Visit Copenhagen / Elsinore Denmark
Copenhagen Denmark and the Little Mermaid
Located at Langelinie on
the harbor, the Little Mermaid Statue has been delighting children of all
ages for many years. The life-size sculpture is based on the popular fairy
tale written by Hans Christian Anderson who called Copenhagen home.
Copenhagen is also home to the world s longest pedestrian mall that spans
five streets. With museums, boutiques, specialty shops and cafes dotting
the streets, this is the ideal place to boot around and get a feel for
visit Copenhagen at the same time. Europeans love to spend time outdoors and
take full advantage of warm sunny days.
Copenhagen is teeming with beautiful
parks, fountains and gardens. A picnic is always a wonderful way to spend
a lazy afternoon. Another unique aspect of Copenhagen is the daily
changing of the guard. Everyday at noon, come rain or shine, the Royal
Guard, accompanied by the band, marches from Rosenborg Slot, - a Dutch
Renaissance castle, through Copenhagen. Rosenborg Castle is the only castle
that was not turned over to the state once Denmark did away with absolute
monarchy. Although the castle still belongs to the monarchy it is open
to the public. An entire day could be spent just exploring the inside of
the castle with its displays of jewelry, art and toys. The architecture is
absolutely magnificent and the finely sculptured gardens will leave
King Christian IV Denmark, had a true passion for the
intricate workings of architecture, the Borsen being an excellent example.
Three intertwined dragons? tails located at the top of the spire are quite
a sight to behold. The Borsen is also the oldest stock exchange in the
world that is still in use. Another must see is Charlottenborg Palace
which today serves as the seat of the Academy of Arts.
Visit Copenhagen - A City Exploding with Museums
Everywhere one turns in Copenhagen, a museum is sure to be close by. The Resistance Museum pays
tribute to the role that the Danish played in helping thousands of Jews escape to Sweden during Hitler s bloody and terrifying reign. The
tank that sits outside of the museum is the same one that was used to
spread the word of the Nazis surrender. Visit the Copenhagen City Museum and
Soren Kierkegaard Collection features a very detailed and intricate model
of medieval Copenhagen in addition to various artifacts that tell the city story.
A separate area pays homage to Kierkegaard, the master of
existentialism. Visitors can admire his drawings as well as personal
affects such as letters and books. Visit the Louisiana Museum for Modern Art is
an art lover?s paradise. The museum is praised not only for its extensive
collection, but for the sheer beauty of the place itself. The museum s
splendid gardens are full of sculptures by such artists as Joan Miro and
Giacometti . The National Museum pays tribute to the Danish past as well
as the present with everything from Stone Age tools to Roman antiquities
on display. The children area at the Copenhagen National Museum allows kids to get
up close and personal with various exhibits. Visit the Round Tower which looms
114 feet over Copenhagen was built in 1642 for the astronomer Tycho Brahe.
Today it is the oldest observatory that is still in use in all of Europe.
Visitors may enjoy a breathtaking view of the city by ascending the 600
foot spiral ramp that leads to the top of the tower.citymuseum.jpg
Visit Copenhagen culture
The conurbation of Copenhagen
consists of several municipalities. After Copenhagen Municipality, the second largest is Frederiksberg Municipality which is an enclave inside Copenhagen Municipality. Both are contained in the larger
Capital Region of
Denmark, containing most of the Copenhagen metropolitan area.
Copenhagen and Frederiksberg were two of the three last Danish municipalities not belonging to a county. On the 1st of January 2007, the municipalities lost their county privileges and became part of
Region and Greater Copenhagen has a population of 1.7 mill.
Across the bridge Knippelsbro is Christianshavn, a quite fashionable area of Copenhagen. Take a stroll along the canals, enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the many cafes along the waterfront and visit the famous
Copenhagen Hippies with their own set of rules
Christiania was founded in 1971 when a group of hippies took over an area of abandoned military barracks and developed their own set of rules, completely independent of the Danish government.
The oldest section of Copenhagen s inner city is often referred to as "Middelalderbyen" (The Medieval City). However, the most distinctive district of Copenhagen is Frederiksstaden developed during the reign of Frederick
V Denmark. It has Amalienborg Palace at its centre and is dominated by the dome of the Marble Church as well as a number of elegant 18th century mansions. Also part of the old inner city of Copenhagen is the small island of Slotsholmen with Christiansborg Palace and Christianshavn. Around the historical city centre lies a band of congenial residential bouroughs (Vesterbro, Inner Nørrebro, Inner Østerbro) dating mainly from late 19th century. They were built outside the old ramparts of the city when the city was finally allowed to expand beyond this barrier.
Sometimes referred to as "the City of Spires", Copenhagen
is known for its horizontal skyline, only broken by spires at churches and castles. Most characteristic is the baroque spire of Church of Our Saviour with its spiralling and narrowing external stairs that visitors can climb to the very top of the spire. Other important spires are those of Christiansborg Palace, the City Hall and the former Church of St. Nikolaj that now houses a modern art venue. A bit lower are the renaissance spires of Rosenborg Castle and the "dragon spire" of Christian IV s former stock exchange, so named because it is shaped as the tails of four dragons twined together.
Recent years have seen a tremendous boom in modern architecture in Copenhagen both when it comes to Danish architecture and works by international architects. For a few hundred years, virtually no foreign architects had worked in Copenhagen but since the turn of the millennium the city and its immediate sourroundings have seen buildings and projects from international star architects. In the same time, a number of Danish architects have achieved great success both in Copenhagen
and abroad. Buildings in Copenhagen have won RIBA European Awards four years in a row ("Sampension" in 2005, "Kilen" in 2006, "Tietgenkollegiet" in 2007 and the Royal Playhouse in 2008). At the 2008 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona,
Bjarke Ingels Group won an award for the World s Best Residential Building 2008 for a house in Ørestad. The Forum AID Award for Best building in Scandinavia went to Copenhagen buildings both in 2006 and 2008. In 2008 British design magazine Monocle named Copenhagen the World s best design city 2008.
The boom in urban development and modern architecture means that the above mentioned horizontal skyline has seen some changes. A political majority has decided to keep the historical centre free of highrises. But several areas will see or have already seen massive urban development. Ørestad is the area that until now has seen most of the development. Located near Copenhagen Airport, it currently boasts one of the largest malls in Scandinavia and a variety of office and residential buildings as well as an IT University and a high school. The two largest hotels in Scandinavia are currently under construction (ultimo 2008).
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