Copenhagen: The City of Iconic Architecture
Nicknamed the ‘City of Spires’, Copenhagen is known for its beautiful waterfronts and stunning architecture.
Where to soak up the atmosphereBarkowski, in the inner city, is a cosy bar that has a homely feel with couches and a great selection of local and international beers. There are even plenty of board games for those seeking a more relaxed time. Alternatively try Café Ludwigsen for an authentic atmosphere.
A tour of the city is a must. Begin your day with some fresh air and a walk around Nyhavn, the 17th century waterfront. This district is simply stunning, so be sure to take a camera to capture the iconic scenery. If you’re feeling energetic, then walk all the way along the waterfront to the famous Little Mermaid statue. The pretty bronze sculpture sits on a rock at the edge of the water and is one of Copenhagen’s most iconic attractions.
Be sure to make time to visit The Amalienborg Palace which houses the Danish royal family and shows an impressive changing of the guard at 12pm daily. The nearby iconic Rundetårn Tower is also a must-see with its observation platform providing a great view of classical architecture and the cityscape. The Marble Church in Indre boasts one of the largest church domes in Europe, with a span of 31 metres. And, if you feel up to it, a boat tour is definitely one of the best ways to see the city.
As described, there’s a lot to do in this fascinating city, but perhaps surprisingly, one thing that occupies the locals is football. Over 40,000 people head out to support their team on match-days with football being such a key part of everyday life.
FC KøbenhavnUndoubtedly the most well-known of Copenhagen’s football teams is that of its namesake, FC København. To date they have won the Danish Football Championships eleven times and the Danish Cup seven times, making them the most successful club in Denmark’s history. Not bad for a team that is just 24 years’ old. They first qualified for the UEFA Europa League in 2006, and then just three years later, became the first Danish team to reach the knockout stages of the prestigious UEFA Europa League. Why not time your trip to see them play a match and stay to enjoy the rest of the city.
Make sure you escape the city
Build in time to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. There are many places to visit just a short drive from Copenhagen. For a day outdoors you could head north to The Deer Park. This huge woodland area is popular for picnics, long walks, running and cycling; for those looking for something more thrilling, it is also home to the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken.
For something more cultural, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is situated on the North Sealand coast in a spacious, old park with stunning views across the sea towards Sweden. As well as the impressive art collection and a café serving tasty Nordic dishes, the relaxing atmosphere makes this an enjoyable place to spend an afternoon.
Copenhagen is certainly a city worth visiting, and with a population so welcoming and loving of football, a trip to see at least one of the many local teams, such as FC København or Brøndby IF, is a must. Top that off with a night in town and sightseeing booked for the next day; you can’t imagine a better break away.
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