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Copenhagen feels like the "Amsterdam of the North" – a beautiful yet edgy European city, with picturesque canals, throngs of bicyclists, and historic squares, dotted with outdoor restaurant seating despite the cool temperatures and often-grey skies. Copenhagen contains many beautiful areas, but the most interesting, to me, is Christiania, a "freetown" whose residents consider it independent from Denmark – more below.
Rundetaarn (Round Tower)
Ascend the 209m long spiral walkway of Rundetaarn, the oldest functioning observatory in Europe, for wonderful views of the city.
Nyhavn (New Harbor)
This colorful, touristy area along the water is full of restaurants. Some diners are wrapped in blankets.
City Centre near Sankt Pauls Kirke (Saint Paul's Church)
This quaint area includes Nyboder, a set of yellow terrace houses built in the 1630s to house members of the Danish Navy.
Other City Centre Photos
Formerly home to Copenhagen's red light district, Vesterbro is now one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods.
The King's Garden: where people relax and dogs play but horses apparently do not fare well.
The Little Mermaid may be the most famous of Copenhagen's mythical creatures, but others abound.
Squatters took over a disused military area in 1971 and declared independence from Denmark. Thus was born Christiania, a "freetown" the size of a city neighborhood, completely surrounded by Copenhagen. Its relationship with Denmark is uneasy, as one might expect. A sign outside the Moonfisher Café declares, "More than 6000 armed police inspections since 2004!" I love Christiania. Its residents have created a beautiful community, full of artistic expression and acceptance of people. Homes are collectively owned. Residents walk or ride bicycles, as automobiles are not allowed. Musicians perform in the streets and children play ball under a waving red and yellow Christiania flag. Christiania du har mit hjerte.
Helsingør and Kronborg Castle
About an hour north of Copenhagen by train lies Helsingør (in English, Elsinore). The town itself is somewhat quaint, though most people visit in order to see the Kronborg Castle. This castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting of Shakespeare's Hamlet, contains a beautiful chapel, paintings depicting important Danish historical events, and dark, underground casemates watched over by Holger the Dane.
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Eve Andersson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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