Top 500 places to visit before you die (P.23) Copenhagen: Most liveable city in Scandinavia


( Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. The buzzing capital mixes royal history, modern architecture and loads of culture with sustainable living and a mouthwatering restaurant scene.

Originally a Viking fishing village established in the 10th century in the vicinity of what is now Gammel Strand, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century. Beginning in the 17th century, it consolidated its position as a regional center of power with its institutions, defenses, and armed forces.

During the Renaissance the city served as the de facto capital of the Kalmar Union, being the seat of monarchy, governing the majority of the present-day Nordic region in a personal union with Sweden and Norway ruled by the Danish monarch serving as the head of state. The city flourished as the cultural and economic center of Scandinavia under the union for well over 120 years, starting in the 15th century.

The best way to start a trip to the city of Copenhagen is with a stroll through Nyhavn. With its colourful, crooked houses, Nyhavn is quite rightfully Copenhagen’s most popular photo motif. Nyhavn is anything but a secret. Or (to put it in other words): The area is the most touristy spot in Copenhagen. They try to entice you into boat tours, or a restaurant visit on every corner. But if you move slightly out of the hustle and bustle, then you can enjoy Nyhavn in a more relaxed manner. Morning is the best time to experience Nyhavn in peace.

Copenhagen's largest shopping area is centered around Strøget in the heart of the city. The one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets is most famous for shopping. Big international brands like Prada, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Hermès and Boss are represented at the end of the street facing up to Kongens Nytorv. If your budget is more limited, you can continue along Strøget down towards City Hall Square, where you find shops like H&M, Vero Moda, Weekday and Zara.

As hip and modern as Copenhagen can be – the royal flair is difficult to miss. There are some castles and palaces in Copenhagen that are well worth a visit. Copenhagen is home to the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Business School and the IT University of Copenhagen. The University of Copenhagen, founded in 1479, is the oldest university in Denmark. Copenhagen is home to the football clubs F.C. Copenhagen and Brøndby IF.

While some Europeans revel in haute couture and haute cuisine, the Danes relish what they believe to be the height of sophistication: hygge. Defined as "comfort" or "coziness," hygge is a value reflected throughout Copenhagen, from the skillfully restored antique furniture to the hearty meals served in traditional Danish restaurants. Copenhagen is a paradise for foodies! Here they have an incredible number of hip eateries, and you can – if you like – spend the whole day feasting your way from one café to the next.


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