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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.


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. 



Defend Kronborg: The year is 1658, and the enemy hordes are poised to conquer Kronborg Castle. All that stands in their way is a small band of brave soldiers, sworn to defend the keep at all costs. Step into their shoes during this adrenaline-fuelled reenactment of the Swedish siege of Kronborg, and learn how to fire a cannon, walk in step and wield a sword. kronborg.dk

Hole In Space at Nicolaj Kunsthal. Lose your sense of time and space at this family-friendly exhibition inside one of Copenhagen's oldest churches, where you can explore an otherworldly universe of crashed satellites, soft meteor showers and weightless globes. nikolajkunsthal.dk/

Copenhagen Cable Park: Summer might be over, but there's still time to make waves at Copenhagen's world-class wakeboarding centre. Boasting one of the biggest urban cables in the world, a shop selling the latest kit and a private beach, this is the perfect place to splash out. (http://copenhagencablepark.dk)

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)


CPH:DOX: Scandinavia's biggest film festival returns on March 16th for a ten-day takeover of the city's cinemas. This year's programme boasts more than 200 award-winning documentaries from across the globe, as well as one-off audio-visual performances from the likes of Animal Collective and alt-rock legends Tindersticks. cphdox.dk.

CPH:PIX: Scandinavia's biggest film festival just got bigger. Running until November 9, this year's programme features a record 200 films, while hands-on workshops give would-be directors invaluable insights to the world of film-making. cphpix.dk.

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)

Key Areas

THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE: Tread the boards in an illuminating behind the scenes tour of one of Copenhagen's most iconic buildings, where the huge, movable stage areas make it possible to perform several different productions on the same day. www.kglteater.dk

Winter Jazz: Come in from the cold at Scandinavia's biggest winter jazz and blues festival, running in venues across Copenhagen throughout February. Featuring a star-studded roster of international acts, impromptu cafe jams and even kid-friendly concerts, there's guaranteed to be something for all tastes. jazz.dk.

Kronborg Castle: There are few more breathtaking settings for a Christmas market than this majestic renaissance castle in Northern Sealand, a 30 minute drive north of Copenghagen. Boasting over 100 stalls selling everything from traditional arts and crafts to handmade toys, it's the perfect place to pick up that special gift. kongeligeslotte.dk

Halloween at Tivoli: Tivoli Gardens re-opens its doors for a three-week Halloween spooktacular on October 14. And with 20,000 pumpkins, 2,000 bales of hay and 800,000 visitors expected, this is one Halloween party you won't want to miss. Enter if you dare.

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

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