Start with Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, where you will discover fascinating ancient artworks. Housed in a beautiful Renaissance building, its collection focuses on ancient sculptures from Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations. Some paintings from famous European artists are on display as well.
The country’s largest art museum, Statens Kunst Museum is a must-see when in Copenhagen. Initially established in 1824 to exhibit the royal family’s art collection, the museum holds pieces from medieval times up to date. Rubens, Matisse, Picasso and Degas are among the names you will come across here.
For a second doze of modern art, head to the city’s outskirts to visit Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Displays change often in order to present all the great works of the museum’s outstanding collection.
Those interested in Islamic Art should not miss Davids Samling Art Museum. Occupying a neo-classical former mansion, the museum bears an excellent collection of Islamic ceramics, jewellery, textiles and other artworks, which was donated by Christian Ludvig David.
The Monarchy was introduced to Denmark in Middle Ages, while the current system of constitutional monarchy was established in 1849. When in Copenhagen, the royal family stays in Amalienborg Palace, two of its sections being open to the public. If you come here at 12.00 you will have a chance to see the change of guards.
Head to Rosenborg Castle to admire the sparkling collection of Danish crown jewels, located in the castle’s basement. The other 24 rooms feature ornamented royal furniture and royal portraits.
Head for Christiania, Denmark’s famous social experiment.
Back in the 70s, Copenhagen’s forsaken military camp was squatted by the city’s anti-conformist youth. The squatters created their own “land”, obeying their own laws, which pretty much came down to “no hard drugs”, “no privet property” and “no violence”. Although the official state tried to evacuate Christiania several times through the decades, the hippy Gaulish village is still alive, yet in decay.
Visit today, as tomorrow may bring more changes. Cycling is a great way to wander around Christiania. The residents sell all kinds of handmade crafts, while you can take an up-close look at interesting DIY recycling techniques. Homemade delicacies and beverages are sold in stalls at affordable prices.
Children will have a blast at Tivoli Entertainment Park. Centrally located and easy to reach, this huge open-air entertainment complex features all sorts of recreational facilities, from roller coasters to puppet theatre and from themed gardens to firework shows. Older travellers will also appreciate the park’s fine restaurants and art performances.