Indre By, the best area to stay in Copenhagen
Indre By’ translates as ‘The Inner City’, which is exactly what it was back in the early 1800s as Copenhagen used to be a fortified town and therefore nothing else was built until later on, when the then King Christian IV decided Copenhagen needed to grow. As a result, Indre By is by far the most fascinating place in the city and is built in the shape of a square with lakes being its boundaries. It is a great place to wander around as most of the area is pedestrianised and there are numerous narrow alleyways and pathways as well as various squares too. One of the most popular attractions is the Amalienborg, which is a royal residence and is made up of four identical mansions and there is a museum all about the royal family. The City Hall is a spectacular building that is found on the Radhuspladsen Square and is open to the public, which lets you explore the place and even houses an art gallery. Another fantastic mansion is the Charlottenborg, which is home to the Royal Danish School of Visual Arts and usually hosts internationally recognised art galleries. If you are interested in Danish design then the best place to check out is the Dansk Design Centre, which showcases excellent exhibitions by Henning Larsen, who is one of the leading architects in the world, let alone the country. Other outstanding iconic tourist attractions include the beautiful Renaissance Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels and other cultural treasures. The Marble Church is one of the most popular churches in the city and has a dominating presence on the skyline like St Paul’s does in London. Other must-sees in the area include the Music Museum, displaying various Danish instruments, the Geologisk Museum, which has various rocks and fossils from all over the world and the Danish Art Gallery, which is home to lots of Western art by world famous artists like Picasso, Rembrandt and Titian.
There are a whole bunch of activities that you can do too with the most in demand attraction being Tivoli, which is a world-famous garden that is full of wild and exotic plants and flowers. In Tivoli, there also happens to be an amusement park, which has a good amount of various rides that you will certainly get you screaming and wet. The Royal Theatre is globally-known for its love of ballet shows and the Cinematheque has three movie theatres that show the works of the Danish film institute. Just before sunset or even sunrise, try and visit the Round Tower as it has some of the most romantic views of the city and is a hotspot for proposals and you may well be a witness to one. If it is shopping that you are after, then you are in the best area as Stroget is a shopping area that is close to the centre of the district, which claims to be the biggest outdoor pedestrian shopping area on the planet and is where you will find lots of fashion, jewellery and food.
The squares and surrounding areas of Grabrode, Radhuspladsen and Stroget are the best places to go for nightlife, whether it is one of the fine restaurants that offer anything from traditional Danish food to world cuisine or one of the famous breweries, where you can take a tour and then help yourself to a beer. There are lots of nightclubs in the area too with many of them having live bands and DJs and regularly stay open to the early hours of the morning. Indre By is the perfect place to stay in as there are millions of hotels to pick from and most are set in beautiful renaissance buildings.