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26 Apr

Now with 850 residents and covering eight acres, it’s an eco-city within a city, where the sale of marijuana is tolerated but cars are banned.

The area is a colourful collection of homemade houses, workshops, art galleries and cheap organic cafés.

The 5A bus takes 30-35 minutes to the city centre; a taxi takes about 20 minutes to downtown and costs approximately DKK250-DKK300 (from about £30). If you’re pushing the boat out, one of Copenhagen’s oldest hotels, D'Angleterre (27) (dangleterre.com), which dominates Kongens Nytorv square, oozes quality with its beautifully decorated rooms (in muted colours, of course) and the staff’s quiet but old-fashioned courtesies.

Staying there The Square (25) (thesquarecopenhagen.com) overlooks City Hall Square (1) so couldn’t be more central, and the minimalist rooms are compact but comfortable.

Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, told the Daily Telegraph: 'Queen Victoria gave this painting to Albert as a surprise 24th birthday present, and it was Albert’s favourite portrait of her.

The ring was apparently meant to be turned inwards most of the time to avoid detection by the anti-monarchist regime, and on the inside of the band is an engraving of a skull, signifying the death of the deposed King Charles.

You can climb the 400 steps running up the outside of the spire when it reopens in March (Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10.30am-4pm, DKK45, about £5). Glyptotek has extensive collections of Greek, Roman and Egyptian artefacts, as well as 19th- and 20th-century French and Danish paintings. The icing on the cake If you were a fan of you will be familiar with the Oresund bridge (24), a magnificent 8km structure connecting Copenhagen with Malmo in Sweden.

Dine with the locals Bistro Royal (16) (madklubben.dk/bistro-royal), a large and lively restaurant, serves good-value international cuisine, from smørrebrød and salads to burgers and beef fillet with truffle-infused chips.Take a view Forget the DKK50 entry fee at the City Hall Tower and head to the tower at Christiansborg Palace (4), the seat of Danish parliament, instead.It is the tallest in Copenhagen at 106 metres, and entry is free.Back in the square, notice the statue of its most famous son, Hans Christian Andersen.With City Hall to your right, turn right into Regnbuepladsen and then left on Longangstraede, which leads into Magstraede (8) and Snaregade (9), two of Copenhagen’s oldest streets.