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Copenhagen and Berlin OR Copenhagen and NIN ? in 7 nights

I am another mom with a daughter spending Spring 2015 in Copenhagen to study.
I have just started to plan a visit to her and am thinking that Copenhagen for 7 nights is a bit too long for us. Would it be reasonable to fit in either Norway in a Nutshell or Berlin for the first 2-3 nights? These are the first 2 places that caught my interest but am open to other suggestions. We prefer to avoid 1 night stays.
We may need to be lugging some of her stuff home so would prefer to end out trip in Copenhagen.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Most likely we will travel in either late April or early May.
Thanks,
Linda

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I should have added that we are not interested in nightlife, bar scene etc. We like wandering, art, architecture, cafes, casual dining, scenery, history and I should add that my husband loves sports esp soccer.

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Hi Linda,

Hmm, Berlin or the Norwegian fjords. Two very different experiences. Berlin is a large city, with great museums and sights, walking tours, good food and interesting history. The Norway-in-a-Nutshell trip has got some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. Which you do depends on where your interests lie. Big city or Nature? Of course you can incorporate some city sites in Oslo before taking the Nutshell trip. You might consider watching Rick's T.V. programs on each location to see which interests you the most. You can watch all of Rick's T.V. shows online here:
www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/video/tv-show

There are inexpensive flights available from Copenhagen to Berlin, Oslo and Bergen if booked several months ahead. See www.skyscanner.com for options.

With just 3 days, Berlin might be a bit less hectic and cheaper (Norway is one of the most expensive places to visit in Europe).
If you visit Berlin, I'd fly and spend 3 days seeing the Reichstag, German History Museum and the Museum of the Wall at Checkpoint Charlie. Berlin Walks (www.berlinwalks.de) has several great walking tour options, esp. if you are interested in WWII or the Cold War. I'd stay in the Prenzlauer Berg area (former East Berlin). Then fly back to Copenhagen.

If you decide on the Nutshell, you could fly to Oslo or take the overnight ship, which leaves Copenhagen in the evening and arrives in Oslo the next morning. See www.dfdsseaways.co.uk/onboard-our-ferries/other-routes/copenhagen-oslo/ for details (tickets are cheaper if you travel on a weekday and book several months in advance). You could stay a night or two in Oslo, seeing the Viking Ship museum, Frogner sculpture Park, National Gallery and Norwegian Resistance Museum. Be sure to book the Nutshell trip ahead for best prices - www.fjordtours.no. The trip takes all day (about 12 hours) from Oslo to Bergen via the fjords by train, boat and bus and is spectacular. You will arrive in Bergen in the early evening, so if you want to see Bergen, I'd spend 2 nights, then fly back to Copenhagen from Bergen.

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Thank you for your replies. I will keep all this info in my mind, but I think we are leaning toward spending the entire time in Copenhagen with a couple of day trips only. I hope that someday I will be able to give Norway the time it deserves. I am just not the kind of traveler that wants to be stressed and on a timetable.
We will enjoy our week in Denmark.