Two hours flight from Paris, difficult to escape the call of the Little Mermaid. Built on two islands and crisscrossed by canals, Copenhagen is a metropolis on a human scale, which can be explored on foot or by bike, as a couple or as a family. It is also a city at the forefront of modernity, where contemporary design and architecture blend with gardens and royal palaces.
Castels, Palaces and fine arts
Welcome to a city of culture and history! Denmark prides itself on having one of the oldest monarchies in the world. The royal family still has a residence in the city center: Amalienborg, four rococo palaces of the eighteenth century. installed on a majestic place, part of which is open to visitors.
After seeing these beautiful examples of classical architecture, continue your aesthetic trip. Jewel of Copenhagen, the Museum of Fine Arts houses an exceptional collection of Danish and European paintings and sculptures (Cranach, Rubens, Munch, Asger Jorn, Picasso, Matisse ...). Another museum not to be missed: the Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek with a rich department of antiquities and a painting gallery where are exposed great French names (Cézanne, Gauguin, Delacroix, Matisse ...).
If you have a little time, hop on a train to Humlebaek (34 km south of Copenhagen) for an out-of-the-ordinary experience: a visit to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located in a park on the edge of the sea and decorated with big names like Miró, Calder or Max Ernst. In addition to the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions are of excellent quality.
A capital of design
Copenhagen is one of the Mecca of design. If you do not know anything about it, take a look at the Design Museum or the Dansk Design Center to learn more about this art of decoration. There are countless Danish designers, the most famous probably remaining Arne Jacobsen who designed, among others, the famous chair "egg".
For shopping, head to the Strøget shopping street to find the pearl design Illums Bolighus department store or Hay.
Finally, Copenhagen is also a city at the forefront of contemporary architecture. Among the remarkable buildings that have emerged from the earth in recent years, the new Opera House by Henning Larsen, the Koncerthuset, a blue cube designed by Jean Nouvel, and the extension of the Royal Library, a building in black granite and smoked glass called the Black Diamond. , which also houses the museum of photography.
A city for everyone
With its almost provincial and relaxing atmosphere, Copenhagen is a city where you can come with your children. Thus, the giant aquarium Den Blå Planet (Blue Planet) will delight young and old. Nearly 500 different aquatic species are presented in their "natural" environment, from hammerhead sharks to manta rays to sea lions.
Another attraction for families: Tivoli, an amusement park more than 170 years old, located in the center, right next to the train station, and open on sunny days until midnight. Ferris wheel, roller coaster, rides, puppets ... it's total!
Everyone will see it and it has become the emblem of Denmark: it is the Little Mermaid, but then really small and located outside the city center! It is found at the water's edge near the Kastellet, against a background of industrial landscape. And yes !
Finally, to continue in the aquatic pleasures, Copenhagen is close to beautiful beaches, such as Bellevue on the north coast. For warmer water, prefer the Islands Brygge pool right on the harbor water!
The charm of a beautiful Nordic
It is good to walk or cycle through the streets of Copenhagen. This capital on a human scale definitely has a lot of charm. Palaces, museums and gardens, the city exudes an old European atmosphere that culminates in the streets of the "Latin Quarter" around the Gråbrødretorv Square, at dusk.
Another postcard to melt hearts: the Nyhavn ("new port"), crossed by a canal dug in the twelfth century and lined with beautiful multicolored houses. Long frequented by sailors and writers (Andersen lived there), Nyhavn is known for its busy bars and restaurants. Possibility of boat ride.
Nicknamed the "Little Amsterdam", Christianshavnis one of Copenhagen's most beautiful neighborhoods, with its many canals where sailboats and barges moor. During your walk, you will admire the old mansions of shipowners, the baroque church Vol Frelsers Kirke and, on the other side of the canal, the royal library.