By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My boyfriend and I will be heading to Denmark shortly for a spring trip. We'll be doing independent travel as I don't like travelling with groups. We're both in our mid-twenties. We've got some ideas on what to see but I was hoping you could suggest some interesting things too.

A: For a real taste of the city, I always love to venture to the open street markets. Here you'll be able to see how the locals live and enjoy their neighborhoods. Copenhagen has a bastion of antique markets and flea markets with many open from Fridays through Sundays.

One of the biggest and most popular is Gammel Strand. (tel: +45 35 26 19 21) The canalside setting and outdoor cafés make this place unbeatable. For a really big flea market try Israels Plads. (Tel.: +45 44 99 41 11) The old saying, "One person's junk is another person's treasure" is alive and well here.

Antique collectors will find plenty around such streets as Bredgade and Ravnsborggade, which are packed with antique dealers, selling everything from old master paintings to 1950's collectibles.

Another sure trip pleaser involves Danish design. Collectors travel from around the world in search of the clean-lined minimalist designs by superstar icons like Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner and Poul Henningsen to name a few.

Until 15 August 2004, the The Danish Museum of Decorative Art has a special exhibition entitled "Industrial Icons: Design Denmark" in which approximately 600 industrial products are on display. The items include kitchenware, radio and television, chairs, office design, poster advertisements, logos and visual identities, and more.

For more details, visit The Danish Museum of Decorative Art's web site at


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