COPENHAGEN’S CHIC CHARM IS SIMPLY IRRESISTABLE!
From Tivoli Gardens, to the Royal Palace and the Little Mermaid, there’s never enough time to see everything in wonderful Copenhagen! Radisson Blu hotels are perfectly located for seeing the sights and soaking up the atmosphere. Choose between the luxurious designer Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in the city centre, the elegant Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel & Conference Centre and the soaring Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel with its great city views.
In 1443, the city became the royal residence; the university was established in 1479, and Copenhagen was by that point the country’s most important city. In the 1600s, Christian IV put his unmistakable mark on the city with many distinctive buildings, new fortifications and the new district of Christianshavn.
The Royal Family has always played a major role in the history of Copenhagen. The Danish King lived in Copenhagen castle, which was built on Slotsholmen, where Absalon’s castle was also located. When it became too cramped and old-fashioned, the first Christiansborg Palace was built and completed in 1740. The castle burned down in 1794, and the second Christiansborg Palace, which was inaugurated in 1828, only lasted until 1898, when it was destroyed by another fire. The Christiansborg Palace, which we know today, is thus the third Christiansborg Palace, and houses, among other things, the Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court. In the cellars of the present Christiansborg Palace you can still see remnants from the previous castles and Absalon’s castle. But the royal family has long since moved to Amalienborg.
As industrialization took off in the mid-1800s, the ramparts fell and the new districts of Nørrebro, Østerbro and Vesterbro were created. New apartment blocks, often erected in haste, were to house the many rural migrants seeking their fortune in the capital. Most are still standing and give each city district its own distinctive character. After World War II, the city underwent extensive urban renewal. Many slum districts have been demolished and replaced by modern office buildings or green courtyards for the enjoyment of their surrounding properties’ residents.
Copenhagen means merchants’ harbour, and the harbour has always been very important to the city. But just like many other places, shipping has changed; harbour areas have been shut down and turned into new districts with commercial buildings and attractive homes. You get a fine view of these from the harbour buses.
Stroeget’s side streets are less crowded, but very enchanting. Here you will find interesting specialty shops, designer clothes, ethnic shops and fun arts & crafts shops. Whether you stroll down Stroeget or take the side streets, try to tear yourself away from the tempting shop windows and look up at the often very beautiful facades.
By Nørreport you will find the food market Torvehallerne, a popular place for the growing number of people who appreciate good raw ingredients. There are plenty of opportunities to taste the products and get a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in one of the many cafés.
Shopping in Frederiksberg is a unique experience. There is no pedestrian area, but a thriving business community at Gammel Kongevej, Falkoner Allé and Godthåbsvej. Here you will also find the Frederiksberg Centre with numerous specialty shops.
During the summer, each city district has its own flea market on the weekend, and here, as in other parts of the country, it is a popular pastime to go shop around in the hope of finding a hidden gem. During the winter, indoor flea markets are organized in, for example, Forum in Frederiksberg and the Carlsberg area in Valby.
Danish design is world famous, and you will find many opportunities to buy something to take home, whether it is furniture or other items for your house. Many design companies have their own shops, such as Normann Copenhagen, B&O Flagship Store and Royal Copenhagen. But you can of course buy Danish design in many other places, like, for example, Illums Bolighus, the chain stores Inspiration and Imerco, as well as in department stores and specialty shops.
If you take a walk down Bredgade, you will find exquisite shops with second-hand and refurbished designer furniture, interesting galleries and Bruun Rasmussen’s auction house.
However, Danish design also includes clothing and shoes. Some designers, such as Ivan Grundahl, Bruuns Bazaar and Mads Nørgård have their own shops, while other famous Danish brands are sold in shops and department stores. The selection is large, the quality is good and prices are affordable, so go crazy and let your dreams come true.
You could also visit Christiansborg Palace, where you can see the Queen’s representation offices. You probably know them from the TV broadcasts of the Queen’s gala dinners in the Great Hall with Bjørn Nørgaard’s amazing tapestries, but it is something else to see them in real life. And do not miss the cellar with the remnants of Absalon’s castle, Copenhagen Castle and the First and Second Christansborg Palace.
The Showjumping Grounds date back to the first Christiansborg Palace and is home to the Royal Stables and the Court Theatre. Today, it is the Theatre Museum, but it was here that the drama of Christian VII, Struensee and Caroline Mathilde took place, and where Frederik VII met Louise Rasmussen, who was to become Countess Danner.
The Blue Planet in Kastrup is northern Europe’s largest aquarium. Here you can see hammerhead sharks, the colourful coral reef fish and dwarf crocodiles, as well as touch live crabs and fish. The architecture is just as amazing as the aquariums.
Take the waterbus to Christianshavn, a very attractive and well-preserved part of the city with some of Copenhagen’s oldest homes, the free town Christiania and the Church of Our Saviour. You can walk up the characteristic tower with the winding, exterior stairs – if you dare. Begin your exploration or finish it off with a stroll on the rampart. If you’re staying at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, you will have everything the city has to offer at your doorstep.
A visit to Tivoli Gardens is a must and a delight for anyone of any age! For younger visitors, there is Rasmus Lump’s playground, merry-go-rounds and other rides for small children, while the older children can try The Demon and The Roller Coaster, which now has a snowy mountaintop and a waterfall, and you can also enjoy Rock ‘n’ Roll on the lawn every Friday. The adults will enjoy the beautiful flower arrangements, the many restaurants and cafés, and perhaps a visit to the concert hall.
Nyhavn with its colourful houses, the canal and street life in and around the many cafés and restaurants is popular with locals and tourists. From here you can also take a harbour cruise and see a completely different side to the city.
Golden Days is another annual event that has a new theme each year. During the Copenhagen Jazz Festival alluring sounds can be heard in squares, streets and alleys, just as many cafés and restaurants play host to jazz music. Along with, of course, the established venues and jazz clubs.
Copenhagen Cooking is held in late August, where restaurants and food producers showcase the best of what they can do. This takes place in stalls and shops, cafés and restaurants. Many events are organized in places where you would least expect it.
Copenhagen has become a gastronomic destination and a centre of the new Nordic cuisine. A lot of the credit for this goes to restaurant Noma in Christianshavn, which for several years in a row was named the world’s best restaurant. More have followed in Noma’s footsteps and a total of 15 restaurants in and around Copenhagen have been awarded one or more Michelin stars. It can be hard to choose.
Cafés are mushrooming all over the city, along with small, unpretentious restaurants, often run by chefs, who have quit their jobs at prestigious restaurants to realize their dream of a restaurant or bistro, where they would dine themselves. This has resulted in many new interesting places.
Gastronomically you can travel the world, from a German Biergarten to Japanese Sushi, via South America and Africa. But you should also try our own specialty, the smorgasbord, which after some years out in the cold, has now made a comeback. In this context, Ida Davidsen stays true to tradition while blazing a new trail, but the many lunch restaurants are following in her footsteps. So please take a seat, ask for a spreads and breads menu and order whatever you like. You will not regret it!
The nightlife is rich and varied, as it should be in the nation’s capital, with lively nightclubs, popular pubs and sports bars, spontaneous music venues, elegant cocktail bars and nightclubs. Some places require membership and have a strict dress code. But the night is saved!