Copenhagen: Gateway to Scandinavia

Imagine exploring a land where fairy tales spring to life and expansive fields are illuminated by a golden sun.  As the gateway to Scandinavia and the capital of Denmark, charming Copenhagen mixes the old with the awe-inspiring.

Danish for “merchants harbor,” waterways and small islets dominate this City of Spires known for its glorious palaces and churches. Overflowing with culture and cafes, stroll through picturesque 17th century Nyhaven Harbor or shop stylish Stroget Street. And be sure to rub the bronzed tail of the city’s most famous symbol, the Little Mermaid – a hometown tribute to fairy tale master Hans Christian Anderson.

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The historic core of the metropolis is the small island of Slotsholmen where Bishop Absalon founded the famous castle in 1167. The area has remained the center of regal rule and is home to the famous Christiansborg Complex. There are numerous museums here too, featuring sculpture, wartime memorabilia and porcelain.

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Enjoy the beautiful Tivoli Gardens where the oldest Ferris wheel in the world still turns, a big roller coaster still rolls and colorful horses still go round the merry-go-round. Stroll the gardens and enjoy the music and art. Excellent eateries grace the grounds, from casual, for a sausage roll or a pastry, to refined.

Other tasty moments abound. For one of the city’s best smorrebord (open-faced sandwich) with smoked salmon, ham and cheeses, try Ida Davidsen’s, still a family run restaurant five generations later and frequented by the Danish royals. Dinner can be quite the experience as the city has 13 Michelin starred restaurants.

This summer, explore charming Copenhagen aboard Seven Seas VoyagerView a list of voyages.

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