Facts and Sights of Copenhagen

Originally founded in 1167, Copenhagen, has since developed into a modern cosmopolitan city that was recently voted the most livable city. From the Vikings to ancient castles and palaces inhabited by real princes and princesses, narrow cobblestone streets, old timbered houses and the well known sculpture of the little mermaid. Copenhagen is a modern day fairytale with a happy ending. The city oozes history and effortlessly combines old and new, preserving its 1,000 year history, while always looking to the future with it's focus on modern design and cutting edge technology.

Learn more about Copenhagen here. Once you are in the city, you are within walking distance of a wealth of attractions and activities. Walk across the street from the main train station to the Tivoli Gardens and take in a free musical or artistic performance (There's a schedule at the entrance).

Adults and children of all ages love Tivoli's amusement park founded in 1843 and one of the oldest of its kind in the world. Visit Tivoli's website here.

Strøget, and the pedestrian district is just across the city square not far from the train station and offers excellent shopping for those so inclined. There are plenty of small restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a quiet moment while watching the life in the city. Also nearby are the National Museum, the canals, the Rosenborg. Visit www.rosenborgslot.dk for more information about the Rosenborg Castle and the Danish crown jewels. For an overview of the Top 30 attractions in Copenhagen please visit here.

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Christian Steffensen som Hamlet på Kronborg. Foto_Thomas Rahbek, Kronborg
Sights just outside of Copenhagen

Roskilde Cathedral and Viking Ship Museum

The Town of Roskilde is located just thirty minutes outside of Copenhagen. Roskilde Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Cathedral was Scandinavia's first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick and its construction encouraged the spread of this style throughout northern Europe. It has been the mausoleum of the Danish Royal Family since the 15th century. For more information, please visit here.

The Viking Ship Museum holds a unique collection of viking ships, but also functions as a working museum where during the summer, you are able to observe the construction of viking ship or even sail in a reconstruction on the Roskilde Fjord yourself. Visit the museum's website here.

Hamlet's castle

The City of Helsingør (also known as Elsinore) is sixty minutes north of Copenhagen by train. The Kronborg Castle was the setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Construction began in 1574 and the Castle played a key role in the history of northern Europe in the 16th-18th centuries. The Kronborg Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site. For more information see the UNESCO website here.