10 things to do in Copenhagen
love it!’s ANNA BIBBY paid a visit to the gorgeous Danish capital city of Copenhagen and found it an absolute delight. Here are her top 10 things to see and do…
1. FREDERIKSBORG PALACE This beautiful Dutch renaissance palace was built in the 17th Century and is situated in Hillerod. It was once home to King Christian IV but is now an art gallery.
2. LITTLE MERMAID The statue of the Little Mermaid sits at the end of Langlinje Pier. It was a gift to the city from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen and is said to be inspired by the Hans Cristian Andersen fairy tale – which inspired Disney’s ‘Little Mermaid’.
3. BEER! The original Carlsberg brewery has now been converted into a visitor centre, where tourists can learn about the origins of the world-famous lager with a tour and interactive exhibits.
4. STROGET STREET Shopaholics won’t believe their luck when they arrive at Stroget; it is the longest pedestrian zone in Europe and offers a stretch of shops nearly a mile long! There is everything to suit all kinds of budgets, from high street stores to designer brands.
5. TIVOLI GARDENS Tivoli Gardens is a perfect family day out as it has something for everyone. It is most noted for being Denmark’s most popular amusement park, with everything from adrenalin-filled rollercoasters to nostalgic favourites such as carousels and Ferris wheels. If you’re just looking for somewhere to relax, there are also quaint gardens to explore, a theatre and an array of restaurants. Admission starts at around £10.50.
6. CHRISTIANSBORG PALACE The remains that lie below Christiansborg Palace was revealed by accident by builders working on the palace. Now they are a tourist favourite, where you can step back in time to how the palace was run in the middle ages. Entry is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.
7. NYHAVN Once a busy commercial port, Nyhavn is the hotspot for Copenhagen’s elite and has converted the old warehouse buildings to the city’s finest restaurants and bars. This is the place to be if you are looking to enjoy gourmet food and drink whilst enjoying a relaxing atmosphere.
8. OPEN AIR MUSEUM The Open Air Museum in Copenhagen is one of the oldest and largest in the world. It is designed as a scaled down version of Denmark so you can see the whole country in a day.
9. THE ROUND TOWER The Round Tower was built in the 17th century and was used as an astronomy tower. Today, not only is it used as an observation deck by amateur astronomers but it is also a tourist hot spot. You can climb the spiral staircase to get an incredible view of the city as well as learning about the tower’s scientific history.
10. BLUE PLANET The design of the Blue Planet Aquarium in Copenhagen makes visitors feel like they’re underwater. There’s an ocean tank, coral reef and the Amazonas where you’ll find tropical birds and insects. Entry starts at £10.