Travel in Denmark to the land of the Vikings

Denmark is not for dieting. Breakfast included in a Danish hotel can be an overwhelming display of fruit, cereals, pastries, cheese, bread and cold cuts. Delicious open-faced sandwiches beckon from the more than 2,000 cafes, snack-bars and bars that dot the Danish capital. Larger restaurants offer a bewildering array of options in ordering smørrebrod (open-faced sandwiches); you usually choose from a variety of bread and toppings. The Danish gastronomic wonder is the smørgasbord.

This buffet style offering consists of cold meat and salad dishes, fish appetizers and a few hot foods. It is generally available for a fixed all-you-can-eat price. The cost conscious should seek out the dagens ret, a two course fixed price meal, or ask for the daglig kort, a list of specials that are usually less expensive than the regular menu.

For the epicure and budget traveler alike, the Central Train Station holds a uncommon banquet. Within the train station is an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord that puts many an expensive gourmet shrine to shame. For around twenty dollars you can feast on crab, salmon, meatballs and pastries that would bring tears to the eyes and pain to the ego of a French baker. The staff of this delightful restaurant are unfailing in their patience with famished travelers who are unfamiliar with Danish food. No one looks askance as you tuck into your third helping of salmon or your fourth pastry.

Having indulged your tastes in the aesthetic and culinary spheres, frolicked in Europe’s most distinctive pleasure gardens, sauntered through throngs of pleasant people and sleeping in a clean room, leaving Copenhagen is a regrettable experience. Follow one of your heavenly dinners with the Dane’s own Cherry Herring. Lift your glass, say skal to toast Copenhagen and tell the little mermaid you’ll return.