If Copenhagen were a person, that person would be generous,

beautiful, elderly, but with a flair. A human being that

has certain propensities for quarrelling,

filled with imagination and with appetite for the new

and with respect for the old –

somebody who takes good care of things and of people.

Connie Nielsen

 

 

 

       

Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark, which is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries. The Kingdom itself is one of the most economically and socially developed countries in the world. That is why its capital has absorbed the best of everything.

In Copenhagen everyone has a chance to choose his own pleasures. For example, here is located one of the world’s oldest amusement parks called “Tivoli Gardens”. It offers not only rides, but also games, musicals, ballet, and major concerts.

It is therefore not surprising that Tivoli Gardens inspired Hans Christian Andersen to write one of his fairytales, Nightingale. However, the character of another story was destined to become the symbol ofCopenhagen. The bronze statue of the Little Mermaid has been a major tourist attraction since its unveiling in 1913. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade.

 

Noteworthy, it is located close to another historical landmark. Namely, the best-preserved fortresses in Northern

Europe is within walking distance to the Little Mermaid. Although Kastellet was built in the 17th century, it is still an active military area that belongs to the Danish Defence Ministry.

Also the same period of time is also associated with Rosenborg Castle. It was used by Danish regents as a royal residence until around 1710. Nowadays this monument of architecture is open to the public for tours and houses a museum exhibiting the Royal Collections, artifacts spanning a breadth of royal Danish culture, from the late 16th century of Christian IV to the 19th century.

Back from the excursions, you can savour the delicious traditional cusine, sitting at an outdoor table at a cafe on the quayside of the Nyhavn canal. It is not only the best spot to hang out in the sun or go for a canal tour, but also a historical landmark too. The northern side of Nyhavnis lined by brightly coloured townhouses built with wood, bricks, and plaster. The oldest house, at No. 9, dates from 1681. Between 1845 and 1864, Hans Christian Andersen lived at No. 67, where a memorial plaque now stands.

And that is the beauty of Copenhagen. This city combines not only the best traditions of a recreation facility and modern entertainments, butalso represent the most faithful reminder of culture and history of our ancestors.

       

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Berlin is a unique city that has a rich history and, therefore, combines different architecture styles. Even in the last 100 years the heart of Germany was repeatedly damaged and reconstructed. Despite this fact, Berlin has not lost its charm. On the contrary, it has become more attractive for all types of tourists.

That is why Alexanderplatz will be an excellent place to start your tour. Located in the center of the city, it enables each visitor to enjoy such sightseeing as Fernsehturm (TV tower), go shopping or visit numerous restaurants.

The Berlin Cathedral should definitely be included in your travel list as the second destination. Being built in the early twentieth century and reconstructed after the Second World War, it will impress every visitor with the interior decoration containing fascinating mosaics and religious images. Moreover, the observation point on the roof let you enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Additionally, we also recommend to visit sightseeings built earlier than Berlin Cathedral such as the French Church of Friedrichstadt and the New Church, which are located on the Gendarmenmarkt.

Next stop on the route should be done a few blocks from this square with the statue of poet Friedrich Schiller. That implies the memorial of particular importance, namely, Checkpoint Charlie. It was the crossing point between East and West parts of Berlin during the Cold War. Even nowadays tourists can see the original entrance/exit signs of that time, fragments of the Berlin Wall and some historical photos.

       

After visiting the monument devoted to the separation not only of the city, but of the county as a whole, you should not forget to include in the itinerary the symbol of unification. Namely, the Brandenburg Gate has become a sign of freedom after the decades of the Cold War, when in 1989 the border crossing was reopened and the West German chancellor walked through to be greeted by the East German prime minister.
Here it is important to remember that this monument was also significant as a symbol of the city long before these events. Being constructed in the eighteenth century, it has played a role of Prussian triumphal arch in the past. That is why, it is logical that everything around the Brandenburg Gate is full of meaning. In this connection do not forget to attend the Reichstag.

Even there are many others sightseeings such as the Zoological Garden and Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin is also a city of fashion, shopping, restaurants and night clubs. Take a leisurely walk to get acquainted with the city, or dance till dawn. In any case, even Berlin is so different, it is definitely a place to be visited.

       

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