What to See in Copenhagen (Denmark)
According to ITYPEJOB, Copenhagen stands on the banks of the Øresund Strait. For the first time in history, the city was mentioned in 1167. Now it is the largest city and the largest port in Denmark.
The old city of Copenhagen is located on the small island of Slotsvolmen, its center is the Town Hall Square with a zero kilometer mark. On the square stands the City Hall, built in the style of national romanticism, on its tower there is a clock that can simultaneously show the time for 13 different time zones, and next to it on a high pedestal is a monument in the form of two Viking troubadours. Among the attractions of the area, one can also highlight the Christiansborg Palace., a stock exchange with a spire of three coiled snakes, the Hypotheca (a collection of Danish and world sculpture) and the Bertil Thorvaldsen sculpture museum. Christiansborg Palace now houses the Parliament, government offices, the Royal State Apartments, the Carriage Museum and the Theater History Museum. The castles of the city are very beautiful – Rosenborg with the Museum of Danish Kings; Amalienborg, where the traditional changing of the guard takes place and Frederiksborg standing in the middle of the lake. Next to Amalienborg Castle is the 19th century Marble Cathedral. It is the largest cathedral in Scandinavia. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is the only round church. Due to lack of money during construction, the “Marble” in the cathedral is made of painted wood. Next to the Marble Cathedral rises the Russian Orthodox Church of Alexander Nevsky. It was built in 1864 for employees of the Russian embassy and for visits to Denmark by the royal family.
The most colorful area of Copenhagen is the port of Nyhavn. The houses on this embankment are painted in all colors of the rainbow, each of them has cafes and restaurants. Nyhavn is a favorite place for artists, photographers and tourists.
The hallmark of the city is bronze Mermaid, sitting on a stone on the shore of an ancient harbor, a character in the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, who was born on the island of Funen. Not far from the city hall there is a monument to the writer. A stone’s throw from the Little Mermaid is the largest fountain in Copenhagen “Gefion”, named after the Scandinavian goddess. According to legend, she bewitched the Swedish king, who promised her to give her as much land as she could plow overnight. Gefeon turned her sons into bulls and plowed the territory of the island of Zeeland, on which Copenhagen appeared.
In Copenhagen there is the oldest library in Scandinavia (1673) – the Royal Library, as well as one of the most famous museums in the world – Louis Tussauds Wax Museum, with more than 200 wax figures, there are halls of kings, politicians and statesmen of the 20th century, artists, musicians, a gallery of fairy-tale characters and cellars of horrors.
Amusement park “Tivoli” is a favorite vacation spot for local residents, “Tivoli” is the oldest amusement park in the world (opened in 1843). In the main shopping area of the city – Stroget, which starts right from the Town Hall Square, the most famous shops of the city are concentrated, where you can buy a variety of souvenirs. In the vicinity of the capital there are also many places where not only tourists go, but also city dwellers on vacation. An aquarium is located in Charlottenlund, a little to the north – the Dürenhavs forest park with golf courses and cozy beaches.
Odense, Funen island (Denmark)
The city of Odense is the third largest city in Denmark. It is the capital of Funen.
Odense is notable for being the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen in 1805. Everything in the city reminds of this man – a memorial museum has been opened in the writer’s house, sculptures depicting the heroes of his fairy tales have been installed in parks and squares. In Odense is the Cathedral of St. Knud, built at the end of the 11th century.
30 km from Odense in the vicinity of Kverndrup is the medieval castle of Egeskov. It was built about 600 years ago in the middle of the lake on thick oak piles, and its name translates as “oak forest”. The castle consists of two buildings connected by a thick double wall, which once allowed defenders to leave one tower in the event of an attack and continue to fight on the other side. The interior of the castle includes antique furniture and paintings, as well as many hunting trophies, and you can also walk through the labyrinth, built from bamboo 200 years ago. Around the castle there is a vast park with a botanical garden where orchids and plants used by perfumers grow, 6 museums are open in the park, including an automobile museum with more than 300 exhibits.