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Isme14 - Destination Copenhagen
The Danish capital Copenhagen is mostly known for the famous statue of The Little Mermaid, the amusement park Tivoli, which is over 100 years old, and the free town of Christiana. But Copenhagen has much more to offer its visitors. With a history that dates back to 1043 the city is full of historic landmarks, significant buildings and interesting sights, and most are within walking distance.
Things to do and visit in Copenhagen...
• The Little Mermaid
The classic photo opportunity: at Langelinie Pier you will find one of Copenhagen's most important tourist attractions, the statue of The Little Mermaid.The statue from 1913 was originally a gift to the city donated by brewer Carl Jacobsen.
• Amalienborg Palace
Considered one of the greatest works of Danish Rococco architecture the Queen's residence is, made up of four identical buildings spread around the octagonal courtyard.
Get a glimpse into the Royal abode or watch the daily shift-change of the Royal Guard. From the horseman statue of Frederik V there is a view of the Marble Church, which is also worth a visit. A couple of hundred metres from the palace square is the Danish Museum of Art and Design, which among other things shows industrial design and decorative and applied arts. In the summer, Grønnegårds Theatre performs open-air plays in the museum’s garden, Grønnegården.
Nyhavn’s little harbour, characterized by the brightly colored houses, is packed with bars, cafes and restaurants. During summer, Nyhavn is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of al fresco dining. Or, if you prefer, you can do like the locals and buy a beer from a nearby store and rest your feet at the quayside.
Copenhagen's largest shopping area is centered around Strøget in the heart of the city.
Strøget is the world's longest pedestrian street with a wealth of shops, from budget-friendly chains to some of the world's most expensive brands.
• Tivoli Gardens
The romantic Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park is the world’s first amusement park, located in the heart of the city. It is a glorious blend of time-honoured tradition and modern technology.
• Canal Tours
Cruising the Canals. Get the best views onboard one of the canal boats. A guide will let you in on stories and fun facts about the sights along the way.
• Visit Carlsberg
The Carlsberg brewery is among the largest tourist attractions in Copenhagen. Learn more on the roots of Carlsberg, the history and, of course, the beer.
• Rosenborg Castle
In the center of Copenhagen you will also find the beautiful castle Rosenborg, which houses the Danish Crown Jewels. It was originally built as a royal pleasure retreat by King Christian IV, but today it is a museum, displaying 400 years of Royal history.
• Round Tower
Rundetaarn, or the round tower, is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe and stars have been watched here since 1642.
The observatory is encircled by an outdoor platform from which you have a magnificent view of the old part of Copenhagen.
Christiania, the free town within the city, is without a doubt one of Denmark’s most popular tourist attractions. This controversial area is loved by many, but has been a turning point for strong debate especially because of the locals relaxed view on hash and their at times quite anarchistic statements.
• The Opera House
One of Danish history’s more recent and most generous gifts, the Opera on Holmen, was bestowed by Mærsk which is one of the world’s largest shipping lines within container transport. Right behind the large building, you can often see exhibitions at the School of Architecture.
10 Minutes’ walk from all the sights in Copenhagen is Kødbyen (the Meatpacking District of Copenhagen). Despite the industrial name the area has a great deal of other things to offer besides wholesaler outlets where the word “bacon fat” is part of the name. Galleries, bars and eateries have opened in the area, so there are cultural and culinary delights on offer most of the day.
Another fun thing to do is to explore Copenhagen by bicycle. You probably won’t find as many people on bikes anywhere in world as you do in Copenhagen; the city is full of city bikes, carrier bikes and taxies on two wheels.
Free city bikes are available all over the city – 110 places to be exact. All you need is twenty kroner and you’ll have your own bike with a build-in map, setting you up for some sightseeing of your own choosing. The bikes can be used in Central Copenhagen, meaning inside the city’s ramparts. Once you’ve finished, leave the bike at one of the stands and you’ll get your money back. The concept of city bikes actually originated in Copenhagen and has since been exported to other European cities.
While in Copenhagen – go green
Copenhagen is striving to be a green and sustainable city; from organic restaurants through carbon neutral beer to climate friendly shops, hotels and even hairdressers. Eat, drink, shop and sleep with a clear conscience and pamper you body and soul with organic and climate-friendly products while visiting. Copenhagen is a frontrunner when it comes to the environment. The city plans to become the world's first CO2 neutral capital by 2025. The city also holds the world record when it comes to consumption of organic food products.
For more information on Copenhagen and its attractions, please go the Visit Copenhagen website