Copenhagen in Denmark - the Tourist Paradise
- By:Stan Smith
Copenhagen in Denmark is one of Europe’s oldest capitals and home to the nation’s parliament, government, and monarchy. It is a city suited for tourists and easy to explore. It is the nation’s largest city with a population of over 1 million. It is also the cultural center for the country featuring art, music, theater and design. It is also known as a 24 hour party city for those looking for a swinging time.
The city can be cold in the winter so the most popular times to visit are in the summer months. Accommodations range from youth hostels and budget accommodation to exclusive five star hotels. For visitors there are many theaters, museums, art galleries and musical entertainment choices which will make your stay in the royal city memorable.
Copenhagen City Hall Square in the center of the city can hold over 50.000 people for events. At one side of the square is the world famous Tivoli Gardens which features an amusement park which was established in 1843. It is worth a stroll around to check out the old world village like atmosphere featuring rides and restaurants. On the other side of the City Hall Square is the pedestrian shopping street Strøget a excellent starting point for shopping expeditions.
Another famous attraction is the Amalienborg Palace which is the residence of the Danish royalty and is actually four different palaces set out surrounding a square. At noon visitors gather to watch the changing of the guard.
For kids there are many attractions including the Copenhagen Zoo, the National Museum, the Aquarium or the New Carlsberg Glyptotek. There are also public beaches within easy reach of the city. Be sure to try out a saunas which is part of the Danish culture.
Cuisine in Copenhagen offers a variety of choices ranging from basic meals including smorrebrod (open sandwiches), frikadeller, (meatballs) and pølser, (hot dogs) to the ultimate in fine restaurants. There is a growing number of North African and Middle Eastern restaurants influenced by recent immigrants to the area. Cafes and pubs abound as Denmark is renowned for its beer including the world famous Carlsberg lager.
Copenhagen has a thriving nightlife. Most nightclubs get going around midnight and are busy until dawn. Dancing, live music, and jazz clubs are all popular night time attractions. Copenhagen's international casino draws large crowds interested in gambling. For opera lovers the Opera House in Copenhagen is one of Europe’s most modern and impressive buildings and features top notch opera. The Danish Royal Theatre dates from1872 and is home to the country’s highly rated theater and ballet performances.
The Christiania area of the city was developed in the early 1970s by hippies who developed their own laws which were independent of the Danish government. It is now an area famed for art and a diversity of cultures.
The famous Little Mermaid statue is one of Copenhagen’s most famous landmarks and attracts almost one million tourists every year. Nyhavn is the old harbor area and is a picturesque area not to be missed. Nyhavn includes many quays with boats and is a fun area to explore.
One of the largest European construction projects is the Oresund Bridge which was opened for traffic in July 2000. This bridge and tunnel connects the Copenhagen area in Denmark with Malmo in Sweden and has opened up the area to new economic growth and development as well as sightseeing opportunities.
Copenhagen has something for everyone! These attractions range from royal palaces and fairytale parks to a cosmopolitan nightlife and modern shopping experiences. It’s a city not to be missed.
About the author:
Stan Smith writes for Four Corners Hotels http://www.fourcornershotels.com/index.php/DK--Copenhagen
a hotel group offering hotels in cities around the world including hotels located in Copenhagen.