Copenhagen is a friendly multicultural hub for all the Nordics. The city is planned as a biking city and many people compare Copenhagen to Amsterdam though they are totally different. Both cities love biking, and it is said that Copenhageners own over 750,000 bikes. Copenhagen was the starting point for the Tour De France in 2022 and Danes are proud of Jonas Vingegaard, the 2022 -23 Tour De France Winner.
I am constantly asked; “If I had very limited time what would I do in Copenhagen?”
Tivoli Gardens is the place to go. You can easily spend a few hours wandering the beautiful garden while enjoying some of the rides. The entrance is a bit pricey, but hey this is Denmark and Tivoli is all the Danish values wrapped up into a garden park. Tivoli is gorgeous in the evenings as the sun begins to set and there are restaurants to eat in the park. Remember to book ahead of time.
Friday, September 22, 2023 is Friday rock concert with a Danish artist called Tobias Rahim. The concert is included in the entry price, but you go to Tivoli during the day to reserve an entry ticket as they are limited by availability.
Copenhagen is a friendly multicultural hub for all the Nordics. The city is planned as a biking city and many people compare Copenhagen to Amsterdam though they are totally different. There are many many things to do in Copenhagen and we decided to build our own interactive map to help guide those who are out for some adventures
If you have limited time and wonder what is quincentennial to what makes Denmark, Denmark. Go place to experience all that is Tivoli Gardens. See this post: “If I Only Had Time For One Thing”
Interactive Map – open on your mobile phone
The Interactive map has a variety of information that can be used to guide you to a personalized experience. To begin there are 2 walking routes called the Orange Route and the Green Route both can begin and end at either the Little Mermaid and/or Copenhagen Head Station
Since Copenhagen is a relatively small city it is possible to walk through these routes in under 3 hours at a quick pace if necessary. If walking is frowned upon please see the section on transport in the city.
Finally, the green route suggests taking a harbor bus as an alternative way to see the beautiful Copenhagen Architecture at the cost of a public transit ticket.
Copenhagen has a very clean harbor and most people enjoy taking a swim in the harbor. DON’T BE SHY… On the interactive map, there is a map layer called “Hop in the Harbor” showcasing some common spots you are recommended to swim.
Many people wake up early and walk/jog/bike along the harbor and hop in the water. Feel free to do the same.
**I will just mention here that many people are surprised by how little the Little Mermaid actually is in real life. If you take a canal tour they offer a decent view from the boat.
Copenhagen is a biking city and it is said that Copenhageners own over 750,000 bikes. Copenhagen was the starting point for the Tour De France in 2022 and Danes are proud of Jonas Vingegaard, the 2022 -23 Tour De France Winner0
Renting a Bike
You can join Copenhagen in biking by renting a bicycle. Most people use a service called Donkey Republic:
Yellow Buses both the harbor water buses and standard yellow buses
These can all be used interchangeably with a travel ticket. The Metro is the fastest if a station is nearby. Copenhagen is split up into zones and prices vary depending on which zones you travel to.
The official site for public transport and where you can purchase tickets is DOT. They have City Passes from 1 day to 5 days and the price varies. City Pass and unless you will travel outside of the Copenhagen area then you should purchase: City Pass Small covers Copenhagen + the trip from the airport to the City of Copenhagen (zones 1-4)
The Copenhagen airport is about 12 minutes from the center of town. Many people take the Copenhagen Metro from the airport has the fastest way into town. Once you walk out of customs the Metro is straight ahead upstairs after passing the SAS check-in counters.
It is also possible to take a taxi. Just go right immediately after you come through customs and they will be waiting for you. There is no UBER in Copenhagen.
It is frustrating in todays world that many of our online services requires us to be vigilant about passwords and keeping track of these can cause us to reuse passwords. Every time we reuse passwords on different services like the same password for Instagram and Facebook the greater the chance to be hacked increases.
There is a simple way to secure our accounts and everyone should take advantage of these tools and methods that are offered by online providers like Facebook, Linkedin, Paypal, Bank accounts, etc.
One of these simple methods is called 2 Factor Authentication or 2FA. This method creates an extra step of authentication when the online service doesn’t recognize the location or browser at login.
Lets take some simple examples:
Lets say that you are on vacation on try to log into Facebook from a hotel’s computer. Facebook will not recognize your browser or location and then require more information.
Unknown person tries to access your Facebook account. Facebook will require an extra code. This code is available to the Facebook owner via mobile app.
Look at my examples from both Facebook and Linked. These are examples from when I tried to login into my accounts while using a different web browser than I normally do. Because I have set up 2FA on both online services once I add my username and password they ask for a 6-digit code. This extra code is located on an authentication app I installed on my mobile phone.
2FA on Facebook:
Getting Notifications of Suspicious Logins
Once there is an attempt as shown above, Facebook notifies the user and asks them to verify the security of the account. This notification maybe someone trying to access your account or might be me logging in from a new phone or tablet.
It is important that these notifications be taken seriously and not just clicked through or ignored.
FACEBOOK Login Notifications:
HOW TO GET STARTED:
It is quite easy to get started with adding this extra layer of security and it is recommended to do so on any online service that offers it.
Step 1: DOWNLOAD an Authenticator
I use Microsoft and Microsoft offers a free authenticator called: Microsoft’s Authenticator It is possible to download from the IPHONE or GOOGLE stores:
Step 2: SIMPLE SET UP:
There is no need for a Microsoft Account to set up the authenticator. Simply add another account like “Facebook” and scan the Facebook QR code to start using the app.
Step 3: GOTO FACEBOOK/LinkedIn in a WEB BROWSER:
Go to your profile and SETTINGS & PRIVACY
Find SECURITY and LOGIN >> Two- Factor Authentication
Step 4:USE AUTHENTICATION APP
Scan the QR Code provider or type in the long string given. DO NOT SHARE THESE WITH ANYONE !
FACEBOOK: Follow Facebook Instructions
LINKEDIN: Follow Linked Instructions
On Microsoft Authenticator mobile after scanning looks like this – the 6-digit code changes every 30 seconds
Step 5: FINISH FACEBOOK TO ENABLE:
Enter 6-digit code from mobile app to authenticate >> Press continue after entering a valid code
2 Factor Authentication is Enabled
Finish Linked to Enable
Any service that allows you to set up 2FA – do it and sleep better at night!