In Copenhagen, Denmark you’ll never run out of places to discover and explore quickly and safely. It is a city for everyone! A quality of life survey conducted by the British lifestyle magazine, the Monocle, declared Copenhagen as the “world’s most liveable city”.
In the heart of the metropolis is one of Copenhagen’s greatest attractions receiving some 5,000,000 visitors a year, the Tivoli Gardens, the first carbon-neutral theme and amusement park in the universe (by powering the park with an offshore turbine). Founded in 1843, the 21-acre magical park quite popular with the young and old alike, is beautifully landscaped with fountains, flower beds and shady trees and has many cafes and restaurants. The park is best known for its wooden roller coaster and the world’s tallest carousel, the Star Flyer. Also inside the garderns are the stately Nimb Palace with its Moorish-style facade sporting magnificent towers and minarets, the Chinese Tower, Glass House Tower, the Concert Hall for live music, the Pantomime Theatre (Plaenen), and the Tivoli Castle.
A short walking distance from Tivoli Gardens is Stroget, the longest pedestrian (car-free zone) street in Europe most famous for shopping from H & M, Vero Moda or Zara to big international brand like Mulberry, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, Prada, or Gucci.
Definitely worth a visit if you are looking for a unique experience or something different off the beaten path is the “Freetown of Christiania” located on the eastern side of Christianshavn borough. “Christiania” is a self-proclaimed autonomous residential neighbourhood of about 1,000 residents similar to a large commune established in 1971 regulated by a special law. It has its own administrator, its own local rules and currency, its own flag, and means of transport. In reality, it is a city within a city. The place used to be an abandoned military barracks. No cars are allowed in its narrow streets with a few cafes and areas to sit and eat, homemade houses and buildings. Most walls are covered with art and graffiti. You seem to be completely in a different world! The scent of cannabis is in the air when you walk through the famous Pusher Street, its Green Light district, where you can buy from stands hash and marijuana but hard drugs are illegal.Taking photographs is strictly prohibited and no running (except for dogs), no rocket badges, no weapons, and no violence.
However, the most famous landmark and a “must-see” in Copenhagen is the iconic bronze statue of the “Little Mermaid” gracefully sitting on a rock since 1913 (she turns 100 years old last 23 August 2013) by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade and pondering over the humans to whom she dreamt of belonging. The Statue of the Little Mermaid, a gift to the Danish capital by the charitable beer brewer, Carl Jacobsen of the famous Calsberg Breweries and created by artist-sculptor Edvard Eriksen, is to Copenhagen what the Statue of Liberty is to New York or the Eiffel Tower is to Paris or Manneken Pis is to Brussels or Big Ben to London! The story of the Little Mermaid is based on the writer Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, a sad story of the mermaid who sacrifised her own happiness to save a prince from drowning and falls in love with him. The statue, 4.1 ft. in height, is half human and half fish with her bare breasts and fish tail.
There is no other place on earth where cycling is a dominating feature of the cityscape than in Copenhagen. Officially, Copenhagen is voted as “the first best city in the world for cyclists”. The Copenhageners who considered themselves as “modest, good-natured, hardworking, and peaceful” cycle a total of 1.2 million kms. everyday along the 390 kms. of designated bike lanes. About 40% of the capital’s population of 1,967,727 commute to work by bicycle everyday! As a tourist you can explore central Copenhagen by city bike almost for free – all you need is 20 krone (1 krone = O.21 $CAD) and you’ll have your own bike with a built-in map for sightseeing. Once you’re done all you have to do is return the bike by leaving it at one of the stands to get your money back. Awesome!
This concludes our tour of the wonderful city of Copenhagen!