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Central location; a high level of service and efficient infrastructure; clean streets and a 'green' outlook; stability, political and price-wise; excellent opportunities for shopping and high-quality goods; plenty of fine restaurants to suit every palate - despite being relatively small, Copenhagen can fulfil the requirements of even the most choosy visitors. In the area of incentives, too, the city has a host of possibilities:
A trip to rememberThe amount of interest, time and money available are crucial factors when concocting an incentive trip to Copenhagen. Everything is divided up so that the organiser can include 'the goodies'. A trip which those taking part will long remember could, for example, be like this:
Day 1: Visitors are fetched from the airport and driven to the nearby harbour, where old schooners are waiting to sail them to their hotel in Copenhagen. In the evening there is a welcoming dinner at one of the Tivoli Gardens many charming restaurants, visitors being met at the entrance to the Gardens by Tivoli's own mini-train. Soldiers from the Tivoli Garden - the boy's military band of the Gardens - stand guard outside the restaurant. During the dinner there is entertainment, culminating in the appearance of Harlequin and Columbine, complete with helium balloons and a voucher for the amusements to be found in Tivoli.
Day 2: Morning sightseeing tour of Copenhagen, including the City Hall, Christiansborg Castle and Nyhavn. A visit to Rosenborg Palace, where visitors are welcomed by Christian IV and escorted on a tour of the palace and a look at the Crown Jewels. The tour ends with The Little Mermaid, with divers emerging from the sea with champagne for the visitors! Lunch at the Langelinie Pavilion, with a view out across Copenhagen Harbour. After lunch, visitors go on board a canal boat for a combined round trip of the harbour and taxi transportation back to the hotel. A jazz band entertains on board. In the evening, dinner at the famous restaurant of the former abbey of the monastery Sankt Gertruds Kloster, where candlelight is the sole form of lighting and where nuns and monks receive visitors.
Day 3: Day excursion to North Zealand. In a veteran train, with waitresses in old railway uniforms serving breakfast on board. An hour later the steam train stops in Elsinore, from where visitors are taken by coach to Kronborg Castle where Prince Hamlet receives the visitors. Then a small rococo concert in the Baronial Hall, where the present queen, Margrethe II, sometimes holds formal dinners. Underneath, in the catacombs, a Gammel Dansk is in store for the visitors - traditional Danish bitter schnapps - served next to the statue of Ogier the Dane, the old warrior who will rise once more should Denmark be in distress.
Next we drive past the Danish royal residence of Fredensborg, continuing to the famous old inn of Sollerod Kro for lunch. The inn is a typical, well-kept roadside inn from 1677 that is situated next to the church and the village well. The trip continues after lunch to the imposing castle Frederiksborg Palace, to pay a visit to the national/historical collection there. In the evening, a dinner at a selection of Danish gourmet restaurants.
Day 4: A choice between several tours is available. For example, a Viking trip to Roskilde, museum visits, a Danish Design trip, a hot-air balloon flight, golf, etc. Own lunch arrangements. Afternoon free for shopping.
Dinner at the fantastic Royal Shooting Gallery of Solyst, just outside Copenhagen. This former summer residence of a family from the nobility has a magnificent view across the park to Sweden on the far side of the Sound, a shooting competition before dinner, live classical music during the meal, performance by opera singers before the dessert course. After dinner there are fireworks in the park.
Venues for conferencesThe Bella Center is Scandinavia's premier international congress and exhibition centre with facilities flexible enough to accommodate events both large and small:
Places of interestThe Little Mermaid: the very symbol of Copenhagen. This smallish bronze statue features the heroine of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, and famous the world over. Created by sculptor Edvard Eriksen in 1913, the statue is situated right on the harbour waterfront.
The Old Royal Stock Exchange: the centre of Copenhagen's trade in the 17th century, the time when ships could still sail right into the middle of the city. Its spire depicts four dragons' tails intertwined.
Amalienborg Palace the home of the Queen of Denmark and a beautiful complex of four huge mansions surrounding a large cobbled square. Armed soldiers in traditional uniforms and thick black bearskins stand guard on the palace every day.
Nyhavn (New Harbour): this, the oldest part of the harbour area, was once the haunt of rough seamen and ladies of easy virtue. Today the area has been transformed into an attractive, safe area for tourists with pleasant cafes and restaurants overlooking the sailing boats and other crafts coming and going in the quay side.
Kastellet: this is Copenhagen's old waterfront citadel built 300 years ago by Denmark's most famous king, Christian IV. Although still used by the Danish Army, today Kastellet is a peaceful and charming step back in time.
Rundetarn (The Round Tower): another Christian IV creation, originally used as an observatory. Walk up the inside slope for a grand view of the city below.