It’s no secret that travel is a huge passion of mine. I love sharing my travel adventures and inspiring everyone to get out there and see the world! But I also enjoy sharing interesting facts about these places in hopes that you’ll learn something new about each place, and of course, putting new places on your travel radar.
Today, I’m excited to drop some knowledge on Denmark’s capital city. Here are 10 things you might not know about Copenhagen.
- Copenhagen consistently makes the list of happiest places in the world to live.
- Tivoli Gardens (located in the middle of the city) is the second oldest amusement park in the world! It also happens to be the place Walt Disney was inspired to create Disneyland!
- Christiania is a “free town” in Copenhagen run by its residents. The neighborhood is tax and car-free, and has serious hippie vibes!
- Copenhagen’s Strøget Street is the largest pedestrian shopping street in the world and features both big chain and local retailers.
- Over half of Copenhagen’s residents ride bicycles to/from school and work, giving Amsterdam a run for its money with the number of bikes on the streets!
- The famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen lived in Copenhagen and wrote most of his stories (like The Little Mermaid and the Ugly Duckling) in Nyhavn, the city’s colorful canal district.
- In the 1400s, Copenhagen was the capital of all of Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, and Norway)!
- One of the city’s most famous landmarks is The Little Mermaid statue. It was commissioned about 70 years after the story was first published, and was sculpted after the lead in The Little Mermaid ballet in the early 1900s.
- Copenhagen’s Round Tower, built in 1642 is the oldest working observatory in Europe.
- The city holds 18 Michelin stars in 15 of its cities – the most in the Nordic region.
Which of these 10 things were most surprising to you about Copenhagen?