ROL Cruise recommends…
1. Have fun at the enchanting Tivoli Gardens
Founded in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is the world’s second oldest amusement park. So magical even Walt Disney came here for inspiration, the park is an urban fairytale of flowers and rides right in the heart of the city. It’s not all roller coasters and carousels; travel enthusiasts also flock to Tivoli Gardens for its picture-perfect gardens, fantastic fireworks and live music. Come evening, visitors can dine in one of the 32 restaurants and take in the view of the park illuminated by 10,000 coloured lamps.
2. Marvel at the magnificent Christiansborg Palace
The splendid Christiansborg Palace is one of the highlights of Copenhagen. As well as housing the Danish government, this impressive building is also the Queen’s working palace. Within these very walls, Queen Margrethe II celebrates royal anniversaries, holds royal receptions and signs important laws. Take some time to admire the lavish interior and then head underground to discover the ruins of earlier castles and palaces that stood on the same grounds hundreds of years ago.
3. Explore the Nyhavn
When you think of Copenhagen, you probably picture brightly coloured town houses lining a canal; this is Nyhavn (New Harbour), Copenhagen’s most-photographed district and a great place to go for an evening walk or afternoon stroll. Look out for number 20 – this is where Hans Christian Andersen wrote several of his fairy tales, including The Princess and the Pea. When it’s time for a break from walking, step inside one of the district’s smart bars or cosy restaurants.
4. Shop and eat like a local
Shopaholics will adore Strøget, Europe’s longest pedestrianised shopping street. The main thoroughfare features flagship stores by some of the world’s biggest brands, while the side streets are dotted with the chic design boutiques that have become synonymous with the city. When you need a bite to eat, head to one the city’s many top restaurants to sample the trendy New Nordic cuisine that has made the city a firm favourite with foodies.
5. See the Crown Jewels at Rosenborg Castle
The magnificent Rosenborg Castle was built by one of the most famous Scandinavian monarchs, King Charles IV and used as a royal residence until around 1710. Today the Renaissance-style Castle is open to the public for tours and houses a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections. Highlights include the Crown Jewels, the Throne Chair of Denmark and the Danish Crown Regalia. After your visit, relax in the beautiful King’s Garden - the country’s oldest royal garden.