Even if you don't like the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and have never been a fan of The Little Mermaid, you will surely like Copenhagen. Denmark won the status of the most visited city in Scandinavia for a reason. It's a city of history, coziness, and strolls. There are almost no modern skyscrapers here, but there are unique streets, parks, and buildings that tourists from all over the world come to admire. Copenhagen warmly welcomes its guests, offers bicycles for rent, attracts with festivals, and even beaches with snow-white sand. It sounds a bit fantastic, not to mention a face to face meeting with this magical city!
Districts of Copenhagen
According to the administrative division, Copenhagen consists of 10 urban districts and four special districts. Each of them has traditionally had its own peculiarities and advantages. As far as tourism is concerned, the most exciting districts of Copenhagen include:
- Indre By is the central district of the capital, the old city, beautiful and atmospheric. The most famous sights, the best cafes and restaurants, waterfronts and parks, ancient canals and shopping streets — there are many reasons why tourists love this area.
- Vesterbro is one of the most picturesque areas of the city. In 2014, it was included in the top-5 fashionable regions of the world. Vesterbro is often called a hippie place. It has a large number of bars and restaurants, fashion boutiques, as well as specialized shops where you can taste and buy cheese, wine, seafood, and chocolate.
- Frederiksberg is the so-called city in the city, which has the status of one of the most prestigious areas of the capital. Its main highlight is the castle of the same name, built in the XVIII century. Besides, here you can go shopping, have lunch in a restaurant or spend time in one of the picturesque parks.
- Nørrebro is another colorful district of Copenhagen, which was actively populated by immigrants in the 60s and 70s. Representatives of different ethnic groups living in the same area have managed to create a unique atmosphere. Multinational restaurants, the only Michelin Thai restaurant, design boutiques on Elmegade Street, a cemetery where celebrities lie, an urban park - this part of the capital is definitely worth exploring.
- Østerbro is a prestigious district, where mostly local intellectuals live. Artificial lakes, beautiful parks, the best restaurants, and shopping centers — there are always many tourists in this part of the city. The famous monument to the Little Mermaid is the main decoration of Østerbro.
It is worth noting that Copenhagen is one of the few cities with no distinctly poor areas. You can find interesting places in any district, and thanks to a well-developed public transport system and widespread bicycle rental services, it is easy to get to the right place.
Copenhagen is a city that deserves long walks. Every street and every corner of the town is a perfect place to take pictures. Ancient palaces and castles, original architecture of buildings, churches and temples, fascinating museums, monuments — the cultural program is diverse. Let's add parks, fountains, observation decks, and get a unique set of attractions that deserve your attention.
History of the city
There were many painful periods in the history of the capital. One of them was the siege during the Count's War in 1534-1536, followed by a relatively quiet century. Already in 1658-1659, the city fought with the Swedes, and in 1728, there was a Copenhagen fire, which burned down one-fourth of the capital.
Sad events also marked the beginning of the XIX century for Copenhagen. The sea battle in 1801, the British bombing in 1807 — the old fortifications, buildings, and boulevards were broken. However, this did not prevent the capital from building new forts and experiencing a period of active cultural development, known in history as the Golden Age of Denmark.
By the XX century, Copenhagen was already experiencing its peak development. It is an important trade and industrial center that managed to retain its image and significance during World War I because Denmark chose the position of neutrality. The city continued to grow and develop, becoming one of the most important centers in Scandinavia.
In 2013, a British magazine called Monocle compiled a rating of cities with favorable living conditions. Copenhagen was ranked number one on that list.
Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:
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The best time to visit Copenhagen
The weather gradually gets worse in Copenhagen from late August to early September, and the number of tourists decreases. September and October are still suitable for excursions and walks, especially if you are not a big fan of the crowds of other travelers.
Winter is not the best time to visit Copenhagen. The only reasons to come here in December are the Christmas fairs and the beautifully decorated city. However, when planning a trip for this time, you need to be prepared for bad weather. Temperature drops to -5°C, it's windy outside, and it often rains. At this time, it's nice to sit in a cafe with a cup of coffee, admiring the city life behind the window.
Tourists who want to save money on sightseeing should buy the Copenhagen Card. You can do this at tourist offices, public transport ticket offices, or at the airport. The cost depends on the validity of the card and is different for children and adults. Copenhagen Card allows free access to about 65 sites, including the main attractions, as well as not paying for fares on public transport.
Most restaurants in Copenhagen have a so-called "menu of the day". It is a particular set of dishes at a reduced price. Drinks are usually not included in such a lunch. Restaurant and cafe service charges are most often included in the bill. However, if the institution does not do so, it is customary to leave 10% of the total check.
If you plan to use public transport a lot, it makes sense to buy City Pass. The card is valid for 24 and 72 hours and can be used by bus, subway, and train.
What should a tourist do in Copenhagen?
The capital of Denmark is a city where tourists have no time to get bored. In Copenhagen, you can plan such an intense program that there will not be enough time to accomplish all the points even within a week. If you want to see the fascinating spots, experienced travelers recommend to stick to the following list:
- See the Little Mermaid. This monument is the national pride not only of the capital but of all of Denmark. The Little Mermaid has been decorating Copenhagen for over a hundred years and is the most long-suffering monument in the city. The bronze figure was repeatedly covered with paint, lost an arm, and even its head. In 2010, she even went on "tour" to Shanghai, while the tourists in Copenhagen had to enjoy a video installation.
- Take a walk down Strøget Street. Even the name itself means "to walk" in Danish. It's simply impossible to ignore this place. Strøget is the longest pedestrian street in Europe, which stretches for 1.5 km. Numerous shops, souvenir stalls, cafes, and restaurants, as well as musicians, ancient churches, and original architecture — you will definitely remember this promenade.
- Climb the Round Tower. This is the case when you are interested not only in the observation deck on the tower but also in the ascent itself. Tourists will have to overcome 36 meters, but not by the usual steps, but by a special ramp. The award will not take long — it offers a stunning view of Copenhagen, and the main attractions are even marked with signs to be seen from a height. A secret from tourists: if you raise yourself on tiptoes, you can see a piece of Sweden.
- Find the EU border in the center of the city, cross it, and enter Freetown Christiania. A state of eternal festivity, a relaxed atmosphere, soft drugs in free access, and many representatives of different subcultures — this part of Copenhagen impresses at first sight. It is remarkable that it is forbidden to take photographs here. You can only admire and enjoy the local flavor.
- Take a walk in the cemetery. It sounds a little weird, but the fact is that the famous Copenhagen cemetery is more like a park. Families come here with strollers, and children walk here. Tourists come to the cemetery to see the graves of famous Danish people — Andersen, Niels Bohr, Kierkegaard, and many others.
- Feel like a driver in the subway. The metro in the capital was opened in 2002 and is considered one of the most high-tech in the world. The computer-controlled trains are its main feature. It means that every tourist can take the front seat and stare into the darkness of the tunnel during the trip. Feelings are indescribable!
- Take the courage test at Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in Europe. Millions of tourists visit the park every year. There are many attractions for children and adults in its territory. Many of them are breathtaking, even on earth — not everyone will dare to take a ride.
- Try Jacobsen beer. This is a unique sort from the world-famous brand Carlsberg, which has already managed to get the VIP-status. You can taste Jacobsen exclusively in Denmark.