Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark and its most populous city, has one of the highest standards of living in the world, with the bicycle being the most common means of transport. It is a city with streets and canals surrounded by beautiful buildings with colorful facades, palaces and castles from fairy tales, relaxing parks, excellent viewpoints with fantastic views and an emblematic amusement park, which ultimately make it one of the best cities to visit in Europe.
In this article we will give you a selection of what we believe are the essential places that you should know if you visit Copenhagen.
The Nyhavn is the most famous canal in the city, it was built in the 17th century for merchants to enter the city from the sea. Although it is true that for many years it was occupied by sailors and prostitutes, it is currently frequented by tourists at all hours who are amazed by the wooden boats and the colorful facades.
The atmosphere on the terraces of the restaurants and cafes in Nyhavn is incredible and cruises depart from there where you can explore a large part of the canals that are in the historic center, an experience that can give you another point of view of Copenhagen.
The little Mermaid¶
The sculpture of The Little Mermaid is the icon of the city, created at the beginning of the 20th century by the sculptor Eriksen on behalf of the family that owns the Carlsber brewery. This sculpture donated to the city is made of bronze and measures 1 m in height, despite having suffered several acts of vandalism, The Little Mermaid remains the most popular monument in Denmark. After your visit you can go to the fortress of Kastellet which is located very close and is one of the most preserved in Europe, in the surroundings there is also the beautiful Church of St. Alban and the Gefion fountain, which you should not miss to lose.
The free city of Christiania is considered independent from Denmark because it is an area of Copenhagen that is self-governed by its residents. This place was occupied by several couples to have a space to enjoy with their children and it gradually became a political movement of rupture. Currently it is a commune that has approximately 1000 people and where the consumption of hashish or marijuana is allowed, yes, always with government surveillance.
Christiania is a rather curious place with its alternative atmosphere, the recommendation is to walk its main street Pusher Street where you can buy some original crafts or taste vegetarian food in a place like Morgenstedet.
Stroget Street is the longest pedestrian street in Europe that goes from Radhuspladsen Square to Kongens Square, there you can find the sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen, the City Hall and other historical buildings such as the Royal Theater, as well as a large number of stores including Royal Copenhagen porcelain, the LEGO store and the Magasin du Nord shopping center, among many others. This street is also home to several of the best restaurants where you can taste traditional Danish cuisine. It is recommended to stop at the beautiful squares of Hojbro Plats, Nytorv and Grabrodretorv which is located in an adjacent street.
Rosenborg Castle was built in the 17th century to be the summer residence of King Christian IV. This former palace has an impressive garden and is surrounded by a water moat, with its Renaissance style this castle looks like a fairy tale.
After visiting the castle you can go to the wonderful botanical garden of Copenhagen that is right next door, it is worth walking through the park until you reach the lake shore where you can see several glass greenhouses.
If you are a lover of castles, you can visit three beautiful buildings that are near the capital, they are the castles of Kronborg, Fredensborg and Frederiksborg, all worth visiting.
Church of San Salvador¶
The Church of San Salvador is visible from most places in the city, in the baroque style it stands out for its spiral staircase on the outside and at its top you can get the best views of the city. After its construction, a bell tower was added, which is one of the largest in Europe. Inside, there is a three-story organ from the 17th century and its white marble altar.
Amalienborg Palace and the Marble Church¶
Amalienborg Palace was the official winter residence of the royal family and opposite the palace is the Marble Church. The palace is made up of four large buildings arranged around a large square, where the statue of King Frederick V is located. The recommendation is to visit the rococo-style palace around 12 noon, since at that time a Curious changing of the guard.
The Marble Church stands out for its large green dome, it has a baroque style and inside you can find a beautiful altar, baptismal fonts, various pulpits, organs and medieval reliefs.
Tivoli Gardens is the name of one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. There you can find roller coasters, fair games, carousels, bumper cars, shooting galleries, among many other amusements for audiences of all ages. This park was inaugurated in 1843 and also has several restaurants such as La Fragata de San Jorge, which is located inside a ship, or El Nimb, located inside an Arab-style palace, an open-air theater, and a Chinese pagoda.
Slotsholmen is a small island located near the old town and is surrounded by a beautiful canal. In addition to strolling around the canal, it is advisable to visit the most important nearby buildings such as the historic Stock Exchange building, the Danish Royal Library and Christiansborg Palace.
The old Copenhagen Stock Exchange building is one of the most beautiful in the city, with its Renaissance style and built in red brick. The element that stands out the most is its spire, which is approximately 55 m high and is made up of dragon tails that are joined in a spiral.
The Royal Danish Library is the largest that exists in the Nordic countries, it is made up of several buildings, among which the one known as Black Diamond stands out, built with black marble and glass, it is a masterpiece, it is also reflected in the water creating the look of a diamond.
Christiansborg Palace is the current seat of parliament and was built in 1928, you can visit some rooms, the most relevant being the Queen’s Library.
The Round Tower was built in the 17th century, it stands out for its architecture and a huge spiral-shaped ramp that is inside (without any steps). From the top you can enjoy the best panoramic views of the city.
Copenhagen a beautiful city to know and visit!