Copenhagen is a city like no other with its own unique way of life, which is full of culture and style that makes this place so magical. You could spend weeks upon weeks and still find something new to do here, as it is big enough to be a metropolis but small enough to easily get around. The world looks to this city for inspiration in terms of architecture, design and fashion, with the cuisine up and coming too. The transportation system is second to none and is certainly one of the prettiest cities to visit in Northern Europe.
The best area to stay in Copenhagen is Indre By, which is the historical heart of the city as well as being the general centre of Copenhagen too and is marked by lakes and the harbour. This area is home to the majority of the city’s tourist attractions, with many of them displaying iconic medieval architecture, as well as fascinating museums, art galleries and fun things to do for the kids like the famous Tivoli. Indre By is the best place for shopping and is also home to the most vibrant nightlife with plenty of choices in terms of restaurants, pubs and hotels
Other neighbourhoods to stay in Copenhagen
This district is just south of Indre By and is an attractive place to visit, as well as being a lot quieter than the city centre. One of the major places of interest is the Carlsberg Visitors Centre, which is where the famous Carlsberg beer was brewed. Having said that, there is still some beer being brewed there and you can take a tour around it as well as sample the product. The Museum of Copenhagen is also found here and hosts an interesting exhibition on the history of the city, in addition to the Planetarium, which is a fun-themed astronomy centre. Other things include the Copencabana, which is an artificial beach with sand, trees and swimming pools and you can also swim in the harbour. There are also many theatres and cinemas in the area and decent areas to shop in. Vesterbro is one for foodies as there are over 250 restaurants from all around the world as well as many excellent bars and clubs to dance and drink at. You will also find plenty of hotels here, although most of them are in the mid-range category and are perfectly acceptable.
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 as its boundaries. It is a great place to wander around as most of the area is pedestrianized and there are numerous narrow alleyways and pathways as well as various squares. One of the most popular attractions is the Amalienborg, which is a royal residence and is made up of four identical mansions, including a museum all about the royal family.
The City Hall is a spectacular building which can be found on the Radhuspladsen Square and is open to the public, allowing you to 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 among 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 such as Picasso, Rembrandt and Titian.