Nyhavn – the view familiar from most of postcards, travel guides and brochures of Copenhagen! Even though you have probably seen this already in dozens of pictures – the colorful houses and the boats mirroring from the canal – is still a beautiful sight to see in your own eyes.
Dating from the 17th – century, Nyhavn was a long time a typical harbor district filled with drunken sailors and prostitutes seeking for customers. Today, it’s all except that. Expensive restaurants and terraces on both sides of the canal as well as cruise boats are the ones emptying the tourist’s pockets these days.
2. Rosenborg Castle
One of the most famous Scandinavian kings, Christian IV build the Rosenborg Castle for himself in the beginning of the 17th-century. An impressing collection of royal treasures and the Danish Crown Jewels are kept in this fairytale castle. The castle is surrounded by the Kongens Have –park which is famous of its splendid flower beds and parterres.
The castle interiors are well preserved through time and feature the 400 years of royal splendor in Denmark. The awe-inspiring Knights’ Hall with the coronation thrones and three life-size silver lions standing guard as well as the huge wall tapestries about the battles between Denmark and Sweden – is a sight that sticks in your mind after the visit.
3. The Botanic Garden
Copenhagen’s Botanic Garden (Botanisk Have) is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the busy city. The garden covers an area of 10 hectares and contains more than 13,000 species of different plants from all over the world.
The garden is known for its 27 historical glasshouses. The most outstanding is the old Palm House dating from 1874. It is 16 m tall and has narrow, cast-iron spiral stairs leading to a passageway at the top. And its tropic warmth is a great place to escape the cold during winter…
4. Langelinie Park
Langelinie Park is a home of the most famous sight in Copenhagen – the statue of the Little Mermaid. In 2013 she turned 100 years old, looking as young as ever. The statue is based on a Danish storyteller’s Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land.
The largest monument in Copenhagen, the Gefion fountain is also located in Langelinie Park. Gefion features a large-scale group of oxen figures being driven by the legendary Norse goddess, Gefjun. According to an ancient legend, the goddess Gefjun ploughed the island of Zealand out of Sweden. She had transformed her four sons into immensely powerful oxen and had them plough so deeply in the ground that they raised the land and pulled it into the sea which created the Zealand island.
Next to the Park is also Kastellet – a fortress build in the 17th-century for the protection of Copenhagen and the small Anglican St. Alban Church that has a beautiful reflection from the fortress moats.
The buzzing city center of Copenhagen is dominated by Strøget – the elegant shopping promenade. You can find almost everything you ever need from this 1,6 km long shopping street. However, the most interesting boutiques can be found from the side alleys that are also worth for a visit.
Strøget is the most famous street in Copenhagen, but it may not be easy to find… It should start from the Rådhus, but in the map, you may just see the street Frederiksberggade that changes into the streets of Gammeltorv and Nytorv, which change into Nygade changing into Vimmelskaftet, and then Amagertorv and finally into Østergade..
On the side of shopping, stop over for a beer and smørrebröd – the Danish sandwich. The bread is somewhere beneath the toppings..