She broke her arm, was daubed and several times beheaded. Nevertheless, she is and will always be the symbol of the city. The world famous statue of the Little Mermaid belongs to the most photographed objects in the world. A part of history that is still trendy and up-to-date, just like Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and counts about 550,000 inhabitants. The best-known inhabitants have blue blood, because the city became the residence of the oldest monarchy in the world as early as the 15th century. This resulted in beautiful palaces such as Amalienborg. Under the watchful eye of an immense statue of King Frederick V, it is possible to explore a part of the palace. It gives a surprising look behind the scenes, because the royal rooms have been left intact as much as possible.
For a panoramic view across the city, a visit to the Rundetårn (Round Tower) is a must. The first stone for the oldest observatory in Europe was laid in 1637. The tower can be climbed via a spiral ramp of 209 meters, ending on a roof terrace.
From above, the eye is soon caught by Strøget, the longest shopping street in Europe. Starting at City Hall Square, a wide range of trendy shops line the street. It is a paradise for shoppers, but also worthwhile for those who do not like to shop, as street artists provide continuous entertainment.
In Copenhagen everything is within walking distance, so pleasant restaurants are always nearby. For this purpose, Nyhavn is a good destination. Stately, colourful merchant houses recall the trading past of the city, and Hans Christian Andersen lived and worked here as well. Nowadays, however, it is all about hospitality with an abundance of cafes and restaurants. Here you can sample local dishes such as gravad laks (smoked salmon), smørrebrød (rye bread) and the best-known Danish blonds: Tuborg and Carlsberg.
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