Copenhagen © Holgerbrant
The coastal city of Copenhagen is packed with
old-world charm alongside avant-garde architecture. It's a vibrant
and modern city, with a long and fascinating history. It has been
the capital of Denmark for nearly 600 years and is home to the
oldest resident monarchy in the world.
Copenhagen is the biggest city in Scandinavia,
occupying a pleasant and strategic spot on the Baltic east coast of
Denmark's largest island, Zealand. Its harbour is overlooked by the
world-famous statue of the Little Mermaid.
Visitors are often first struck by the cleanliness
and orderliness of this busy and dynamic capital. This is
epitomised in the suburb of Christianshavn, with its picturesque
canals and old cobbled streets all in pristine condition.
Most of the myriad attractions for visitors are
situated within about one square mile (3 square km) of flat terrain
in the centre, making it easy to explore on foot or by bicycle, the
vehicle of choice for locals.
Five streets in the heart of the city have been
merged to provide the world's longest pedestrian mall of
Strøget, running between Rådhuspladsen and Kongens
Nytorv. It's packed with historic gabled buildings, dynamic
department stores, numerous interesting little shops, restaurants,
pavement cafes, theatres, and world-class museums and
Despite the condensed city centre, Copenhagen is not
short on green lungs. Parks such as the ever popular Tivoli Gardens
abound in this city, which prides itself on its strict
anti-pollution laws and lack of glass and chrome skyscrapers.
The birthplace of beloved storyteller Hans Christian
Andersen, the city seems like a modern fairytale town. Copenhagen
retains a provincial charm and sense of history along with
cutting-edge efficiency, offering an extremely high standard of
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