"Operas and cycling in Copenhagen" Top 5 Page for this destination Copenhagen by Nemorino

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Copenhagen is one of the world's foremost bicycle cities.

It is also the home of a stunning new opera house, simply called Operaen = The Opera, which opened in 2004 on the harbor directly opposite the Royal Palace.

And it also has a beautiful old gilded theater called Gamle Scene from the year 1874, where you can still see fine ballet and opera performances.

Copenhagen is often described as "a city of cyclists" or "the world's cycling capital", but you will also hear the opinion that there aren't any "cyclists" in Copenhagen, just normal people wearing normal clothes who use bicycles daily as their main form of transportation. Their argument is that they also use toothbrushes to brush their teeth and vacuum cleaners to clean their floors, but that doesn't make them toothbrushists or vacuum-cleanerists, does it?

Whichever way you take it, this is a great city to cycle around in, and the people who do it are visibly healthy and energized when they arrive at work or wherever they're going.

The city's newest attraction is a fantastic world-class concert house called DR Koncerthuset, also known as K3NC2R1 HUS4T, which opened in January 2009 in the new district of Ørestad North -- not in the traditional city center but only twelve minutes from my hotel by bicycle.

When planning your visit to Copenhagen you should book your opera and concert tickets in advance, since all three venues -- Operaen, Gamle Scene and now the new Koncerthuset -- are very popular and might be nearly sold out before the day of the performance, even though they do reserve a small contingent of tickets for last-minute sales.

You should also definitely plan on renting a bicycle for your entire stay, either from your hotel or from one of the dozens of rent-a-bike places around the city, but in my experience it is unnecessary to reserve a bike in advance because so many are available.

Hafnium 72

Copenhagen is one of only six cities in the whole world that have elements named after them.

But don't worry, the element in question is not called copenhagenium or københavnium -- that would sound too silly, even for an element.

Fortunately Copenhagen also has a Latin name, Hafnia, so the element with 72 protons that was discovered here in 1923 was named hafnium.

It turned out to be a shiny, silvery metal that is ductile, meaning it can be shaped without breaking. Hafnium is not a very common metal, but it does have its uses, for instance in control rods for nuclear power plants and in some kinds of alloys and semiconductors.

72 is quite a large number of protons, especially when you consider that an atom of hydrogen gets along perfectly well with only one proton, helium with two, lithium with three, beryllium with four, boron with five, carbon with six, nitrogen with seven, oxygen with eight, etc.

The other five elements named after cities are holmium after the Latin name for Stockholm, lutetium after the Latin name for Paris, berkelium after the American city of Berkeley (California), dubnium after the Russian city of Dubna and of course the world-famous darmstadtium after the German city of Darmstadt, with 110 protons.

  • Last visit to Copenhagen: Jun 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Great page Don! I thought I had checked this out some time ago. Glad I returned!

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2015 at 5:58 AM

    Don, A wonderful page on Copenhagen with your unusual ( for others, not you) focus on the arts and cycling. i shall also be on that lookout for that cheese slicing machine.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      May 31, 2015 at 6:15 AM

      Albert, many thanks for your ratings and nice comments on my Copenhagen tips. I look forward to meeting you at the end of July in London!

  • Andraf's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2014 at 5:36 AM

    Loved your musical tour of Copenhagen. I had the chance to visit the city in 2010 and I loved it. I wish the sign exhibition was there when I visited.

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Christiania looks interesting...think we ll check it out.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Sep 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Thanks for having a look at my Copenhagen and Rødbyhavn tips. I don't know if Christiania is still the same as when I was there, but I found it quite interesting at the time.

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Had a nI e read on your pages...looking forward to visiting Copenhagen in a couple of weeks

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Excellent Copenhagen page Don. Looks like an amazing city to visit. p.s. I got back to you right away as Hans and I leave for Sibiu, Romania in a few hours and will be off VT until the end of June.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Jun 16, 2013 at 5:29 AM

      Thanks! Have a great time at the VT meeting in Sibiu. Sorry I can't be there, but I have to teach here in Frankfurt and take care of visiting family members.

    • Toshioohsako's Profile Photo
      Jun 30, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      Your copenhagen albums tell me what I have skipped to see.

  • kris-t's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    This page brought back good memories. I almost got lost in The Black Diamond...

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Mar 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Thanks for your visit to my Copenhagen page. I'm glad you finally found your way out of the Black Diamond.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Great page

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Thanks for the Copenhagen tour Don! It brought back many wonderful memories!

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Hi Don, great page about Copenhagen! I really enjoyed your tips, and the links you included, especially "autofrei leben". A fantastic website!
    How nice that you got your train ride to Copenhagen for free!


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