Wonderful Copenhagen – Five Things To See In The Danish CapitalBy
A few years ago, I was lucky enough to live close enough to the city of Copenhagen to spend time there. Although most visitors fly into Copenhagen, it is also easily accessible by train from the Swedish cities of Malmo and Gothenburg. The train crosses the Oresund Bridge from Sweden into Denmark where it stops at Kastrup airport. From there, its a short trip straight to the centre of Copenhagen.
Once in the centre, there are plenty of hotels to choose from with a number of cheaper options located close to the station as well as a good selection of higher grade hotels too. The Marriott was always a place I enjoyed staying. However, the best of Copenhagen is not in the hotels, its around this fascinating city.
One of the most popular places to visit is Tivoli Gardens. It is mainly a summer attraction as it isn’t open all year round but I’ve been there just before Christmas and its a magical place at this time of year too. If you reverse the letters Tivoli, you get “I Lov It” and its a place you simply have to see.
The Nyhavn is one of Copenhagen’s most recognisable places. The multicoloured buildings are the back drop to a small dock. There are some lovely bars and restaurants here and its a wonderful place to sit and watch the world go by in the long summer evenings.
Not far from Nyhavn is the Royal Winter Palace of Amalienborg. The Royal family stay here during the winter and visitors can wander around outside and in the past, I’ve watch the changing of the guard here.
Heading further north out of the city, you will find the famous Little Mermaid at Langelinie. It is one of the most photographed statues in the world and has been the subject of a number of thefts. The Little Mermaid was the subject of a fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen, one of the most famous people to come from the city.
Back in the centre, you will find the Stroget. This pedestrianised street is the main shopping area in Copenhagen. In addition to the many world class shops, there are plenty of bars, cafes, restaurants along the way. The Stroget links the Radhuspladsen near Tivoli with the Kongens Nytorv next Nyhavn.
Of course, there is much more to see in Copenhagen not least the Carlsberg brewery where tours are available all year round. As with many cities, a Copenhagen Card is available giving free entry and discounts to many of the cities attractions.