In a short time, you can understand why Denmark was the land of one of the greatest children's storytellers in history. The Danish Hans Christian Andersen wrote works such as The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and The Little Soldier. Perhaps he was inspired by the number of stunning castles that the country presents. A visit to the palaces of Amalienborg, Christianborg, Frederiksborg and the castle of Kronborg, Hamlet's scenery, make anyone feel like royalty on Denmark holidays.
The country also makes people go back to their childhood. Whether in Odense, the land of Hans Christian Andersen, and knowing more about his fables, or in parks like Tivoli in Copenhagen and Legoland in Billund. Still, in the capital, a visit to the Nyhavn Quay is key to feeling the past of the city merging with the present, whether in the little houses that surround the place or in the boats that often serve as restaurants. In the same city, you can feel what may be the last great hippie refuge in the world, the Christiania neighborhood. Few countries can make a person feel like royalty, a child, and a hippie, all at the same time.
Danish history is firmly linked to its neighbors Sweden and Norway, with whom it shares historical roots, unique but similar languages, and various other cultural aspects. But thriving and avant-garde, Denmark has marked its identity over the past few years, establishing the strength of its design - with names such as the super-innovative Bang & Olufsen and the iconic Arne Jacobsen, and its gastronomy with restaurants like Noma, By acclaimed chef René Redzepi, leading a new wave of experimentation.
Denmark is a cold country. The ideal time to visit is from May to September.
Copenhagen – average temperatures
Spring (April): minimum 3 degrees Celsius/maximum 10 degrees Celsius.
Summer (July): minimum 14 degrees Celsius/maximum 22 degrees Celsius.
Autumn (October): minimum 7 degrees Celsius/maximum 12 degrees Celsius.
Winter (January): minimum -2 degrees Celsius/maximum 2 degrees Celsius.
Summer is the best season to visit for holidays to Denmark, as the temperature is very low for the rest of the year and winter is harsh. In late spring and early fall temperatures are also milder. Many sites are closed between October and the end of April when the harsh winter drives tourists away. High season comes in July and August when museums are open for longer hours, and there are many people on the street. But there are also many tourists. The months of May and early June are very pleasant to visit in Denmark.
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark and usually where most people visit on holidays in Denmark. It is beautiful and charming and seems to have come straight out of fairy tales. There, for example, is the statue of the Little Mermaid, one of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous tales.
The castles and palaces of the city also contribute to this fanciful atmosphere. They are huge, imposing, classic and stunning. The Rosenborg Slot is a castle so spectacular that when we enter, we feel like royalty. In Amalienborg, we can learn about the history of the Danish royal family and see the changing of the guard daily at 11.30am.
Christiania is the hippie and alternative neighborhood of the city, which awakens the curiosity of tourists from all over the world. Nyhavn, with its intense and cheerful colors, its old houses and its beautiful canals, add an extra charm to the city.
Copenhagen has several canals that cut the city similar to Amsterdam. Boat tours last about an hour and have guides that show and explain the city's historic constructions.
Because it is a small town, it is possible to get to know it by walking. There is also the option to do almost all types bike tourism since a good part of the Danes use cycling to get around. The city has several bike rental companies and bike paths along its streets.
What are the main tourist attractions in the city?
- Statue of the Little Mermaid: Copenhagen's most famous monument, built in 1913 by a brewer based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale. It is located in the citadel of Kastellet.
What to see in Copenhagen
- Tivoli: one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. Its gardens are an attraction apart, such beauty. The entrance is paid for and the toys too but it is an interesting visit, which is well worth it!
- Nyhavn is the new port of Copenhagen, full of charming houses with colorful facades, bars, and restaurants. It is from there that the boat trip goes through the canals of the city.
- Rosenborg Castle: was built in 1606, by Christian IV, to serve as the summer residence of the royal family. Even today, in the attic of the castle, there is the treasure of royalty. The beautiful gardens of the king that surround it offer a beautiful view of the city.
- Amalienborg Palace is a set of 4 symmetrical palaces located around the Amalienborg square. Daily, at 11.30am you can see the exchange of the royal guard.
- Christiansborg Palace: Situated on the island of Slotsholmen, it is the seat of the Danish parliament, where all the laws are voted.
- Kastellet is a citadel with a very well preserved fortress, where the Church of Saint Albans (monument of the end of the 19th century) and the Liberation Museum (depicts the Nazi military occupation in the 2nd world war). There are also small, beautiful gardens near the statue of the Little Mermaid, with windmills and cannon statues.
- Christiania: in the past, it was an independent city, where people lived in a Hippie community. For a long time there has been free trade in illicit drugs, but today the place has become a tourist spot and lives under the surveillance of the local police.
- Glyptotheca Ny Carlsberg: this is a beautiful museum situated next to the Tivoli. There is a delicious and famous breakfast next to the conservatory.
- Carlsberg Factory: the museum of one of the most famous beers in the world, created by master brewer J.C. Jacobsen in 1847, is also worth visiting on Denmark holidays.
- Rundetarn is the oldest observation tower in the city. It is to the left of Stroget Street, next to the square Amagertorv.
- National Museum of Copenhagen - is a beautiful and classic space of the eighteenth century, considered the largest museum in the country in history and culture. It is between the Tivoli Gardens and the small island of Slotsholmen. Admission is free and opens every day.
- Marble Church: it is a beautiful church located among several buildings. All made of marble, the walls are cold on the outside, and on the inside, there are beautiful mosaics and paintings.
The whole area between the station and Nyhavn (Porto Novo) has great hotel choices. The immediate vicinity of Ostroget Street is strategic: it is central and has it all in terms of accommodation options on Denmark holidays.
Copenhagen (København) is Denmark's main gateway and Kastrup Airport is just a few miles from the center, only 12 minutes by train. The airport is well served by flights from SAS and some other European airlines, but alternatively consider flights to Malmö, Sweden, which is within easy reach of the city.
Other ways to get to the country are via train or ferries departing from neighboring Sweden, Germany and Norway.
The mermaid looking wildly at the waters of the harbor, despite its discreet stature, is the great symbol not only of Copenhagen but of the whole country, as your will discover on holidays in Denmark. It is in the region of the port where the big ships dock. The statue was made in bronze by Edward Eriksen in 1913 to materialize the tale of Hans Christian Andersen. Legend has it that when attending a performance of this fable at the Royal Danish Theater, Carl Jacobsen, owner of the Carlsberg brewery, commissioned the work to donate to the country. According to Nordic folklore, mermaids are endowed with special powers, make prophecies and can control the forces of nature. As another such piece is found in the garden of the Carlsberg Museum, perhaps the mermaid is indeed endowed with magic, for Carlsberg made a fortune and Copenhagen brings great enchantment to those who pass through it.
A few steps away, still in the port area, is the Citadel or Kastellet. Built in 1626, by King Christian IV, to ensure protection against attacks from the sea. In 1892, the area was transformed into a park. However, the barracks that is right in the center of the fort is still active and is sometimes even closed for a training of the Danish soldiers. It is a friendly place, with an old mill and low-rise buildings painted in orange, typical color of the city.
Around the Citadel there are several interesting points to see on holidays to Denmark, such as the Church of Saint Albans, the Liberation Museum (Frihedsmuseet), the Fountain of Gefion and Langelinie (Statue of the Grand Line).
The statue of Gefion's Goddess in Langelinie Park orders her four buffalo to pull a piece of land that is shaped like the Coast of Selandia.
Also in this region is Nyboder, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Copenhagen. Their yellow houses are unmistakable. They were erected at the request of Christian IV, in 1631, to house the sailors of the Citadel. The apartments were 40 square meters and were considered huge by the standards of a popular housing of the time. The streets have interesting names, which remain to this day, such as Krokodillegade (Crocodile Street), Krusemyntegade (Street of the Mint) and Hjertensfrydsgade (Street of the Heart Alegre). Bad words say that when the soldiers were without their families nearby, they left a kitten out of the window and when their wives were home, the kitten was turned inward and informed that any visits were temporarily suspended.
The original Nyboder houses had only one floor. Later, they were enlarged and gained an upper floor. But the yellow color stays true to the time when they were built.
Continuing the walk, you arrive at the Amalienborg Palace built by King Frederik V in the mid-eighteenth century to commemorate the tricentenary of the rise of the Oldenburg dynasty to the throne. Traditionally, the most important families of the kingdom had to build a palace following certain urban guidelines. The Amalienborg complex consists of four equal palaces arranged symmetrically around the equestrian statue of Frederik V in an octagonal square.
Two blocks ahead it's time to sit down at a small table in Nyhavn, one of the busiest spots in town, for coffee, lunch or beer. Nyhavn, New Port, was built in the mid-seventeenth century to facilitate access to Kongens Nytorv, New King's Square. There are ships from all corners of the world came to market their products. The canal side of the traditional colored houses served as a meeting point for seamen who often got drunk and confused. The other side of the canal was considered more decent.
Kongens Nytorv is considered one of the most imposing in Europe. It is surrounded by the Charlottenborg Palace which now houses the Royal Academy of Arts (school of painting and sculpture); By the Teatro Real; By the traditional Hotel D'Angleterre; The wonderful Kong Hans restaurant and the "Magasin" department store. The noble point of the city.
Stroget is the largest pedestrian area in the city and exactly part of Kongens Nytorv traveling a path leading to Tivoli Park. It is formed by a series of streets and squares that cross the old center of Copenhagen. Large department stores appear along the way, as well as names of world-renowned designers and renowned Danish designers. Blond hair and light eyes zigzag there. Some in a hurry others just waiting for the time to pass. The movement is intense. A delight. Do not miss Ilums Bolighus, Royal Copenhagen, and Georg Jensen on Denmark holidays.
Denmark is like this: A place out of a romantic tale. With castles, kings and queens, Vikings, white swans, lots of water, boats, amusement park, bikes, royal guard, colorful houses and lots of history to tell.
In Copenhagen, the city grew up around the harbor. The old center, built in the seventeenth century, still holds the moat of the old fort. A system of canals, built in the 19th century, when the protective walls were broken, separates the ancient city from the suburbs. Many parks form a green belt that starts at the famous Tivoli, passes through the Botanical Garden, through the gardens of Rosenborg Palace until you reach the Citadel Park (Kastellet). The air is pure. The waters are clear. The intense cold. And, the rhythm of life still retains a deliciously provincial tone.
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