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Finest Attractions of Copenhagen

1. Tivoli Gardens

Such is this theme park’s fame that some people come to Copenhagen just t visit Tivoli Gardens.

And even if you’re not in the mood to get on a rollercoaster or carousel it’s an unforgettable place for an amble thanks to its romantic 19th-century representations of the Orient.

After Bakken, also in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is the world’s oldest theme park, and if you do have kids with you they will have the time of their lives on some of these rides.

Worth special mention is the Star Flyer, a carousel that hikes riders up 80 metres above the ground.

2. Little mermaid statue

This instantly recognisable statue sitting on a rock next to the Langelinie promenade is surely the most famous landmark in the city.

The sculptor Edvard Eriksen created the mermaid in 1913 as a tribute to the author Hans Christian Andersen, and it’s inspired by Andersen’s eponymous fairytale.

When you get up close to the statue what will surprise you is how small it actually is, but you’ll have to take a photo because it’s simply one of those international identifiers.

3. Strøget

This pedestrian street runs on and on, and whether you’re up for high-street or high-end shopping the chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

It’s among the largest pedestrian malls in the world and even if the prices aren’t for the faint-hearted.

If you want to find some independent shops then follow Strøget into the Old City and then try one of the narrow side streets.

There’s a wonderful mix of old specialty businesses that go back generations and hip boutiques for young fashionistas.

4. Nyhavn

New Harbour in English, this historic waterfront area is next to a 17th-century canal where old wooden ships are still moored.

On both sides of the canal are tall painted houses dating to the 1600s and 1700s, the ground floors of which house bars, restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating.

It’s hard to believe it now, but for most of its existence this was a seedy part of town.

Now it’s one of the best places to linger of a coffee or beer in summer.

And it’s a big literary landmark too: The house numbers 18, 20 and 67 (marked with a plaque) were home to the author Hans Christian Andersen at different times.

5. Nationalmuseet

Copenhagen’s National Museum is the sort of attraction in which you could lose hours without realising.

There’s a remarkable wealth of artefacts here, from all eras of Denmark’s past.

If you see nothing else take a look at the Trundholm Sun Chariot. It’s a Bronze Age item, dating to 1400BC, with a bronze statue of a horse pulling a gold disc representing the sun.

According to Norse mythology the sun made its way across the firmament like this, towed by a divine horse.

The Vikings are also well-covered by this museum, and many artefacts from this collection were sent on a tour of the worldin 2014.

6. Christiansborg Palace

Set on the Islet of Slotsholmen, Christiansborg contains Denmark’s Supreme Court, the Prime Minister’s office and the Danish Parliament.

The Danish royal family and prime minster also make use of the palace’s ornate reception rooms for formal events and to receive other heads of state.

The highlight of these reception rooms is the Great Hall, 40 metres long and able to seat 400 guests.

On a tour you’ll also get to see the Riding School, which is overlooked by a gallery, and the little court theatre which was built in 1767 and updated in 1842.