|Subject: Re: Copenhagen questions|
I may be able to help Mei-Ching with some of her Copenhagen
Questions. I do not live in Copenhagen, but have visited quite often.
Yes, you can use one clip card for as many persons as you have clips (rides) left on the card.
There are different types of clip cards depending on how far you travel (or more precisely: how many zones you pass through). Thus taking the metro from Kongens Nytorv (close to Nyhavn) only requires the cheapest clip card, while going to Hillerød - which is a small town north west of Copenhagen - will require another type of card or many clips if you use the cheap type that will suffice for travel in the city centre.
So I guess the easiest thing is to buy a supplementary ticket for the extra zones from Nørreport to Hillerød.
An alternative to clip cards is a Copenhagen Card, which you can buy at the tourist office. With this card you can travel freely by bus, metro and trains within the Copenhagen region. I do not know for certain whether you can use it as a ticket to Hillerød, but I guess so - it is valid for going to Helsinore, which is further north along the coast (at Helsinore you can visit Kronborg, the castle in
Shakespeare's Hamlet). I recommend that you ask at the tourist office.
A Copenhagen Card will also give you free access or a discount to many sights - definitely a bargain.
I haven't tried the castle tour myself. It may be hurried, I don't know, but on the other hand it can be nice to have a guide who knows about the history of the place. I have seen some of the castles in the region, and if one hasn't a brochure with information at hand one can usually just follow a guided group and make it look casual :-) In Copenhagen's centre (or close) there's Amalienborg, the royal castle, where one of the pavillions is open to the public. There's also
Rosenborg (close to the botanical gardens) where the crown jewels and vast collections are at display. Finally there's Christiansborg, the Danish parliament. In the cellars foundations of older castles have been excavated and it is quite interesting for a quick tour.
There are museums galore, and of the non-art museums I particularly
like the worker's museum at Nørrebro where you can vividly see living conditions for the working class from about 1870. Each generation has an apartment of its own with furniture etc.
from that period. When I entered the sixties apartment it was a chock - like entering my own childhood. I'm not that keen on art museums, but I usually visit Glyptoteket - mostly to admire the beautiful building, which is a piece of art in itself. Close by is the National Museum where the temporary exhibitions are always
excellent. Untill spring it is about bog finds. See http://www.natmus.dk/sw1413.asp.
Enjoy your trip!
Eric Bentzen, Denmark