Copenhagen Travel Guide
Copenhagen, København in Danish, is a foodie paradise. The city has one of the richest collections of high-end, gourmet restaurants in the world – certainly on a per capita basis. Noma, arguably one of the best and most expensive restaurants in the world, is located here, as is Geranium, the fully organic restaurant with two Michelin stars, and at least a dozen more Michelin-starred restaurants. There are scores of other established and up-and-coming dining venues of note here as well, most of them well worth your Danish kroner, and more cafés and bars than you might care to count. But besides its culinary appeal, Copenhagen comes into its own as a city with character and old-world charm, with its royalty and royal palaces, churches with soaring spires that punctuate its mostly horizontal skyline, handsome cobblestone squares centered around ornate fountains and imposing statues, and historic districts with typical Danish buildings with green copper roofs, often crisscrossed by canals and waterways. The city also has its fair share of iconic modern architecture by internationally-renowned architects, as well as media and design houses and a fantastic array of shopping venues that includes the largest mall in all of Scandinavia. And lest we forget, Copenhagen is a green city, a city of parks, gardens and green spaces, where more than a third of its population commutes to work by bicycle, collectively clocking a thumping 1.2 million kilometers a day!
Copenhagen is a harbor city, situated on the islands of Zealand and Amager in the eastern part of Denmark, with the Öresund Bridge, completed in 2000, not only linking it but virtually merging it with the southern Swedish city of Malmö. From Stockholm, Sweden, Copenhagen is 325 miles (520 km) to the southwest, and from Oslo, Norway, 300 miles (480 km) to the south.
Copenhagen's principal draws are the famous 18th-century Tivoli Gardens with their burst of colors and maze of walking paths and pavilions; Rådhuspladsen, Copenhagen's Town Hall Square and social hub; Gammel Strand, a pocket crammed with dining establishments, bars, antique shops and boutiques; Kongens Nytorv, the city's largest square, 300 years old, surrounded by magnificent buildings; and Strøget, the longest pedestrian-only shopping strip in the world. Copenhagen's most rewarding districts are the historic inner city which is packed with museums, performing arts venues, and a fabulous collection of restaurants; and Frederiksstaden, which has in it the Marble Church, Amalienborg Palace and the Copenhagen Opera House. Among museums, the best bets are the National Museum, which is an archaeology and cultural history museum, and the National Gallery; while among the city's parks, the oldest and most visited is King's Garden at the Rosenborg Castle, originally established in 1606.
Copenhagen's most famous foods are Danish pastry and smørrebrød, the latter a traditional open sandwich, popular as a lunch dish. Its most famous beer is the Carlsberg, which is practically synonymous with Danish beer. Its most famous (adopted) son is fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, author of Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling; and its most famous rocker, heavy-metal band Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.
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