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Copenhagen: Stylish seclusion in Funen


Funen is one of Denmark’s largest islands, about 100 miles west of Copenhagen. Fly to Copenhagen, then take the train from Copenhagen to Svendborg. You need to get on the ICL47 train in Copenhagen (platform 7). Change in Odense and take train 4641 from Platform 8 to Svendborg. The shelters are on the coast just south of the town, along the walking path Øhavsstien. Escape to spend time in the stylish silence of one of 47 wooden shelters sprinkled in 17 separate locations along the coastline. They are designed by a prestigious architecture firm so you get trendy style points as well as a peaceful, simple "away from it all" adventure. If you don't fancy camping then there are 9 hotels in Svendborg

Level of Difficulty: Easy.  

What to pack: Warm clothes (check the weather forecast!), woolly hat, headtorch, raingear, sleeping bag, mat and bivvy bag. 

Best time to go: Late spring when it's a bit warmer at night but there are far fewer tourists than in the summer.

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Packed with an old world charm, Copenhagen is smaller than other major European city break hot spots, like Paris or Madrid, but is still rich in culture and attractions and is much less daunting.

It won’t be long before you’re familiar with the cobblestone medieval streets, the canal walks and the colourful townhouses. And the best way to get around this city? By bike of course – well this is Scandinavia after all, and cars and pollution just aren’t the fashion here. 


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More about having the time of your life than setting personal bests, the Color Run is a five-kilometre run that will see you doused from head to toe in different coloured paints. Wind your way through the streets of Copenhagen and expect the mother of all street parties awaiting you at the finish line. www.thecolorrun.dk


DISTORTION: Brace yourself for the madness of Distortion, a gloriously over-the-top, mobile street party where Copenhageners young and old consume vast quantities of booze and dance like demented gibbons for five days straight. The festival takes over the city from June 1-5 and tickets cost just 100DKK. (www.cphdistortion.dk)


Copenhagen Improv Festival: Fancy yourself as the next Will Ferrell or Tina Fey? Make it up as you go along at Europe's biggest improvised comedy festival, where you can watch, learn and even perform during a five-day celebration of rib-tickling repartee. The festival runs across multiple venues in the city from March 21-27, and this year features workshops from internationally renowned acts including The Second City Mainstage and The Improvised Shakespeare Company. www.imprologen.dk.


Frederiksberg Ice Rink: strap on a pair of skates and do your best Torvill and Dean at this massive open-air ice rink located at the entrance to Frederiksberg Gardens. Open until 9pm throughout December, the rink is free to use, and skates can be hired from just 50 Danish Kroner (7 euros) per hour. For more information visit frederiksberg.dk.


If you're worried about keeping the kids entertained during your stay, don't fret: Experimentarium City is an interactive science and technology museum on Papiroen (Paper Island) that promises fun for all the family. Marvel at ordinary life turned upside down in the topsy-turvey world of Pulse, trick your senses with a wander through The Brain and learn more about the life-changing inventions dreamt up by some of Denmark's most agile minds. For more information visit experimentarium.dk.


Lederhosen, lager, sausage and schlager: Oktoberfest may seem like a distinctly German tradition, but the Danes are determined to prove they are just as adept at guzzling heroic quantities of beer. Join the party at several events taking place in Copenhagen this month including a seaside knees up on Amager beach (1 to 3 October) and a craft beer and BBQ extravaganza at WarPigs brewpub in Kødbyen (23 to 24 October). For more information visit oktoberfest.dk / warpigs.dk.

Sightseeing


Now in its 125th year, the Design Museum is a shrine to Danish design and perfect for anyone with even a passing interest in Denmark's rich design heritage. Boasting exhibitions of everything from post-war furniture to turn-of-the-century graphic design, this is a museum that seeks to inspire as much as it educates. www.designmuseum.dk


Underground raves, hop-on, hop-off parties on running metro trains and good old-fashioned block parties: anything's possible at STRØM, Denmark's biggest celebration of electronic music. It takes over the city from 6-13 August; don't forget your whistle. www.stromcph.dk


Copenhagen Jazz Festival: With more than 1,300 acts playing across 120 venues, this year's love letter to Copenhagen's distinguished jazz heritage promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Running from 1-10 July, the programme boasts performances from Burt Bacharach, Gregory Porter and Pat Metheny, and also features a dedicated series of child-friendly concerts. www.jazz.dk.


HAMLET LIVE: Where better to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare than the coastal fortress which inspired Hamlet? Just 40 minutes' drive from the city centre, historic Kronborg Castle hosts an immersive theatrical celebration of the Bard's 1603 play throughout June. (www.kongeligeslotte.dk/da/slotte-og-haver/kronborg-slot)


See the city at its most colourful when Copenhagen Carnival rolls back into town over the Whitsun weekend (May 14-15). What started as a modest street procession back in 1982 is now a riotous celebration of culture, food and music from across the globe, with events taking place across the city (www.karneval.dk).


Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: Brace yourself for sensory overload at Eye Attack, Louisiana's mind-bending new Spring exhibition. A retrospective zooming in on the optical and kinetic art movements of the 1950s and 60s, it features more than 100 works from 40 artists, including standout pieces by trailblazing artists Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Travel to Louisiana takes around 30 minutes by train or car from the city centre. www.louisiana.dk.

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Treat your taste buds at Copenhagen Cooking, Scandinavia's biggest culinary festival. From 19 to 28 August the city sizzles with street markets, beer tastings and live cook-offs. Download the festival app and eat your way through town. www.copenhagencooking.com


Bakken: If you go down to the woods today...you can enjoy the thrills and spills of the world's oldest amusement park. Founded in 1583, Bakken features a whopping 33 rollercoasters, drop towers, a ferris wheel and scores of sideshow arcades, making this the perfect spot for a family day out. www.bakken.dk


Hopheads rejoice, Copenhagen's biggest celebration of all things craft beer is back, bigger and better than ever before. Taking place from May 13-14 in Oksnehallen, this year's Copenhagen Beer Festival features 65 breweries from across the globe, with a dedicated Scandinavian bar showcasing the best (and wackiest) concoctions the region has to offer (www.billetnet.dk).


Like almost everything else in Copenhagen, eating out can be an expensive habit. But during Copenhagen Dining Week (14-21 February), you can enjoy a three-course meal at one of almost 150 top restaurants for the bargain price of 200 DKK (around 25 EUR). You simply need to make your reservation online via the diningweek.dk website, but be quick; the Danes, understandably, love a bargain. www.diningweek.dk.


Designmuseum Denmark: Ever wondered how Denmark became synonymous with good design? This sprawling museum, housed in a beautiful rococo palace a stone's throw from the home of the Danish Royal Family, has the answers, with fascinating exhibitions on everything from fashion and fabrics to furniture and functionalism. www.designmuseum.dk.


Christiania Christmas Bazaar: Christmas in Copenhagen is overwhelmingly a traditional affair, but if you get tired of the tinsel and twinkling lights, Christiania has the perfect antidote in its sprawling festive bazaar. With a firm focus on the weird and wonderful, this gloriously unconventional covered market features hundreds of colourful stalls selling everything from quirky handicrafts and hand-made jewellery to vintage clothing and street food. The Grey Hall, Refshalevej 2, 1432 Copenhagen K.

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