City Breaks in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a city built on dreams and imagination, where great literary and cultural influences such as Hans Christian Anderson, alongside the modern masterpieces of Borgen and The Killing were inspired by the stunning architecture and Bohemian atmosphere. As the capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen is a beautiful city with lots of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. The city is home to a number of museums and art galleries, which celebrate the city’s most famous sons and daughters as well as literary, artistic and cultural achievements. Copenhagen is also proud to be one of the most gay friendly cities in Europe, and has a number of bars and cultural events to celebrate the pride and diversity of the LGBT community.
Danish design is famous around the world, and whether you’re looking for clothing boutiques or designer furniture, there is much to explore and admire in the city’s shopping districts. The city is famed for its mermaid sculpture, dedicated to Hans Christian Anderson, who wrote the story of The Little Mermaid. This statue has proved to be a popular landmark with children and families alike, and there are often public readings of the story available in nearby cafés. The city of Copenhagen is also famous for its ecological innovation; and those who are interested in the environment and sustainability will find much to impress. From botanical gardens to displays of modern eco-friendly technologies, the city has a lot to offer those who have an interest in the natural world.
Short Breaks in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is an incredibly romantic destination for couples to enjoy, and is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion such as an anniversary or engagement. There are many deals available online which can make a long weekend in Copenhagen possible even on the tightest of budgets. With many low cost airlines beginning to offer bargain flights to the city, Copenhagen has never been more accessible and prices for travel flights and accommodation are now at their cheapest ever. There are also opportunities to enjoy the luxury side of Copenhagen, and through the use of last minute deals, even all inclusive package holidays with stays at the city’s best hotels can be made possible on tight budgets.
What to see and do when in Copenhagen
The success of recent Danish drama series’ such as The Killing and Borgen has piqued interest in visiting Copenhagen’s cultural sites. It’s possible to take tours of the series’ most famous locations, and to walk in the famous footsteps of these dramatic characters. Away from the television, Copenhagen is also famous for the controversial Freetown of Christiania. This area was founded by hippies in the 70s and is considered to be quite a rough area by some, but provides a unique insight into the culture of communes and the idea of a society run collectively. Drugs are widely sold in the area, and it’s wise for tourists to either take a guided tour or to strictly adhere to the guidelines drawn up by local residents, including no photography, talking on mobile phones or running. Most of the buildings in the Christiania Freetown have been built by residents, lending the area a unique architectural feel and providing a very different landscape to the order of Copenhagen’s skyline. Whilst some people consider the area to have a ‘dodgy’ feel, it’s beloved by many and is no more risqué than many areas in large cities around the world.
One of the best ways to see Copenhagen is through a romantic canal tour, and there are many boats and tour operators who can offer tailored sightseeing packages for visitors. These are often narrated and can give visitors to the city an insight into the Danish way of life, and point out the best areas to visit during your stay. Many visitors also enjoy the sights of the magnificent Christiansborg Palace, which houses the Danish parliament as well as sometimes hosting royal events. Fans of architecture and royalty spotting will also enjoy a trip to Amalienborg, which houses the Queen and gives visitors the chance to see the awe-inspiring changing of the guard.