Copenhagen: Danish delights
The Danes are consistently topping the list of the happiest people in the world. With your Lufthansa flight to Copenhagen, the Danish capital, you are about to find out what they are doing right. Denmark is a green and fertile country wedged between the Baltic and the North Sea. The capital Copenhagen started out on several islands that were linked together to get a new landmass.
Bicycle heaven in CopenhagenIt is a great city for bicycle riders because it is flat and very well developed with bicycle lanes. You can rent a bike everywhere in the city and start touring of the inner city just like the locals. Make a stop at the town hall, climb up the tower and enjoy the view over Copenhagen and the Øresund, the small strip of sea that divides Denmark from Sweden. The Øresund Bridge, which spans that divide, is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe and a new important landmark for Copenhagen. Climb down from the tower and get back on your bicycle, because now you should visit Copenhagen’s best-known landmark, the statue of the Little Mermaid. You can find her on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade.
Centuries of amusementThe beautiful surroundings of Amalienborg Palace, where the Royal Family resides, or around the quaint house-fronts in Christianshavn can give you a feeling of a fairy tale setting. You can have a day of fun in the many amusement parks of Copenhagen. The famous Tivoli is in the centre of town, next to the train station. It seems venerable with its 150 years, but is a youngster next to the oldest amusement park in the world, the Dyrehavsbakken. It is north of the city centre, where it is open for business since 1583. When the hunger sets in after sightseeing, give the Danish food a generous welcome. Go to the Nyhavn district with its quaint waterfront houses and many restaurants and bars. For the smaller hunger there is always the world-famous Smørrebrød, if you crave the full meal, get the national dish Stegt flæsk, a pork roast with parsley sauce and red beets. Typical Danish is a fish dish called Stjerneskud with Rejer, halibut with shrimps. A generous Akvavit, the Danish “Water of Life”, is a fitting finish for a Danish meal.
What else to see in Copenhagen
- The freetown Christiania
- The Round Tower, oldest observatory in Europe
- Strøget, pedestrian shopping mile
Information Airport Copenhagen
- Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup
- IATA Code: CPH
- Distance to downtown Copenhagen: 8 km
- Transportation: train, metro, bus, rented car, shuttle, taxi