 08" url="http://www.asador.dk" hours="M-Su 17.30-midnight" price="Mains from 145 Kr" lat="" long="">Argentine restaurant specializing in tasty charcoal grilled Argentine steaks, served with good Argentine wine. Limited outdoor garden seating for summer days.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Danish Craft Studio & Shop" alt="" address="Wilders Plads 11 B" directions="" phone="+45 27 64 11 91" url="www.aneschollert.dk" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Situated by the beautiful Christianshavn Kanal 4 women working with ceramics, glass, paintings, sculpture and photo in colorful feminine design. Once a year they transform their studio into a cozy Christmas market with fire in the fireplace and serving traditional Glögg (last week-end in November- first week-end in December)</eat>
 
*<eat name="Danish Craft Studio & Shop" alt="" address="Wilders Plads 11 B" directions="" phone="+45 27 64 11 91" url="www.aneschollert.dk" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Situated by the beautiful Christianshavn Kanal 4 women working with ceramics, glass, paintings, sculpture and photo in colorful feminine design. Once a year they transform their studio into a cozy Christmas market with fire in the fireplace and serving traditional Glögg (last week-end in November- first week-end in December)</eat>
 
*<eat name="Studio & Shop" alt="" address="Wilders Plads 11 B" directions="" phone="27641191" url="www.aneschollert.dk" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Situated by the beautiful Christianshavn Kanal 4 women working with ceramics, glass, paintings, sculpture and photo in colorful feminine design. Once a year they transform their studio into a cozy Christmas market with fire in the fireplace and serving traditional Glögg (last week-end in November- first week-end in December)</eat>
 
*<eat name="Ane Schollert" alt="" address="Wilders Plads 11 B" directions="" phone="+45 27 64 11 91" url="http://www.aneschollert.dk/" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
===Splurge===
* <eat name="Noma" alt="" address="Strandgade 93" directions="" phone="+45 32 96 32 97" email="" fax="" url="http://www.noma.dk" hours="Lunch:Tu-F:noon-1.30PM,Dinner:M-Sa:6PM-10PM" price="Mains from 295 Kr">Noma is not only (one of ) the best restaurants restaurant(s) in Copenhagen, it has also repeatedly been nominated as one of named ''the '' best in the word by the reputable British magazine ''Restaurant'', and the Michelin guide. It specializes specifically in Nordic cuisine. The chefs - if it's not from Scandinavia, it's not on the menu, and that includes even mundane ingredients such as olive oil or garlic, instead the chef find unique Nordic ingredients and combine them in inventive ways to create meals that really hang together as dinnerextraordinary dishes. Housed in an old brick warehouse on the water, the environs are almost as good as the food. Try the tasting menus (from 700 Kr)-- the things you wouldn't normally choose may well be the best. Bookings are essential, months in advance preferably. </eat>
* <eat name="Era Ora" alt="" address="Overgaden neden Vandet 33B" directions="" phone="+45 32 54 06 93" email="" fax="" url="http://www.eraora.dk/" hours="" price="Dinner menus from 1100-1750 Kr including wine.">Superb and expensive Italian restaurant, which imports its ingredients directly from Italy, and provides quality service. </eat>
*<drink name="Fingerbøllet" alt="" address="Wildersgade 39" directions="" phone="+45 32 54 67 17" url="http://www.fingerboellet.dk/" hours="M-Sa:11AM-02AM,Su:noon-2AM " price="" lat="" long="">This bar is unpretentious and old school, a hangout for alcoholics, seamen, and students - who feast on the low prices, and plays a game dices or billiards, with rock or country music blasting out the speakers.</drink>
*<drink name="Eiffel Bar" alt="" address="Wildersgade 58" directions="" phone="+45 32 57 70 92" url="http://www.eiffelbar.dk/" hours="daily:9AM-2AM" price="Bottled beers: 14 Kr" lat="" long="">Eiffel bar has something of a 30'ties 30s Paris feel to it, although the Can Can girls has disapeared disappeared since the place it opened in 1736. The crowd here is as diverse as the district, but definitely not pretentious.</drink>
* <drink name="Halvandet" alt="" address="Refshalevej 325" directions="Holmen" phone="+45 70 27 02 96" email="" fax="" url="http://www.halvandet.dk/" hours="Open from 11Am until it becomes to cold at night" price="Brunch 95 Kr, main course 95 Kr">Restaurant, bar, and beachbarbeach bar. Halvandet has two big warehouses. Outside a big area is filled with sand to create, a beach-bar, a beach-wolley fielsvolleyball court, and a beach-football (soccer) field. A warm summer evening, sitting with a cold beer in a beach chair at the edge of the quay, this is probably the most relaxing place in Copenhagen to have a drink.</drink>
* <drink name="Kontiki Bar" alt="" address="Takkeloftvej 1" directions="" phone="+45 29 46 54 17" email="" fax="" url="http://www.kontikibar.dk/" hours="" price="">Bar on poles in the canal behind the architect school. Connect to the restaurant boat, "Ellen". Also have sandwiches and other food.</drink>
==Sleep==
* <sleep name="Radisson SAS Scandinavia" alt="" address="Amager Boulevard 70" directions="" phone="''+45'' 33965000" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">542 rooms, most with a view over Copenhagen. The Dining Room restaurant is on the 25. floor.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Radisson Blu Scandinavia" alt="" address="Amager Boulevard 70" directions="" phone="''+45'' 33965000" email="" fax="" url="http://www.radissonblu.com/scandinaviahotel-copenhagen" checkin="" checkout="" price="">542 rooms, most with a view over Copenhagen. The Dining Room restaurant is on the 25. floor.</sleep> * <sleep name="Hotel CPH Living" alt="" address="Langebrogade Kaj 701C 1411 Copenhagen K" directions="" phone="+45 61 60 85 46" url="http://www.cphliving.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="1495 Kr for a double" lat="" long="">Opening This floating hotel opened in summer 2009, this brand new hotel, Cphliving is more or less a stationary boat floating around in the harbour, with huge floor to ceiling windows facing the water, this is boat hotel is certainly unique, and possibly providing the best view of any hotel in the city. </sleep>
==Contact==
'''Guided tours'''
* <listing name="Christiania guide group" alt="" directions="" address="Bådmandsstræde 43" phone="" email="[email protected]" fax="+45 32 57 60 05" url="http://www.rundvisergruppen.dk/" hours="summer only, daily 3PM" price="30 Kr"></listing>
 
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