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10 Things To Do In Copenhagen

Aside from the Swedish capital Stockholm, the Danish capital Copenhagen is perhaps Scandinavia's most famous location- and for good reason. Along with modernist architecture, cosy restaurants, and well-dressed locals, the Danish capital is brimming with a whole host of breathtaking localities.

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So pack your thickest coat, and book a ticket to the trendy Danish capital as soon as you can as we go through 10 things everyone should do in Copenhagen.

1. Papiroen

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Copenhagen is spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants and cafes, so don't waste valuable sightseeing time picking that perfect place. Instead, dine at Papiroen (Paper Island), a cheap eats place lined up with food trucks serving an eclectic range of cuisine from around the world.

The culinary creativity on display is truly mindblowing, with everything from vegetarian Columbian food to fiery, spice tingling Korean chicken wings served in 8 uniquely designed food stalls that look out onto the river. 

Typifying the New Nordic Kitchen which the Danes are at the forefront of pushing to the rest of the world, the popular hangout spot is a perfect way to catch a quick bite or end a day of sightseeing. 

However, for those wanting to get in on the local cuisine, Danish pastries line the windows of local bakeries, while a burgeoning coffee culture sees Danes often have a chat over a warm mug and a sweet snack. In many ways, there is still the same al fresco culture at coffee shops as in warmer places in Europe, but Danes often come prepared with a blanket over their legs and a warm coat!

2. The Little Mermaid

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Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairytale The Little Mermaid has gone onto become one of the most famous Disney movies of all time having been immortalized on the big screen. First published in 1913, one of Copenhagen’s most famous stories-as you may already know- involves a young mermaid who falls in love with a young prince on land and comes ashore and sits on the rocks, hoping to catch a glimpse of him.

To celebrate such an iconic piece of Danish literature, a bronzed, granite statue was commisioned in 2013 to celebrate to story's 100th anniversary. There is also a house dedicated to Andersen’s fairytales called the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy-Tale House.

3. Tivoli Gardens

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One of Copenhagen's biggest and most famous tourist attractions is undoubtedly the verdant, mythical wonderland that is Tivoli Gardens. Tivoli is an explosion of colours, and in many ways, a more sophisticated, upmarket version of the famous theme parks dotted across North America.

Boasting a rich history of amusement parks and arcades, Tivoli Gardens has been open since the 15th of August 1843, making it the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in Klampenborg, another Danish city.

4. Freetown Christiania

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Freetown Christiania, commonly known to locals as Christiania, is a commune comprised of around 850 to 1,000 residents who squatted in what was once a set of military barracks in 1971 owing to a lack of affordable housing in the capital. Spanning some 34 hectares in the borough of Christianshavn, the hippish attraction has attracted much controversy for its legal sale of cannabis, which critics argue has led to more dangerous drugs such as heroin and cocaine being sold.

However, various murals depict an anti-heroin stance in the area, which was temporarily closed in April 2011 by the Danish government. Today, however, it is once more thriving and is in many ways Denmark's answer to London's louche but premier attraction, Camden Town. 

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