Copenhagen is a treasure trove of eclectic scenes; it’s a blend of old and new Europe that boasts old cobbled streets that lead to swanky bistros, centuries old Royal Palaces that reside next to freshly constructed Opera houses, and tandems that share the lanes with smart cars. Even if you’re travelling for business and only have a few hours of downtime, there is plenty of incredible sights to keep you occupied and make you feel like you’ve captured the essence of Copenhagen culture. If you’ve got an upcoming trip, here’s four things to put on your must do list.
Surviving both fire and war, the Rosenborg Castle is renaissance architecture at its finest. Boasting an elusive history, filled with controversy and monumental change, this is a great place for those who have ever had a fascination with royal history. Once the summer home of Christian IV, the longest reigning Monarch of Denmark, he was known for his ambitious projects and was responsible for many of Copenhagen’s most iconic buildings. The interior itself is haunting, yet awe-inspiring as it is now home to the Royal Collections, including the Crown Jewel and the Danish Crown Regalia. Visit inside the castle with a self-guided tour throughout the many rooms filled with art and furniture, collected over the years by the royal family.
So the mundane of office meetings are starting to wear your jetlagged body down? Indulge your inner child at the Tivoli Gardens; the most famous amusement park in Copenhagen. It’s an integral part of Copenhagen history which despite constantly evolving over the years, still claims its traditional feel and quaint charm – Walt Disney even modelled Disneyland after the time he spent at this magical place. Tivoli Gardens offer a mix of attractions, gardens, restaurants and plays host to live concerts and performing arts.
Food Tour of Copenhagen
On a business trip, you are usually strapped for time and the most exotic cuisine you’ll try is a Nordic version of a McDonald’s cheese burger. So if you’ve got half a day to spare why not indulge in some authentic Nordic delicacies through a Copenhagen food tour. As you take in the sights of the city, you’ll sample artisan cheeses, organic hotdogs and see the Michelin restaurants hard at work. Combined with intriguing stories and insights into Copenhagen’s history and food culture, it makes for a delightful afternoon.
Royal Danish Theatre
Instead of spending your last night in watching movies, catch a production at the Royal Danish Theatre. Before you think of how much this will be on the company card (or your own wallet), this cheapest theatre in all of Europe with basic seats start at six Euro. The Royal Theatre has graced the Kongens Nytorv Square since 1748, serving as the theatre of the King and now, the people. Features often include The Nutcracker, the Royal Danish Opera, The Mariinsky Ballet, and Macbeth.
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