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Visitors can experience the city's many sights and historic landmarks from an alternative vantage point by taking a canal-tour across Copenhagen's harbour and its old canal systems.
THE ROYAL PALACE
When Queen Margrethe II is in residence in Amalienborg, the Changing of the Guard is accompanied by music from the Life Guards' Music Corps. If the Queen is out of town, the Changing of the Guard still takes place, but without musical accompaniment.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
At Langelinje Pier you will find one of Copenhagen's most famous tourist attractions: The sculpture of The Little Mermaid. 23 August 2013 she turned 100 years old. The Little Mermaid was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen.
The sculpture is made of bronze and granite and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land.
Every morning and evening she swims to the surface from the bottom of the sea and, perched on her rock in the water, she stares longingly towards the shore hoping to catch a glimpse of her beloved prince.
Put on your running shoes and take a running tour with Running Copenhagen, where a local guide will guide you through the city and its many sights.
There is no better way to see Copenhagen than by running. The relatively short distances, the fantastic sights, the green parks, and the vibe of the city makes it perfect for sightseeing while running. On our runs through the city we’ll show you its main sights while also sharing our knowledge of its less visible attractions.
More info at: http://running-copenhagen.dk/
Elephant Portal and Brewhouse at CARLSBERG
A visit to Carlsberg is a visit to the place where Carlsberg was founded in 1847 by J.C. Jacobsen. The visit takes you through the historic brewery as well as fascinating tale of how Carlsberg successfully went from local brewery to global brand.
Rosenborg Castle covered in snow. A royal hermitage set in the King’s Garden in the heart of Copenhagen, the castle features 400 years of splendor, royal art treasures and the Crown Jewels and Royal Regalia.
Life in Copenhagen is lived in the saddle of a bicycle. Everybody does it. Bike that is. In Copenhagen, we bike whether there is sun, rain or snow. We bike to work, to school, to bring the kids to kindergarten, to shop for groceries and to social gatherings. Cycling is fast, convenient, healthy, climate-friendly, enjoyable - and cheap, although Copenhageners honestly love their bikes no matter their financial income. Even top politicians ride their bike every day to parliament.
In Copenhagen practically everyone rides a bike. There are more than 300km of bicycle lanes and many guided bicycle tours. So hop on a bike and discover Copenhagen by pedal power!
You see a lot of cargo bikes in Copenhagen where both groceries, dogs, kids, adults, etc. are being transported in. It is an easy way to get around in the city instead of using cars and busses.
Copenhagen's cycle bridge Cykelslangen (The Bicycle Snake) completes the journey over the Bryggebro Bridge, offering Copenhagen's cyclists a fun ride along the harbour and past its tower blocks at first-floor level. As part of Copenhagen's strategy to be one of the best cycling cities in the world, the new cycle bridge will guarantee cyclists improved accessibility and connection to the city.
Danish Design is a style of functionalistic design and architecture that was developed in mid-20th century. Influenced by the German Bauhaus school, many Danish designers used the new industrial technologies, combined with ideas of simplicity and functionalism to design buildings, furniture and household objects, many of which have become iconic and are still in use and production. Prominent examples are the Egg chair, the PH lamps and the Sydney Opera House (Australia).
Danish Design Museum - http://designmuseum.dk/en/udstillinger/dansk-design-nu
Danish Design Center - http://danskdesigncenter.dk/en/frontpage
Denmark is not only known for its furniture designers and architects such as Arne Jacobsen, Wegner and Verner Panton, but also for Georg Jensen (silverware) and of course LEGO (building blocks). These can all be found on the main walking street in Copenhagen, Strøget. At the end of Strøget near Nyhavn, international brands like Hermes, Gucci and Louis Vuitton can be found alongside Royal Copenhagen and other Danish brands. The department stores Illum and Magasin can also be found here.
Tivoli Gardens was founded in 1843 and has become a national treasure and an international attraction. Fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen visited many times, as did Walt Disney and many other celebrities, who all fell in love with the gardens.
Part of Tivoli Gardens' secret is that there is something for everyone. The scenery is beautiful with exotic architecture, historic buildings and lush gardens. At night, thousands of coloured lights create a fairy tale atmosphere that is completely unique.
Elephants, hippos, lions, monkeys and polar bears. A visit to Copenhagen's Zoo in the municipal of Frederiksberg is always a wild and exciting experience. Copenhagen Zoo houses over 3,000 animals, which together form 264 exciting species.
Whatever the weather Copenhagen Zoo offers tropical experiences in the Tropical Zoo. Snakes, crocodiles, marmosets, hornbills, dwarf deer, free-flying birds and butterflies are just some of the animals you can experience in the 1,500 m2 large rainforest.
In the Children's Zoo it is possible to pat the African dwarf goats and meet the farm animals at the Zoo stage. Here you can also experience the horses being trained, and you can pet them when they are fed at the grooming stations.
In 2008 Copenhagen Zoo opened a new elephant house designed by Norman Foster. The plant is considered one of the best elephant facilities in the world. Here the animals can be seen at close quarters, for example, when they bathe in a water tomb, which is deep enough for the elephants to dive under so their entire bodies are covered.
In 2013 Zoo opened The Arctic Ring, which gives you a unique opportunity to get close to polar bears, North Atlantic birds and seals both above and below the water surface – an experience unparalleled in Europe.
Especially during summer Nyhavn is the perfect place to end a long day. Have dinner at one of the cosy restaurants or do like the locals and buy a beer from a nearby store and rest your feet at the quayside.
Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. The area was packed with sailors, ladies of pleasure, pubs and alehouses. Today the beautiful old houses have been renovated and classy restaurants dominate the old port. Nyhavn is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and great food.
No. 9, Nyhavn, is the oldest house in the area dating back to 1681. The design of the house has not been altered since that time.
Many of the houses lining the quays of Nyhavn have been the homes of prominent artists. The famous Danish fairytale writer, Hans Christian Andersen, used to live in no. 20. This is where he wrote the fairy-tales 'The Tinderbox', 'Little Claus and Big Claus', and 'The Princess and the Pea'. He also lived twenty years in no. 67 and two years in no. 18.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
New Carlsberg Glyptotek
National Museum of Art SMK
If you would like more information on Copenhagen and Denmark please visit the VisitDenmark and WonderfulCopenhagen websites.