Culture, Gastronomic Delights and History in Copenhagen
The popularity of Denmark as a holiday destination has surged over the last couple of years. With their friendly culture, gastronomic delights, Viking history and the fact it is often voted one of the happiest places on earth, is no wonder this has become the ideal holiday destination for all ages.
Whether it’s a hotel, apartment or boat, family, solo or romantic getaway there is something for everyone.
Well known across the world as a cycling city, try grabbing The City Bike: a user-friendly bike rental system whereby you simply enter your card details into the touch screen pad on the bike and away you go! You can drop the bikes at any station once you’re finished exploring. Having said this, Copenhagen does have an extensive public transport system so if you’d rather save your energy for sight-seeing and shopping, hop on any of the S-Trains, Movia Buses or Metro.
Stroget is not only the longest pedestrian street in the world, but is also the main shopping street in Copenhagen. Offering designer labels through to well-known department stores, Illum and Magasin. Jægersborggade is just behind Strøget but offers a charming, quieter shopping experience. Why not wander the streets to find yourself some gorgeous jewellery and have a well-earned coffee in a quiet café.
Copenhagen has a long history dating back to the early 11th century and consequently has amassed many attractions to delight every age, from historical and cultural museums to amusement parks and castles.
Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park is an absolute must see for all ages as the park dates back to 1843 and was the inspiration behind the Disney theme parks. Here you can experience theme park rides such as roller coasters and a hall of mirrors, as well as theatre, music and a range of culinary delights.
The National Museum is Denmark’s largest historical and cultural museum so is a go-to for anyone wanting to discover the true history of Denmark. It has a wide range of fascinating exhibitions as well as activities and guided tours running throughout the year.
Rosenborg Castle was built in the early 17th century by the famous Scandinavian King, Christian IV and still stands today to display 400 years of Danish royalty. Head to the Knight’s Hall to see the old coronation throne or walk through the palace to discover the crown jewels.
If you’re an art enthusiast then you can’t miss a visit to The National Gallery of Denmark. Home to over 700 years of artwork, this gallery is Denmark’s largest collection of art. From Renaissance to contemporary art, this gallery has it all!
A trip to Christiansborg Palace is another one to add to your agenda. This palace is located on the tiny island of Slotsholmen and is the seat of the Danish Parliament, Supreme Court of Denmark and houses the Danish Prime Minister’s office. Lucky for us, much of the palace is open to visitors so you can take in a guided tour or pop down to the stables to admire the royal stallions in all their glory.
Copenhagen was once home to the famous author Hans Christian Andersen who wrote many a beloved fairy-tale, including Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea and The Little Mermaid. In 1913, the latter fairy-tale was immortalised through the building of The Little Mermaid statue by the waterfront in Langelinie, and she now enjoys more than 1 million visitors per year and is thought of as a symbol of Copenhagen.
Rundentaarn, or the Round Tower, was another building built by King Christian IV and is your first stop if you want to see a stunning, birds-eye view of Copenhagen. Climb the 209m long winding spiral walk to the top and look out over the viewpoint or see what’s going on at the Observatory – Europe’s oldest functioning astronomy observatory!
Until recently, Denmark as a location for foodies was unheard of. However, over the last decade, Danish cuisine has broken stereotype, with Copenhagen itself being the home to over 15 Michelin-starred restaurants. Fusing traditional, locally sourced ingredients with a modern twist, you’ll be able to find the classics or porridge, smorgasbords and pork all of which can be washed down with one of Denmark’s famous beers – and don’t forget to try the Nation’s dish of ‘stegt’.
With a wide range of diverse accommodation available such as Europahuset Luxury Apartments offering stunning views of either Tivoli Gardens or the canals. A Copenhagen Houseboat or The Nimb Hotel a five-star stylish boutique hotel offering elegant bedrooms and is located within Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens, there is somewhere for everyone.
www.Booking.com has a selection of some of the best places to stay in Copenhagen with prices starting from as little as £70. Return flights with EasyJet from London Gatwick to Copenhagen start from £94 per person.