Copenhagen Travel Guide
The heart of Copenhagen is surprisingly compact. You can easily stroll along the Strøget, walk up to the Castle overlooking the harbor, drop by the Little Mermaid, tour the Amalienborg Palace, and get to Nyhavn with is waterfront restaurants in time for a late lunch. Here's a list of some musts when you travel to Copenhagen:
Strøget. Europe's longest pedestrian mall runs through the heart of Copenhagen and is home to both international brands but also suniquely Danish stores, like the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain outlet and a branch of the Magasin du Nord department store.
Opera House. English-language tours of the contemporary Opera House, designed by Henning Larsen, are offered daily for 100 kroner. Tickets should be booked in advance on the Opera Houses's website.
Tivoli Gardens. Perhaps the most famous amusement park in the world, Tivoli Gardens isn't big on high-speed roller coasters. Instead it's more of a playland meets beer garden, with the rides decidedly mellow as parents and grandparents come as much to stroll, snack and socialize.
Bordered by the sprawling botanical gardens and 17th-century Rosenborg Castle (where the crown jewels are on view), the palatial national gallery holds the broadest survey of Danish art (including masterpieces by Kristoffer Eckersberg, father of Denmark's 19th-century Golden Age of art), along wi
Admire candies being made with old-fashioned equipment. Former pop icon Charlotte Vigel (a.k.a. Tiggy) and friend Tina Ipsen opened Karamelleríet, where they produce hard and soft caramels in many flavors (licorice, mint, cinnamon) in an old-fashioned copper pot.
One of the city's best live music venues, the space was designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen, a renowned Danish architect and has been known to host David Bowie to Interpol.
The Black Diamond is the name given to the modern wing of the Royal Library, inaugurated by Queen Margrethe in 1999. The nickname originates from the building’s façade, crafted from polished black granite from Zimbabwe.
Cars are nowhere to be found in Den Gamle By (The Old Town).
The greenhouses were built in the 1800's by Carl Jacobsen, the father of Carlsberg beer.
Designed by Boje Lundegaard and Lene Tranberg, Skuespilhuset, Denmark's Royal Playhouse, is a landmark of modern Danish architecture and was completed in 2008.
A handful of the best new Scandinavian ceramicists—including Ditte Fischer and Anne Black—have pieces at Designer Zoo, a workshop-gallery that also sells jewelery and clothing.
Black-leather couches, brick walls, and velvet curtains lend a rakish air to this clubby, basement-level bar off tony Bredgade street. Grab a quiet table in the front room and watch the parade of chic, statuesque Danes en route to the dance floor in back.
Sells pastel dresses from the romantic Danish atelier Bruuns Bazaar.