The Top Copenhagen Tourist Attractions
Sep 16 , 2011
The city of Copenhagen has one of the most interesting histories. These stories are often told through modern tourist attractions around the city. Tourists and residents alike often can't help but flock to some of the more popular Copenhagen tourist attractions.
Amalienborg consists of four palaces arranged around a courtyard. This is actually the winter residence of the Danish Royal family, and it is also one of the most popular Copenhagen tourist attractions. While you may want to just take in the stunning architecture of this complex, you may also be able to witness the changing of the Royal Guards, if you are there at the right time.
At noon, soldiers from the Royal Guard march from Rosenborg Castle, where the Danish crown jewels are kept, to the Amalienborg complex. At this time every day a changing of the guards takes place, and the new guards relieve the old guards. Although many tourists have tried to converse with them, this is not encouraged, since they are under strict orders to protect members of the Royal family, and conversation is prohibited.
Located just a couple of kilometers west of Amalienborg lies another one of the most popular Copenhagen tourist attractions, Rosenborg Castle. Although construction was started in 1606 under King Christian IV, this breathtaking castle took over 20 years to complete. King Christian IV lived in this castle until his death in 1648.
Today the castle is a museum, where visitors can learn about past kings of Denmark. You may be able to catch a glimpse of the crown jewels, which are kept in the basement.
The Open Air Museum, or Frilandsmuseet to the locals, is one of the largest and oldest open air museums. It was originally established in 1897, but was moved to its current location north of the city in 1901. The scenic beauty and the historical aspects are what make this museum one of the most popular tourist attractions in Copenhagen.
The purpose of this tourist attraction in Copenhagen is to give visitors an idea what it was like to live years, or even centuries, ago. Period houses, farms, and mills dating from the 17th century to the mid-20th century can be found on this property. Visitors can also interact with animals and period actors at each dwelling.
Museum of Danish Resistance
As you can see, Copenhagen has a number of different tourist attractions for history buffs, and this one does not disappoint. In 1940, during World War II, Nazi soldiers moved in and occupied Denmark. Obviously, many Danish citizens resented this action, spurring the famed underground Danish Resistance. The Germans finally released the country in 1945, after their defeat.
The Museum of Danish resistance shows the chronological development of the resistance. Here, you can see a number of artifacts from the times, including weapons and propaganda materials. The private library is also available to some visitors for in-house research.
Located in the center of the city, this complex is home to one of the most amazing Copenhagen tourist attractions, the Round Tower. This tower was first built as an observatory under the reign of King Christian IV in 1642. Until 1866, the University of Copenhagen used it for research purposes. Today, it is considered to be one of the oldest functioning observatories in Europe.
To reach the top of the Round Tower, visitors must climb a spiral walkway, which is roughly 210 meters long. That's longer than two American football fields. As you rest on the benches at the top, however, you will soon realize that the climb is worth is. The view of the city from this vantage point is breathtaking. During a winter visit, you may also be able to peer at the night stars through a high powered telescope, also located at the top.
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