The capital of Denmark is famous for several things including Carlsberg beer, quantum physics and TV crime drama The Killing, but there are countless more reasons why you should book flights to Copenhagen.
Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park that’s nearly 170 years old in the heart of the city, is a spectacular must-see full of gardens, open-air theatres, unique restaurants (even one on a pirate ship), and all sorts of rides including a ferris wheel with panoramic city views. Every Saturday night, Tivoli hosts an enthralling fireworks display at the grand entrance.
The Little Mermaid statue is a symbol of the city, and every year at the end of August there are celebrations throughout Copenhagen in its honour. In August 2013, it will be her hundredth birthday and it’s sure to be special, so consider getting cheap flights to Copenhagen then. The statue sits next to the Kastellet, a wonderfully preserved citadel fortress from the mid-17th century which is home to parks, museums and even a windmill.
Stroget is the city’s consumer heart, and is the world’s longest pedestrianised shopping street, running all the way from Kogens Nytorv to City Hall. In almost direct contrast, in the beautiful canal-filled district of Christianshavn you’ll find Christiania, a commune founded in 1971 that is independent of Danish law and home to all sorts of unusual arts and music events, hippy restaurants and idiosyncratic inhabitants. It’s certainly a provocative area for Danes but an absolutely fascinating place to visit.