Did you know that Copenhagen is said to be the happiest city in the world? According to the World Report on Happiness, Denmark is at the top of the happiest country in the world, and its capital can also be considered the city with the highest index of happiness. What is the recipe for a happy Danish life? According to the Danes, this is their philosophy called hygge and although this word has no translation, it mainly means relaxation and well-being at home, whether with family or friends.
And what places are worth visiting if you find yourself in the happiest city in the world? Here is a list of 9 places you should not miss.
1. Little mermaid
The statue of the Little Mermaid is one of the most visited monuments in Copenhagen. It represents the character of a mermaid from a fairy tale by the Danish writer Hans Christian Andresen. In the Disney version, the fairy tale has a happy ending, but in the original, the sea turns into a cold sea foam, as it cannot win its prince. That is why the statue has a sad look. And by the way, the Little Mermaid is also said to be the most photographed statue in the world.
2. Nyhavn, Copenhagen
Nyhavn is the most cozy and beautiful place in Copenhagen. In this port you will find many colorful Danish houses with good restaurants and bars. In the past, however, the port was very poor and tired sailors spent time in pubs and prostitutes. At that time, you would hardly believe that this place will be so famous today. Among other things, Hans Christian Andersen also lived here, and so walking through this port, you are literally following in the footsteps of this Danish writer.
Rosenburg Renaissance Castle is located in central Copenhagen. Royal coronation jewels have been stored here for 400 years, so a visit to the castle is truly radiant.
4. Strøget, Copenhagen
Strøget is a shopping arcade in central Copenhagen, one of the longest shopping streets in Europe. Here you will find luxury brands from well-known designers such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermés and many others. People are literally standing in line in front of expensive shops, and in some cases it can be worth waiting for you. Therefore, if you really want to buy without a lot of people, I recommend coming in the morning. In Strøget, of course, you will also find more budget stores such as H&M, Zara or Vero Moda.
5. Tivoli park
Copenhagen also boasts the 3rd oldest amusement park in the world. Tivoli Park, also called Tivoli Gardens, offers various rides for children as well as adults. In the area there is also a beautiful hotel built in oriental style, where it is definitely worth staying.
6. Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg is the seat of the Danish royal family and is located in the historic city center. This place is also known for the honorary change of guard, which takes place every day at 12 o’clock.
7. The round Tower
The round tower, located in the Strøget shopping arcade, is definitely not to be missed. It is the dominant feature of the center and today it also serves as an amateur observatory. Tourists can climb its spiral staircase and enjoy the view from the Roud tower of the whole city.
8. Botanical garden
The largest Danish plant collection is located in Copenhagen in the local botanical garden. It consists of a beautiful outdoor garden and in the interior there is also a house of palm trees, a house of butterflies and other interesting collections that are worth seeing.
9. Ny Carsberg Glyptotek
Ny Carsberg Glyptotek is one of the most beautiful museums in all of Denmark. There you will find a beautiful art collection with lots of ancient sculptures. Ny Carsberg Glyptotek resembles a botanical garden associated with art and thus creates a wonderful atmosphere for its visitors.
Did you like Copenhagen? Be sure to read about Aarhus in Denmark or Berlin in Germany.