Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, is the gateway to Scandinavia. It's an improbable combination of corny Danish clichés, well-dressed executives having a business lunch amid cutting-edge contemporary architecture, and some of the funkiest counterculture in Europe. And yet, it all just works so tidily together. A busy day cruising the canals, wandering through the palace, and taking an old-town walk will give you your historical bearings. Then, after another day strolling the Strøget (Europe's first and greatest pedestrian shopping mall), biking the canals, and sampling the Danish good life, you'll feel right at home. Live it up in Scandinavia's least expensive and most fun-loving capital.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen's classic amusement park, with rides, music, food, and other fun.
▲▲▲ National Museum History of Danish civilization with tourable 19th-century Victorian Apartment.
▲▲▲ Rosenborg Castle and Treasury Renaissance castle of larger-than-life "warrior king" Christian IV.
▲▲▲ Christiania Colorful counterculture squatters' colony.
▲▲ Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Scandinavia's top art gallery, featuring Egyptians, Greeks, Etruscans, French, and Danes.
▲▲ Christiansborg Palace Royal reception rooms with dazzling tapestries.
▲▲ Thorvaldsen's Museum Works of the Danish Neoclassical sculptor.
▲ City Hall Copenhagen's landmark, packed with Danish history and symbolism and topped with a tower.
▲ Museum of Copenhagen The best city history museum in town.
▲ Amalienborg Museum Quick and intimate look at Denmark s royal family.
▲ Museum of Danish Resistance Chronicle of Denmark's struggle against the Nazis.
▲ Rosenborg Gardens Park surrounding Rosenborg Castle, filled with statues and statuesque Danes.
▲ National Gallery of Denmark Good Danish and Modernist collections.
▲ Our Savior's Church Spiral-spired church with bright Baroque interior.