The park is famous worldwide and appears in many movies. Occupying the site where Bishop Absalon built the earliest fortifications of the city in 1167, the ruins of the bishop's castle and the medieval fortress were discovered when the present palace was under construction. The modern occupies a prominent waterfront location on the city's harbor, a short stroll from the Tivoli Gardens and a couple of kilometers away from the Kongens Nytorv area. This great-value card gives you free entry into 74 Copenhagen attractions including Tivoli Gardens ; free, unlimited use of the city's public transport networks; and discounts for certain tours, museums, and restaurants. Of particular interest is the Norman-Foster-designed elephant enclosure. Remember, too, that this is where many would claim the much-vaunted Nordic food revolution began. To the rear of Amalienborg lies Nyhavn New Harbor , which is flanked by a street of the same name.
The enclosures imitate the animals' natural surroundings as closely as possible. Of particular interest are the Marble Room, a Baroque reception room, and the Knights' Hall with the Coronation Throne used between 1871 to 1940 , as well as the famous Rosenborg Tapestries, which have adorned the walls since 1693. The World Clock at the main entrance was designed and constructed by Jens Olsen in 1955 and shows not only the time and date, but also various astronomical constellations. Nearby, you'll find Klampenborg with prestigious villas and excellent bathing. In addition, several parts are still used by the Royal House, although thankfully, much is open to the public. On Købmagergade is the Round Tower Rundetårn , a 36-meter-high structure built as an observatory in 1642.
Indeed, some might say it's the most famous attraction in Copenhagen. More moderately priced accommodation can be found in the trendy Vesterbro area, also known as the Meatpacking District. The surrounding wood and parkland is particularly pleasant, and there are excellent train and bus links from the city-center for those who aren't driving. Inhabited by the royal family until 1720 and after that used as a summer retreat, the castle and contents became a museum in 1838. For basic, low-cost rooms in a central location try the , a short stroll from the train station. Nyhavn was once a disreputable quarter of the city, but now, with its brightly painted gabled houses, many containing restaurants or cafés, it's a particularly charming part of Copenhagen that features in countless images of the city.
Rather than a specific check-in and check-out time, this hotel offers a 24-hour rental, starting at the time you arrive. The soldiers of the Royal Guard with their bearskins and blue on festive occasions red, white, and blue uniforms are a unique symbol of the city. A stroll of around five minutes from Christiansborg takes you to the bustling shopping area of Strøget where you'll find a wealth of boutiques, cafés, and restaurants. Highlights are the handmade houses and buildings and the large lake where children splash around with each other on hot summer days. Believe it or not, this has been a leisure facility since 1583. The area was designed to be a model society with the King as focal point and the aristocracy the four palaces surrounding him. Less than one and a half kilometers from Rosenborg in the Frederiksstaden quarter, you'll find Rosenborg's sister palace, Amalienborg, along with its serene waterfront gardens.
Idyllic museum ships lie at anchor, including a lightship Fyrskib dating from 1885. From here, you travel to Fredensborg, the summer residence of Denmark's Queen, capping off the tour at the 17th-century Frederiksborg Castle. The small shops and cafés use a special Christiania currency. Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, is by far the largest city in the country. Starting out as a hippy settlement more than 40 years ago, this unique and controversial area was firstly designated as a social experiment and is now owned by the residents. They can now be seen by visitors.
For marvellous views, you can climb the tower; at 106 meters high, it is the tallest in the city. Here, you can watch polar bears, seals, lions, and other animals being fed. From the top are magnificent panoramic views over the city. Be sure to pick up a map before exploring all the collections. Cars are banned, bicycles are the main mode of transport, and horses roam free.
International brand-name stores such as Max Mara, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès tend to be at the end of the street facing the direction of Kongens Nytorv. The best place to stay in Copenhagen is near the Old Town, where many of the major attractions are concentrated. At the entrance, there's an observation tower. Accompanied by an informative commentary, this flexible tour allows you to combine four interconnected sightseeing routes, on land and water, stopping to spend time at your favorite attractions and hopping back on to continue the tour. In the basement are the Danish crown jewels and royal regalia. . Christiansborg boasts more than 800 years of history and today, the palace is home to the Parliament, the Prime Minister's Office, and the Supreme Court.
As a consequence, Copenhagen is home to a great number of cutting-edge restaurants including world-renowned Noma where tables must be booked months, if not years, in advance. About a 20-minute drive north of Copenhagen, Bakken amusement park is a folksy version of the Tivoli, with numerous restaurants, cafés, and fun things to do - especially for younger children. Also in the same area is the hotel, with a Balinese-inspired décor and a wonderful courtyard with comfortable seating. Some impressive runic stones are on display, and the Danish history collection includes a sun chariot cult object in the form of a cart that is more than 2,000 years old, Romanesque and Gothic church fittings, Danish porcelain and silver, and collections of antiquities and coins. Sadly, as the prince didn't reciprocate, she was forced to leave the human world and return once more to the sea. The ethnographical collection, including items from Greenland, gives an excellent impression of life among the Eskimos. Admittedly, it may not be to everyone's taste, however, it is a functioning alternative society, a place where many accepted norms simply don't apply, and people live by their own rules.