Copenhagen is the modern metropolis that never forgot its history. It’s a captivating, friendly city where your senses can roam and where there’s always something wonderful around the next corner — to see, hear, smell, taste, or feel. You can start by wandering among the charming narrow streets of the old city; each winding road is lined with unique, beautifully preserved old houses.
And then there are the royal castles, the parks, the squares and the plazas. Not to mention our precious pearl, Nyhavn, the New Harbor. Archaeological finds bear witness to settlements here as far back as 5,000 – 6,000 B.C. The actual founding of the city, though, dates to 1167 A.D., when Bishop Absalon built a fortress on Slotsholmen. Christiansborg Castle, housing the nation’s parliament, also still stands.
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The arts are thriving and waiting to be enjoyed at Copenhagen’s many museums, galleries, and theaters. At the Tycho Brahe Planetarium, you can experience breathtaking natural phenomena, or take the kids to the family-friendly Experimentarium, with its many exciting interactive exhibits. A fairy-tale universe unfolds for you at Tivoli Gardens, where amusements, concert performances, and a profusion of flowers await. If your explorations inspire your appetite, you’ll find the whole world is on the menu at the hundreds of restaurants and cafes dotting the city.
Year round, there’s is always something going on in Copenhagen, and all within easy walking distance. Copenhagen is not a city to rush through. There are too many details to be enjoyed. And it helps to be curious. Enjoy the many little ornaments and curlicues of its architecture, and the old-fashioned signs that hang from storefronts telling you from far away what’s being sold inside. Even the humble manhole covers are designed and beautifully ornamented. Take time to get into the details.
Interesting Destinations: Amalienborg Palace, Royal Residence, Copenhagen. A number of rooms, with their original interiors preserved, are open to the public. These include some private chambers, as well as a fine display of precious objects belonging to the Royal Family.
Rosenborg Palace, Copenhagen. Built in the 17th century by the “Builder King,” Christian IV, Rosenborg Palace today houses the Danish Crown Jewels.
Tivoli Garden, Copenhagen. Founded in 1843, Tivoli has been visited by some 270 million people. You’ll find no plastic or neon in Copenhagen’s fairy-tale Garden. Musical rides and the colorful Tivoli Boys Guard are part of the entertainment, along with myriad restaurants and the Tivoli Museum, with its three floors of posters, photographs, carousel animals, and other memorabilia. Twice a week, a splendid fireworks show is offered as the final event of the evening. Season: April 24 – September 13. Christmas Market: late November – December.