The City of Copenhagen
There are signs of settlements in the area of Copenhagen as way back as 4.000 years B.C. The first written document mentioning Copenhagen is from 1043. Then, the City was simply called "Hamn" (eng. "Hagen") and it had little strategical and political importance.
Around the year 1167, the Bishop Absalon takes control over the city and he becomes the founder of Copenhagen. The coast line of Denmark had for a long time been pirate-controlled. Absalon build the Castle of Christiansborg, from where the pirates was defeated. This was also the start of Denmark's baltic empire.
Some famous Danes through history are Hans Christian Andersen (H.C. Andersen, 1805-1875), Karen Blixen (1885-1962), Niels Bohr (1885-1962) and Georg Jensen (1866-1935).
One of the city's most visited attractions is the Little Mermaid, a statue of bronze, 165 cm high and 175 kg heavy, made by Edvard Eriksen at the beginning of the 20th century.
The 21st century Copenhagen can offer a lot of culture, shopping, attractions, sights and events. There is something for everyone! There are many activities for families and it is pretty easy to see the city by for example busses and boats.
We hope that Copenhagen.se will give you good facts and ideas, so that your stay in the city will be great. You are welcome for a weekend or for your whole vacation.
Have fun in Copenhagen!