Copenhagen Travel Guide
Introduction to Copenhagen
Serving as the capital of one of the world’s happiest countries, the biggest city in Denmark is a friendly place that validates the former assertion.
From regal palaces to hippie communes, Copenhagen has plenty of cityscapes that will please visitors of all persuasions.
With an easygoing nature, you’ll have a great time so long as you go with the flow, so adopt the attitude of the locals and spend a few days discovering its main attractions and hidden secrets.
Cultural Experiences in Copenhagen
Begin your cultural tour of Copenhagen by exploring Rosenborg Castle. Built in the Dutch Renaissance style in the 17th century, it was used as a royal residence until the 18th century, at which point it was only used by the royal family during national emergencies, such as when the British invaded in 1801.
Rosenberg is known to locals for two reasons: it is home to the nation’s oldest royal garden, and it is also home to the crown that Christian IV wore when he was on the throne.
If exploring Rosenberg Castle only increased your appetite to see more of the properties that the Danish Royal Family has held over the years, then Christiansborg Palace should be next on your itinerary.
Serving as the present home of the Danish government and the Supreme Court, there are parts that are off limits to the public, but there are other sections of this beautiful complex that can be toured.
Of note here is the Throne Room, where monarchs are coronated and foreign diplomats are entertained, the Great Hall, where fine tapestries hang, and the Alexandra Hall, where state dinners are held.
Hans Christian Andersen is one of Denmark’s most revered authors, so it’s no surprise that there is a bronze statue in its harbour that honours The Little Mermaid, which was one of his most enduring stories.
Standing just four feet tall on a rock just off the Langelinie Promenade, this small but popular bust is one of the city’s more popular landmarks, so be sure to come by earlier in the morning or later on in the day in order to get a good photograph of this iconic sight.
Other Attractions in Copenhagen
When the time comes to relax and enjoy some peace during your stay in Copenhagen, make your way down to the Nyhavn district.
Formerly the heart of Copenhagen’s commercial port where goods were loaded and offloaded from ships, it serves the city as an entertainment hub in the present day.
Brilliantly painted, there are many different sorts of restaurants, pubs and boutiques that can be found here, in addition to home and flats that used to be home to some of Denmark’s most famous artists, not the least of which was Hans Christian Andersen. Be sure to stop by at Christmas, as the city’s market sets up in the midst of its cobblestoned streets.
When a military base became disused in the early 1970’s, counter culture activists moved in and squatted in the abandoned buildings. This act marked the birth of Freetown Christiania, a mostly self-governed commune that has become known for its freewheeling nature.
This has occasionally led to confrontations with the authorities, but for virtually all visitors, their time in Christiania will be a peaceful one.
Attractions of note here include murals, theatre groups, and art galleries, all of which embrace the hippie mentality of this community that has been around for more than forty years.
For those that are traveling with their families, or for those that are simply young at heart, a full day trip to Tivoli Gardens will keep kids and fun-loving adults engaged during your trip to the Danish capital.
Famous as the second oldest amusement park in the world (it was founded in 1843), this park offers an atmosphere of unbridled fun that left an indelible impression on Walt Disney, who then went on to found Disneyland back in America.
Ride one of the world’s oldest roller coasters, or get an exhilarating view of Copenhagen from the top of the Star Flyer, which is the second tallest swing ride on Earth.