Sunshine in Copenhagen
A weekend spent in the warm August sunshine of a European city is always a pleasant escape from rainy England, but Copenhagen is a truly special spot when the sun comes out. Its many green spaces and numerous bodies of water are especially enticing when the easy-on-the-eye inhabitants enjoy the heatwave as much as us visitors, sunbathing in the parks, on street corners while enjoying a Carlsberg or diving into the refreshing canals and inlets.
I guess Copenhagen isn’t always so warm but it’s certainly a fun city to visit at any time. For sure it’s a great place for a meeting and with so much that is Scandinavian being on trend, there is an upsurge of interest in the city as in incentive draw.
I travelled as partner host to Kai Schomann of Hotel Republic, UK representative for BC Hospitality Group’s fabulous properties, the AC Bella Sky and adjacent Bella Center, Crowne Plaza, as well as city centre Marriott Copenhagen. The former houses 812 bedrooms in sleek, modern style: forget Danish noir, this is trendy white space with a mere 48 meeting rooms adjoining, up to 3000 seated in theatre style! The Bella Center is Copenhagen principle convention space. The Crowne Plaza is no shy younger sibling, with its 366 bedrooms it can also cater well for larger meetings while the canal view Marriott, a stone’s throw from the city centre is a superb 5* property with 412 bedrooms and meeting space to match.
The DMC Advantage represents BDP Event & Incentive who operate from their city centre base in Copenhagen and across Sweden. Since their 1997 inception, they have grown to a team which is 16-strong, covering cruise, PCO and incentive/meeting services. Their friendly, nothing-too-much-trouble outlook has helped earn them their “Best Destination Partner” initials and Ebbe Kiaer who heads the meetings/Incentive sector, his recent nomination for MPI Meeting Planner of the Year.
Our fam group were struck by the wide choice of venues. We visited a wide variety: palatial but stylish city centre Moltke, The Carlsberg Museum and Jacobsen Brewhouse, the Danish National Aquarium “Blue Planet” where dinners can be held surrounded by sharks and even sea otters. A highlight was the Grill Academy, barbecue company Weber’s Euro HQ, where large groups can learn the finer nuances of grilling and smoking (meats, it’s Copenhagen, not Amsterdam!) We travelled like the Danes in this ever so environmentally conscious city, by bike of course, in half a day seeing so much, gently pootling along the cycle lanes that make 2 wheeled travel such a pleasure here.
Food is fabulous in Copenhagen, it has 15 Michelin-starred restaurants including – of course – Noma, until recently rated the number one restaurant in the world. That’s quite something in a city of only half a million inhabitants! The Danes are known for their friendliness along with relaxed attitude. There is so much to recommend the city that I look forward to a prompt return: I just hope the sun will be shining and warm again next time!