Copenaghen, the people-friendly city 
Tradition, fashion and modernity: in Copenhagen you feel it everywhere. Far from the typical chaos of modern metropolis, this a charming place to explore, and it’s easy to “feel danish” by simply hanging around the old streets and alleys. Copenhagen is the world’s oldest monarchy capital city. 
Rosemborg Palace
Copenhagen is the world’s oldest monarchy capital city. You must pay a visit to the royal mansions and residencesRosemborg Palace, hidden in a beautiful park, is where the Crown’s Jewels and the Royal Treasures are. There’s nothing better to fuel any princelike phantasy.
Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg Palace
The Amalienborg Palace is nowadays the real house of the Royal Family: everyday at noon there is the guards’ changeover, with the army band’s soundtrack whenever the Queen is in the Palace.
La città vecchia
Indeed, the true magnet for tourists is the old town’s heart, a maze of beautiful buildings and shops of every kind.
Most of those streets are closed to cars and traffic, and they represent the perfect link between the old and modern Copenhagen. It is also the right place to go if you’re a shopping fanatic: the Stroget is a real must, playful with its street artists and folksingers. The inner alleys hide many antique shops.  It may sound strange, but shopping in Copenhagen is a relaxing and creative experience.
The district Christiania
The districts
Any district is shaped in different and peculiar features: avantgarde and underground in Larsbjornsstraede, arts and contemporary design in Amalienborg, malls and fashion boutiques on the Stroget, while Kronprinsensgade is the HQ for the young danish fashion stylists.
The district called Christiania, an ex military area transformed in the 70’s in a “free town” by Hippies. It’s a model of free society, a sort of living utopia, still managed by protestors and outsiders.
The Marmaid of Copenaghen
The Mermaid
A shot to be taken beside the famous Mermaid is a right to any tourist: you can reach the statue from Amalienborg square, through Amalienhaven up to the seaside.
Nyhavn, the ancient port, is on the way and now is a funny district, tipped with cafès and clubs.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum
The museums
The city have got plenty of museums, you just choose by your own tastes, but if you want to know better both Copenhagen and Denmark we suggest to pay attention to the Nationalmuseet, the country’s museum of national history, and the Statens Museum for Kunst, the danish National Gallery.
You cannot leave Copenhagen if you haven’t been to Tivoli Gardens, a historical fun-fair, full of shows and restaurants: the ideal place to spend a memorable night out.
Copenhagen has been changing and still has its own intimate atmosphere of Old Europe. You feel at home in Copenhagen.
Dishes of Danish cuisine
The traditional Danish lunch is smørrebrød, an open buttered rye sandwich and then seasoned with different ingredients, from herring, to raw or smoked meat, seafood and egg. Try the ålesuppe (eel soup) and the grønkålsuppe (green cabbage soup). Famous are also the Danish butter biscuits, the spandauer (puff pastry with cream or jam and icing) and the kanelsnegle (puff pastry swirls with cinnamon and sugar).
Text by Michela Damiani
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Published on Avion Tourism N53 - Updated June 2018
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Where to sleep in Copenaghen
Copenaghen is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.
To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.
Kongens Nytorv - The King's New Square
Amalienborg Palace is the winter home of the Danish Royal Family. The Palace is made up of four grand palaces on a square, this is a chance to get up close to Danish Royalty, Danish princes and princesses and may even spot the Queen. Every day at around 12.00, it is possible to see the changing of the Royal Guard that cross the city marches from Rosenborg Castle to Amalienborg Palace ready to take up their post at Queen Margrethe's door.
Symbol of the Danish city, the sculpture of The Little Mermaid of Copenhagen, is one of Denmark's most famous tourist attractions. The sculpture is made of bronze and was inspired by the protagonist of the famous fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837. Since 1913 in her place, on a small rock, bid travellers welcome to Copenaghen Harbour. Only 125 cm high and 175 kg, the Little Mermaid was originally a gift to the city by the brewer Carl Jacobsen, the founder of the Carlsberg Brewery.
Købmagergade 52°
The 17th century tower, Round Tower, is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. When Christian IV built the tower, Denmark was quite famous for its astronomical achievements thanks to the astronomer Tycho Brahe. The observatory is encircled by an outdoor platform from which you have a magnificent view of the old part of Copenhagen.
Prinsens Palæ, Ny Vestergade 10
The National Museum of Denmark is located in the Prince’s Palace, which was built by Nicolai Eigtved between 1743 and 1744. The Gallery consists of a wide corridor that linked many rooms with exhibitions from the Stone Age, the Viking Age, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Modern Danish History. The National Museum boasts a very large ethnographical collection, a collection of classical, near eastern antiquities and a toy museum.
Sølvgade 48
The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst) is Denmark’s largest art museum, featuring outstanding collections of Danish and international art from the past seven centuries. Apart from the permanent collection in the rooms, the museum also shows temporary exhibitions.
Jacob Fortlingsvej 1
The Blue Planet - Denmark's Aquarium is Northern Europe's largest aquarium and offers a unique experience for children and adults. The new building has five "arms" from the center of the aquarium and give the visitors a feeling of being under water. The Ocean Tank, which is the biggest aquarium where hammerhead sharks swim together with moray eels. The Coral Reef shows colourful fish and other animals that live in the corals.
Vesterbrogade 3
Located in the heart of Copenhagen, Tivoli amusement park is the most visited in the world. Opened in 1843, inside there are the rides, attractions, performances and culture. An oasis of fun for adults and children even at Halloween and Christmas where the atmosphere becomes unique and special. For the more adventurous, the park offers the world's tallest carousel seats and exciting roller coaster.
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