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Situated on the east coast of the island of New Zealand, Copenhagen is the capital and also the most populous city of Denmark since the early 15th century. As it approached the 21st century, it became a sight of strong cultural and urban development that gradually began facilitated by the investment in its infrastructural and institutional patterns and systems. Having played as a regional centre, Copenhagen’s cityscape consists of a distinctive character that represents its history.
In this article, we’ll be taking you to Copenhagen, guiding you as the words flow forward to places of wonders and spectacles that will catch your eyes. As you go through this, you will be seeing the beautiful and mesmerizing places this city embraces in its clasp.
Here, you can find the parliament at Christiansborg. And the city bubbles with high quality, humble restaurants, and cafes, like the globally renowned Noma. Most people prefer to spend their leisure time on bikes and other public transport to get the gist of the subtlety of its distinctive European feel. This article will be taking you to the best places to visit in Copenhagen which in turn will also tell you where to stay.
Staying near the landmarks and beauteous landscapes are not only cost-effective but also time-efficient. From the Tivoli Gardens, a 10-minute walk along Vestergade Street will bring you to the National Museum of Denmark, which is an attraction for the people interested in its history and cultural heritage. The open displays include some stunning runic stones and a sun chariot (cult object in the form of a cart) about 2000 years old.
Church fittings of Romanesque and Gothic period, Danish silver and porcelain, and a collection of antiques and coins. The whole music contains relics and historical antiques from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the culture of the Indians.
Bakken Amusement Park is more of a folk version of the Tivoli, about a 20-minute drive north of Copenhagen, little away from Østerbro. With many restaurants, cafes, and fun things to do, it is a leisurely facility established in 1583.
There are more than 30 different rides that include a ghost train. For people who prefer using public transportation, there are bus links and train facilities available within walking distance. In the vicinity, you will find Klampenborg that is filled with prestigious villas.
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Also known as Christian’s Harbour, Christianshavn is a neighborhood in Copenhagen. It is also a part of the Indre By District, located on the artificial islands between the islands of Amager and Zealand, though separated from the rest of the forts and monuments in Copenhagen.
It is a lively area that is primarily residential and quartered by the Christianshavn Canal that runs north-south, Torvegade, the main thoroughfare of Christianshavn, running east-west. Torvegade connects Amager Side to the city centre across Knippelsbro.
Cultural institutions at Upper City Side include the Danish Architecture Centre and the North Atlantic House. In the vicinity, the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture can be found. It is home to Church of Our Saviour, Christian’s Church, Christiania, and Christianshavn Rampart, a historical house museum called Lille Mølle and Nyholm.
Also known as Downtown Copenhagen, Indre By is an administrative district in central Copenhagen. This district is the political heart of the present-day city, reflecting its history and culture. Its boundaries reflect the history of the city’s extent during the reign of King Christian IV.
It is home to Amalienborg Palace, where the Danish royal family lives. It consists of four facades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard. Not only palaces but Indre By also has a botanical garden by the name of University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden, which is spread across an area of 10 hectares and is famous for its extensive complex of historical glasshouses that date from 1874. Though the garden is a part of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, it serves multiple purposes that include research, education, and recreation too. If you want to stay in luxury, this is your place.
Speaking of nature, this district is also home to Østre Anlæg a beautiful public park that was once a part of the fortifications of the old city. The picturesque park that has three lakes, lies between The National Art Museum at the south end and Oslo Plads and Østerport Station at the north.
The National Gallery not only displays the largest collection of Danish art from the 1700s but also to the present day and exhibits impressive works from all around the globe. Danish and Nordic art exhibition is highlighted with paintings by Picasso, Edvard Munch, and many other renowned artists. The ambiance of the gallery maximizes with the natural light that strews across the upper floors. And do not forget to check out the café.
A walk of ten minutes or maybe even less will bring you to the Rosenberg Palace which is domicile to Denmark’s greatest cultural masterpieces. It was earlier given to the royal family until 1720 and was became a museum in 1838. The basement contains the crown jewels and royal regalia. Most people cherish the Marble Room, a Baroque Reception Room, and the Knight’s Hall with Coronation Throne and the Tapestries dating 1693.
Built in 1642 originally as an observatory, The Round Tower, 36-metre-high structure is located on Købmagergade. The top of the tower gives you a panoramic view of the wonderful city. It even exhibits a small collection connected with Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe.
Translated to ‘new harbour’, Nyhavn has been a waterfront, canal, and entertainment district since the 17th century. It stretches from Kongens Nytorv to the harbourfront, south of the Royal Playhouse. The area is covered by late 17th century townhouses, bars, cafes, and restaurants. Nyhavn Veteran Ship and Museum Harbour occupy the inner section of Nyhavn that is lined with old ships. In 1977, the south side of the canal became reserved for museum ships which were owned by the Danish National Museum. The Great Memorial Anchor is located at the end of Nyhavn meeting Kongens Nytorv, commemorating more than 1,700 Danish officers and sailors that served in the navy, merchant fleet, or Allied forces that had sacrificed their lives during World War II.
This harbour and Osterbro are the places famous for their amicable environment and are the best for people staying or traveling with their families.
One of the 10 official districts of Copenhagen, Østerbro is located in the north of the city centre. It has been a wealthy district and remains one of the most prosperous areas in Copenhagen.
It is home to many astonishing landmarks such as the Den Frie Udstilling, Gasværket, Garrison’s Cemetery, and The Kastellet. If you are visiting Copenhagen with your family, this part of the city you could visit as it not only has monuments but also has more than one public park too beautiful to be called a ‘park’.
Kastellet is the former Citadel of Frederikshavn. Citadel architecture and style is well maintained and worth exploring. The Little Mermaid is officially the emblem of Copenhagen. This bronze structure was created in 1913 by Edvard Eriksen and was based on the story of a mermaid people believe had come out of the water world after falling in love with a prince. But, the prince couldn’t reciprocate it leading to her fleeing the human world returning to the sea.
The main street at Vesterbro starts from the central station and stretches to Frederiksberg and Søndermarken. This is a very lively street, with numerous hotels, authentic restaurants, cafes, and bars. Not only this, but this street bubbles with shopping marts and stores and has stores ranging from flowers to clothing to shoes.
One famous restaurant is Øl & Brød. Believe me, people, you have to stop here for a perfect Danish lunch. This place is famous for its traditional Danish open sandwiches with a modern twist.
Værnedamsvej, also known as ‘Little Paris of Copenhagen’. Tourists often come here to enjoy a cup of coffee at Granola, to try Danish cheeses at Helges Ost, and handmade chocolates at Summerbird. Don’t forget to visit the flower displays at Blomsterskuret.
If you walk from Town Hall Square and pass H.C. Andersens Boulevard, you will come across the Tivoli Gardens which served as the inspiration for Disney theme parks. The garden dates from 1843 and has more than 20 attractions that include Halls of Mirrors, Pantomime, Puppet, and open style theatres, and Rollercoaster. This place also has the wealth of restaurants and cafes, flower gardens, a Moorish concert hall that can make the sky melt when lit up at night.
This part of the city becomes decorated extravagantly at the time of Christmas. This is the part of the city to enjoy the nightlife.
The Det Ny Teater was opened in 1908 and has been active for over a century. It is one of the most stunning and beautiful theaters in Northern Europe. The theatre usually opens famous stage performances like The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Billy Elliot.
You have to visit the Ruins under the Christiansborg palace/castle. It is not only a wonder but also provides a peek at its rich history of more than 800 years. On the ground level, the palace is home to the Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Supreme Court. A portion of it is used by the Royal House. It occupies the site where Bishop Absalon built the first fortifications of the city in 1167.
It is basically a hip, multicultural neighborhood. It is popular among students and creative people. This part of the city has Kebab joints and Indie shops lined up on the main road, called Nørrebrogade whereas the late-night bars are stuffed up in the side streets. People often head to the high-end eateries and trendy coffee spots clubbed on Jægersborggade. Assistens Cemetery, the final resting place of many notable people such as Hans Christian Anderson and Søren Kierkegaard is located nearby.
Beyond where the old Northern Gate that was dismantled in 1856, this part of the city falls in the northwest of the city centre. It is known for its Poly-cultural society. It is best for travelers and tourists who want to stay in with a low budget.
In the west of Copenhagen, the outskirts of Nørrebro and Vesterbro , three kilometres from the city centre, lies the Copenhagen Zoo that was founded in 1859 and is one of the oldest and largest zoos all over Europe. You can watch seals, lions and even polar bears being fed. There is an observation tower at the entrance of the zoo. Among other attractions and habitats, the bird lake with storks, reptile house, and the lion’s den are their main exhibits.
There you go. This article has provided you with information on the environment and culture of Copenhagen, which is enriched with subtlety and poise. may your vacation be full of joy and excitement.