We normally try to spend as little as possible on accommodation - this is pretty easily done in Paris, but Copenhagen is notoriously expensive and the only reasonably priced hotel we could find was partly a hostel and covered with graffiti (thank goodness for Google street view). So we decided to live it up a bit, seeing as we were only there for three nights. We went with the Ibsen hotel, which had been recently refurbished; the rooms were very stylish and comfortable. But the best part was the breakfast buffet, which although outrageously expensive, was also bounteous and delicious, including lots of Danish breads and pastries. We stuffed ourselves and skipped lunch.
|breakfast buffet - check out the ingenious cheese slicer in the foreground|
|stumpwork panel with unicorns, rabbits and dragon|
|embroidered door panel|
Presumably to scare the shit out of their enemies, and then to celebrate their triumph.
As we still hadn’t had our fill of Vikings, on Sunday we took the train out to Roskilde, home of the Viking Ship Museum (and Roskilde cathedral, but with our typical luck it was closed all day for services). The museum has a collection of old ships and also makes replica Viking ships, takes visitors out on trips in the harbour and even runs sailing courses – but only in the summer months, so we might just have to go back.
We managed to fit in a visit to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek on our return – our luck was back and it was free entrance Sunday! Another perfectly sized museum, with the added bonus of the winter garden and a rooftop view of Tivoli gardens.
On our last day, a Monday, we miraculously managed to find one museum open - the Hirschsprungske Collection, which focusses on art from the Danish Golden Age. And then we spent our remaining few hours in town stocking up on wool and enjoying the sun in one of the city's many parks.