What to do in Copenhagen?

Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen’s 150 year old zoological gardens provide ample scope for animal lovers to meet the wildest of species at close quarters in the lush suburb of Frederiksberg, a short bus ride from DGI-byen’s hotels. A new state-of-art elephant house, which immensely improves the living conditions of these magnificent creatures, is the latest addition to the zoo.

Experimentarium, Copenhagen’s science-museum-cum-experimental-centre, just north of Copenhagen in the exclusive suburb of Hellerup, is a special favourite with children who enjoy being entertained while being enlightened with tantalising scientific experiments. Adults, too, will doubtless enjoy an eventful alternative to the tourist round in an erudite environment dedicated to science. 

The Tivoli Gardens
This world-famous nineteenth century amusement park and gardens in the very heart of Copenhagen is one of the city’s major tourist attractions. Try some of its old and trusted rides, like the roller-coaster and, if you feel up to it, its latest addition the crazy Vertigo, an experience not for the faint-hearted. If more sedate pursuits are more to your liking, Tivoli has lots to interest the cultural tourist. Friday Night Rock plays host to big international and Danish names throughout the summer, and open air concerts can be enjoyed free of charge on the Promenade, while Tivoli’s Summer Revue showcases well-known Danish actors and performers. At weekends Tivoli rounds off the evening with spectacular fireworks displays.

The Tycho Brahe Planetarium
Since it first opened in the early 1990s this observatory-cum-theatre has worked ceaselessly to become Denmark’s most sophisticated centre for popularising astronomy and space research. The Space Theatre forms the heart of this prominent rotunda perched on the banks of the lakes, where you can watch IMAX and 3D films, and take in the starry heavens via its advanced star projector.

The Round Tower
The astronomers have long since left this ancient tower in one of Copenhagen’s oldest commercial districts to the enjoyment of amateur star gazers. Tower opening times vary with the seasons.

The National Museum is a treasure trove providing good insight into Denmark’s long and eventful history. The museum mounts periodic exhibitions from other countries, as well. A must for history buffs.

The Danish National Gallery   
Housing the largest and most famed collection of paintings and sculpture in the country, the National Gallery is Denmark’s foremost repository of visual arts. Works by prominent European and Danish artists down through the centuries make up its permanent exhibition on three floors. The gallery also mounts retrospectives of celebrated artists and periods.

The Copenhagen City Museum
See for yourself how Copenhagen’s fascinating history unfolded. Besides the permanent exhibition the museum, located in Vesterbro not far from the DGI-byen hotels, organises interesting walking tours of the city.

The Thorvaldsen Museum
The nineteenth century Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen delighted the Europe of his day with imposing, magnificent sculptures in the classical mode. Located right beside the Danish parliament buildings at Christiansborg, the museum houses most of Thorvaldsen’s original models.

The pedestrian street Strøget in Danish, is Copenhagen’s longest shopping street with shops and boutiques trading in well-known Danish and international designer brands. Shops are open from Monday to Saturday, and some on the first Sunday of the month. Your concierge will provide you with precise details.

The Little Mermaid
Sitting quietly on her rock in Copenhagen Harbour, near Langelinie, the Little Mermaid, and she is quite small, is one of the city’s most visited attractions. The bronze statue illustrates Hans Christian Andersen’s eponymous fairy tale and is the work of the Danish sculptor Edward Eriksen. The Little Mermaid was presented to the city by Carl Jakobsen, son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries, J.C. Jakobsen, who decided to commission the sculpture having being moved by a ballet on the mermaid theme at the Royal Theatre.

Amager Strandpark  
This fantastic new beach complex is only a few minutes by bus or metro from the city centre. Relax or take a dip in the sea with an impressive view of Øresundsbro, the road and rail link between Sweden and Denmark, in the foreground. Water bikes and sea canoes are there for hire during the summer months.

Harbour Baths 
Admission to the open-air baths on Islands Brygge, on the opposite harbour bank to Danhostel, is free during the summer months. A lifeguard is on duty at all times. Diving boards and platforms should be tried only by more seasoned swimmers. The lawn adjacent to the baths is a popular spot with sunbathers.

Bellevue Strand 
The S-train northbound along the coast to Klampenborg brings you to this popular and very trendy beach.

Copenhagen’s unique and by now legendary hippy colony dating back to the late 1960s is now a top attraction with tourists from all over the world. Christiania, a self-declared ‘free state’ established in a former military barracks, is run as a collective. Despite attempts by the government to criminalise Christiania over the years, notably because of its open sale of hashish, life goes on as before. Infamous in reputation for the past 30 years Christiania is well worth a visit.  

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