Once in the capital of Denmark - Copenhagen - the vast majority of tourists immediately rush to the main and landmark for local residents attractions - The Little Mermaid. Having made enough frames with the heroine of Hans Christian Andersen, travelers are usually lost, because most tourists in Copenhagen know only it. However, Copenhagen, like many ancient cities, has many other interesting objects on its territory.
So the list of the best tourist places in front of you:
Amalienborg is one of the most beautiful palaces in all of Denmark. This is not only a business card of its capital Copenhagen but also a residential building. And living in him are the most important people in Denmark - Queen Margrethe with his family. The complex of palace buildings in the style of Rococo has located facades to each other. Today both the square and the palace itself are one of the most visited sights of the country. The apartments are open from Tuesday to Sunday. From December to April the palace works from 11:00 to 16:00, in other months - from 10:00.
One of the tallest buildings in Copenhagen is the Town Hall. The building acquired its present appearance in 1905, and the height of its tower today is more than 105 meters - not every city dominant can boast such a height. Climbing to the very top of the tower is not any easier than on the colonnade of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg: the same three hundred steep steps on the spiral staircase and the complete absence of an elevator, but the view is absolutely stunning. Once inside the Town Hall with a tour, you can see the famous astronomical clock of Jens Olsen - they were launched in 1955 and are still considered the most accurate in the world.
The free city of Christiania is a true state in a state located in the Cristianshavn district of Copenhagen. Tourists are attracted here with a special free atmosphere and unique color, unique handmade souvenirs, and also the opportunity to plunge into the world of hippie culture, which is diametrically opposed to the tidy and "correct" Copenhagen. In Christiania you can get either by the channel or on foot (in the latter case it is possible to see all the most interesting in details). Note: Christianity is allowed to take pictures, but if you want to take a picture of someone else's home, it is better to ask the permission of the owners.
This museum, dedicated to the work of a great storyteller, is just a mandatory point on the route of any tourist, especially if you travel with children. Here you will not find sad exhibits and stylistic excursions, on the contrary - everything is breathing witchcraft. Immerse yourself in the world of your favorite characters or meet with Hans Christian himself in the 3D animation gallery, visit the video installation on the scenes of your favorite fairy-tale writers, literally plunging them into their heads. And you want to have fun, looking at fun cartoons, sculptures, and amazing paintings that seem to have descended from the pages of the books of a great storyteller.
The National Museum of Denmark is located in the palace, where the Danish prince once lived. In 1743 this palace in rococo style was built by the architect Nikolai Eigtved for King Frederick V, and in 1892 the most important for the country cultural and historical museum was opened. The exhibition tells about the history of Denmark in all the epochs of its existence: from ancient primitive times to the Renaissance and modern times. The era of the Vikings is given special attention, a rich collection of different artifacts, including stones with ancient images of the runes, is presented. Also in the halls of the museum are collected cultural monuments, which Danish scientists for many years brought from different parts of the world, including from as remote as Greenland and Latin America. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00; Monday - the weekend. Free entrance.
That the business of art is not a hindrance, Karl Jacobsen, clearly demonstrated his example. He founded not only the trademark "Carlsberg" but also one of the largest collections of art objects from antiquity to modern times, which not every European capital can boast of. On the first floor exhibits an extensive collection of sculptures, the pearl of which are about 30 works by the French sculptor Rodin - the largest collection of sculptures by a master outside of France. The upper floors are occupied by exhibitions of paintings, among the exhibits there are many canvases of famous impressionists and post-impressionists, including Van Gogh and Gauguin. No less interesting is the building itself (Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek) - its wings were built at different times and according to the projects of different architects, but at the same time are a single whole. Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 09:00 to 17:00; Monday: closed
The Rosenborg Castle, though not impressing you with its dimensions, will captivate the unique peaceful atmosphere and the beautiful Royal Garden, the oldest in the country. In the castle, you can see the ancient interiors, which at one time were royal chambers, and, of course, a collection of royal regalia and crown treasury. And then - go to the garden, walk along the tracks and feed the ducks in the pond. Opening hours: November - April: 10:00 - 14:00, Monday; May, September - October: 10:00 - 16:00; June - August: 10:00 - 17:00. Weekends: January 1, December 22-26, December 31.
What is Copenhagen without the famous Andersen's Mermaid? Thousands of tourists from all over the world come here to look at this sophisticated sculpture on the Langelinie embankment. So make sure you take the time to see with your own eyes and make a memorable photo of the popular hero of your favorite fairy tale and the unofficial symbol of the Danish capital. The son of the creator of the Carlsberg Brewery, under the impression of the "Little Mermaid" ballet, offered the ballerina, who performed the main party, to pose for the sculptor Edward Ericksen. Ellen Price agreed, but only with one condition: the naked body was wailing not with her, but with Edward's wife. An order for a statue was received in 1909 and was issued on August 23, 1913. The Bronze Little Mermaid, rising at 1.25 m, was set up at the entrance to the bay, on the promenade Langelinie.
Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful monuments of Copenhagen, "Gefion" is located near the Castle in the Langelinie Park. Despite its small size, the fountain impresses with its completeness of composition and the beauty of performance: the water cascades flowing from the stone stairs, decorated with a wild stone, in a wide reservoir at the foot. Tip: Come to the fountain in the evening when turning on the lights - the spectacle is just breathtaking!
Futuristic building, separated by a strait from Amalienborg Palace, this is not a marina, but a new Copenhagen Opera House worth 500 million USD. Behind the glass facade, there are the halls with magnificent chandeliers, trimmed with marble, gold leaf, white maple, and oak. The luxurious hall seats 1700 spectators, to the left of the scene - the bed of the Danish queen. The main stage is surrounded by 5 more sites, where action can develop in parallel. The first theatrical season was opened with the premiere of Richard Wagner's Valkyrie, which immediately established a high level of performing skills.