The Charm of Copenhagen
The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen has a charm of its own, attracting more than 1.8 million tourists from all over the world. Acclaimed as a business, educational and cultural centre Copenhagen has fine traditions and has gone forward like many European cities after the spurt of growth during the post-World War II period.
There are three beaches to delight the tourists barely within a few minutes reach from the centre of the city. Several kilometers of sand stretch and Harbour baths are much sought after by the tourists for the great repose they confer. Any beach stretch has a soothing effect on the turmoiled minds, more so well maintained beaches as presented in Copenhagen.
A city which has developed its values over centuries and which has withstood many attacks and emerged as victorious, people naturally tend to have a number of important museums to impart to the posterity the finer human values and the evolution of many facets of life. Statens Museum for Kunst houses paintings collected as early from 18th century onwards of the best of the earlier and contemporary times by the royalty. The rulers systematically decided to make the Museum a pride of the city and accordingly bestowed great care. There are nearly 9,000 paintings, sculptures while other pieces of art number 300,000! Artistic representations from 12th century could be viewed and one is surprised at the very methodical manner of collection which gives valuable insight into the human urge to creativity. Medieval and Renaissance period drawings and sculptures are quite attractive as well as informative.
Ny Carlsburg Glyptotek is basically a sculpture museum drawing vast collections from medieval times through modern times. There are separate wings for different periods and the elegant structure of the building and surrounding gardens and general ambience are a source of great mental repose. Cisternenne, Louisiana and the Museum of National History are some other great attractions depicting cultural values. Besides there are more than a dozen great museums devoted to science, technology and other aspects of modern growth depicting the quest of mankind towards understanding and harnessing nature’s reserves.
Music is much patronised and valued in Copenhagen. There are fine Music Halls like Tivoli Concert Hall of the past to the newly constructed Copenhagen Concert hall in 2009. The city has also encouraged Jazz and other modern versions of music. There are fine opera houses and the culture of Europe is truly preserved and transmitted through these aesthetic modes.
The Tivoli Gardens is considered as the oldest amusement park in the world and attracts much deserved attention. Young and old alike are drawn towards it for the varied amusement the park provides.
There are many events round the year in Copenhagen and it could be considered a city which draws people from different parts of Europe for the carnivals and festivals it hosts. The Fashion Week, Roskilde, Copenhagen Distortion are some of the events eagerly looked forward by Europeans for enjoyable days.
The city is connected by trains, road transport and of course modern airways. There are great facilities within the city for movement through different vehicles. Great stress is given cycling in this city.
Ascot Hotel, Denmark Hotel, Plaza Hotel, Grand Hotel are some famous star hotels catering to the needs of the travellers. There are of course youth hostels, community centres and many places where tourists can choose their budget requirements.
Food and wine are served with great care and solicitude for the requirements of the tourists. There are provisions for holding business conferences for small as well as big groups.
In brief, a great city geared up to meet your relaxation requirements and at the same time providing information on art and culture, Copenhagen is a ‘must’ in your travel itinerary.