Copenhagen started out as a Viking fishing village in the 10th century, and five centuries later became the capital of Denmark. Today this is a modern and highly aesthetic looking city, infused with typical Danish cool – from the clothes worn by the beautiful people on the street, to the design of the streetlamps. But while Scandinavian modernity is celebrated, so too is the city’s rich heritage and culture.
Denmark’s National Art Gallery is home to the world’s finest collection of Danish artists from the ‘Golden Age’ period; the Rosenborg Slot castle is a whimsical image of fairytale gables and moats, with an interior as rich as its past; while the Christiansborg Slot, now home to the country’s parliament, takes visitors on a glorious tour of ornate reception rooms, and the workings of a royal kitchen. To truly captivate the romantic aura of Copenhagen, head to Frederiksberg Have, a beautiful green park with rolling lawns, lakes and secret woods. On warmer days, idle on to Nyhavn canal, find a spot at a table at one of the quayside cafes and watch the barges sail by. These were the scenes and smells that fueled the imagination of Copenhagen’s most famous adopted son, Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote some of his greatest stories while living at Nyhavn. Fans of traditional amusement parks mustn’t miss out on Tivoli Gardens, a 19th century site complete with classic carnival games and illuminated pavilions. Or see for yourself the results of an anti-establishment movement that saw the creation of an entire new neighborhood in Copenhagen, the commune of Christiania.