Copenhaguen is located on the eastern coast of Zealand, the largest island of Danemark. Originally, the city of Copenhagen was a fishing town, founded in the 10th century by the Vikings. Today, it is the largest city of the country and one of the largest in Northern Europe. Copenhagen is well known for its harbor, Nyhavn and the colorful houses lining the canal. Moreover, the city offers a pleasant urban landscape and is directly connected to the neighboring country, Sweden, via the Øresund Bridge.
There are several tourists attractions considered as must-see when spending a few days in Copenhagen, one of the most beautiful Scandinavian capitals.
The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue, placed on a rock in the Copenhagen harbour. It is a symbol of Copenhagen and the main attraction of the city. Built in 1913, it is the representation of the character of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, a Danish writer.
Amalienborg Palace is the winter home of the Danish royal family. It is a combination of 4 palaces, flanking an octagonal place. There, you can also admire a statue created by the sculptor of King Frederik V, the founder of this palace.
Nyhavn is a canal located in the city centre of Copenhagen. Along this canal, you can see those famous colourful houses. On the sunny side, the canal is full of restaurants, bars and cafés where passerby during their walks, stop for lunch or a drink and enjoy the view on the harbour.
The Church of our Saviour is a baroque church, famous for its helix spire, its external winding staircase and the melodies played each hour by its carillon. From the top of the Church, you can admire the whole city of Copenhagen.
The Rosenborg Castle is located in the heart of Copenhagen. It was built between 1607 and 1624 under the direction of its owner at the time, Christian IV of Denmark. Its architectural features make it a Dutch Renaissance style castle. It is now a popular attraction, visited by hundred of thousands of tourists.
The Danish National Museum is located is the former royal residence built in 1743. It is dedicated to the history and heritage of the country and addresses several themes: archeology, sociology, natural sciences, etc.
Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park combining attractions, games, exhibitions, concerts and restaurants. With more than 4 million visitors per year, it is one of the main tourist attractions of the country
Strøget is the main shopping street of the city of Copenhagen. If you want to do some shopping, this is definitely the place to go. It goes from the City Hall square to the King’s New square and hosts the city’s most famous shops. Not far from this artery, there is the Round Tower, the oldest observatory of Europe. It offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the city.
Christiania is a district of Copenhagen, self-proclaimed ‘free city’. Actually, this is a community founded in 1971, having its own lifestyle, its rules as well as its flag and its currency. People living there, are particularly welcoming and makes it a place of exception offering a rare experience. However, it is subject to ‘multiple controversies’, especially because selling cannabis in Christiania is legal.
Nightlife in Copenhagen
In Copenhagen, nightlife takes place in the Meatpacking neighbourhood, next to the central station. You will find plenty of bars, restaurauts and nice places to spend the evening out.
You can also visit the district of Nørrebro. Restaurants, bars and clubs are often crowded, especially on weekends.