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Copenhagen

Nordic style and charm

Copenhagen, Denmark

Scandinavia's most cosmopolitan city tops every list of the highest standard of living in the world and a visit will explain why. Transportation is impeccably efficient, Stroget is arguably the most pleasant pedestrian area in the world, streets are crossed by bike paths and the colorful Nyhavn canal, cutting-edge design and architecture are everywhere, hip cafes and restaurants invite you in, and a welcoming warmth that offsets the chilly Nordic climate make Copenhagen one of the most enjoyable European capitals.

The Tivoli Gardens and Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid add an endearing fairytale atmosphere, but it's the dynamic modern side of the city that makes it such an attractive destination. Its compact size further makes it the perfect place for walking, shopping, and enjoying its number of rewarding cultural attractions.


Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. A walk and shopping down the STROGET.
  2. Sitting by the colorful NYHAVN.
  3. Good old-fashioned fun at the Tivoli Gardens.
  4. The gardens and royal collections of Rosenborg Castle.
  5. The royal treasures in the Amalienborg Palace Museum.
  6. The antiquities of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.
  7. A trip to the Arken Modern Art Museum.
  8. The eye-catching Opera House.
  9. The tiny but charming LITTLE MERMAID STATUE.
  10. Denmark's cultural history in the National Museum.

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Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

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Eating and Drinking

Danish cuisine was given a boost when the country's top chefs started fusing French techniques with fresh local ingredients. The Scandinavian waters provided other sources, and the best of Nordic design created the spaces where all of it would be served. You can have top gastronomic experiences at any time of the day, and despite being a Nordic city, Copenhagen has the habit of eating late very much like in Southern Europe.

Shopping

Copenhagen is already known as one of the world's major design destinations, especially for homeware. But you'll also want to check out the fresh fashions in the city, particularly the boutiques by Gothersgade Street. The city's shoppers demand high quality (which they can afford), so you know your money will always be well spent. The main shopping street is Stroget, touristy but a must, as you'll find all the chain stores along with some Danish specialties. Kronprinsensgade and the streets surrounding it should also be marked on your map for cutting-edge fashion and designer labels, while Bredgade offers top-quality 20th century design.
Also don't miss Ravnsborggade for antiques, with several shops clustered in and around it. It's a great place for browsing, where you'll find furniture, glass, silver, and other authentic pieces of art (most shops can arrange shipping).
Remember that shopping is an essential part of life in Copenhagen, an excuse to socialize and go around the town. Don't leave the city without doing the same.

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