While there are many travel destinations in the world, few manage to truly capture the imagination of travelers around the world, going beyond the usual admiration of a moment and making people fall in love and thinking back about past experiences with that mix of fascination and endearment. One of these places is Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.
Still remaining somewhat under the radar of major destinations in the world and keeping its authentic charm, Copenhagen has a little something for everyone, from cycling tours to rewarding museums, from exceptional monuments to wonderful parks, from shopping and gastronomy to an extremely peaceful and pleasant atmosphere. Choosing what to see and do is an overwhelming task in such a diverse and rich destination, so here are some ideas.
First of all, Copenhagen is a city of history and architecture, with impressive monuments that can be visited, enough to keep anyone busy for many days. There are no less of three amazing royal palaces right in the center part of Copenhagen, starting with Amalienborg, which is also the residence of the Danish royal family. With its intricate architecture, visitors usually plan their visit to visit the museum inside and watch the changing of the guard.
Another royal destination is Christiansborg, housing the Danish Parliament and offering an exciting visitor experience through the reception rooms, stables and theater. The third royal destination is Rosenborg Palace, a smaller, but equally elegant and splendid Renaissance castle, with its royal museum and the royal jewels displayed in the underground catacombs. A symbol of the city, Rundetårn or the Round Tower, serves as an observatory and also a great lookout point to get unforgettable panoramas of the city.
Within the Inner city of Copenhagen, there are many other historical and cultural sights, each one offering fascinating stories and moments of atonement. The City Hall is a good example, open to the public and visitors are free to admire the architecture and the art pieces displayed. For a piece of culture, travelers can visit the Charlottenborg mansion, with frequent exhibitions. But nevertheless, the ultimate cultural institution remains the National Museum, considered one of the best in Europe and presenting the past of the country in a very insightful and pleasant way, not to mention the cool Viking references.
Other important and interesting museums of Copenhagen include the Danish National Gallery, the Museum of Art and Design and the Glyptotek. Apart from all these, the city also has several outstanding examples of religious architecture, with the Church of Our Savior that offers great views over the city, the Church of Our Lady and the Marble Church with its large dome, being just three examples.
If you get tired with so much culture and history, Copenhagen offers a large selection of places to see and things to try, starting with one exceptionally fascinating park, the Tivoli Gardens, a heaven for people looking for pleasurable walks and inciting entertainment. The Tivoli Park was opened more than 150 years ago and today offers a large assortment of rides and other attractions, as well as space to unwind and relax in a charming atmosphere.
There are several other parks and gardens within the center of the city, like the charming Kings Garden, not to mention the ever-present waterscapes, the city being recognized as an enchanting green destination. Apart from all these, Copenhagen has other interesting attractions and places to see, from the Experimentarium and the Botanical Gardens and from the Planetarium to the Cinematheque. There are a lot of magical places to discover and explore.
The capital of Denmark is also a place to try and experience a lot of things, from world class shopping to exquisite gastronomic moments. The best shopping area right in the middle of the medieval city is Strøget, a huge maze of streets with some of the best stores and shops in Europe. While Copenhagen tends to be regarded as an above the average priced destination, there are plenty of choices in what concern the dining options, from high class restaurants to more budget friendly ones, also serving traditional Danish cuisine.
Despite to what most people might think, during the summer, it is possible to swim in the waters of Copenhagen, an exciting way to spend some sunny hours. Finally, for those visitors that also like to go out and have fun at night, the nightlife of Copenhagen can only be described as exciting and vibrant. There are many more things to experience in this northern capital and travelers will most likely discover their own preferences in the city.