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Founded in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is a unique amusement park located where the once-fortified city's ramparts used to be. In fact, the on-site lake is a remnant of the city's moat. Known around the world for its carnival-style atmosphere and exciting attractions, Tivoli Gardens combine the charm of the yesteryear with the dynamism of the future. The park spans a staggering 80,000 square meters (861112.8 square feet) of space in the heart of Copenhagen, making it one of the largest amusement parks in the country. Tivoli Gardens has great attractions like a historic roller-coaster, a mythical pirate ship, and carousels. There are around 40 bars and restaurants, some of which are gourmet and many date as far back as 1843. World-class live entertainment is always provided, and the festivities become more pronounced during the Christmas season.
One of the world's most famous toy manufacturers, Lego has been pretty much an authority when it comes to building-brick toys. Their flagship store in the heart of the city is a haven for kids and enthusiasts of all ages. From their classic sets to hard-to-find themed sets, the store's collection will appeal to casual shoppers and collectors alike. Facilities at the store include an expansive and interactive play area, a Pick-A-Brick Wall, Mini Master Builder Bar as well as Build-A-Minifigure Tower, guaranteeing hours of indulgence. Check website for more.
In no time at all this modern building has become the new landmark of Copenhagen, and has contributed to the beauty of the city. It is situated just by Sankt Jørgens Sø. The building was erected during the late 1980s, financed by private means. Most importantly the building contains the huge omnimax cinema where films about nature and the universe are shown with computer-graphic and optical techniques, giving the spectator the feeling that he is actually walking by the river in the Grand Canyon or flying in the galaxies. At the planetarium you can also learn about the development of astronomy from the Middle Ages (when Tycho Brahe lived from 1546 to 1601) throughout modern day. The side of the planetarium that turns towards the lake has become a popular place for the people of Copenhagen to gather during the summer. Inside the planetarium there is an excellent restaurant called Cassiopeia.
Established in 1986, Danish designer Mads Nørgaard's eponymous boutique on Strøget has been dishing out some of the best fashion for men. Classic styles are as much a part of the designer's philosophies as modern ones and hence you'll find a harmonious blend of both in the store's ever-changing collection. Heavy on casual wear, the collection features creations by the designer as well as other labels like Paul Smith, Fred Perry and Stine Goya. There's a women's and children's line as well. Check website for more.
Brnenes Boghandel means The Children's Bookshop, and that just about sums up this shop. It isn't just any place to buy books for children, though; you can be sure that the children will love you if you buy something for them here. This shop is rumoured to be the best in its field, and the shop is worth noticing. You will find anything you are looking for here. The selection is wide, with - of course - a special focus on the popular Danish children's writers like Ole Lund Kirkegård, Bjarne Reuter and Dennis Jürgensen. But there are also the old series like The Five. Astrid Lindgren has quite a large section on the shelves too. The expertise of the shop assistants is indisputable.
Cinemateket is in the heart of Copenhagen, between Kongens Nytorv and Nørreport Station, and is part of the Danish Film Institute. The architecturally interesting building contains two cinema theaters, a library, a videoteque, a bookshop and a café, all in a fashionable atmosphere. The repertoire varies with different themes each month; almost all genres are represented at some time throughout the year. Each film is screened twice or thrice a month, and the prices are relatively low per ticket. Some short flicks and children's films are free, but you normally have to order the tickets in advance. Cinemateket is the only cinema in Copenhagen with such a varied repertoire, and is an especially fun place to bring children on a rainy day.
If you just can't get enough of the city's charming canals, this hotel is your best bet. Literally standing in the waters, CPHLiving is a floating boutique hotel offering comfortable accommodation and some of the best views of the city. All rooms are canal-facing, and are designed to maximize views, with an entire wall made of glass. Needless to say, there's ample natural light in the rooms during the day. Featuring clean lines and a minimalistic decor, the rooms make for a comfortable stay. Head to the rooftop deck for panoramic views of the city. There's no restaurant on-site, but the surrounding area has numerous dining options. Check website for availability and more.
Avenue is a modern hotel in an old red-brick building, with charming spires on either side. There is a private courtyard for guests to sit out in the outdoors. The hotel is situated close to the lakes, and it is only five minutes by bus from the Town Hall Square. As a family hotel, it offers affordable prices for four-bed rooms and a 24-hour reception. All rooms come with a private bathroom, telephone, radio and TV. The hotel has a private, secure car park.
This grandiose building was erected in 1889-96 after plans drawn by Wilhelm Dahlerup in Italian Renaissance style. In autumn 1998, an extension was opened that gave the National Gallery of Denmark the facelift it needed. The architects were Anna Maria Indrio. This deeply original new building was constructed in the park behind the original building and is connected to it by a glass-covered walkway, the so-called Street of Sculptures. The street stretches along the full length of the museum, and within it concerts and dance performances are held. The museum contains collections of art dating from the 12th Century. Among the older European and Danish collections, feast your eyes on paintings by Titian, Tintoretto, Breugel, Rubens, Frans Hals and Rembrandt. The modern collection comprises work by Picasso, Braque, Leger, Modigliani and Emil Nolde. Danish painters are richly represented, and you can enjoy the styles of Oluf Hst, Edward Weihe, Olaf Rude and Harald Giersing. Entrance to the permanent collections is free, but special exhibits require a modest entry fee.
Either you want to enjoy a romantic weekend, a weekend with the city under your feet, or just to celebrate your special event at the luxury restaurant or event's room, Admiral Hotel has it all. This modern international four-star hotel with its contemporary stylish rooms that comes with all the accommodation and facilities one might need during their stay, was originally built in an over-200-year-old warehouse. Because of the building's great location, rooms can have a view of either the harbor or Amalienborg. There are also ten conference rooms with occupancy for 120 people in conferences, 220 people at banquets, or 500 at receptions.
The Copenhagen Zoo is one of the largest zoological gardens in Europe. It was founded in 1859 by ornithologist N. Kjrblling, and was then a part of Frederiksberg Have. The landmark of the zoo is a 43-meter (142-foot) tall watchtower, and the zoo contains over 2500 animal and bird species from all over the world. The garden where the Children's Zoo is located is inhabited by animals like goats, cows and rabbits. Great work has been carried out to create natural surroundings for the animals that mimic their original habitat. In 1998, Christian Cold designed the new entrance, which is a piece of interesting modern architecture.
Standing within the University of Copenhagen, the Zoological Museum is one of the four stellar museums under the Natural History Museum of Denmark. Exhibits at the museum trace the origin and evolution of life forms since the prehistoric ages. North Pole to South Pole; one of the museum's permanent exhibitions takes visitors through the changing variety of fauna and their development as the earth's climate zones change. Other interesting exhibits include specimens of extinct animals. The museum also offers visitors an opportunity to get up close with wild animals like fox cubs, hedgehogs and badgers. The on-site museum offers excellent souvenirs and toys.