During the Viking Age, Copenhagen was a small fishing hamlet. Its meadows were grazed by livestock, and its peaceful harbor was protected from the sea by small islands offshore.
Today, this once-sleepy village is home to more than a million people. The capital of Denmark, it is a major European center of culture, government and finance and a shining and vibrant remnant of the Danish Golden Age. This forward-thinking city aims to be carbon neutral by 2025, and it may be well on its way as its streets are clean and teeming with bicyclists. The city is home to many enriching attractions and cultural landmarks, and is one of Viking’s most desirable ports of call.
Copenhagen Lifestyle and Culture
Over the past three decades, Copenhagen has been transformed from an unassuming and somewhat provincial capital into a top-tier international city that’s been compared to Amsterdam and Lisbon. Here, you’ll find a hub of creativity within its world-renowned design community, its culinary scene full of exciting gustatory experiences, and its fashion industry that draws admirers from home and abroad.
Copenhagen is an English-friendly city whose residents are open and welcoming to visitors.
Copenhagen Sights and Entertainment
Copenhagen offers a mix of historic, architectural and modern landmarks. Among its many sights, the Tivoli Gardens are a must-see, a microcosm of the history of Copenhagen’s leisure pursuits. First opened in August of 1843, Tivoli Gardens is the second oldest amusement park in the world. Visitors will stroll among fanciful buildings designed in the exotic style of an imaginary Orient and ample mechanical amusement rides. Several restaurants and cafes, a theater and lovely flower gardens invite you to linger.
From leisure pursuits to royal seats, two grand palaces reveal the lives of the Danish monarchy. Amalienborg Palace comprises four manor houses and was used as the royal winter residence. The palace is protected by the famed Royal Life Guards, who are adorned in scarlet tunics, blue trousers and bearskin caps. Built as a summer cottage for Christian IV, Rosenborg Castle was built in 1606 so that royalty could overlook the newly completed King’s Garden. In 1710, the Dutch Renassiance building was converted from a residence into a storehouse for the impressive Royal collections, a purpose that it still serves today.
Perhaps the city’s most charming site is The Little Mermaid statue, perched peacefully on the harbor’s edge at the Langelinie promenade. Originally commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen, the four foot-tall bronze statue sculpted by the artist Edvard Eriksen was first unveiled to the public in August of 1913. She celebrates Jacobsen’s love and passion for the ballet based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.View Cruises to Copenhagen