UEFA Cup: Vital MC Copenhagen Travel Guide
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UEFA CUP: VITAL MC COPENHAGEN TRAVEL GUIDE
The Exchange Rate:
There are about 8 Danish kroner to the UK pound.
SAS/BMI flights arrive in at Terminal 3. As you hit the arrivals hall from customs, walk straight ahead. After 30 yds or so, you'll see a big clock hanging from the ceiling.
Trains and metro depart from the same place. You get them to the left of the clock opposite a small WH Smiths.
Tickets went up last week to Kr31.50, for either. That's about £4. A taxi is about 300Kr and takes longer. Metro takes 16 mins.
NB: The tricky bit when buying tickets is to press the on screen '+' sign to add as many tickets per category as you want, i.e. adults, children etc. There are no return tickets, your tickets remain valid for an hour, then you have to get a new one.
Spor 2 (platform 2) next to WH Smith is for the train that takes you to to Kobenhavn K, central station.
You have to go up a flight of stairs or a lift just after the ticket machine.
The metro takes you right into the heart of town, either Norreport (pronounced Nurport) or Kongens Nytorv (Kongens Newtof).
Norreport is the nearest to Tivoli gardens at the top end of Stroget (think Market Street). Kongens is at the bottom end and you also access Nyhavn (Newharven) from here.
As mentioned in the first Vital City Zen information update Nyhavn is a cross between Northern Qtr and Canal Street, good for a late drink, but on a smaller scale.
The metro runs every 4 mins in rush hour, 6 during the day and 15 at night time.
There's an ice rink in the middle of the roundabout at KN. Cross this if you're heading to Nyhavn.
To the ground:
The Parken stadium is about half an hour's drive from the airport, but from the city centre...top tips...
Bus Line 15 to Osterport station, Central and Kongens Nytorv to Parken.
Bus 1A 3 and 14 to Trianglen - then 2 min walk to ground.
S train Osterport to Ryparken - then 15 min walk to ground.
It would take half an hour or so to walk to the ground from the city centre.
Refreshment/ Places to head for:
Beer is about £6 a pint in town, on a good day!
There's a range of Carslberg, Tuborg, Staropramen (light, medium and heavy) and all the usual.
There's a couple of good Irish bars, The Dubliner and the Irish Rover two blocks down the main shopping drag from Tivoli Square. The Dubliner is on the main drag - think Market Street. There is a massive sports bar up around Tivoli, so I hear. I think Nyhavn is a really cool bit of town, definitely for a drink after the game. It's got at least one 24 hour bar. I am avoiding recommending that one, as it looks a proper hole!
Tivoli itself is like a mini Piccadilly Circus with a big screen installed and lots of neon. A smarter area to booze is down from Kongens Nytov metro station around Nyhavn, although this really comes to life in the summer, apparantly.
Heard of a blue from Denton whose got a bar here, so going to try and find that this week and see if he wants a plug.
In The Parken Stadium:
One end of the ground is still closed for renovation and so the capacity has been reduced to 33,700. City's allocation is around 2,000 and our area is in the Tribune Ovre A Stand.
Most FCK fans I have spoken with are quite ambivalent at the moment. It's their first game back after the winter break. Maybe they will be more fired up on the night. I am certain Schalke's stadium will take some beating and I'm not sure FCK are that geared up for it. I might be wrong, as I could be with some of my findings, but I wanted to share what I knew.
As per usual, it is forbidden to serve alcohol at a UEFA fixture.
Floodlights are 1400Lux impressed with that one!
Six words usually get you by in most places. Here's my Danish:
1) Hello - Hi!
2) Goodbye - Hihi!
3) Please - not used, no real equivalent. People are very friendly and polite. But quite direct so no need for a please.
4a) Thanks - Tak
4b) Thank you - Taxi
5) Yes - Yeps
6) No - Nay
Spellings are phonetic, so if you can remember these, it'll go a lot of way to break the ice.
Talking of ice, it's certainly cold and usually a few degrees colder than Manchester!
There was a fresh layer of snow when I landed on Monday. Disconcertingly, they have a camera at the bottom of the plane showing the icy runway you are about to land on. Not my favourite landing I've got to say! COME ON CITY!
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