Denmark is a small country, but close to 25 million people pass through Copenhagen Airport every year. SAS flies into an airport located on the island of Amager roughly 5 miles from the city center. Trains, the Metro, buses and taxis make it easy to reach the city center in no time. Tickets can be purchased at the airport and used on the train, Metro and bus. Tickets for one trip or for 10 days’ worth of trips may be purchased and the passenger must validate the ticket before boarding.
Hotels in Copenhagen Recommended hotels near the train and bus station include the two-star Copenhagen Plaza, which is surrounded by cafés and within walking distance of most attractions. It has a buffet breakfast and family rooms. Also recommended is the three-star Radisson Blu Hotel across from the Tivoli. Hotel Kong Arthur and Ibsens Hotel on Nansensgade are quiet but central. Within walking distance of the sights and many food establishments, these hotels provide visitors with comfort and convenience.
Culture in Copenhagen
The capitalcity is full of cultural centers. The National Museum is the largest and contains historical and archeological items. The National Gallery contains artwork going back to the 12th century. The Open Air Museum is the oldest and largest in the world, housing 300 year old artifacts.
No trip to the city would be complete without listening to the opera. The city’s concert hall is home to the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The concert hall in Tivoli Gardens and the National Opera House are centers of great musical performances that must not be missed.
Round Tower is an observatory in use since the mid-1600s, in which there is a powerful telescope that visitors must not miss.
European cities are often built around their pre-historic counterparts - and Copenhagen is no different. Medieval Indre By is a square city at the heart of the modern one. It houses streets, shops, churches, restaurants and other historical buildings.
The Little Mermaid is one of the city’s most beloved attractions. The Hans Christian Andersen character is made of bronze and guards the harbor.
Amalienborg Palace has some historic rooms open to the public, but the real draw is watching the changing of the guard. This occurs at noon when the royal family is in residence. While a marching band plays, the guards march from Rosenborg Castle through the city streets to Amalienborg Palace to change the guard, whose members then march, still musically accompanied, back to Rosenborg Castle. Amalienborg Palace has been the home of the Danish royal family since the late 1700s.
Attractions in Copenhagen
Tivoli Gardens - a 20-acre garden in the heart of the city. Built in 1843, it was the inspiration for Walt Disney and countless other future amusement park entrepreneurs. Like any amusement park, it has its share of games and rides, but the ride most beloved by children is the merry-go-round made of Viking ships. There is a roller coaster that can take your breath away running at up to 50 mph and a Ferris wheel of hot air balloons during the daytime. At night, the park comes alive with food, beer and music.
The aquarium opened in 2005. Visitors can partake of north Atlantic aquatic life, including turtles, sharks, piranhas and other sea life. The aquarium is near a royal palace in use since the late 1600s. Although the palace is not open to the public, the grounds are available for tourists to see.
Bakken Amusement Park is the home of rides, shows and revues on unspoiled terrain. The most popular revue in the country is seen here, with the dancing girls seriously threatening the Radio City Music Hall dancers. Plenty of food, beer and fun to be had for all can be found here.
No trip abroad is complete until visitors bring home their most cherished shopping treasures. Shopping in the city is centered on its longest street, Strøget. Branching off Strøget are several other roads and one that is just as long. Along these streets are boutiques, department stores and specialty shops. Several mainline brands are represented there in their flagship stores. Shoppers of every age will find favorites among these shops in addition to second-hand stores and those selling fine silver, china, art, books, music and housewares.
In the old portion of the city, Frederiksberg, visit Aniel, a children’s shop for old wooden toys and children’s clothing. While on this side of town, also visit the Frederiksberg Looptorv, or the flea market, for wonderful things.
In the Østerbro district, visit the Nordre Frihavnsgade. On this street are located furniture designers, china shops and retro shops. In the Vesterbro area, visit Designer Zoo, which, as the name implies, contains designers of everything from glassware and ceramics to furniture.
This city was made for people, not automobiles. More than half of all Copenhageners ride a bike everyday in addition to walking or taking the train. They eat the most amazing foods and treasure specialties such as homemade ice cream with fruits and flowers. The thrift stores can be identified by signs saying Genbrug or Kierkens Genbrug on them.
Walking along the canals is a must. The city’s architecture is warm and wonderful and worthy of note. Danish design is becoming more popular by the year, so a shopping trip to get some great buys will be greatly appreciated by friends and family at home. Above all, a trip to Copenhagen is an opportunity to enjoy beauty and wonder.
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