Copenhagen is a wonderful city in Denmark. The Danish capital has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially for a city trip. The flight to this city is often cheap, although the accommodations are usually a bit pricey. But the city’s residents are very relaxed and there is plenty to see. These are my best tips for your visit.
Best things to see and do in Copenhagen
You can’t ignore the world-famous Little Mermaid statue. Even though it is remarkably small. It has stood in Copenhagen harbour since 1913 and is well known from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale. The statue was made by Edward Eriksen.
Copenhagen harbour is becoming a symbol of the city. It is a pleasant part, where you can stroll around. Most of the coloured houses are about 300 years old. They date from the time when the sailors came ashore after a long journey at sea. Making it a noisy and fairly unsafe neighbourhood.
But times change. Today this district is also known for its food. It is a good area to eat fish and seafood. the district has many restaurants and bars. The poet Hans Christian Andersen has lived here in several houses. And has written several fairy tales when living here. When you walk around the harbour you can still see remnants of him and his work.
Amusement park Tivoli
Tivoli is an amusement park right in the center of Copenhagen. It is officially called Tivoli Gardens. You will find here five different roller coasters and many other attractions. More than 25 different attractions to your liking. In the evening the park is illuminated with thousands of lights. A visit is actually ‘a must’ as the park changes its lightning themes. Think for example of Christmas when the park is decorated with Christmas decorations. But the amusement park will also converted for Halloween.
More information: Tivoli Gardens
Amalienborg is actually four palaces in one. Copenhagen was flourishing in the 18th century. Various Danish nobles built four strikingly similar palaces here. They did that in rococo style. The royal family soon moved in, because his house had been burned down. Even today, Queen Margrethe II and Prince Hendrik still live here. The Amalienborg Museum is the only leak you can visit. This is located in the Christian VIII Palace.
Rosenborg Slot, or Rosenborg Castle, is actually a city palace. It stands in the heart of the city and was once the royal residence. Today it is open to the public. In addition to the royal rooms, you will also find the crown jewels of the royal family and numerous paintings. Don’t forget the garden, which has been laid out with great feeling. It is a remarkably quiet spot in the busy city.
Rundetårn, meaning round tower, is a striking building in Copenhagen. Here you will find the oldest observatory in Europe. It is still in use. The tower is 34.8 meters high and it also contains a library and a church, remarkably enough. The tower was built by the order of King Christian IV in 1637. The staircase is special. It has no trade but an ascending path. Every year there is a competition, in which participants have to cycle up with a unicycle.
You can visit Rundetårn. There are changing exhibitions and the observatory is open during the winter months. Where you can look at the sky with an expert and a large telescope.
More information: Rundetårn
Christianshavn is also called Amsterdam in miniature. Not surprising, because King Christian IV had Amsterdam architects come to Copenhagen to design this district. The first stone was laid in 1619. If you look at the merchant houses you see quite a lot of similarities with Amsterdam. Like sailing ships and houseboats.
In the district, you find the famous church named Von Frelser Kirke, with a striking tower of 90 meters. You can see the external staircase from a distance. And if you dare you can climb the stairs for a wonderful view. You can find this district on the northern part of the island of Amager.
Christiana is a City of Refuge. The inhabitants have declared themselves semi-independent. This happened in 1970. A group of hippies then squatted the abandoned military Bådsmandsstrædes barracks. At first, an attempt was made to get rid of the squatters, but in the same year, there was talk of a social experiment. That experiment still continues.
The mini-state is tolerated by the Danish state. Although there are regular clashes with the government. In particular about the preservation of the old barracks building and the historic rampart, which is the heritage for the Danes. You can walk through the neighborhood in Christianshavn and see why the locals proclaimed the mini-state.
Frederik’s Church is, according to many, the most beautiful church in Copenhagen. It was designed in 1740, but it took more than 150 years to finish the church. You will find a lot of Norwegian marble in the church. The intention was to make the entire church of this marble, but this became too expensive. Note the various images you see here. Including Moses and Martin Luther.
Dyrehavsbakken is considered the oldest amusement park in the world. It opened its doors as early as 1583 and is still open today. It has a remarkable genesis. In 1583, local resident Kirsten Piil discovered a natural spring here. Soon people came to drink the water. In their wake, vendors with stalls arrived. And therefore also the necessary entertainment. With which the amusement park, even if it is small, was born.
What is special about this amusement park is that there is no entrance fee. You pay per attraction that you would like to use. You will find numerous attractions here, including the famous Rutschebanen. This wooden roller coaster is one of the oldest in Europe and dates back to 1932.
Strøget is Copenhagen’s shopping area. It is a car-free area where you can shop at international stores, but also at local stores. You almost always see street performers here and there are a lot of cheaper restaurants and cafes.
More information: www.visitcopenhagen.com