Guide of COPENHAGEN
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and Denmark's territory stretches over the two islands of Zealand and Amager. Copenhagen is a unique city, which is connected to Malmo in neighbouring Sweden via the Öresund bridge, the longest in Europe. Copenhagen is a green city, it has a large number of parks and a strong focus on environmental protection. It is also an avant-garde city just waiting to be discovered, with retro-style restaurants alongside sophisticated modern architecture.
A brief history of Copenhagen
In Danish, Copenhagen means the merchants port and already at the time of the Vikings, a fishing village was located in the spot where the city stands today. This little fishing village grew in importance and so a fort was built around it in 1100, but the city of Copenhagen was officially born in 1167. The city has mainly experienced positive growth and development and the port became increasingly important after the world wars when it increased its connections with neighbouring cities.
Places to visit in Copenhagen
You can explore Copenhagen on foot or by bike, Nyhavn is down by the port and has some wonderful traditional Danish buildings to admire and each one is a different colour. Be sure to also make a visit to the statue of the Little Mermaid. The Cathedral of Our Lady is also worth visiting, it has a lovely façade and is the most popular Protestant church in Copenhagen. Close by, you also have the residence of the Danish royal family, the Amalienborg Palace, in front of which there is a changing of the guard every day at 12 o'clock. The National Art Gallery houses work by internationally renowned artists, including Matisse, Mantegna, Rubens, Picasso.
Another place not to be missed is the Rosenborg castle, which is from the Renaissance and was another residence of the Danish royal family. In the centre of Copenhagen, there is also a historic amusement park, Tivoli Gardens, which first opened in 1843 - it is perfect for kids and grown-ups alike!
Food in Copenhagen
Smørrebrød is the Danish sandwich par excellence, it is a slice of rye bread with butter and some cleverly arranged ingredients such as prawns, eggs, cheese, salmon or herring. Another delicious traditional recipe is Stegt flæsk, which is crispy pork and boiled potatoes with parsley sauce; it is a very old dish, where the pork was originally fried rather than baked, as it is today. Then there are frikadeller - pork meatballs with nutmeg and cinnamon, excellent with a cold beer!