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Places to see in Copenhagen

Places to see in Copenhagen, things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark

1. The statue of the Little Mermaid

The statue of The Little Mermaid sits on a rock in the harbour of the capital of Denmark. Based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction. The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, son of the founder of Carlsberg, who had been fascinated by a ballet about the fairytale in Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre and asked the primaballerina, Ellen Price, to model for the statue. The sculptor Edvard Eriksen created the statue, which was unveiled on 23 August 1913. The statue’s head was modelled after Price, but as the ballerina did not agree to model in the nude, the sculptor’s wife Eline Eriksen was used for the body.

 

 

2. Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace (Danish: Amalienborg, is the winter home of the Danish royal family, and is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It consists of four identical classicizing palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard (Amalienborg Slotsplads); in the center of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederick V. Amalienborg was originally built for four noble families; however, when Christiansborg Palace burnt down on 26 February 1794, the royal family bought the palaces and moved in. Over the years various kings and their families have resided in the four different palaces.

 

 

3. The National Gallery

Statens Museum for Kunst, the Danish national gallery, is the only place in Denmark, which features 700 years of Western art and cultural history under one roof. Consequently a visit to the museum means an artistic encounter between classical, modern and contemporary art, just as the museum building in itself represents a fusion of new and old. Anna Maria Indrio's white, modernist extension building opened in 1998.

 

 

4. Canal Tours

Canal ToursA tour on the old canals is one of the biggest tourist attractions and an experience you should not miss. The boats take you through all parts of the old city and pass many of the most famous sights.

 

 

 

 

5. Kronborg Castle

Kronborg is situated near the town of Helsingør (immortalised as Elsinore in Shakespeare's Hamlet) on the extreme northeastern tip of Zealand at the narrowest point of the Øresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden. In this part, the sound is only 4 km wide, hence the strategic importance of maintaining a fortress at this location commanding one of the few outlets of the Baltic Sea. The castle has for centuries been one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and was added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list on November 30, 2000. Along with the fortress Kärnan, Helsingborg on the opposite of Øresund, it controlled the entranceway to the Baltic Sea.

 

 

6. Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens (or simply Tivoli) is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on August 15, 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg. Tivoli is currently the most visited theme park in Scandinavia and the 3rd most visited in Europe.

 

 

 

 

7. The National Museum

The National Museum is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history. The museum's main domicile is a classical 18th century mansion just a stone's throw from "Strøget" at the center of Copenhagen. The National Museum is the museum for all Denmark, where you can follow the history of the Danes right down to the present day. And you can get around the world from Greenland to South America.

 

 

8. Strøget - pedestrian street

Copenhagen's largest shopping area is centered around Strøget in the heart of the city. Strøget is the world's longest pedestrian street with a wealth of shops, from budget-friendly chains to some of the world's most expensive brands. The stretch is 1.1 kilometers long and runs from City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) to Kongens Nytorv. Strøget is a nickname from the 1800s.

 

 

9. Round Tower

Rundetaarn, or the round tower, is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe and stars have been watched here since 1642. At the time when Christian the IV built the tower Denmark was quite famous for its astronomical achievements thanks to the astronomer Tycho Brahe. When he died in 1601 the King wished to continue the research of Brahe and thus the round tower came into being. Today it has been awhile since the scientists left the telescope, but the observatory is still frequently used by amateur astronomers and the many visitors of the tower.

 

 

10. Louisiana

Lousiana Museum of Modern Art is undoubtedly the best attempt at a Danish MOMA you will find. In beautiful surroundings approximately 40 kilometres north of Copenhagen you can experience renowned, international artists, when Lousiana's changing exhibitions bring world class art to the forefront of the Danish art scene.

 

 

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