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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.
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.
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