Don’t overlook one of Europe’s best capital cities
What to See
Ships dock in a central location in Copenhagen, making it easy for cruisers to take in the sights by foot, bus, or boat. Some of the sightseeing highlights include the Little Mermaid statue (this is the hometown of fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, after all), the changing of the guard at the 18th-century Amalienborg Palace (at noon, when the royal family is in residence), and Town Hall. Wander around the Stroget for shopping and restaurants, and the ancient harbor of Nyhavn, where it’s possible to board a canal tour. Climb the 17th-century Round Tower (Rundetaarn) for unmatched views of the city.
Where to Explore
Christiansborg Palace is a must, home to the Danish Parliament, Supreme Court, and Royal Reception Rooms, where visitors can take daily guided tours. The 17th-century Rosenborg Palace is another favorite, for a visit to see the Danish crown jewels, while the surrounding area also offers Frederiksborg Castle and Kronborg for more exploration of castle culture. Tivoli Gardens is another hot spot, an amusement park extravaganza with rides, dance and acrobatic performances, concerts, restaurants, and more than 400,000 flowers on display.
The National Museum is a highlight thanks to its ancient Viking artifacts, including stones, helmets, a 3,000-year-old horn, and a 3,500-year-old chariot. For a taste of art, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts is the largest museum in Denmark, with works by masters such as Rembrandt, Matisse, and many others.
For classic Danish cuisine and atmosphere at lunchtime, Husmanns Vinstue is a local favorite, particularly for their open-face sandwiches (smorrebrod) and other traditional dishes. Ida Davidsen’s Vinstue, which has served famous politicians and even royalty, is another great choice. For something more elegant, the two Michelin star Noma is widely considered one of the best restaurants in the world, serving fresh Nordic cuisine in an original way. Alternately, popular SALT comes with views of the Opera House and Royal Danish Playhouse, dishing out French-influenced Scandinavian food.
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