Copenhagen is one of the most fantastic Scandinavian cities and the center of the most dynamic region in Europe, the Øresund Region. The city is one of Europe's oldest capitals with an exclusive royal touch - the monarchy in Denmark is the oldest in the world. Because of the fascinating architecture, many parks, gourmet restaurants and other attractions Copenhagen is a very popular place to be. Copenhagen has been nominated the best city by several organizations for livability, sustainability and other factors. In Copenhagen you will find a wide range of entertainment, culture and shopping. You can enjoy a continental atmosphere and visit the classic destinations such as Tivoli Gardens amusement park and the Copenhagen Zoo. The city is historic and at the same time very youthful and innovative. Many visitors come here to enjoy the great food. There are plenty of well-known gourmet restaurants, many nightlife spots with beer gardens and the traditional Danish open-faced sandwiches.
Copenhagen, also known as Kongens village, has beautiful docksides to wander along and the famous pedestrian promenade Stroget (Stroget) which stretches from the Town Hall Square to Kongens Nytorv. There are plenty of stores, large malls, restaurants and cafes. Among the throngs of people, you can even find an occasional good theater or street musician.
Many people travel to Copenhagen to visit the famous Tivoli amusement park or Copenhagen Zoo (Zoological definatley). At the Sound, next to the Öresund Bridge, you will find The Blue Planet (National Aquarium Denmark), which is Northern Europe's largest aquarium. The popular amusement park "Bakken" or Dyrehavsbakken is located north of town. This park was opened back in 1583 and is regarded as the world's oldest amusement park.
Most people arrive in Copenhagen by train or airplane. Kastrup international airport is located 7 km south of the city, on the island of Amager. You can reach the city center easily by local train or metro. If you travel with Copenhagen by train (DSB Intercity or ICE) step instead of at the Central Station, located in the city center.
There are very good public transport options in the city. The city and the newer parts of Amager runs regional trains in the tunnel. There is also the S-train (S-trains) which is a mixture between local train and subway. To complement the classical subway (metro) and local trains that run to the outskirts of the city. Moreover, there are bus lines and bus port which zigzag between stations.
Copenhagen city center is compact and many Danes prefer sustainable modes of getting around such as walking or cycle, to get around quickly in the city. Many hotels have bicycles for rent. Getting around by car can be difficult for tourists to find parking is not always easy - in addition, it is often expensive. From the port you can travel by ferry to Swinucije, Oslo and the island of Bornholm. From here depart also cruise to the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic Sea.
There are several taxi companies in Copenhagen, there are usually plenty of taxis. If the sign on the roof and the front window is lit, the car is available to hail, but you can call and book travel. Debit cards are accepted but you have to inform the driver before starting the journey, that it's supposed to pay by card. As a traveler, you should always get a receipt after completion of the process.
Indre village or city is in the heart of Copenhagen and includes the city's oldest district with small, narrow streets and picturesque houses. Here right in the city center you will find Stroget, the Nyhavn harbor district, Tivoli Gardens and the Central Station. Stroget is said to be the host's longest pedestrian street, but really it is composed of several shorter streets that link together. Among the medieval winding streets and irregular squares are also Kongens Nytorv Square and the City Hall Square.
A neighborhood that in recent years has become one of the city's most attractive neighborhoods. Along the pleasant shopping district Østerbrogade you will find with intermingled delis, stores for interior decoration, design and vintage items. You will also find here some of Copenhagen's best restaurants and the famous Fælledparken, which is Denmark's largest public park. Österbro is located near the sea, with the new beach park Svanemøllen and The Little Mermaid landmark.
The old working class area of Nørrebro has in recent years turned into one of Copenhagen's hottest neighborhoods. On Elmegade and Jægersborggade there are many designer shops and Ravnsborggade offers fine antique shops. There are also trendy bars and fashion boutiques in the area. The multi-cultural neighborhood offers a lively street life and great street food from around the world.
Vesterbro area is located just beyond the main railway station and extends along Vesterbro Gate and Istedgade. This was formerly the city's red light district, but in recent years the area has been improved significantly. There are many hotels and restaurants and a little further away is the popular Istedgade. In the area you will also find Sønder Boulevard and Köttbyn (Kødbyen), with the city's most popular restaurants and nightspots. The old housing market Øksnehallen has been transformed into a bright, modern exhibition hall.
Frederiksberg is one of the finer parts of Copenhagen with the Frederiksberg Castle and the beautiful castle gardens Frederiksberg Garden and Sondermarken. At the main street Gammel Kongevej there are plenty of exclusive shops, cafes and restaurants.
This port is located in the Indre village and is famous for its well-preserved houses in the old Dutch style, which have been here since the port was founded in the 1600s. The model was Dutch canal cities and therefore also called Christianshavn "Little Amsterdam". This neighborhood also is home to the old church of Our Saviour.
On the island of Amager is the famous neighborhood of Christiania, which is a haven for hippies, dissidents and other original people, seeking an alternative lifestyle. In the area was formerly a military barracks and the old buildings have been converted into homes. It also contains small houses, caravans and other creative home construction. Many tourists visit the district to enjoy the creative atmosphere and experience the interesting art and culture. There is some drug usage and one should not visit the neighborhood in the evening if you don’t want to be exposed.
Nyhavn is a cosy harbor neighborhood which abounds with people who want to enjoy a cold beer and feel the salty winds. There are numerous of taverns and restaurants to enjoy. Nyhavn is located next to Kongens Nytorv in central Copenhagen, and there are plenty of charming old houses. The canal was dug by Swedish prisoners of war 1671-1673, as an alternative to the former harbor.
Copenhagen is a vibrant city that has an amazing cultural scene. Here you can enjoy theater, music and various performances, as well as the classic outdoor activities and sports bars. At Kongens Nytorv lies the Royal Theatre (Royal Theater) and the Copenhagen Opera. Other theaters in the city include Oestre Gasværk Theatre, Nørrebro Teater and Folketeatret (People's Theatre).
On weekends the inner city seethes with life long into the small hours of the morning. At Stroget and Nyhavn are a variety of traditional Danish bars or pubs, often with large outdoor terraces. These usually have a cozy atmosphere and serve cold beer or lager. In Copenhagen, there are plenty of micro-breweries and some of these have their own beer bars, where one can sample the different varieties of beer.
In Copenhagen you can also find many modern party venues such as nightclubs, discos and underground clubs. Nørrebro is a popular area - especially the area around Sankt Hans Torv. The best nightlife is said to be found in Vesterbro, in Kødbyen and on Istedgade street. In many parts of the city you can also find fashionable wine houses and cocktail bars, where the city's more sophisticated people love to enjoy a glass.
Copenhagen is famous as a gastronomic city and has more Michelin stars than any other city in Northern Europe. The best known restaurant is Noma, which for years has been named the world's best restaurant on Restaurant Magazine's list. In addition to well-known restaurants with innovative menus you will find gourmet quality even eating pastry with chocolate or traditional open-faced sandwiches (smørrebrød). Royal Smushi Café serves a modern variant that can be likened to a mixture of open-faced sandwiches and sushi. In the city there are also several indoor markets that sell wine, sausages (pølse) and cheeses - a paradise for gourmets.
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