Christiansborg Palace as it stands today is only the most recent of a succession of five buildings that have occupied the islet of Slotsholmen for more than 800 years. For centuries, one building has been succeeded by the next as a consequence of wars, modernizations, and fires. Previously the residence of the Danish Royal Family, it now houses the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court of Denmark, the Prime Minister's Office, and some State Rooms of the Queen.
The location of these supreme commands all in one palace has earned the islet of Slotsholmen the nickname the ‘Island of Power.’
The Little Mermaid
At Langelinje Pier you will find one of Copenhagen's most famous tourist attractions: the sculpture of The Little Mermaid, greeting all ships that flow into Copenhagen from the sea.
Made from bronze and granite, the sculpture was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen, arguably the famous Danish author, and his fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land.
In the 17th Century, Nyhavn, which translates to New Harbor was a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. It was constructed by King Christian V and was used as a gateway from the sea to the old inner city at King’s Square. The port itself was split in two and was notorious for having both a nice and a naughty side. Depending on what side you frequented, you could always find the area packed with plenty of shops to the north or pubs and ladies of pleasure to the south.
Today the beautiful old houses have been renovated and restaurants dominate the old port. Nyhavn is filled with people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere by the canal, jazz music and great food.
Directly in the heart of the city of Copenhagen is one of the world’s oldest Amusement parks. Founded in 1843, Tivoli Gardens and has become a national treasure and an international attraction. It even inspired Walt Disney in building his own parks. Part of what makes this park so wonderful is that there is something for everyone.
The scenery is beautiful with colorful architecture, historic buildings and lush gardens. At night, thousands of colored lights create a fairy tale atmosphere that is completely unique.
Experience Danish royal history and one of the world's oldest monarchies from the beautiful palace square. Amalienborg Palace is a must for anyone with a taste for royal history and the life of Denmark’s royal family who still resides inside the palace.
Every day you can experience the changing of the guards, as they march from their barracks in by Rosenborg Castle through the streets of Copenhagen and end up at Amalienborg, where the changing of the guard takes place at 12 pm.
Vesterbro & Frederiksberg
Vesterbro and Frederiksberg are neighboring areas of Copenhagen with strikingly different moods. Refined, middle-class Frederiksberg offers high-cultured amusements, such as the Cisterns subterranean art gallery and royal gardens. Meanwhile, trendy Vesterbro is the epicenter of Copenhagen’s nightlife and flourishing gastronomic scene.
Spend an afternoon at the zoo or Søndermarken park, before making your way to the Kødbyen, for a dinner of gastronomic innovation.
The National Museum of Denmark
Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history, comprising the histories of Danish and foreign cultures, alike is The National Museum. Located in Copenhagen’s city center, The National Museum boasts a very large ethnographical collection, a collection of classical and near eastern antiquities, a coin- and medal collection, and a toy museum.
After years of reconstruction, the exhibition on Danish Antiquity has re-opened, including prominent national treasures such as the more than 3,000 years old Sun Chariot, the Bronze Age Egtved Girl, and an amazing collection of archaeological finds from the Viking Age, many of which have never been shown at the exhibition before.