11 must-see places in Copenhagen
Unlike the Americas and its large territories, Europe has the advantage of proximity. For just a few hundred euros, you can fly north from Paris and immerse yourself in the Scandinavian lifestyle for a long weekend. Denmark and its beautiful capital are worth a visit because of the richness of its culture and the beauty of its landscapes. Here are 11 must-see places in Copenhagen you must visit.
If you only have a few hours to kill in Copenhagen, take the time to spend some time on the banks of the world-renown Nyhavn canal. Magnificent during the day as well as at night with its old-fashioned and colourful buildings and numerous sailboats, the port is worth the detour despite its huge popularity with tourists.
When in Denmark, one must savour a smørrebrød, a kind of refined toast on a dense and dark bread (usually rye bread) and garnished with cold cuts (usually herring), cheese and various spreads. The best place to have one is at the charming Aamann’s Deli. Savour it while standing up, in their restaurant which has a luminous and modern decor, or take their charming lunch boxes to go and go out for a picnic in one of the superb parks in the city like the Frederiksberg Park.
You have probably already been amazed by the splendour of its architecture, its flora and its famous white spiral staircase without even setting foot in it. Copenhagen’s beautiful botanical garden is the backdrop for many films and photo shoots for an obvious reason. Even more beautiful in person, this is a mandatory stop during your visit to the capital.
Statens Museum for Kunst
The cultural richness of Copenhagen is reflected in the customs and habits of its inhabitants but also in the numerous museums that occupy the territory. With its sophisticated architecture and its impressive collection, the national museum deserves a visit. The Statens Museum for Kunst is the biggest in the country and includes many Danish artists as well as known artists from the last 7 centuries.
The Rosenborg castle is a superb historical heritage in the heart of the capital. History buffs can visit the castle to admire its architecture and relics that are more than 400 years old. A visit would not be complete without taking advantage of the sublime king’s gardens that surround the castle.
The extremely pleasant Torvehallerne market includes numerous local merchants in a clean, modern and aesthetic space where you can stroll and take your time. Find tons of specialties and other uncommon creations like the Banana counter, which serves soft-serve ice cream made with – you guessed it – bananas! While you’re there, visit a local bakery, savour a famous and typical danish pastry and pick up a few treasures to bring back home.
Schønnemann is the best place to eat some authentic Danish cuisine. This Latin Quarter institution only serves traditional Scandinavian lunches in a cozy setting since 1877. Fish, potatoes and seafood are honoured on this restaurant’s menu.
This particular and independent village in the Christianshavn district is home to an anarchist community with approximately 1 000 residents. This marginal and extremely colourful neighbourhood is independent of the Danish government. A calm atmosphere reigns in this hippie paradise with a rich arts scene.
Strøget street is one of the biggest pedestrian-only avenue in Europe. It accommodates numerous prestigious boutiques and well-known shopping destinations as well as restaurants, coffee shops, and all kinds of businesses but it is also a great place for street artists to express their art.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
The grandiose Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum is impressive because of its sumptuous eclectic architecture as well as the artworks hung here. You’ll mostly find antique sculptures, one of the biggest Rodin collections in the world and a sublime winter garden.
The very reputable two Michelin star restaurant of chef René Redzepi is an obligatory stop for anyone visiting Copenhagen and who calls themselves a foodie. The avant-garde cuisine of Noma is focused on vegetables and influenced by the different seasons. The restaurant offers a unique and refined experience filled with originality and flavour.
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