From Christiansborg to Christiania
What’s unique about Copenhagen is that it is divided into several islands. Between the waterways and green spaces that shape the cityscape, there is a lot to discover here.
Those who wish to immerse themselves in the history of the city are spoiled for choice. A visit to Christiansborg Palace – the seat of the Danish Parliament, Prime Minister and Supreme Court – is a real must. Next to it is the former Copenhagen Stock Exchange, which dates back to the 17th century. The Copenhagen City Hall, Rosenborg Castle and the oldest preserved church in the city, the Sankt Petri Church, also await history buffs. Fans of modern architecture will get their money’s worth with the ‘Black Diamond’ – an impressive cubic extension of the Royal Library – as well as the Royal Danish Theatre and the Skuespilhuset Playhouse. Of course, these buildings also impress with their ‘inner values’ and win over cultural enthusiasts with their opera, theatre and ballet programmes.
Plenty of amusements
Those interested in other forms of fun can look forward to Tivoli, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, located right opposite the main train station. Too modern for you? No problem – the oldest amusement park in the world, Dyrehavsbakken, can also be found in the north of the city! Speaking of amusement, the shopping streets Strøget and Strædet are sure to tempt you to go on a shopping spree. Over a kilometre long, they form one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe and are a popular location for shopping. You’ll easily shop ’til you drop here. Worked up an appetite? The picturesque Nyhavn, with its colourful gabled houses on both sides of the port with the same name, is the culinary centre of Copenhagen – and incredibly photogenic! If you have more alternative interests, then you’re sure to find inspiration in the Free City of Christiania. The autonomous community, which has existed since 1971, is just a short distance away. Colourful street art, imaginative sculptures, unusual residential architecture – it’s worth a trip to the other side of the harbour.