Things to see in Copenhagen
The city is famous for modern art and design and in addition to a host of world class galleries with exhibitions throughout the year, the city teams with smaller galleries and artists studios. Sample modern Nordic cuisine at one of the many restaurants or take in the view at one of the cafes along the harbour – particularly in summer when the quayside is most lively.
Copenhagen is a great city to explore. Take a stroll down the world’s longest pedestrianised street through the old town and shops, wonder along the canals and islands, or take advantage of the free city bikes and discover Copenhagen like a local. Home to the Carlsberg Brewery, the Royal family in the Amalienborg Palace, the 17th Century Rosenborg Castle, Europe’s oldest observatory and famous Little Mermaid sculpture – there are plenty of things to see and do.
Opened in 1843, Tivoli is one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Best known for the beautiful gardens it houses in the centre of Copenhagen along with the 28 ride funfair. There is also an aquarium, concert hall, open air stages, the famous Christmas Market and places to eat and drink. If you’re in Copenhagen over Christmas don’t miss the firework shows. More info:www.tivoli.dk
Nyhavn – “New Haven”
Originally a busy commercial port when Copenhagen was a world famous shipping centre, the port is now full of cafes, bars and restaurants – all set in the tradition colourful port front buildings. The prices aren’t backpacker friendly but you can buys drinks nearby and enjoy the views like the locals do.
The Little Mermaid
Denmark’s most famous author, Hans Christian Andersen, created the fairytale that inspired the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries, Carl Jacobsen, to dedicate a statue to The Little Mermaid in 1909. A sculpture was commissioned and the Mermaid was presented as a gift to the city in her home on the seafront. Her birthday is celebrated every year!
Strolling in the Strøget area
In the heart of the city centre lies the world’s longest pedestrianised street, flowing through the city’s shopping area from the City Hall Square all the way to Kongens Nytorv. Take a stroll down this street from the main square and check out the shops, including some of Denmark’s famous designers, and restaurants along the way – it’s 1.1km long and affords views of the sea from Kongens Nytorv.
Famous for being a self-proclaimed autonomous area on an island within Copenhagen, the community of Christiania is unique in that the 850 residents have formed their own laws, including the legalization of cannabis. The area is great to explore the alternative culture in Copenhagen – the community is popular with artists, activists and those interested in New Age lifestyles. Look out for the political graffiti but be warned, photography is not allowed.
A haven for modern art lovers, this outstanding gallery is a short train ride from Copenhagen and set in a unique beach-front location.
With over 3,000 permanent artworks and rotating exhibitions from world famous artists, this really is a great place to soak up some culture – check out their website to see what’s on.
In Summer you can picnic on the beach, and in winter walk amongst the sculptures in the snow. On a clear day you can see across the Øresund to Sweden too! Read More: www.louisiana.dk/dk