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Monument / Landmark
“he Little Mermaid At Langelinje Pier you will find one of Copenhagen's most famous tourist attractions: The sculpture of The Little Mermaid. 23 August 2013 she turned 100 years old. Unveiled on 23 August 1913, The Little Mermaid was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen. The sculpture is made of bronze and granite and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land. Every morning and evening she swims to the surface from the bottom of the sea and, perched on her rock in the water, she stares longingly towards the shore hoping to catch a glimpse of her beloved prince. Fell in love Carl Jacobsen fell in love with the character after watching a ballet performance based on the fairy tale at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. The brewer was so captivated by both the fairy tale and the ballet that he commissioned the sculptor Edvard Eriksen to create a sculpture of the mermaid. Inspired by a ballerina The sculpture was inspired by ballerina Ellen Price, who in 1909 danced the lead role in the ballet The Little Mermaid at the Royal Theatre. However, Ellen Price would not model in the nude for sculptor Edvard Eriksen. Thus Eriksen’s wife, Eline Eriksen, posed for the sculpture of The Little Mermaid. The headless mermaid The little mermaid has several times been the victim of vandalism. Twice she has lost her head, once the arm was sawn off, and several times she has had paint poured on her. But every time she is rescued and restored, so she can stay in her place by the water and bid travellers welcome to Copenhagen harbour.”
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Castle
“The famous castle that Shakespeare is telling about in the famous “Hamlet”. Beautiful views and after visiting the castle, you can go for a walk in the city of Helsingor. From here, it is also possible to take the ferry to Helsingborg in Sweden, which will take around 30min. The train departs from Copenhagen Airport, The Central Station and Nørreport to Helsingor. ”
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Historic Site
“The Citadel in Copenhagen was founded by Danish King Christian 4 in 1626. You will find it on the border of inner Copenhagen and the area of Østerbro. Today, the buildings inside the Citadel are used as military barracks and offices. However, the area is open to the public and a favourite green lung for a brisk walk or jog on the ramparts. Struensee at the Citadel Johan Friedrich Struensee was arrested on the night of 17 January 1772 after a masquerade ball at the Court Theatre in Copenhagen. He was placed under arrest at the Citadel where he stayed until his trial on 21 February. He was convicted of lese-majesty because of his affair with Queen Caroline Mathilde.”
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Historic Site
“Frederiksborg Castle is situated in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen. This impressive Renaissance castle was built in the first decades of the 17th century by the Danish King Christian IV.”
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Monument / Landmark
“The Round Tower. With its distinctive spiral ramp, the Round Tower is one of Denmark’s best-known and most visited structures. A historical place that also houses exhibitions, concerts and activities for young and old. The tower platform on top has a great 360 degrees city view centred by the observatory, which is still used in the winter months and is thus the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. Adults: DKK 25”
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Plaza
“Around Kongens Nytorv you can more or less do everything. Visit Nyhavn, stroll down Strøget (a long shopping street), find bars and exclusive restaurants, do some sightseeing and everything in between. This is an excellent place to start your Copenhagen journey.”
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Historic Site
“The Royal Danish Theatre's Old Stage The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen has graced the Kongens Nytorv Square since 1748. The theatre has guest many famous persons where Søren Kierkegaard was a frequent guest at The Royal Theatre, where he heard Mozart's Don Juan. The Royal Theatre's has three main venues at its disposal: the Opera House, the Playhouse, and the Old Stage, the latter almost exclusively for ballet performances. All performances are state-subsidized, making tickets quite affordable compared to theatre tickets elsewhere in Europe. Should Her Majesty attend a performance, the audience is required by tradition to rise and remain standing until the Queen is comfortably seated. Tickets are available at +45 33 69 69 69, online or two hours before a given performance.”
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Plaza
“Free walking Tour Start at the steps of the City Hall at 11:00. Takes abput 2,5-3 hours. Costs: tip-based Highlights of the Grand Tour include: The City Hall Christiansborg palace The old City Center Nyhavn harbour The Royal Opera The Royal Palace of Amalienborg”
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Capitol Building
“This is where the danish parliament is. It's possible to go inside at take a look and go up into the tower and enjoy the view- for free. You can even go down in the basement and see the old ruins of bishop Absalon's first building there.”
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Planetarium
“While the exhibition of the Planetarium is mainly targeted children (the movies in the cinema-dome can be interesting though), the area behind the big building is one of the coziest places to enjoy the Danish Summer evenings. Bring food or coffee and enjoy it while overlooking the lake. This is our absolute favorite spot to spend our evenings and watch the sunset!”
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Historic Site
“This is very nice. walk in and up. the Little Mermaid is near here and the Gefion Fountain”
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Historic Site
“The site where Carslberg was founded, where you can learn the history of the brewery, ride in a horse carriage and try different beers with food options too.”
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Plaza
“White e-bikes - the city bikes. large stand in the western side. Look also at "donkey republic" (the orange bikes). ”
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Museum
“One of my favorite museums with huge marble statues made by Thorvaldsen in an equally stunning building near the parliament. ”
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Capitol Building
“Take the FREE elevator and stairs up to the top. Fantastic views, and if your budget can allow it, a very good restaurant on the top. The lunch menu is surprisingly inexpensive (for the experience), but the dinner requires reservations. ”
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Church
“The cathedral where all Denmark's kings and queens are buried. Right in the center of the city”
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