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Copenhagen - Denmark's Capital City

First documented in the 11th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th century.

Some buildings in Copenhagen date back to the 17th century and 18th centuries such as the former Royal winter home Amalienborg Palace.

For art lovers there is the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotekart museum which houses the private collection of Danish philanthropist Carl Jacobsen.

The city has repeatedly been recognised as one of the cities with the best quality of life and is also considered one of the world's most environmentally friendly cities with anti-pollution laws strictly enforced and bikes often outnumbering cars on the streets.

Since the turn of the millennium, Copenhagen has seen a strong urban and cultural development due to massive investments in cultural facilities as well as infrastructure.

Yet the city still retains a cosy small town atmosphere with its narrow streets, canals and 17th century buildings.

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Top 5 things to do in Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens was first opened in 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world and the most visited in Europe.

Situated in the heart of Copenhagen, the gardens are always busy all year round with people using the amusement rides and for those who just want to relax and get away from the concrete jungle of the city.

The park is best known for its wooden roller coaster named Rutsjebanen built in 1914.  It is one of world's oldest wooden roller coasters that is still operating today.

In the centre of the park is the world's tallest carousel at 80 m high and offers superb panoramic views over Copenhagen.

Besides the rides, Tivoli Gardens also serve as a venue for various performing arts and as a active part of the cultural scene in Copenhagen.

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Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid statue is one of Copenhagen's top tourist attractions and sits on top of a rock in the harbour.

Commissioned in 1909, the statue is based on a fairy-tale by Hans Christian Andersen who had lived in Copenhagen for some years.

The statue is quite small at 1.25m high which surprises some people if they are visiting it for the first time.

Actually the statue on display has always been a copy, the original being stored privately by the sculptors family.

www.copenhagenpictures.dk/mermaid.html

Nyhavn

This 17th century waterfront stretches from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse.

The "New Harbour" actually dates back to the 12th century and was the first in Copenhagen or "Haven" as it was known back then.

The picturesque harbour front is lined with brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants.

Tall wooden ships are moored in the upper canal part of the harbour and are part of the Nyhavn Veteran Ship and Museum Harbour.

Right at the end of Nyhavn sits the Memorial Anchor monument commemorating the more than 1,700 Danish officers and sailors who sacrificed their lives during World War II.

www.copenhagenet.dk/CPH-Map/CPH-Nyhavn.asp

Rosenborg Castle

The Rosenborg Castle was originally built as a country summerhouse in 1606 and is an example of King Christian IV's many architectural projects.

The castle was used by Danish regents as a royal residence until around 1710.

Within the castle is the "Long Hall". Completed in 1624  it was originally intended as a ballroom but found use as a Royal Reception Room and for banquets.

In the 19th century the hall was renamed to the "Knights Hall" where twelve tapestries hang depicting King Christian IV's victories in the Scanian War.

The castle is open to the public for tours and houses a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections with artifacts spanning the 16th to 19th century.

The castle also has extensive gardens and being in the centre of Copenhagen are a popular retreat for locals and tourists.

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Stroget

Strøget is the  longest pedestrian shopping area in Europe and the focal point of Copenhagen's shopping and cafe culture.

Many of the city's most famous and expensive stores, such as Illums Bolighus, Magasin du Nord, the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory are located along the strip.

Strøget was created in November 1962 when cars were beginning to dominate Copenhagen's old central streets. At first the idea was controversial and caused panic from local businesses fearing a drop in trade but quite the opposite happened.

Since first created the pedestrian area has increased almost seven-fold to 100,000m2.

As well as shops, cafes, bars and restaurants the area is also a cultural epicentre attracting a variety of street entertainers.

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