What to see in Copenhagen

Today the countries of Northern Europe are in fashion. Cinema, series, gastronomy ... everything leads us to want to know these orderly countries, with a good educational system, a present state and stable economies. For example, Denmark.

The capital is Copenhagen, originally a XNUMXth century Viking fishing village. Today we are going to discover what can we do in this city small, colorful and picturesque of northern Europe.


It is off the coast of the island of Zealand and occupies part of the island of Amager. Look out over the Strait of Oresund, on the other side is Sweden and the city of Malmo. It has suburbs in the north, upper class, suburbs in the northwest inhabited more or less by the middle class and others that are more industrial or where people of lower income live.

Counting the population of the municipalities, it is calculated that the capital of Denmark is inhabited by around 1.800.000 thousand inhabitants. Many people live here, little more than 33% of the total population of the country.

What to see in Copenhagen in 3 days

We can start with some fresh air. Thus, during the first day I recommend visiting the Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park that attracts people of all ages. It is located a few minutes walk from the City Hall and the Central Station. The site opened in 1843 and it seems that Hans Christian Andersen visited him many times.

The Tivoli Gardens has a wonderful architecture, historic buildings and lush gardens. The attractions match this historical charm but there are new and modern things like the fantastic roller coaster, vertigo, which spins you at 100 kilometers per hour, for example, or The Demon, a roller coaster with digital art built-in and a fantasy of Chinese legends with dragons. However, there is also the old one, the one from 1914, which is one of the only seven roller coasters that has a brake on each car ...

Here you can have a good time. Meanwhile, in the gardens there are many nooks for picnics and stalls where you can eat Asian or Danish or French food. There is even a restaurant with a Michelin-recognized chef. And there is no lack of hotels, live music in summer and many activities in any season of the year. Admission to Tivoli Gardens costs 110 DKK per adult.

We can continue with a photo with The little Mermaid. It is worth it too. It is one of the most popular attractions in the city and in 2013 it completed its first a hundred years. The statue was a gift from the brewery industrialist Carl Jacobsen to the city, it is a work by Edvard Eriksen, it is made of bronze and granite and is obviously inspired by the Andersen story. It is said that every sunrise comes out of the water, sits on the rock and hopes to see her loved one.

In the afternoon of this first day we can think about shopping and food: thus, adding the movement of the city, we must walk through Stroget, the largest shopping area in Copenhagen. It is a pedestrian street with expensive shops but also very accessible prices. For example, there are Prada, Max Mara, Hermès and Boss, but also H&M or Zara. It runs for 1.1 kilometers and goes from the City Hall building to Kongens Nytorv.

If you don't want to shop or it's not your thing, you can still take a walk because as you walk and cross the other streets you will see some beautiful corners of the city. Is the Church of Our Lady, where some kings were married, the Gammeltorv Square, the Stork Fountain, the canal that overlooks the Christiansborg Palace with the Parliament, the Town Hall and its Tower or the Royal Danish Theater. A dinner and to bed.

Starting on second day we can go from recess to history. If you like the history of the kings then you can visit the Amalienborg Palace, today converted into a museum. Here at the gate takes place the change of guard, the Royal Guard or Den Kongelige Livgarde. The guard walks from their barracks to Rosenborg Castle through the city streets to end up in this palace, every day at 12 noon sharp.

The Amelianborg Palace is basically made up of four identical buildings: the Christian VII Palace, Frederik VIII PalaceThat of Christian IX and of Christian VIII. This building is where the museum itself is. In this museum you can see the private rooms of the most recent kings and queens and some of their traditions.

The museum traces a century and a half of Danish history, from Christian IX and Queen Louise (their four children were kings or queens of Europe), with their impeccable rooms, until today. Admission is 105 DKK.

In the afternoon, after lunch, if you like other types of attractions or are traveling with children, you can visit the National Aquarium of Denmark Den Bla Planet. The feeling is that of being surrounded by water. The design of the building has a center with five arms and in the center is where the aquarium is, so you can choose your own route to know the exotic animals that the place keeps. The Oceanic Tank is phenomenal, with its hammerhead sharks, manta rays ...

There is also a coral reef teeming with colorful fish, an Amazon area with birds and butterflies, a huge waterfall, and dangerous piranhas. From the aquarium there is a beautiful view of Oresund. Getting there is easy, you take the metro from Kongens Nytrov and in twelve minutes you arrive at Kastrup station. From here you walk a bit to the aquarium. The price is 170 DKK per adult.

After the siesta time we can close the day with him National Museum of Denmark. This site has exhibits spanning many historical periods: the Stone Age, the Vikings, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and Modernity. It is in the Palace of the Princess, an XNUMXth century building, and inside you can visit, apart from its collections, the Klunkehjemmet Apartment, Victorian style, which is the same since 1890. If you go with children it is a good place because there is a section specially designed for them, the Kid's museum.

You can visit this museum on your own with self-guides and in the months of July, August and September there are guided tours in English. Do you have a little money left over? Then you can eat in the restaurant SMÖR, with classics of Danish gastronomy. Admission is 95 DKK.

In the morning of third day, after breakfast in a nearby cafeteria, we can go to the Round Tower, a tower built in the XNUMXth century. It works like a observatory and is the oldest in Europe. It was built under the orders of Christian IV and is still used and has many visitors. Has a outer platform with a beautiful view of the old part of Copenhagen. You arrive after climbing a spiral staircase 268 and a half meters long but the heart of the tower is 85,5 meters from the outside so to climb 36 meters you walk 209 ...

Inside is a university library, also visited by the famous writer Andersen, and a new attraction consisting of a glass floor 25 meters high. Admission is DKK 25 per adult.

Finally, always according to your tastes, you can visit the National Gallery of Denmark or SMK, the Rosenborg Castle with four centuries of splendor, the Frilandsmuseet Open Air Museum, one of the oldest in the world, the Botanical Garden, Zoo, Planetarium or King's Garden. Remember that if you buy the Copenhagen Tourist Card many of these attractions are free.

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