Olly Newport
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Interrail 2017: Copenhagen, Denmark

The view from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (you can see Malmö, Sweden in the distance)

Most people assume Copenhagen in Denmark is an expensive city (and they're absolutely correct). Having travelled from Stockholm in Sweden, I had wondered how Scandinavia could further increase in cost... I braced myself.

Pleasingly, not everything ravaged my bank account. It's possible to eat out for £5-10 at lunchtime, or if you swing by a street food market. One way of draining your budget is to drink it: alcohol is exceedingly pricey (£7-8 for a 0.5L beer) and served in smaller measures than would normally be found in the UK... it's best to save any booze sessions for neighbouring Germany.

Despite the overwhelming cost, it didn't prevent me from more than occasionally partaking in liquid daylight robbery. I made a trip to a different Mikkeller bar almost daily (there's 11 in the city), to choose a few 100ml pours from a selection of 50 draught lines. Cost: £3.50-4 each. Exceptions must be made occasionally.

What is there to do?

Exceptional galleries; Viking history; impeccable cuisine; accidentally wandering into a free state with the open sale of drugs, and (mostly) intimidating balaclava clad men sporting insane dreadlocks, gathering around oil drums on fire whilst smoking blunts.

 

You'll get used to remote train stations if you decide to go InterRailing


Louisiana Museum

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog ...I also slipped and fell flat on my arse when trying to take this photo (dying for my art?)

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog ...I also slipped and fell flat on my arse when trying to take this photo (dying for my art?)

Gleaming Lights of the Souls by Yayoi Kusama

35km north of Copenhagen is the Louisiana Museum, located directly next to the coast of Øresund Sound in Humlebæk. To visit the gallery, you must walk down a long straight road past well appointed houses, and brace yourself against the funnel of frozen, salty air from the sea.

The gallery is designed much in the same way a James Bond villain would envisage their lair—with most of the whole building set into a cliff face—this only becomes obvious when observed from the beach below.

Once inside, it's easy to get lost in the architectural sprawl, but you have the time to; Tuesday to Friday the collections are open 11am-10pm. I arrived around 6pm on Tuesday, and the building was almost empty... a positive for me, as this meant I could spend a while inside Yayoi Kusama's very colourful installation (pictured).

Structures of Existence: The Cells exhibition by Louise Bourgeois


Carlsberg Glyptotek



As I was in Copenhagen over a weekend—and I hadn't planned very far ahead—hostels were booked, and the ones that weren't came at a premium. 

Enter: Couchsurfing. Contact someone on the website with dates free, and they'll offer you a sofa or a bed for nothing. It's a cultural exchange, a way to meet locals and experience a city from their point of view. 

Some of the best moments on my InterRail trip were because of the generosity of Couchsurfers.