Copenhagen: A New Haven to Discover

Copenhagen is the exciting capital of Denmark. A number of tunnels and bridges connect the areas of the city together, and the city scape is pronounced by waterfronts and promenades.  Copenhagen’s metropolitan area in recent years has included parts of Southern Sweden. Currently, Copenhagen is one of two major centers in the bi-national Øresund region.

This city became the capital of Denmark at the start of the 15th century. This capital was a Viking fishing village during the 10th century. Since the commencement of the millennium, Copenhagen has nurtured strong cultural and urban development with huge investments in cultural infrastructures and facilities. Since the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge, Copenhagen has integrated with the Swedish city of Malmö and grew into a joint metropolitan area.

Denmark’s capital is noted as one of the most expensive at the same time environmentally friendly cities worldwide. It is filled with palaces, high-end shopping districts, and immaculate waterfronts.

Amusement in Sights

The Tivoli Gardens has amused people from all over the world and locals as well since 1843. Like a small fairy tale village, these gardens can be found right at the center of Copenhagen. It is an amusement park with theatres, roller coasters, restaurants, cafes, and outdoor stages for live performances. Tivoli transforms itself into a winter fairyland during Christmas, where skating and buying presents are an outdoor fun.

Also in Tivoli is Amalienborg, the winter residence of the Danish royal family. The Rococo Palace complex is another sight in Denmark with four palaces that were built by four noble families in mid 18th century; these palaces make up a beautiful square.

According to a legend, the waters of Øresund used to be full of Mermaids, particularly the Mermaid Banks in Øresund. Today, on the same place sits the Copenhagen’s most famous attraction, Little Mermaid on a rock. The sculptor Edward Eriksen sculptured the mermaid in bronze, using his wife Eline as a model for the body. The sculpture is based on the fairy tale of the same title by Hans Christian Andersen.

Pastries for Dessert

A Danish pastry or simply Danish, especially in the United States of America, is a Viennoiserie pastry in France yet of Viennese origin, which has become Denmark’s specialty. Danish pastries are popular around the world. This pastry is called wienerbrød “Viennese bread” in Denmark, Iceland, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Sweden and Norway. It is known as facturas in some Spanish speaking countries. In Vienna, the Danish is referred to as “Plundergebäck” or “Golatschen”. Like other pastries, such as croissants, Danish pastries are made of yeast-leavened dough, creating a layered puffy texture. The ingredients include flour, milk, eggs, yeast and lots of butter or margarine.

For countries far from Denmark, Danish cookies are more popular since they last longer than bread. Danish cookie is a well-known European dessert which is also consumed throughout the world. Danish cookies are favorites among kids and grownups too in other countries as snacks. The basic ingredients needed to make Danish cookies are butter, flour, eggs, sugar, baking soda, and almonds.  Chocolate chips and cashew nuts are also used to garnish these cookies.

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