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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark


Northern European Home Port

Contributed by Sabine Rautenberg

 

Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital on the east coast, is the largest city not only in the country but in all of Scandinavia. It is also the royal residence of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. With several stunning castles and palaces, this port of call is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Sunset in Copenhagen

AMBIENCE

Lovely canals, winding streets and a rich history – Copenhagen has all the makings of an exceptional city. Its friendly people and 17th- and 18th-century charm will be sure to draw you in. You’ll find evidence of the world’s oldest surviving monarchy all over the city, Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace being the most prominent. Of course, the city’s most famous sight is the statue of The Little Mermaid, honoring Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Temperatures during the summer are in the low 70s, and there might be some rain during your visit. If you’re in the mood for shopping, head to Strogat in the heart of the city. A visit to Copenhagen isn’t complete without trying Denmark’s national dish, an open-faced sandwich called smørrebrød.

HISTORY

The name Copenhagen is derived from the Danish words for merchant and harbor. Believed to be founded in the 10th century as a Viking village, a fortress was built in the 12th century to secure its role as a trade port and putting it on the map for sure. Despite being nearly destroyed in the 1360s, Copenhagen recovered and went on to become Denmark’s capital in 1443. The city has been in the middle of wars and plagues during the following five centuries. German troops occupied Copenhagen without resistance in 1940, and it stayed that way until the end of World War II. Unlike in other European capitals, there was no major destruction due to bombing.

FACTS

Size: 33.3 sq. mi. (86.2 sq. km.) (city) / 1,169 sq. mi. (3,028 sq. km.) (metro)
Climate: Oceanic Temperatures: 45°F (7.2°C) to 68°F (20°C)
Population 569,557/1,969,941 Busy Season Summer
Language: Danish, English Money: Danish Krone (DKK) $1 US = DKK 5.5
Time Zone: Central European Transportation: Walk, bus, taxi
Phones: Dial 011 45 3 from the US, dial 112 for emergencies
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