Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is the largest city in Scandinavia, and is described as one of the most beautiful – although I personally prefer Stockholm. It is one of Europe’s oldest capitals and the monarchy is the oldest in the world. However it still retains a small town feeling and many of the population commute (33%) by bicycle despite the weather in winter. Much of the city is pedestrianised with cobbled streets as well as a good selection of shops for those who can afford to shop in them. The city has repeatedly been recognised as one of those with the best quality of life and there have been massive investments in cultural and leisure facilities as well as its infrastructure.
The Nyhavn area is particularly attractive – it was established by King Frederick in the 1600s as a port serving the inner city. Many of the colourful houses are now 300 years old with many shops and restaurants established in the area. The world famous fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen lived many years here from the 1830s where he wrote his first stories. This area is one of the main departure points for Canal Boat Tours taking you around many of the historic sites both in the harbour area and the canals around the city.
Places to Visit
Royal castle Amalienborg, Amalianborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle – Church of Our Saviour – The elegant Town Hall and Round Tower – Several museums – Gefion Fountain, Copenhagen’s own Fontana di Trevi – Tivoli, with its classy amusement park and many restaurants – Stroget; City Centre Street with designer and fashion stores (including Scandinavia’s largest department store Magasin du Nord – Little Mermaid Statue – Take a canal cruise
You can tour the city by bicycle or even kayak. new in 2012 is the Garia (similar to a golf buggy) – a GPS-guided car which includes a iPad interactive guide that takes the visitor to more unusual districts as well as the popular sites – you receive a USB memory stick recording your journey at the end of the hire.
Follow in the footsteps of Detective Sarah Lund from the famous TV series – a tour takes you to the locations of ‘The Killing’ such as Copenhagen’s Town Hall (Radhuset) and Sarah Lund’s apartment – ask for further details.
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Photo: Nyhavn Area (RG) 31