For many, Hans Christian Anderson’s “wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen” was the stuff of fairytales. Today, the magic can continue with a vacation in Denmark’s glistening capital.
Perched atop northern Europe on two separate islands, Zealand and Amager, Copenhagen welcomes visitors with its charming bronze statue of Anderson’s iconic Little Mermaid rests upon a rock in the harbor.
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Copenhagen’s iconic colorful row houses sit side-by-side overlooking the canal in lively Nyhavn, a former port now filled with friendly restaurants. Fanciful Tivoli Gardens amusement park entertains guests young and old.
Climb to the top of the city’s tallest tower at Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish parliament, for a panoramic view of the city.
Denmark's National Museum, in the Prince’s Palace, showcases the Stone Age, Viking Age, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modern Danish History.
Shaped like a giant wave, the National Aquarium Denmark, Den Blå Planet, opened in 2013. It is Northern Europe's largest aquarium and a perfect addition to this seafaring town.
What To Do
Sail, windsurf or canoe on Copenhagen’s marvelous waterways. Kids and kids at heart will love the H.C. Andersen Museum, where the renowned Danish storyteller’s charming fairytales come to life through multimedia displays.
Float past iconic landmarks including the Opera House, the Little Mermaid Statue, and palaces on a boat tour along the city’s beautiful canals. Climb Copenhagen’s tallest tower at the Christiansborg Palace for a bird’s eye view of the city. Shop for fashions and souvenirs along the Strøget, one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets, alive with roving street performers, residents, and vacationers. Discover the area’s lively nightlife, bars, and restaurants amid the Strøget.
When to Go
Spring and summer are delightful seasons to visit Copenhagen. December is also a spectacular time when the city’s canals and castles, dusted in snow, look like a something out of a fairytale.