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Scandinavia's largest city

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With a population of over one and three quarter million people, Copenhagen is Scandinavia's largest city and one which has much to offer. From hippy towns to old squares to inner-city amusement parks, this city has it all.

Day 1  - Inner-city amusement park

Located right beside Copenhagen’s central train station, Radhuspladsen is the Danish capital’s main square. Overlooked by a statue of two huge horn-blowing Vikings, this huge square is where the city’s town hall is located. Denmark’s pedestrian zone is all around here and is well-worth exploring.

The city’s main square is also beside Tivoli, Copenhagen’s famed city centre amusement park. It’s one of the true touristy things to do, but sometimes becoming a true tourist is fun and this is where you will have plenty. Along with all the rides there are stages with regular performances and walking around here is a nice way to while away an afternoon.

Copenhageners are notorious for not going out until midnight, so if you want to paint the town red do your best to leave whatever you eat until as late as possible and then go out. Stroget (Copenhagen's pedestrianised area) is one of the city's most vibrant areas full of bars and clubs.

Day 2  - Hippyville

Across the waters of Inderhavnen to the east of Copenhagen’s main square is Christiania, Copenhagen’s hippy quarter which is known locally as the ‘free state of Christiania’. Taken over by squatters in the early 1970s, soft drugs are sold openly here, mainly on the aptly named Pusherstreet. But there is more to this eclectic part of the Danis capital than hash and marijuana. There are shops which specialise in hippy clothing and organic foods, not to mention some cool cafés. While there are some strange people in this part of the city, not to mention an awful lot of dogs, if you don’t feel either will intimidate you make sure to make the trip.

Christiana is in a part of the city called Christianshavn where there are other points of interest which you should visit. These include churches Christians Kirke and Vor Frelsers Kirke and the B & W Museum, a free museum documenting the history of Burmeister & Wein, a local shipbuilding company.

The Versterbro district which is just south-west of Tivoli is a multiethnic area which has a good selection of restaurants dealing in cuisine from all over the world. In more recent years it has also becoming home to a good selection of bars and clubs too.

Day 3  - Denmark

The Danish capital’s answer to Big Ben or the Statue of Liberty is The Little Mermaid which is probably the country’s most instantly recognisable landmark. A pleasant way to get there is from Radhuspladsen, through Stroget. On the way you pass through Gammel Torv Nytorv, Copenhagen’s oldest square. The ornate, bronze fountain in the middle is spectacular.

Continue up Stroget, passing by Helligaandskirken, one of the city centre churches on the way, until you get to Kongens Nytorv, another of the city’s most popular hangout spots. The city’s picturesque canal street Nyhavn is just off this square. Boat tours of the city’s harbour depart from here.

From Kongens Nytorv walk up Bredgade until you get to Esplanaden. This street is aligned with a number of churches and museums if you feel like some culture on the way. From Esplanaden you can walk down to the Little Mermaid for the obligatory photograph when in the Danish capital.

If you don’t mind eating where all the tourists do, Nyhavn is littered with restaurants serving good traditional fare, as well as some cafés also.

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