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Things to do and See in Denmark

Copenhagen


The Danish capital was founded in 1167 and is a beautiful city and is the largest urban centre in Scandinavia. The cities canals, lakes and the sea form the backdrop to modern Copenhagen and the narrow streets make it an ideal travel destination. For more information go to www.visitcopenhagen.se

The Copenhagen Card gives unlimited travel on buses and trains and free entry to a large number of museums and places of interest. It comes as a City Card (covering 40 attractions) or Plus Card (70 attractions plus public transport). These cards are on sale at most tourist outlets around Copenhagen. For more information go to www.copenhagencard.dk

Carlsberg Brewery

The Carlsberg Glyptotek was built by the Carlsberg brewer in 1897. Go on a tour of one of the best beers in the world. This is the most popular beer in the country and one of the most popular in the world. The brewery is open everyday except closed Monday. Tours cost Dkk30 but free Wed and Sun. These prices can change so for more information go to www.carlsberg.com

Christiania


This is an area in South-East Copenhagen that is self-governing, alternative society, which started in the 1970’s when homeless people and political activists took over the disused naval warehouses. Today, its home to over 1000 people and there are lots of cafes and bars in this area. Cannabis is sold openly in the street, but be careful as it is illegal in Denmark. For more information go to www.christiania.org 

Little Mermaid

Denmark’s most famous cultural symbol comes from a tale told by its most renowned poet, Hans Christian Andersen. In his story the youngest daughter of the Sea King rescues a drowning prince and falls in love, but in the end gets turned into sea foam. The idea for the statue originated in 1909 when brewer Carl Jacobsen saw the ballet version of the Little Mermaid and was so impressed that he commissioned sculptor Edvard Eriksen to create a bronze statue on Copenhagen’s waterfront. Eriksen modeled the mermaid on his wife and she is now Copenhagen’s most famous symbol as she stares dreamily across the water from Langelinie. The fairytale image has, however, been somewhat marred by vandalism: in 1963 she had her hair painted red, and the latest scandal occurred in 1998 when she was decapitated for the second time. For more information go to www.visitcopenhagen.dk
 
The Church of Our Saviour

This is the tallest building in Copenhagen as it stands at 90m high. If you would like more information on it go to www.vorfrelserskirke.dk

Island Brygge

This is a waterfront area lining Langebro Bridge and bordering Christianshavn.  There is a great city beach and loads of great restaurants and bars lining the strip.

Nørrebro

This is still considered a bit of a rough area, but there are some great shops and the area comes alive at night with its many bars and clubs.

The Round Tower

This is the oldest observatory in Europe and was built by Christian IV, the building forms part of a 17th-century scholastic complex that also included a university library, which now an exhibition hall and student church. A 209m (686ft) spiral ramp leads to the top of the tower, from where there is a good view over the old parts of the city. The admission is Dkk20, but subject to change. For more information go to www.rundetaarn.dk 

Amalienborg Castle
 
This has been the winter residence of the Danish royal family since 1794. The four identical Rococo palaces face each other across the octagonal Amalienborg Slot. This is where the changing of the guard takes place each day at noon, when the family is in residence. A museum, featuring some of the private chambers and royal treasures dating from 1863-1947, is open to the public. Admission is Dkk40, but is subject to change.

 

The Rest of the Country


Malmo

This Swedish city is only a 35-minute train ride from Copenhagen train station, across the spectacular Øresund Bridge-the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge. 

Kronborg Castle

This is a strategically located on a site overlooking the Sound, the stretch of water between Denmark and Sweden, Kronborg Castle at Helsingør (Elsinore) is of great historical importance to the people of Denmark, playing a key role in the history of Northern Europe during the 16th to 18th centuries. Work began on the castle in 1574, with its defenses being reinforced in the late 17th century. Kronborg, which is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe, is also famous for being the setting for William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet (the Prince of Denmark) and has staged many performances of the play over the centuries. Today, the Royal Chambers, located on the first floor, the Castle Chapel, the historical suites and the magnificent ballroom, all on the second floor. Admission is DKr60, but subject to change. For the latest prices and information go to www.kronborgcastle.com

Legoland®

Legoland is located just north of Billund and is a renowned ten-hectare (25-acre) amusement park which features attractions and rides built from no less than 40 million plastic LEGO blocks. Shows are performed daily by the Children’s Theatre, and there are also circus acts in high season. Admission is DKr160, but subject to change. For the latest prices and the information go to www.legoland.dk



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