You can count on Rick Steves for what you really need to know when traveling in Copenhagen.
In this slim guide excerpted from Rick Steves Scandinavia, you’ll get Rick’s firsthand, up-to-date advice on the best sights, restaurants, and hotels in Copenhagen and beyond. With Rick’s advice, you’ll bike the canals, feast on Danish kringles, and tour opulent palaces and castles.
Rick covers all the must-see spots surrounding Copenhagen as well, including the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, the Moesgård Museum in Arhus, and the isle of Ærø, and Legoland, with helpful maps and self-guided tours to keep you on track. You’ll learn to travel smart and get around like a local as you ride the rollercoasters at Tivoli Gardens, eat at one of the best restaurants in the world or order a hot dog from a streetside pølsevogn, and toast to the Denmark national football team with a triumphant skål!
- As Rick Steves recommends, I read this book in full before the trip.
It really wasn’t very helpful, as some important information for planning was missing or flat out wrong.
For instance, when you are planning your days, it is helpful to have accurate information about which museums are closed on Mondays. He failed to mention that there are many museums offering free admission on Wednesdays. That’s a big miss if you are budget traveler, or just a smart one.
Although “updated” In January of 2014, he spends considerable time on the Danish Resistance Museum, which sounded fascinating. Trouble is, the fact that is was burned down in arson in 2013 makes it pointless to get excited about. I think more people would enjoy, or wish to see, the Danish Jewish Museum if he had mentioned that the architect is Daniel Libeskind, who also designed the new One World Trade Center.
Speaking of Danish design, he misses all mention of the Little Mermaid’s “ugly sister,” designed by Bjørn Nørgaard, of interest because he also designed the new tapestries in Christiansborg Palace (2000) and is designing the Queen’s sarcophagus for her (none too soon) future home in Roskilde. He doesn’t mention Geroge Jensen when he speaks of shopping. Considering the reputation of Danish deisgn, I think these are big oversights.
I recognize that a “snapshot” can not include everything. These are just some examples of big misses in this book.
Rick Steves does have good humor, I will give him that. But you need a little more than the fair share of good humor to travel with him.
I’m also not going to recommend a digital guidebook. It’s handy if you are traveling to many places and want to save space in your bags. But I am pretty good with digital books and finding what I need in them. I have been trying digital guide books for several trips over the last few years, and I think this has put me over the edge. I’m done.
- I have always found Rick Steves’ (RS) guides very detailed and informative and this is no exception. This publication is the 2013 Edition and is an excerpt from RS Scandinavia. This extremely concise and well organized work has had 10 editions and is very smooth to read and understand. From my recollection of Denmark this guide is very complete. If you have the RS DVD of Copenhagen, this publication is much more complete and is a great reference to have with you as you walk around Copenhagen.
The first 90 pages concern Copenhagen, while the remainder of the book is about the surrounding area to Copenhagen which mirrors my planned week bicycle adventure. The last section entitled Practicalities has many helpful tips for travel in Denmark. Now that I have read this guide and viewed it’s analogues of the two RS DVDs on this subject, I’ve concluded the guide is more complete. My recommendation is to get the guide vs. the DVD due to portability. This guide is not perfect, but it is close.
- I have always enjoyed Rick’s honest appraisal of what is good and what is not about places he has visited. We have found his advice valuable and well worth the price. I appreciate his honest opinions on what is worth seeing and what is worth avoiding in European cities.
We will be cyling in Copenhagen this summer, so this will be another excellent opportunity to take advantage of his advice (and for the price of admission on this one, it should be extremely good money invested in getting the most
good travel book for when you are in country. We haven’t traveled there yet, but when we do this book is coming with us. We’ve used Many Rick Steves books when we’ve traveled on our own- they’ve always been great. FWIW we’ve traveled with his tour groups and never been disappointed. We cannot recommend his books or tours more highly. Do it.
I ordered the Kindle version of the Rick Steve’s book on Copenhagen. I got the sense that it was just a chapter from his larger book on all of Scandavia which was misleading from the title. I expected much more detail than was in the pages. There were a couple major sites that were totally missing — a museum of Impressionist paintings in a Copenhagen suburb — that it really inexcusable. (or at least I could not find it.) I was disappointed and would not recommend this guidebook. Fortunately, I had also brought a hard copy of a Fodor’s book on all of Denmark which was much more helpful.
- We are serious fans of Rick Steve’s travel books and have come to rely on the books as a reliable source of information for our Europe trips. And we have not been disappointed… until now.
The walking tour is nice and informative, as usual, but there is only one walking tour. The description of the Rosenborg castle is also very nice and handy.
However, the book is seriously outdated. Recommended restaurants were mostly deserted (no matter what time we went) and there are a multitude of new restaurants in the city that were not even mentioned in the book. In fact, Copenhagen has become such a hotbed of contemporary cuisine lately and the book fails to catch up with that.
Prices are inaccurate.
Christiania is overcome with marijuana and hash stands — contrary to what is described in the book.
The train ride to Louisiana is 30 min (not 45) and there are 5 (not 4) trains every hour.
It’s OK to have an older version of the book and sell it as such. But if it’s a 2010 edition, it should be up-to-date.