MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS
Lively, friendly Copenhagen offers plenty to see and do,
from historic royal sites to stunning modern design
and architecture as well as hidden parks and an underground
museum. Denmark's capital is a fascinating city
full of contrast and surprise.
Copenhagen is one large attraction in itself, as many
of the cobblestone streets and rows of old Danish
houses are much like they have been for centuries. Yet
Copenhagen is adding ever more modern attractions to
the heap of historic ones.
More than 60 museums all tell their own story about
the land, the city and its people. Each story different
and none complete. If you should venture to try to see
them all, there is a special ticket which allows you to see
as many as possible in one, two or three days. Some
museums also have special days when no admission is
When the royal family is in residence at Amalienborg
Castle it is a popular tourist sight to see the changing of
the guard which takes place at noon. You can tell if they
are in residence because a swallowtail flag flies on the
mast when the queen is residing in Copenhagen, rather
than in her North Zealand summer home, Fredensborg
A walk along picturesque Nyhavn Canal dating from
1673, when it was built to connect the inner city to the
sea, reveals the best of historic Copenhagen with old
but well-preserved architecture and wooden boats showcasing
the city's maritime history. The famous fairy-tale
writer Hans Christian Andersen lived in no. 20, from
1834-38, where he wrote his first stories.
Within Denmark’s capital exists another world called
Christiania. It’s a small area within the city that proclaimed
its independence from the state in 1971, and
an intriguing place to visit and experience dominated
largely by a freethinking 'hippie' culture. Visitors can enjoy
the neighbourhood's peaceful green environment and its
magical combination of village and metropolitan life.
In Copenhagen you are never far from the water and
great architecture. Water, space and light are the key
elements of the recent architectural boom in Copenhagen.
So take a stroll on the waterfront and see the
sights – a library, a royal play house and the Opera are
among the sights you can experience along with the new
pedestrian- and bicycle bridge at Nyhavn connecting
parts of the city in a new way.
Photo: Bjarne Tulinius Tuala Hjarnø – Copenhagenmediacenter.com.