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11 Apr 2024

Top 15 places to see in Copenhagen

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Do you want an interesting fact? The Danes were officially recognized as the happiest nation in the world. Surely one of the reasons for this is the coolness, beauty, and simplicity of their capital. If you have never been there, just start to pack and go, but always remember a few rules:

Rule 1. Dress up warm!

Rule 2. Take some more money as Copenhagen is a very expensive city in general.

Rule 3. Check ManyTours to save some time and money for the best city attractions.

1. Amalienborg Palace

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There is no doubt that Amalienborg is one of the most beautiful palaces in Denmark. Amalienborg serves as the residence for the royal family. The palace consists of four mansions, united around the square of the same name. Two of them, the mansions of Christian VII and Christian VIII, are open to tourists. Here you can see what the royal chambers looked like centuries before. The changing of the guard ceremony, which takes place on the square in front of the palace is also an interesting thing.

2. The Little Mermaid

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A small sculpture in the port of Copenhagen, depicting the famous character of the fairy tale by Andersen, the Danish writer. The writer lived and worked in Copenhagen. The monument was created by master E. Erickson at the request of the founder of the Carlsberg beer company K. Jacobsen. It is believed that the model for "The Little Mermaid" was the sculptor's wife, the famous ballerina of the Royal Theatre. Over time the statue has become a symbol of the city and all of Denmark.

3. Nyhavn

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Nyhavn is can be translated as the "New Harbor", a city canal with a length of just over 1 km. It was dug at the end of the XVII century under King Christian V. The area that grew up around the canal was chosen by sailors and adventurers. Until 1980, it was a turbulent place. The local district of the Red Light was located here, and it was better for the respectable citizen to stay away from Nyhavn. After restoration, the area has become a popular tourist attraction.

4. Stroget

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Stroget is the longest pedestrian street in Copenhagen and one of the longest in Europe. The architecture of Stroeget is a harmonious mixture of historical structures and modern buildings. Several city attractions are concentrated here. As in all the cities of the world popular with tourists, this place is lined with restaurants, cafes, and shops, aimed at guests of Copenhagen. Have a walk there and enjoy the simplicity of Nordic culture.

5. Copenhagen City Hall

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One of the distinguishing features of the Nordic culture is the simplicity and grace of the same time of architectural buildings, whether it is a museum or a City Hall.

Copenhagen City Hall refers to the architectural structure of the beginning of the XX century. The main building element of the facade is red brick. The town hall is crowned with a 105-meter tower to the top of which 300 steps lead. The interior is decorated with the astronomical clock of J. Olsen. It shows not only the phases of the moon and periods of solar activity but also contain a church calendar.

6. Freetown Christiania

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Freetown Christiania or just known as Christiania is a partially self-governed, unofficial microstate located in the Christianshavn area of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. The territory of Christiania consists of former military barracks and the remains of the city walls built in 1617 by King Christian IV. Today, these ramparts, preserved only in Christiania, are one of the best military structures of the XVII century in the world.

7. Thorvaldsen Museum

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The Thorvaldsen Museum is located next to Christiania and is the repository of the largest collection of works by Bertel Thorvaldsen, the outstanding Danish sculptor of the late XVII - early XIX centuries.

Even if you are not a big fan of sculpture, the Thorvaldsen Museum is worth to visit, creations in the style of classicism will amaze you with their grace and vivacity.

8. Tivoli Park

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Tivoli is one of the oldest and best amusement parks in Europe. According to some points of view, Tivoli is even more interesting than Disneyland in Paris but, of course, you need to check it yourself and decide. There is a concert hall in the park, which regularly hosts festivals of classical and rock music, its hotel, a pantomime theater, and many expensive restaurants. Here you can ride on old carousels, watch free street performances and enjoy the fireworks.

9. National Museum of Denmark

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Any trip considered to be incomplete if you have not visited the national museum. It's true. To know the history of a city or country is to understand the culture.

The National Museum of Denmark is the largest cultural and historical museum in Denmark. It was opened in 1892. The collection contains exhibits illustrating the history of Denmark from the Stone Age, the Viking period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and modern history.

10. Rosenborg Castle

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Rosenborg Castle is a former country residence of Danish kings, located on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark. Around the castle is a picturesque garden, the beauty of which annually millions of people come to admire. There is a museum in the castle where you can see the royal life inside and out.

Today, the royal castle is open to public visits. Art lovers will find there a large collection of paintings that the Danish monarchs once admired. Tourists, in particular, are attracted by the Royal Park, the oldest and most visited park in Copenhagen. Next to it, there is also the Botanical Garden, a quiet corner with a cozy atmosphere and beautiful views.

11. Aquarium in Copenhagen

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The Danes are a people of seafarers, it is not surprising that the largest aquarium in Northern Europe is located in Copenhagen. It was opened in 2013 in the presence of the ruling Queen Margrethe II and Crown Prince Henrik.

12. Royal Library

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Today, the Royal Library of Denmark is one of the largest libraries not only in Scandinavia but also in the world. The library collection contains almost all the works published in Danish since the beginning of 1482. Among the many books, you can find the Gutenberg Bible, for example. Isn't that impressive? Even more impressive are, of course, the size and shape of the library building, one of which is a new complex, called the Black Diamond, an example of how a historical building can be combined with modern architecture. You should definitely see it for yourself!

13. Kastellet

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It's a bit sad that not many people know about this attraction of the Danish capital. Kastellet is a notable fortress for the fact that it is one of the best-preserved star-shaped fortresses in Europe, built in the form of a pentagram. But unlike other similar fortifications, Kastellet operates to this day, the fortress has its Commandant and a garrison of soldiers.

14. Frederik's Church

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The temple began to be built in the XVIII century in a pompous Baroque style, but the work dragged on for almost 150 years due to a lack of funds. At the end of the XIX century, it was possible to find the necessary amount and finish the construction. The church is crowned by a huge dome with a diameter of 31 meters. The temple is named after King Frederik V since the monarch himself laid the first stone of its foundation.

15. Mirror House

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An unusual mirror house surprises and delights visitors of the largest park in Copenhagen, Fælledparken. The walls of the building are decorated with polished stainless-steel mirrors on all sides. The local attraction, with an area of 140 square meters, was created by the MLRP design and architecture studio.

This proves once again that in the Danish capital there is a place for creativity! A vivid example of that is the Mirror House.

On this, our short trip to Copenhagen comes to an end. We hope that during your trip you will still be able to unravel the secret of Danish happiness. Although, you might be scared a bit about prices, always remember that money doesn't make you happy but richer when it refers to an unforgettable journey!

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