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NYHAVN

NYHAVN

The quintessential picture-postcard backdrop of Copenhagen, Nyhavn (meaning New Harbour) dates back to the 18th century when the neighbourhood was developed to increase business to the city centre. Unsurprisingly a popular haunt for sailors, Nyhavn also attracted a wealth of writers including Hans Christian Andersen who lived for most of his life in the area (at numbers 18, 20 and 67). Today Nyhavn boasts restaurants, bars, antique stores and boutiques, perfect for a harbourside meander.
THE LITTLE MERMAID

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Symbol of Copenhagen and yet surprisingly small in stature, the bronze statue of The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue) pays homage to Hans Christian Andersen’s legendary heroine of the sea. Situated down by the harbour at Langelinje Pier, the story goes that sailors of yesteryear were traditionally drawn to the harbourside by the sound of the mermaids’ mellifluous and hypnotic tones. It may be rather miniscule for such a renowned city landmark, yet it remains an ever-popular crowd puller.
AMALIENBORG PALACE

AMALIENBORG PALACE

Home to royalty since 1784, Amalienborg Palace (Slot) remains to this day the official winter palace to the Queen of Denmark. Comprising four identical rococo buildings, each housing a different generation of the Danish monarchy, the palace surrounds a central courtyard in which a daily changing of the guard takes place. Across from the royal residences, occupying the Christian VIII palace is the Amalianborg Museum, containing a vast collection of royal treasures dating back to the mid-1800s.
TIVOLI

TIVOLI

Set in the heart of the city, Tivoli is perhaps Copenhagen’s most famous and popular attraction and an absolute must if you’re visiting with children. This is an amusement park consisting of thrilling rides (256 in all), arcades, open-air stages, theatres and restaurants, all set amidst beautiful lakeside gardens. Illuminated by fireworks and fairy lights, Tivoli takes on a particularly magical air as evening falls and, come December, you’ll also find the city’s Christmas market here.
STRØGET

STRØGET

Copenhagen’s longest pedestrianised shopping thoroughfare, Strøget stretches over a kilometre, running from Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square) to Kongens Nytorv, location of the Royal Danish Theatre and the grand Hotel D’Angleterre. Vibrant and atmospheric with acrobats and artists, musicians and magicians, Strøget offers both well-known chains and designer boutiques along its course, as well as a number of landmarks including Helligåndskirken (Church of Our Lady) and the Stork Fountain on Amagertorv Square.
NATIONALMUSEET

NATIONALMUSEET

If you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of Danish history, then the Nationalmuseet (National Museum) is considered one of the best of its kind in Europe. Housed in a 17th-century royal mansion, the Nationalmuseet’s extensive collection spans prehistoric to modern times, from the Ice and Stone Ages through Viking times (for many, the highlight of the museum) and 20th-century Denmark. You’ll also find Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities as well as collections of toys and coins.
CHRISTIANSBORG SLOT

CHRISTIANSBORG SLOT

Set apart from the rest of the city by the three canals that surround it, Christiansborg Slot is an imposing granite palace situated on a small island, today playing host to the Danish parliament and the prime minister’s office. A former royal residence until 1795 when the palace went up in flames, the Queen of Denmark still uses Christiansborg for royal receptions. The palace is accessed via a number of bridges linking Christiansborg to the ‘mainland’,

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