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Dating from the 12th century and first developed as a fishing village, Copenhagen has been considered the capital of Denmark since 1416. Located on the eastern shore of Zealand Island, amongst hundreds of other small islands, the city is separated from the southern tip of Sweden by a twenty mile stretch of the Baltic Sea. Long an important trans-shipping center at the city is one of the principal ports of Northern Europe. Here you’ll also find many pedestrian-only streets that lead in and out of attractive and bustling squares. Stay alert on other avenues for throngs of cyclists as well as many cars and also consider joining a guided walking tour to see many historic buildings, museums, shops, and waterside attractions including the famous statue of Den Lille Havfrue, The Little Mermaid.
You’ll find much to see and do in Copenhagen including browsing handsome boulevards such as The Langelinie (Long Line) which sweeps along the edge of the Sound and offers fine views of the harbor. Office buildings, the Town Hall with its 346-foot tower as well as many shops, cafes, pubs, and colorful flower, fruit, and vegetable stalls abound in this area. Amalienborg Square opens from here where you can see the residence of Danish Queen Margrethe II, the Amalienborg Palace.
The heart of the city is the famed Tivoli, brilliantly lit at night, where visitors can not only enjoy strolling century-old romantic gardens but also attend symphony orchestra concerts or ballets at the Danish Royal Theatre and dine at a number of splendid restaurants and pubs. You’ll want to plan a number of days to visit this vibrant city where the European experience becomes very Scandinavian in nature.