Originally founded in the 12th Century, Copenhagen started as a harbor town and has grown considerably since then. Denmark's capital is listed as one of the most expensive and environmentally friendly cities in the world, and is filled with historic palaces, immaculate waterfronts and high-end shopping streets. Beautifully manicured gardens and 17th-century buildings stand next to pieces of innovative modern architecture, and give the city a distinct charm. If you add the Tivoli amusement park and the freetown of Christiania to your itinerary, you'll find that Copenhagen is the perfect destination for light-hearted tourists and business travelers alike.
All Denmark's roads, trains, and bicycle paths lead to the heart of the capital. Indre By (The Inner City) is the unrivaled commercial and cultural center of the entire country. Always buzzing with activity and crammed with people, this district is only completely empty on Sundays, as very few people actually live here. The Inner City is a picturesque area with many buildings dating back to the early 18th Century. The street plan dates back to the Middle Ages, which may explain the many seemingly irrational twists and turns that are characteristic of the area.
Pisserenden & Nørrevold
Cornered by Vor Frue Plads and Rådhuspladsen , Pisserenden is a lovely district. Today, Studiestræde is all about male fashion, with Samsøe Samsøe leading Copenhagen's no-nonsense trademark style. Stretching along Søerne , on the city side, Nørrevold looks like the outer boroughs but is a city in itself. Stroll down Nansensgade, an intellectual hang-out, for great alternative shopping opportunities in an intimate setting. Don't miss the unique decor at Bankeråt . H.C. Ørstedsparken is a great place to take a stroll during the day.
The monstrous Christiansborg , the seat of the Danish Parliament, resides on Slotsholmen, the very core of the Danish state. The semi-artificial island holds the Parliament as well as the offices of everything from the Supreme Court to the royal horses, the offices of the Prime Minister, the Danish Stock Exchange , the Thorvaldsens Museum , the Royal Court Theatre with the adjoining Theatre Museum, the Royal Brewery of Christian IV as well as the Royal Library, including its recent addition, Det Kongelige Bibliotek (Diamanten) , arguably the most astonishing new piece of architecture north of Bilbao.
Looking like a supremely idyllic little piece of Amsterdam, Christianshavn is comprised of a cluster of artificial islands between Copenhagen and Amager. Guided canal tours via Kanalrundfarten will take you floating past the beautiful old houses, and you'll be able to see Copenhageners preparing their vessels for the sea or just taking it easy on the deck of a homemade house-boat. Christiania , a "free town" that was founded by squatters, is unlike anything you have ever seen, and further characterizes the area's unique atmosphere. The three northern islands of Christianshavn constitute Holmen , a former naval base. The area is now a unique colony for the arts.
From the jolly beer-swingers in Nyhavn to the sanctuary of Kongens Have/Rosenborg Slotshave , Frederiksstaden is the royal district, laid out in a regular grid with the royal castle Amalienborg at the center and Marmorkirken towering above the lawyers, antique stores and galleries of Bredgade and Store Kongensgade. Kunstindustrimuseet shows various exhibitions on modern design and design history. Rosenborg Slot is a fancy country house now open to the public.
The largest of the Copenhagen neighborhoods, Østerbro is bigger than most Danish cities and is full of famous attractions. The broad streets cut like canyons through endless uniform tenement buildings in red brick. Exceptions to this are Øster Farimagsgade, Nordre Frihavnsgade and Østerbrogade, all offering shops to the many inhabitants. On the western edge of Østerbro just north of Frederiksstaden, you'll find Kastellet , a historically significant defense fortification that is now open to the public. Langelinie pier, where you can personally greet none other than the Little Mermaid , is located north of the marina. Østerbro is also home to the national stadium, Parken , the largest park in the city, Fælledparken , as well as many embassies.
Nørrebro may not have the best reputation, but it remains one of the most colorful and ethnically diverse areas of Copenhagen (and very safe, generally speaking). A stroll up Nørrebrogade is a sightseeing tour in itself, and the Assistens Kirkegård , one of the city's oldest cemeteries, is the final resting place of people like Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard. The cemetery also functions as a park, with locals often seen having picnics among the gravestones. Sankt Hans Torv features popular cafes like Sebastopol , while clubs like Rust make for a bright night out.
This area is the old queen of the Copenhagen boroughs! Gentrification always had a hard time here, despite the city's ongoing attempts to clean up the area and polish the buildings. Istedgade still has plenty to offer, with big hotels and an ever-increasing number of students and artists. Vega is the center of its nightlife, and cafes Høeg's and Bang & Jensen are where all of Vesterbro meets.
A city in its own right, Frederiksberg Slot is surrounded by Copenhagen on all sides, but still maintains its formal independence. While not exactly Broadway, this area boasts quite a number of small theaters. There is a certain Parisian quirkiness to Frederiksberg which many people find charming. It is mainly residential, belonging to a mostly conservative, well-to-do, over-40 crowd. There are plenty of good restaurants, wineries and tailors in the area. Deeper into the city, you'll find Frederiksberg Have , beautiful park that contains Københavns Zoo .
Going all the way from Østerbro to Elsinore, Strandvejen spells money, tennis courts and long drinks by the marinas. An extraordinary cab ride will lead you past very beautiful and impressive estates and villas. Dyrehaven , with its tame deer, controlled wildlife and exclusive restaurants, is the favorite outing of all Copenhageners at any time of the year.
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