Copenhagen: A Holiday on Foot

Copenhagen is one of the oldest cities in Europe, and the largest metropolis in Scandinavia. The terrain is generally flat, and there are no skyscrapers in sight in this capital of Denmark. But modern structures mingle with ancient architecture to offer unique sights to visitors on their Copenhagen holidays.

Start with a stroll down Strøget, the longest pedestrian mall in the world. Find famous brand names at the classy Eastern End, or browse through the budget boutiques and souvenir shops on the Western End. If that’s not enough, discover hidden shopping delights in the side streets. Musicians and performance artists dot the length of the street, providing pockets of entertainment.

Just a stone’s throw from the Strøget is the National Museum. Housed in the Prince’s Palace, the museum offers a free do-it-yourself one-hour guided tour of its 10,000 square metre exhibition area. Another important museum is the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, which houses some of the finest antiquities and art collections in Europe, amid a luxuriant indoor garden.

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Christiana is an experimental, self-governed, and ecology-oriented community on an island just east of Copenhagen. Bike around and see funky houses, or simply enjoy the slow pace with some coffee and pastries. There’s a small market and some craft shops too.

A great place to have lunch is at Nyhavns Færgekro, which serves a buffet featuring ten types of herring dishes. Order schnapps or akvavit to go with your lunch, like true Danes do. Café Sorgenfri is another local favourite, and it has been in business the last 150 years selling beer, schnapps, and smørrebrød, an open sandwich on dark rye bread.

Complete your Copenhagen holiday with a photo taken by the famous statue of the Little Mermaid. The original statue was commissioned by Danish beer baron Carl Jacobsen after being moved by a ballet performance of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid.” Unfortunately, the celebrated statue suffered much abuse from vandals, prompting the Carlsberg brewery to commission a new statue in 2006.

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