Denmark's capital is arguably one of the world's best-loved cities, and certainly the liveliest of all the Scandinavian capitals. It is a gracious and comfortable place, with a decidedly friendly, hospitable and fun-loving atmosphere. If there is such a thing as a cozy city, Copenhagen is it. From the lingering memory of the tales of Hans Christian Andersen to the colored lights of Tivoli Gardens, there is a delightful ambience that surrounds the visitor everywhere. Tidy, narrow streets are lined with tempting restaurants and cafes, and the pedestrian-only Stroget abounds with stylish shops. The spirited Copenhageners are imaginative and unconventional and exude a "do-what-you-want" philosophy that embraces and respects almost all aspects of life. Every friendly Dane you meet further illustrates the city's motto "Wonderful, wonderful, Copenhagen." Explore Condé Nast Insider Tips for Copenhagen
Copenhagen Jazz Festival
August - early September
Off the Beaten Track
The Lejre Experimental Centre - Founded in 1964 by Hans-Ole Hansen, this 106-acre scientific laboratory offers a peek into prehistoric and historic times. Visit the recreated Viking habitat, Iron Age village, Stone Age campsite and meet the specially-bred livestock that resemble ancient farm animals. Scientists and students working on the project reenact the roles of people who lived in these eras, raising livestock, making clothing and eating foods like that eaten by these ancient people.
Legends and myths about ancient heroes, gods and the creation and destruction of the universe abound in Scandinavia. From German origins, these myths which involved a host of gods and minor gods, began in the pre-Christian era and developed over time to cement their position as important to the Nordic people. Although these beliefs have been replaced by Christian beliefs, Scandinavian mythology has been preserved in Old Norse literature, old inscriptions and folklore.