Anteing Up in Copenhagen
Or rather, to be completely truthful, I've just returned this morning from a trip I took there for an upcoming Travel piece. Everyone knows that Europe's expensive -- which may be why I saw a rather startling lack of Americans in Denmark -- but just how out-of-reach is it?
The answer, as usual, depends on your idea of a vacation. I found it almost impossible to locate hotels charging less than about $150 a night (although deals do often crop up on Priceline and Expedia, where it's not unusual to find properties for less than $100, especially when they're not in the center of town).
Food-wise, be prepared for some shocking revelations. I know no one goes to Copenhagen for its plethora of McDonald's, but for comparison's sake, consider this: A Big Mac meal on the Radhuspladsen in the center of town goes for 49.50 kroner. At today's exchange rate, that burger, fries and drink would cost...
A pint of the city's beloved beer, Carlsberg? $9.79.
One small cup of hot tea, to go? $3.40.
Admission at the Dansk Design Center? $10.60.
Tivoli Garden? $18.10.
In short, expect a certain amount of sticker shock wherever you look. But in the end the prices are more shocking than prohibitive (not exactly a ringing endorsement for a European vacation, I admit). As long as you stay away from those Big Mac meals, that is.
Anyone else out there been to Europe of late? How much did you find things cost?
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