Quick Guide To Copenhagen

August 28, 2011 · Posted in Europe, Travel 

Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark. It is inhabited by about 1 million residents and is considered as one of the most attractive capitals in Europe. The royal family lives within the center of the city, which makes for an extra attraction for those visting from outside Europe on a Eurail pass.

History Of Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a colorful history. It started as a fishing village, called Havn but evidences show that it already had human settlement during 6000 BC. Copenhagen has been the capital of Denmark since 1343. In the middle ages, military victories were achieved by the country and the city itself. During the Renaissance period, the Lutheran sect settled here and it became its center even until today. In 1849, Denmark experienced democracy. Its first parliamentary government has been based in Copenhagen since 1901. Among the countries in Europe, Copenhagen has the longest lasting monarchy believed to be traced back to the Vikings. Copenhagen today is considered as the most dynamic cities in Europe. From the initiative of the 17th century King Kristian IV, Copenhagen today is a leading Europe’s economic and cultural center.

Things To Do In Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a lot to offer. Several museums abound the city, and the must-visit ones are the Teatermuseet, Dansk Jodisk Museum, Frilandsmuseet – an open air museum, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Danish Museum of Art and Design, The Museum of the Danish Resistance, Nationalmuseet, and Rosenborg Castle. There are historical sites that one should not miss as well such as Vor Frelsers Kirke, or the Our Saviour’s Church, Kastellet, Rundetaarn, Amalienborg Castle, Marmorkirken and Stroget. For adults, a visit to the Carlsberg Brewery could do be a good solution to the cold weather. And for those with children or for the child-within-you, the Copenhagen Zoo and Tivoli Gardens, the very first amusement park in the world, must be given at least a day in one’s life. Lastly, the New Harbor must be visited by everybody. Just experiencing the ambience makes one feel they really have been to Copenhagen.

Getting To Copenhagen

Copenhagen is well served with air, sea and land connections. Copenhagen Airport serves 132 different destinations all over the world and is a major airport hub in Northern Europe. Ferries ply the waters of Denmark from UK, Poland, Norway, Germany and Ireland. If you are traveling on a Eurail Pass there are international connections to Germany and and Sweden.


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