Copenhagen

 

Copenhagen - Denmark

Danish capital city Copenhagen is one of Europe’s coolest tourist destinations. The gorgeous, well-dressed locals really go out of their way to make visitors feel at home, while the city’s nightlife can be, at times, spectacular. Famous attractions include the Tivoli Gardens, the upmarket shops of Strøget (made up of Frederiksberggade, Vimmelskaftet, Amagertorv and Ostergade) and the mermaid who welcomes visitors to the city from her rock at the harbour.

Situated on the Islands of Zealand and Amager, Copenhagen is a relatively small capital city, with a 2008 population of 1,153,615 and a total metropolitan area population of 1,875,179.

 

History

After being a humble fishing village during Viking times, Copenhagen finally became the capital of Denmark at the beginning of the 15th century. It wasn’t until the 17th century that, under the reign of Christian IV, Copenhagen became a key regional centre.

The city is now linked directly to neighbouring Malmö by the Oresund Bridge, which was completed in 2000. For many people, Copenhagen and Malmö are merging into the same metropolitan area (although they are separated by currency, culture and language).

Copenhagen often selected as one of the cities with the highest standard of living, along with cities like Geneva, Zurich, Stockholm and Vienna. An amazing 36 % of all locals travel to work by bike, helping to make Copenhagen one of the world’s cleanest cities.



Museums and Culture

Copenhagen is home to an impressive selection of museums including the famous National Museum of Denmark, Nationalmuseet, which holds the largest collection of Danish historical items in the world. The National Arts Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunsthas) has collections dating from 12th century to currently active artists. More notable exhibits are from Braque, Léger, Rubens, Rembrandt, Picasso, and Matisse.

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek holds an impressive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings by artists such as Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, van Gogh and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. For lovers of modern art, Loiusiana sits just north of Copenhagen on a cliff overlooking Øresund.
Designed by Jean Nouvel, the new Copenhagen Concert Hall opened in January 2009. With seating for 1800 people, the impressive new structure is the home of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Elsewhere, located in the Tivoli Gardens, the Tivoli Concert Hall is another important destination for lovers of classical music.

Designed by Henning Larsen, Operaen (The Copenhagen Opera House) opened in 2005 and is the Danish  national opera house and is seen as one of the world’s great destinations for opera lovers.

 

The Copenhagen Jazz Festival

The Copenhagen Jazz Festival is an annual 10-day event dedicated to Jazz music. Around a quarter of a million jazz lovers descend on the city each July to hear a series of largely-free concerts and performances from some of the world’s great jazz artists. The festival has grown each year since its inception in 1979 and now sees over 800 performances each year.

 

 
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Climate

Copenhagen, like most of Denmark, has cold winters and warm – but rarely baking hot – summers where temperatures rise to around 21°C.

Gone are the days when the sea would regularly freeze. Winters are now typically around 0°C for much of the season, although snow rarely stays on the ground for long.


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