Most capital cities are large, and Copenhagen is no exception. Copenhageners prize parks and lakes and canals over tall buildings. And instead of trying to manage auto traffic through their medieval streets, they've simply forbidden it: Much of the city centre is given over to pedestrian streets.
'Strøget' - Copenhagen's famous pedestrian street
But make no mistake: Despite the easy atmosphere, Copenhagen is a cultural and political capital. With about 70 museums, dozens of parks, canals and lakes, excellent shopping, and a vibrant nightlife - and Tivoli Gardens, that magical playground - Copenhagen is a city of beauty and good times. Try the Royal Theatre for opera and ballet. Or the annual Jazz Festival in July, with 300 concerts in 10 days. Always interesting to visit for jazz lovers, Copenhagen may still boast the name of "Jazz Capital of Europe", several venues being meccas for the dedicated, for instance Copenhagen Jazz House near Gråbrødretorv off Strøget.
The euphoria of 1996 when Copenhagen was Cultural Capital of Europe still lingers on. A new museum of modern art, Arken was opened in 1996 south of Copenhagen, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek was extended, the City Hall Square was remodelled, the Brown Meat Market was converted into a centre of culture, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts has been rebuilt and extended to include a new Children's Art Museum etc. etc. Always on the move, Copenhagen continues to develop and improve. Since September 1998, it has been possible to go by rail direct from the Central Station to Copenhagen Airport, and a bridge built across the Sound to Sweden brings you to Malmö, Sweden in just half-an-hour's train ride. Also, a new metro is under construction, opening in 2002, with several underground stations in central Copenhagen and linking the inner city to a totally new development area, "Orestad" on the island of Amager.
Photos: Cees van Roeden/Danish Tourist Board
Festivals and Fairs
Over 29 years more than 1,500 bands played Roskilde to more than one and a half million people. Great attention and excitement characterise the event, which is updated every year both musically and practically.
Havsteenavej 11, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark. Tel: (+45) 46 36 66 13. Fax: (+45) 46 32 14 99
The Skagen Festival June/July
The Skagen Festival is in its 31st year, and today it is known as one of the leading international ballad/folk music festivals of Europe. The Skagen Festival is the oldest Danish music festival.
PO Box 33, 9990 Skagen, Denmark. Tel: (+45) 98 44 49 69. Fax: (+45) 98 44 63 77
The Copenhagen Jazz Festival
The festival includes approx. 500 concerts performed by Danish and international jazz artists. The clubs and small cafes in Copenhagen are a vital part of the jazz festival. Many kinds of jazz music ranging from New Orleans Jazz, swing and fusion to new experimental music.
Nytorv 3, 3. - DK-1450 Copenhagen K - Tel: (+45) 33 93 20 13 - Fax: (+45) 33 93 20 24
Photo: Marianne Grøndahl
The Mosstock Festival
One of the oldest and greatest festivals in the country. As usual the Program includes samples of many different types of amateur music current in Denmark at this time
Images from Denmark
Courtesy of the
Danish Tourist Board
The Crown Jewels at
The Little Mermaid Statue
by Edvard Eriksen
Deer in the forest
Photo: Jreneusz Cyranek
Egeskov Castle, Funen
Photo: Bob Krist
Photo: John Sommer
Photo: Henrik Stenberg