Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and it is located on the east of the country in the Sjælland region. With about half a million inhabitants, about one tenth of all Danes live in the capital city, making it the economic center of Denmark. Whoever visits Copenhagen will notice that, as quite a big city (comparable to The Hague or Rotterdam), the city is not as busy and chaotic as you would expect. The atmosphere is mostly pretty relaxed, sometimes almost villagelike. The charm of Copenhagen is especially in the people and the combination of beautiful streets with a blend of old half-timbered houses, stately shops, beautiful old buildings and modern architecture. In this article, we will list a few spots/things to do that are definitely worth a visit!
Cycling in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is an extremely cycling-friendly city. Even local traffic generally takes into account the many cyclists who are on the public road. The bicycle is for the locals, in particular, a cheap means of transport that avoids parking and parking costs. For tourists, it is an excellent way to explore the city of Copenhagen. Some accommodations rent bicycles, but you can also use the free bicycles that the city makes available during the period April to October!
At more than one hundred bicycle parking centers you can pick up a bike and return it. To get a bike, you must pay a small deposit. There are now more than two thousand bikes available. The cycling project makes Copenhagen an important bicycle city, which can be compared with other “bicycle cities” such as Amsterdam and Berlin.
One of Copenhagen’s most atmospheric places is Nyhavn, a small harbor with houses in many different colors. The chances are that if you open a book or open a website about Copenhagen, this part of the city is shown on the picture. Nyhavn is the city’s hotspot on sunny spring and summer days, where people come to eat and drink. Also, the harbor is the starting point of the cruise boats that cruise you along Copenhagen. Although the name Nyhavn literally means “New Port”, it is not really new anymore. The harbor was dug out by prisoners of the war between Denmark and Sweden (1657-1658).
Possibly the biggest tourist attraction of Copenhagen is the statue of The Little Mermaid, based on the story of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. The statue has a height of only 1.25 meters (!) and has a weight of just 175 kilograms. The statue was created by Edvard Eriksen and it was officially unveiled on August 23, 1913. Since then, the image of the little mermaid has sadly been the target of vandalism several times.
The Tivoli Theme Park is located in the center of Copenhagen, just near the Central Station and the town hall. It was established in 1843 and with about four million visitors a year, it is Denmark’s most popular theme park. To visit the park, you must pay an entrance fee. In addition to the loose day tickets you can also buy Tivoli season tickets. Unlike many other theme parks, the entrance ticket to Tivoli does not entitle you to free participation in attractions. The best moment to visit Tivoli is during the evening. The many lights make the park just so special. In the summer months, you can also dine outside and have a drink on the terraces located in Tivoli.
So that are basically the hotspots of Copenhagen. Feel free to watch this video that “A Brit and a Broad” put on YouTube. It gives a good view one of the hippest cities in Scandinavia.