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Make a splash alongside Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

Myself and a few friends are going to take a short break to Copenhagen next month. Could you recommend some touristy things to do during the day and some trendy bars and nightclubs that we can visit at night?

Copenhagen is a fascinating city with a wealth of things to see and do. With a history that dates back to 1043, the city is full of historic landmarks, significant buildings and interesting sights and museums.

Copenhagen has attractions and tours to suit every taste and interest from architecture and modern art to shopping for vintage finds. A major centre of culture, business, media, and science, it is known to be one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly cities. With beautiful Christmas lights and markets that are known for their roasted almonds, beer and live music, Copenhagen really comes alive in the winter which makes it an ideal time to visit!

One of the main attractions of the city is the Amalienborg, the main residence of the Queen of Denmark. This is considered one of the most stunning works of Danish Rococco architecture and was constructed in the 1700s. It is made up of four identical palace buildings and is spread around an octagonal courtyard.  If the Danish flag is raised overhear, it signals that the Queen is present. Audiences can visit two of the four palaces: Christian VIII’s palace, which is partially organised as a museum for the Glücksburg royal family and Christian VII’s palace, which is used by the Queen for receiving guests and official representatives. 

If you are interested in modern art, the Arken Museum is well worth a visit. The building was designed by Soren Robert Lund and is situated in beautiful maritime surroundings, between the Marina of Ishøj and a long sandy beach – making it a fantastic setting for a stroll. The building is an attraction in its own right. It resembles a ship, stranded only a few metres from the sea. In 2011, Arken received a generous donation from the Merla Art Foundation, which consisted of eight works by contemporary artist Damien Hirst. 

For a fun-filled afternoon, Bakken amusement park should be your first priority. Situated in the stunning surroundings and pristine nature of Deer Park, Bakken dates back to 1583 – the oldest amusement park in the world – but still proves very popular with locals. It is situated just outside of Copenhagen and features 100 fun rides and booths and lots of restaurants to choose from.

You must also take a tour of the canals – a great opportunity to see Copenhagen from a different perspective and pack in lots of the main tourist attractions. Some of the main sights include the Copenhagen Opera house, the Amalienborg Palace and the Little Mermaid, which is a fantastic bronze statue from 1913 which was originally a gift to the city donated by brewer Carl Jacobsen. The statue was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale of the same name.

Copenhagen nightlife is vibrant and diverse; offering glamorous cocktail bars or underground clubs. If trendy bars are what you’re looking for, try places like Karrierbar and Jolene in the Meatpacking district. The Norrebo area is a guarantee for a good time with cocktail bars, clubs and underground discos all within walking distance. Most places stay open until the early hours, making it very possible to dance the whole night away!

 

 Where to Stay:

Island Hotel Copenhagen (****)

Prices start from €133 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This stylish and modern four-star hotel is only moments away from the Tivoli gardens and Stroeget. You can enjoy a range of amenities at this green hotel like a restaurant, a bar/lounge and health club.  The bridge connecting the hotel with Copenhagen Harbour was inspired by the charming and historic Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Inside, an ultramodern interior awaits you with every luxury you can expect from a hotel built in 2006 and no matter where your room is located, you are guaranteed a spectacular view across the harbour.

Copenhagen Strand Hotel (***)

Prices start from €101 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This cosy, family friendly hotel is just minutes away from the Thorvaldsens Museum and National Museum of Denmark. Copenhagen Strand Hotel, located in one of Copenhagen’s fashionable districts opposite the famous NyHaven. This superior three-star hotel is housed in a converted 1800s warehouse on the waterfront. Apart from its close proximity to Nyhaven, it’s just a short walk from to Kongens Nytorv, the Royal Theater and the shops, department stores and boutiques of Copenhagen’s main shopping district. The hotel has been beautifully restored to recreate the rustic charm of maritime Copenhagen.

The Square(***)

Prices start from €164 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This eco friendly hotel is right in the heart of Copenhagen and features stylish, funky interiors. Located on the sixth floor is the hotel’s unique breakfast restaurant boasting incredible natural light and a stunning view across the rooftops of Copenhagen which is an attraction in itself. The hotel’s name refers to its location, where all Executive rooms enjoy a spectacular view of the Copenhagen City Hall and the hotel is just a short walk from the city’s major attractions.

 
 
 

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