I’m in the mood for something unconventional this week. The first three destinations were all popular islands but now it’s peninsula time. I chose Copenhagen, Denmark because I loved the Little Mermaid movie as a child. And what better way to honor that timeless tale than to dreamily visit the hometown of Hans Christian Anderson.
Copenhagen has come a long way from being a simple fishing village and trade center. Today, the capital city of Denmark is home to many famous sights and attractions, including Tivoli Gardens, Amalienborg Palace (home of the Danish monarchy), Christiansborg Palace, Nyhavn, and the Little Mermaid sculpture. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s the most visited Scandinavian metropolitan, drawing over a million visitors a year. I guess that’s good enough reason as any to visit!
The Little Mermaid statue is not only a popular attraction but also a Danish icon. Although the fair tale was published in 1837, it took about 70 years for a Danish brewer to commission the waterfront statue.
Tivoli Gardens: The world’s second oldest amusement park opened in 1843. This attraction is more than just an amusement park; it’s also a great place to people-watch and dine. This 21-acre park is beautifully landscaped with more than 400,000 colorful flowers. Rumor has it that this place may have inspired Walt Disney with his theme parks.
Frederiksberg Palace: You can’t go to any European city without visiting a palace. Completed in 1703, this palace was only used as the royal family’s summer residence until the mid-19th century. Now, anyone can visit and relax on the 25 acres of Frederiksberg Park.
Rosenborg Castle was built in a Dutch Renaissance-style designed by Bertel Lange and Hans van Steenwinckel for Christian IV of Denmark. The castle is now open to the public for tours and its museum is home to the Royal Collections, artifacts spanning the royal Danish culture from the 16th to the 19th century.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival is supposedly one of Europe’s biggest, comprehensive international music events. The city streets, squares, clubs, and concert halls have strummed each summer with live jazz since 1979. The festival begins the first Friday in July and runs for 10 uninterrupted days.