Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, is a dazzling waterfront city that shares two worlds: Prague-level fairy tale charm and today’s technological masterpieces doubling as fine architectural pieces. It sits right on the Baltic east coast of Zealand, the country’s biggest island. The streets are beautiful and decorated with a cobblestone touch. Christianshavn has beautiful canals in a similar style as Venice, Italy’s and is easy to navigate on foot, being on relatively flat ground. The apartment complexes are rather uniform, with the six story building being the city’s trademark and few modern hotels.
The Copenhagen Airport is a gateway to hundreds of European cities and both domestic and international destinations. If you want to get to the city center, there is a free shuttle bus that goes between Terminals 1, 2, and 3. In addition, there are many bus routes with train tickets available in Terminal 3’s own train station. One nifty feature the city has to offer is its bike rental services. Bike parks throughout the city are provided between the warmer months of May and September where a simple coin deposit lets you use a bicycle.
Things To Do:
- Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen’s luscious Tivoli Gardens is to the city what Retiro Park is to Madrid, Spain – a true recreational area smack in the middle of the city with all of the amenities a central park has to offer. It has entertainment facilities and shares a lake with beautiful fireworks displays piercing the sky two times a week. The park is actually split into two parks: one with tiny gardens with thousands upon thousands of different floral arrangements and the other an actual theme park complete with roller coasters and game halls. Tivoli Park is also a theater spot, with its own concert hall featuring free events throughout the year.
- Nyhavn Canal – The Nyhavn Canal goes back to the 17th century where it was built for transport and mercantile reasons lining the city center to the sea. It is decorated with colorful townhouses (think Cinque Terre Italy without the mountain ranges) Nyhavn’s canal stretches are majestic and worthwhile, with old style wooden sailing ships going throughout. A nice blend of cafes and bars can also be found here.
- Denmark Museums – Denmark’s illustrious history fits inside the capsule of the National Museum in the city center that has plenty of Danish historical artifacts. The Copenhagen City Museum is also worth seeing.
- Rosenborg Castle – What a sight! The Renaissance themed Rosenborg Castle is a throwback to the old days of King Christian IV. Today, it is a museum that chronicles the life of the Denmark Royal Family and is a safe haven for all of the crown jewels that come along with them. The castle also contains beautiful gardens that provide a calm refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Events to Look Out For:
- There is a culture festival once a year along the Copenhagen harbor which is four days long and full of dance, concerts, and sports events both in the water and on land. There is also a healthy selection of children’s activities in the form of rides and art shows. Catch this exciting time from the 3rd to the 5th of August. The Tivoli Christmas market is also a sight to behold, with its amusement park lit up with hundreds of Christmas trees and electric lights. Entertainment stages are also set up.
- The Roskilde Festival of Copenhagen is one of the greatest rock music attraction events in the world, with A and B list artists regularly playing across a series of concerts that is the city’s version of Woodstock. Its power dates are between July 5th and July 8th. For more information, visit www.roskilde-festival.dk and join in the festivities.