Copenhagen means originally "trading harbour" and
the city of Copenhagen is in many ways the harbour for Denmark -
and even the rest of Scandinavia.
Little Mermaid at Langelinie is probably the best known
tourist attraction in Copenhagen. Many visitors are surprised
how small she is.
Copenhagen Airport is the
largest airport in Scandinavia and a cruise in the Baltic
Sea very often starts in Copenhagen before the ship leaves for
Saint Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn and other of the cities in
European capital Copenhagen is
not especially large. The urban area of Copenhagen is
inhabited by 1,7 million people and the city itself only has 1,1
million habitants. But since the country of
Denmark has a population of only 5½ million it is
without doubt the main city of Denmark.
is also far the most visited place by tourists and professional
visitors coming to Denmark.
the whole summer cruise ships come to visit the harbour
of Copenhagen and many ships start their voyage here.
Although Copenhagen as a city is more then 800 years it has
been damaged by a number of fires and wars during history so few
really old houses are left and not even the medieval centre is
kept free of modern urban commercial influence and modern
traffic. Anyhow Copenhagen has a charming centre with many
small streets and interesting historic buildings and places to visit.
The smallest - but also the most famous - tourist attraction
in Copenhagen is
The Little Mermaid. It is not a long trip to see her, and
in good weather it is a nice walk along the Northern
waterfront from the centre to see her.
amusement parks are growing up everywhere in the World, the
Tivoli of Copenhagen is still something special placed in the
centre of the city and keeping some of the old mix of culture,
charm and amusement you rarely find in modern parks.
castle, Amalienborg, is now residence of Queen Margrethe 2
and the royal
house. The castle is worth a visit since it is a beautiful
example of Rococo architecture. Just on the other site of the
harbour the new Opera House, donated to Copenhagen by a fund
established by the biggest Danish company Mærsk.
castle worth visiting is Rosenborg Castle which is a chance to see a
royal castle inside. Rosenborg is no longer used as a
residence for the royal family but it contains many
interesting rooms, furnitures and - not least - the royal
jewels which are still used by the queen on special occasions.
On the right a row of restaurants. In front one of the
boats showing tourists the harbour of Copenhagen.
charming harbour Nyhavn in the centre is popular to
visit especially in the summer when thousands are sitting in
the sun near the old ships enjoying a drink or an ice-cream.
Every year in February and August the Copenhagen Fashion
Week takes place. Professionals from Northern Europe come
to Copenhagen to see the latest textile creations. The biggest
fashion fair is CIFF placed in The Bella Center outside
Copenhagen, but also in the city centre there are several
other fairs and lots of events. Lately more has been done also
to make the Fashion Week interesting for non-professionals by
organizing the Copenhagen Fashion Weekend which covers
events open for the public.
Jazz Festival is another regular event in Copenhagen. For
more then 30 years this famous music festival has been taking
place in summer days in Copenhagen. Not far from Copenhagen -
in Roskilde - the great Roskilde
Festival is held every year in June.
Copenhagen will host several larger events. First of all
Copenhagen will catch the Worlds attention when the UN
Climate Conference is taking place. Here the World
leaders will try to reach an agreement to stop the global
the summer 2009 Copenhagen will host the World Outgames
- the largest event the city has ever hosted. These games are
a sort of Olympic games for homosexuals. 8000 participants are
expected to compete in 38 different sports and more than half
a million people will be involved.
Many visitors fly to Copenhagen and arrives in
Airport, Kastrup which is conveniently placed East of the
city with train and metro connection directly to the centre.
Since the airport is placed close to Sweden there is direct
train connection to the Swedish town Malmö too.
has a Metro but it is still not fully developed. At the
moment it covers only two lines M1 and M2 but
from the airport and places in the Centre it is very useful.
If you need to go to other parts of the Copenhagen you can use
the bus system, but often it is an advantage to use the S-train.
This electric train works in many ways like a metro but mostly
runs on the ground. You can reach places even outside the
centre by the S train.
is a capital and of course has hotels of many different
standards. However traditionally Copenhagen is not one of Europe's
major tourist cities and does not have the same choice as
cities like London and Paris.
has more than 10.000 hotel rooms but this is not much when
really big events are taking place in the city. If you travel
on budget you will even find that the prices are not
especially low. It will be hard to find low budget hotels
for less than 70 - 80 Euro pr. night.
about what to consider, when you look for a
hotel in Copenhagen
and places to eat
Although Denmark traditionally has no famous restaurant
culture the city of Copenhagen and other cities of the country
has developed a wide range of good restaurants with very
different and exiting menus.
you can eat French, Italian, Sushi and Chinese like in any
other city of the World but in the later years the idea of an
independent Scandinavian Cooking has grown, and now Copenhagen
has gourmet restaurants serving food that you hardly can find
alike anywhere else in the world.
sources with informations about Copenhagen:
Copenhagen.com - a private information site about the city
- about Copenhagen
Copenhagen - the official tourism site from VisitDenmark