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Copenhagen Highlights

Copenhagen and surroundings offer a great concentration of sights and attractions ranging from museums, world class architecture to green oasis and harbour swim baths. Please find below a selection of major attractions in Copenhagen, all located in the city centre.

Tivoli

Tivoli opened in 1843 and is still today Denmark’s, and maybe the World’s, greatest amusement park. The minute you pass through the turnstiles, you step into an enchanted world; the pantomime theatre being one of the first things to meet the eye. Thousands of flowers (each and every one of them real) and coloured lights provide a backdrop for restaurants, amusement rides, music and entertainment. But Tivoli is also a garden of gastronomically delights. There are more than 30 superb restaurants and cafés to choose from www.tivoli.dk

Amalienborg Palace and Garden

Copenhagen is the seat of Europe’s oldest monarchy and probably the most popular, too. Queen Margrethe II and her husband, Prince Henrik, conduct their royal affairs at Amalienborg Palace, next to Amaliehaven Park at the harbour’s edge. When Her Majesty is in residence, the guard is changed at noon and the band of the Royal Life Guards marches through the city centre. Right by the Palace you will see the stunning Marble Church (Frederiks Church). The building was commenced in 1749 but not completed until 1894.

Round Tower

Rundetaarn (The Round Tower) was built on the initiative of King Christian IV (1588-1648) with Hans Steenwinkel the Younger as the architect. The tower was to have 3 important facilities: an astronomical observatory, a student church and a university library. The spiral walk is unique in European architecture. The 209 m long spiral ramp winds itself 7 ½ times round the hollow core of the tower, forming the only connection between the individual parts of the building complex. From the platform, 34.8 m above the street, the visitor has a magnificent view of the old part of Copenhagen.

Statens Museum for Kunst

Statens Museum for Kunst is the Danish National Gallery. It is Denmark’s principal art museum and covers a wide aspect of art history. The collections date back to the 16th century when the Danish kings, like other European princes, established their own art collections. The highlights include the Dutch inspired 17th century, Danish 19th century, emphasizing the Danish golden age, as well as international and Danish art from the breakthrough of modern art to contemporary art www.smk.dk

Danish Museum of Art & Design

It is a contemporary museum for Danish and international crafts and design and is among the premier exhibition venues in Scandinavia. The museum is a centre of knowledge whose collections, archives, and library combine to make up the leading institution for research on design history in Denmark. www.designmuseum.dk

The National Museum

Denmark’s primary museum of cultural history is housed in a beautiful 18th century in the centre of Copenhagen. The extensively renovated and extended museum is a vibrant cultural centre offering a broad spectrum of exhibitions and activities. The permanent collection portrays more than 10,000 years of history, providing insights to the world of the past and foreign cultures worldwide. www.natmus.dk

Harbour Swim Baths

Regular control has proven the water to be so clean that it is safe to use for bathing and include in the leisure programs for outdoor activities in the capital.

There three open air swim baths located on the waterfront of Copenhagen. They feature several pools and diving boards. The season runs from June to September.

Rosenborg Palace

Queen Margrethe II’s crown jewels – and the treasures amassed by her ancestors through 500 years – are on display in the palace vaults. Rosenborg Castle is a beautiful renaissance castle, first built as King Christian 4th’s country house in 1607, and nowadays a museum in the middle of the Renaissance park called Kongens Have – The King’s Garden – just a few streets away from KongensNytorv, the King’s New Square

Nyhavn

Running from KongensNytorv, a picturesque canal filled with moored sailing boats, runs down to the main harbour, dividing the two sides of Nyhavn. It's a popular meeting place, and perfect for enjoying a drink in one of the many open-air cafes, restaurants and bars. As soon as the sun is out in early spring, the Danes move the chairs and tables outside and from the first summer day the quay is crowded with people the wonderful atmosphere of the seaside location.

Opera, Theatre or Ballet

The brand new Play House and the magnificent Opera as well as the two largest historical theatres in Copenhagen are available for receptions and special events as well as theatregoers. The Copenhagen Opera, one of the most modern opera buildings in the world, along with the famous Royal Theatre and Play House host an impressive international repertoire  www.kgl-teater.dk

Christiania

The Freetown of Christiania offers a unique atmosphere and green surroundings. The atmosphere is very laid back and informal. The cafés and restaurants go for organic food and the service is very relaxed.

The village of Christiania covers an area of more than 85 acres and houses almost one thousand inhabitants. It is a well-known "brand" for the progressive and

liberated Danish lifestyle and offers something Danish that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Hippies founded Christiania in 1971 as a part of the Danish counter-culture movement. A motley crew of hippies, artists, political activists and social misfits moved in and settled down - thus creating a controversial point of conflict, which to this day can still cause quite a stir among especially law-and-order-minded politicians www.christiania.org



For further attractions, ideas and inspiration in and around the city, please see: visitcopenhagen.com