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Most Livable City in the World - Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark, The famous Mermaid

Copenhagen is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has a regal appearance. It is a spacious yet cozy city with highlights such as the Little Mermaid, Tivoli amusement park, the charming Nyhavn with its colorful houses, the long Stroget shopping and the magnificent castle Amalienborg. Copenhagen offers something for everyone.

Copenhagen is situated in the far eastern Denmark, on the coast of the island of Zealand. The city is a sixteen km long bridge across the Oresund in Sweden linked. Copenhagen is a modern and spacious European city where the past plays a prominent role in city life. The city is big relatively to the country population, including the suburbs, with 1.7 million inhabitants which is one fourth of the total Danish population. Once it's been a real port but it is no longer. The city has several attractions that the visitor can not miss.

Nyhavn means "new port" and especially in the summer, when flooding the terraces, a tourist attraction, though locals usually dwell here. You'll find a long row of colorful houses from the seventeenth century. These are very photogenic. Several tour boats have their landing, but you can also find great sailing ships. The port was commissioned by King Christian V and has a time had a bad reputation because of the many sailors who lived there. Andersen, fairy tales author, has lived on the picturesque Nyhavn.

Tivoli is a special theme park in the heart of Copenhagen and dates from the year 1843. In 1914, the first wooden roller coaster and now there are 27 attractions. It is not just an amusement park but one with beautifully landscaped paths that night romantically lit with thousands of lights. You'll find carnival-like attractions in lush landscaped gardens. If you want speed, try the roller coaster or the Odin Express. If you're looking for romance, try the soothing Balloon Carousel of a boat. If you can overcome your fear of heights and don`t have a recurring stomach, try 'The magic carpet' or 63 meters high Turbo Drop them back with a speed of 65 km per hour toward earth drop.

In Tivoli you'll find more than 400,000 flowers, 135,000 plants and 115,817 colored orbs. What you find is not neon atmosphere which would be restrictive. Also you can find excellent restaurants. There are no less than 38. Regularly there are performances by Danish and international artists and in summer they are held in the open air. Artistic events are often centered on the concert hall, home of Tivoli's Symphony Orchestra, which is visited annually by the world's top classical musicians and ballet dancers. Alternatively Plaen (Lawn), except that the daily performances by artists including the platform for the "Friday Concerts" which the public has the best offer in terms of Danish rock and pop music. Tivoli gets more than one million visitors per year and is the most visited amusement park in Denmark.

The main shopping street for pedestrians of Europe lies in Copenhagen and is no less than two kilometers long. The well-known Stroget and surrounding streets are the heart of the city and you will find a wide range of notable fashion houses such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Vero Moda, Only, InWear, Filipa K but also the cheaper H&M. Stroget actually consists of five consecutive lying streets Frederiksberg Gade, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet, and Oster Amagetorv Gade. Stroget takes you past the squares and vistas, Center Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen (known for its dinnerware) and many more. The large department store Illum Design halfway from Stroget to Amagertorv, and the square of Kongens Nytorv you will find the largest department store in Scandinavia, Magasin du Nord.

It is the largest pedestrian shopping area in the world. Also the design is very well represented in Copenhagen, although expensive. You'll not only the design but also in shops in the everyday environment itself because many bars and shops complete with designer furnishings. You can go for trendy boutiques in Vesterbro, a neighborhood also known for its nightlife. Not far from the shopping center you'll find the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen where history is made clear. But there are many other museums in Copenhagen from ultramodern museum or a museum to design and erotic museum, a war museum and unique library of manuscripts. The city also has plenty of green and there is a botanical garden to visit.

The mermaid is how it could be otherwise, on the waterfront in the harbor. Imagine no whopper of an image, it's only 165 centimeters! The image is inspired by the famous Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. The tale of the Little Mermaid was first published in 1837. The story is about a mermaid who saves the life of a prince who has failed. Then she does everything to get his love. The price she pays is high: For a human being she has her beautiful voice and her mermaid tail. And if the prince marries another, then the mermaid foam on the waves and disappear forever.
Sculptor Edward Eriksen was built the statue on a granite stone. It was intended that she would stare ahead, thinking of her prince. The head of the mermaid is a design based on the dancer Ellen Price and the torso is made using the figure of the wife of the sculptor himself. The original statue was cast in bronze and was presented in Copenhagen on August 23, 1913.
In the past she has been damaged several times:
• September 1, 1961: There were a bra and knickers painted on her and she suddenly had red hair.
• April 28, 1963: The Mermaid was approached daubed with red paint.
• April 24, 1964: The Mermaid was decapitated.
• July 15, 1976: The mermaid was again covered in paint.
• July 22, 1984: The right of the mermaid was broken.
• August 5, 1990: An attempted a decapitation.
• January 6, 1998: The mermaid again beheaded.

Fortunately they are still on her rock at the Langelinje Pier in Copenhagen and still attract crowds of tourists who are invariably surprised by the small size of the artwork. She is the most photographed statue in the world! Furthermore, Copenhagen has numerous statues on public roads and parks.

Slot Amalienborg is the winter palace of the Danish Crown Prince and his wife. It is a beautiful, imposing building with an octagonal square in four parts. The palace was commissioned by King Frederik V built and designed by Nicolai Eigtveld. It was completed in 1760 and was for four wealthy families. But because Christiansborg Castle in 1794 burned down the Danish royal family was forced to move to Amalienborg Slot. There are several private apartments of former monarchs to visit and you can admire several family heirlooms, such as pipes, slippers and paintings. Recommended for instance is the Knights and the Rococo gallery. There is also every day at 12:01 a.m. changing of the guard to see the royal guard, but watch out for if the royal family is not home this tradition will not take place.

From Copenhagen you can take a trip across, Sweden. There are boat connections with Malmo, a city with a very different character than Copenhagen, but very rewarding. This excursion is a half day visit.

There are several other attractions to visit:
• Christiansborg - A club of a building where parliament sits.
• Marmorkirken - From Amalienborg gives you a nice glimpse into the direction of this church.
• Gefion Spring Source - Beautiful fountain in the form of a unique water spectacle, once a gift to Copenhagen.
• Mindeankeret - A big reminder anchor found at Nyhavn.
• Carlsberg brewery.
• Red city bike - In the summer you can in many places a coin on a bike use and replace the same system as shopping carts.
• Christiania hippie Village - An artist/hippie neighborhood with many alternative art.
• Frederiksholms Kanal - from the docks, you can overlook the city well.
• Town hall or Radhus - Origins from 1905, located at the town hall square, Radhuspladsen. You can climb the tower and from there have a fabulous view over the city. Do not forget the Jens Olsen's Clock.
• Dansk Design Centre - Great museum with furniture and other Danish and international design.
• Ny Carlsberg Glyptote Museum - items of antiquity and paintings by Danish artists and French Impressionists.
• Dragon Fountain - Dragespringvandet is a fountain located in the town hall square.
• Rosenborg Slot - the Rosenborg castle was built in 1617 and was until 1720 occupied by the Royal Family. Since the last century is open to the public, including the treasury of crown jewels and the great banqueting hall.
• Assistens kirkegard - Special serene cemetery where famous Danes and are used as a park.
• Opera - Futuristic building opposite the Royal Palace.
• Det Kongelige Teater - impressive Royal Theatre on Kongens Nytorv with beautiful lighting in the evening.
• Norrebro neighborhood - known for its nightlife.
• Exhibition (Borsen) - Former exhibition with remarkable spire, the "Dragon Peak" three dragons countries Denmark, Sweden and Norway symbolize.
• Vor Frue Kirke - a neoclassical church in the center that is used for important events, including the wedding of Danish Crown Prince in 2004.
• Den Sorte Diamant - The Black Diamond is the new part of the Danish Royal Library and a piece of architecture.
• National Museum - A national museum of Danish history and culture.
• Cruise through the canals of Copenhagen. This is also called the water bus, a hop-on hop-off boat tour through the canals without shipping.
• Urban beaches (in summer), for example Amager Beach Park, equipped beach on the peninsula.
• Kastellet - One of the best preserved fortifications in Europe, in the form of a pentagram.
• Kongens Have - Oldest park in Copenhagen, situated behind the Rosenborg castle.
• Rundetårn - Literally a round tower for beautiful views of downtown.
• Viking Ship Museum.
• Frederiksberg Have - Romantic park with lakes, flower gardens, etc.
• Have Zoologisk - Zoo.
• Planetarium - More than 7500 stars and planets are waiting for you
• Charlotten Borg Museum - Museum where changing exhibitions of contemporary art to see.
• Statens Museum - National Gallery.
• Dyrehavsbakken - The oldest surviving, park in the world with trains, swings, carousels and roller coasters old.
• Vega Klub - Largest and most popular nightclub in Copenhagen, popular with large international DJs.
• Amaliehaven - An oasis in the center, designed by Belgian architect Jean Delogne.
• Danmarks Akvarium - An aquarium consisting of 90 reservoirs, the largest about 85,000 liters of water. There are 300 species of fish including sharks and seeing the dangerous piranha.
• National Gallery - Art of Flemish and Dutch old masters, as well as Picasso and Matisse.

If you want to go to Copenhagen, then pull out for at least three days, preferably more. Summer is the best time to visit the city and if that fails then choose the spring or autumn. The evenings in the summer despite the long days are cooler than ours. The winter days are short but no less atmospheric. In bad weather there is still an abundance of cafes, shops, museums and galleries for you well entertained.