Copenhagen was originally founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village. Throughout its history it has been decimated by the Plague, fire, wars, and pillages but has been able to rebuild itself over and over again, giving many people cause to nickname it the Phoenix. Copenhagen has built itself into one of the richest cities in Europe with a masterful urban planning system, and a high quality of life for its citizens.
Copenhagen - A Political Hub for Denmark
The city is well known for being the hub of political, cultural, economic, and technological life linking mainland Europe and Scandinavia. Copenhagen has many great universities as well as a focus on corporate expansion. Medicon Valley is the center of biotechnology research and development in Copenhagen and aims to connect companies and academic institutions to work together in harmony. Copenhagen also has an ambitious green plan. Cleantech is an initiative aimed to focus research on making Copenhagen environmentally friendly.
Architecture of Copenhagen
Architecture in Copenhagen is varied with remnants of its past mixing in with the rebuilding that has taken place throughout its history, from Neoclassical to modern. Copenhagen is known as the “City of Spires” due to its horizontal construction. Its skyline is broken up only by the dottings of tall spires from castles and churches throughout the city.
Tourist Destinations in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a park-centric city, even its cemeteries double as parks. There are 5 miles of beaches in the area surrounding the city only a 30-minute bike ride away. Many Danes speak English, making tourism easier for Americans. While most signage, including descriptions in museums, are written in Danish, it is possible to ask for an English speaking guide to help you get the most out of your museum experience. Another highlight of Copenhagen is that most museums offer free admittance on Wednesdays. Copenhagen has many attractions. Here is a breakdown of where to go and what to see and do in Copenhagen:
The inner city, also known as the Medieval City, is the historical heart of Copenhagen. Home to many of the city’s historical buildings, church spires, and shopping, it is the tourist center of Copenhagen. Here you will find Frederiksstaden, the area built in the rococo style and known for the Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, Frederick's Church (aka the Marble Church), and Stroget, the world’s largest pedestrian street. Nearby is the Nyhavn Canal.
Located here is Copenhagen’s top tourist attraction, the Tivoli Gardens. You will also find many of Copenhagen’s amusement parks here, including the Pantomime Theater.
The famous “The Little Mermaid” statue can be found in this district north of the city center. Also here, you will see the Citadel, one of Europe’s best-preserved fortifications.
This area includes the Copenhagen Zoo, an extensive and beautiful park, and Frederiksborg Palace.