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Copenhagen

In Copenhagen you can see the self-proclaimed ‘free town’ of Christiania, Strøget, which is the world's longest pedestrian street, and the celebrated amusement park Tivoli.

The Royal Danish Playhouse
The Royal Danish Playhouse 

Copenhagen is Denmark's charming capital. Walk in fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen's and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard's footsteps in Copenhagen, which is the residence of the leading design cities with the Danish Design School, the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the Danish National Gallery and the Danish Design Centre, designed by the renowned Danish architect Henning Larsen. In Copenhagen you can also see the self-proclaimed ‘free town’ of Christiania, Strøget, which is the world's longest pedestrian street, and the celebrated amusement park Tivoli. In the city districts of Vesterbro and Nørrebro, you can enjoy cosy cafés and good shopping opportunities, and at the Carlsberg Breweries you can sample the world-famous beer.

The Little Mermaid, Andersen and Kierkegaard

Denmark's King Christian IV put his mark on Copenhagen in the form of buildings such as the Stock Exchange, Rosenborg Castle and The Round Tower. In the winter season, the royal couple lives at Amalienborg Castle, which has views over Copenhagen Harbour and The Opera. The Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of the same name, sits on a rock in Copenhagen harbour, and you can see Hans Christian Andersen's home in the picturesque harbour quarter Nyhavn. The influential philosopher Søren Kierkegaard also lived in Copenhagen and studied at the University of Copenhagen. The dramatist Ludvig Holberg, who founded The Royal Theatre, is another of the city's famous sons.

Transport in Copenhagen

Since 2000, Copenhagen and the southern Swedish city of Malmø have been connected via the Øresund Bridge.

Copenhagen has a well-developed public transport system with buses, trains and the Copenhagen Metro, which runs directly to Copenhagen Airport. Copenhagen has many bicycle lanes, and you can also see the city as a passenger in a bicycle taxi. Take a canal tour through the old quarter of the city, paddle a kayak at Amager Strandpark or ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Dyrehaven, an expansive park which lies 10 km north of Copenhagen. 

did you know

In the July/August issue of The Monocle Copenhagen is yet again ranked number 1 on ‘The Monocle Global Quality of life survey 2013’.  Read more