If you’re a foodie, Copenhagen is certainly worth a visit. Denmark is well known for its famous pastries (which are admittedly excellent); Copenhagen is full of traditional bakeries, packed to the brim with marzipan kringles and warm apple whirls. However, it would be a crime to leave without trying one of the highly popular smørrebrød, open sandwiches traditionally made with rye bread (but who likes rye bread really? The white bread touristy ones are more accessible) and so packed to the brim with roast pork or smoked salmon that they become impossible to consume without food embarrassingly falling out of one’s mouth (even the locals are guilty). Turkish style grills have really hit the city by storm in recent years, and there are many excellent restaurants that offer lavish meze cuisine with generous portions; a large plate of freshly-made chicken shish, pitta, humus and salad would only set one back 70 kroner (about £7).
When out and about, the Round Tower is certainly worth a visit; a 17th century observatory made unique by the fact that instead of stairs, the way to get to the top is a long winding ramp that makes Cardiac Hill look like a hop, skip and a jump. Christiansborg Palace, made famous as the location of the television series Borgen (a surprise success which pretty much doubled its amounts of visitors) is a must see, despite only dating to 1928 due to a succession of unfortunate fires. One can even climb to the top for an impressive view of the city.
Copenhagen is also filled with wonderful museums and cultural sights – the National Gallery contains paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt and Picasso, and its National Museum would challenge any for its range of impressive archaeological finds. Another main attraction is a boat tour around the harbour to see the enchanting Little Mermaid statue (which otherwise would involve a very long walk) and along the canal under bridges so low one has to duck. For culture, food and far better weather than its reputation would have one know, Copenhagen should be part of anyone’s bucket list destinations.
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