Nyhavn, © Can Stock / swisshippo
Visit Copenhagen – Nyhavn
Nyhavn Harbor is a row of brightly painted 17th century houses on the Copenhagen harbor. The name translates to “New Harbour”, but the houses aren’t so new any more. The Nyhavn Harbor waterfront area was built by King Christian V. Nyhavn stretches from Kongens Nytorv Square to the Royal Playhouse, which makes Nyhavn only a couple blocks long. Hans Christian Andersen wrote fairy tales in house #20. The Royal Danish Theater faces Kongens Nytorv Square. From Nyhavn, take a one hour canal cruise through the canals of Copenhagen. Try a Hop-on Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour.
Amalienborg Royal Palace, © Can Stock / swisshippo
Visit Copenhagen – Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park that was an inspiration for Walt Disney to build Disneyland. Grøften Restaurant, in the Tivoli Gardens, is one of the most famous restaurants in Copenhagen. City Hall Square is located at the entrance to the Tivoli Gardens. The City Hall Square has room for 50,000 people. On the opposite side of City Hall Square is the Stroget. The Stroget is the longest pedestrian-only shopping street in Europe. It continues all the way to Kongens Nytorv Square and the beginning of Nyhavn Harbor. Also near the square, visit the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek to see classic Egyptian, Roman and Etruscan art.
Tivoli Gardens Entrance, © Can Stock / frankix
Visit Copenhagen – Kastellet
The Kastellet or Copenhagen Fortress was constructed in the early 1600s as a pentagon shaped rampart. The rampart is now a grass covered mound surrounded by water. Just outside the Kastellet to the south is the Gefion Fountain. The Gefion Fountain is the largest monument in Copenhagen. The legend is that Gefion turned her four sons into oxen so that they could plough and create the island Copenhagen. Beside the Gefion Fountain is St. Albans Church and the Museum of Danish Resistance.
Nyhavn Harbor, © Can Stock / scanrail
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is at the northeast corner of the Kastellet at the water’s edge. Surprisingly, the Little Mermaid is a very small statue with a very large following of spectators. Outside the western side of the Kastellet, you will find the Swedish Gustaf Church.
Copenhagen Cathedral, Church of Our Lady
Visit Copenhagen Cathedral
Copenhagen Cathedral (Church of Our Lady) is also known as the National Cathedral of Denmark. A memorial in front of this Lutheran church commemorates the break of Denmark from the Catholic Church. Inside the church are life-size sculptures of the 12 apostles and Christ, created by Bertel Thorvaldsen.
About a block from the Copenhagen Cathedral is Gammeltorv Square, the oldest square in Copenhagen. The Fountain of Charity in Gammeltorv Square is the oldest fountain in the city. Gammeltorv Square is on the Stroget pedestrian walkway. Also close to the Copenhagen Cathedral is the old Round Tower in front of Trinity Church. The Round Tower was built by King Christian IV in 1642 and provides views of the city and an observatory.
Nyhavn, © Can Stock / dd
Christiansborg Palace is the seat of the Danish Parliament. Nearby is the Thorvaldsens Museum with works by Bertel Thorvaldsen. Across the canal from Christiansborg Palace is Gammel Strand Street. Also across the canal from Christiansborg Palace is Saint Nikolaj Church, which now houses the Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center. Saint Nikolaj Church appears frequently in pictures of Copenhagen, because its spire can be seen from so many locations.
On the small island with Christiansborg Palace, you will also find the Old Stock Exchange and the Royal Library and its Black Diamond wing. Visit Denmark’s greatest museum, the National Museum nearby as well.
Visit Copenhagen – Hotels
- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
- Hotel Christian IV
- Adina Apartment Hotel Copenhagen