If you’re not afraid of a little chill in the air, Copenhagen, Denmark, is a unique European capital that’s friendly to travelers and has plenty of sights to explore. While most of your friends will be jostling among the crowds in Barcelona and Paris, consider heading to the City of Spires for a relaxing holiday.
What to do
Copenhagen is a modern city, but one steeped in history. If historical buildings are your favorite tourist attraction, there are several royal palaces in the area to explore, such as Christiansborg Palace, Kronborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace. Many of these facilities are still in use by the Danish royal family and the country’s elected representatives.
As part of Scandinavia, Denmark was home to the Vikings in centuries past. In nearby Roskilde, the Viking Ship Museum lets you and your family experience this bygone culture and take a closer look at five original ships rescued from the seabed of the neighboring Roskilde Fjord. Beyond traditional exhibits, you can visit the boatyard to see how these boats were built and even set sail in a reconstruction.
History and fun collide when you visit Tivoli Gardens. It opened in 1843 and is one of the oldest theme parks in the world. Modern visitors can experience music, ballet and the youth garden while admiring the historic Asian-influenced architecture. Several rides, like The Star Flyer and Aquila, bring screams and laughs.
If you prefer contemporary attractions, consider visiting the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art north of the city. It’s a unique collection of contemporary art with more than 3,000 pieces, and it offers entertainment for young visitors in its three-story Children’s Wing. In warmer months, the King’s Garden is a popular spot for city residents to bask in the glory of nature. It’s the oldest royal garden in Denmark and is known for its full flower beds, rose garden, and wide-open lawns.
No matter what attractions you decide to see during your stay, make sure that you make a stop at Langelinje Pier. This is home to one of Copenhagen’s most famous residents: The Little Mermaid from the story by Hans Christian Andersen, immortalized as a statue.
Where to eat
Like many international cities, Copenhagen’s restaurants are indicative of the nation’s cuisine. If you want a taste of the local food, consider Restaurant Schoennemann and Restaurant Krebsegaarden. Both eateries feature fresh Scandinavian fare, but Restaurant Schoennemann has a more relaxed, pub-style environment while Restaurant Krebsegaarden is a fine-dining establishment.
Sometimes the best way to experience local delicacies is in a market. Copenhagen is home to several food markets that provide great raw ingredients for cooking, as well as several food stands with pre-made meals. Torvehallerne has more than 60 stands selling everything from chocolate to fresh fish, and there are several vendors for a quick bite or a sweet treat. If you’re up for a bit of investigating, Rebel Food is a gang of food trucks that roam the city together with dishes from diverse traditions. Once you find where they’re parked, it’s easy to enjoy a good meal from these talented cooks.
You should definitely add Copenhagen, Denmark to your list of future travel destinations. It might be a bit chilly, but the unique experience is more than worth it.
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