Big City Tales

A Danish Delight | March 18, 2013

Image of Nyhavn district

Colourful townhouses in Copenhagen’s Nyhavn district date back to the 17th century.

Denmark has long been regarded as one of the happiest countries in the world and a big reason why is the many delights found in Copenhagen, its capital city and main cultural centre.

Offering the best of old European charm and new world conveniences, visitors to Copenhagen can experience a taste of both with the added bonus of not having to travel a great distance to do so. Additionally, whether traversing by foot, bike, boat, or a combination of these and other readily available transportation options, the city is easy to get around.

Take a walk through Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement park in the world that features a roller coaster first opened in 1915 and a ferris wheel from 1943 – both still operational! Or, for the shoppers out there, make your way over to the Stroget area, which also happens to be the world’s longest pedestrian street. Shop for bargains or splurge on high-end goods, all while getting your fill of exercise!

Image of Tivoli Gardens

Night view of Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second oldest amusement park.

For those who like to take a spin on two wheels, rent a bike downtown and join the thousands of cycling enthusiasts in Copenhagen who take advantage of an extensive system of paths and bike-friendly practices to get around the city.

Images of bikes in Copenhagen

Here a bike, there a bike…there’s no lack of bikes, paths, and riders in Copenhagen.

Water enthusiasts can hop on a boat in the Nyhavn historical district along the waterfront and admire the myriad of colourful townhouses and local businesses that line the city’s inner corridor of canals.

Landlubbers can hop off at the Memorial Anchor and pay respect to the Danish officers and sailors who lost their lives during World War II.  Travel back further in time with a visit to one of the many homes formerly occupied by beloved children’s writer, Hans Christian Andersen.

Image of Memorial Anchor

The Memorial Anchor pays tribute to the lives of officers and sailors lost during World War II.

No trip to Copenhagen would be complete without stopping by another landmark associated with Denmark’s beloved writer of fairy tales.  The Little Mermaid statue, located in the Langelinie waterfront area, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013 and is one of the city’s most identifiable icons.

Whatever the icon and whatever the mode of transportation used to go see it, you’ll be sure to get your happy on in Copenhagen while enjoying this city chock-full of Danish delights!

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