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Time and again, Gemany’s neighbours to the north in Denmark win the title of “the happiest people in the world”. But they are also richly endowed with the green lands between the North Sea and the Baltic. In Copenhagen, the capital city, you can try to track down the reason for their happiness. Once you arrive, you will see that Copenhagen is extremely flat; there is no projection that looms over the city. It is built on several small islands that have been artificially linked together. For a good view of the city and Øresund, go to the observation deck of the tower of City Hall.
Stroll along the picturesque streets of the city, or do as the natives do and hire a bicycle. Copenhagen offers an excellent infrastructure for cyclists that has earned the world’s respect and is often copied. Ride to the Central Train Station and you will be right in front of Tivoli, an amusement park in the middle of the city that opened in 1843. Outside the gates of the city you will even find the oldest amusement park in the world. Dyrehavsbakken Park has operated since 1583. The most famous symbol of Copenhagen, naturally, is the statue of the Little Mermaid, commissioned by a rich brewer 100 years ago. It stands on the waterside promenade of Langelinie. Be sure to also visit the beautiful castles and palaces in and around Copenhagen: Christiansborg Castle, now the home of Parliament; Charlottenborg Castle, on the largest square in the city, the Kongens Nytorv; and Amalienborg Castle, residence of Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II.
As with the Queen in England, you can watch a colourful changing of the guard at noon here, too. If cycling or strolling have made you hungry, visit the Nyhavn district, with its picturesque frontage on the harbour promenade, for a hearty Danish meal. This is the centre for gastronomy. Many restaurants, pubs and bars vie for patronage, but there are plenty of customers to go around. World-famous Smørrebrød is good as a snack, but if you need more, try the national dish Stegt flæsk, roast pork medallions in parsley sauce with mustard and red beetroot. Other typically Danish foods are fish dishes like Stjerneskud med Rejer, a fillet of plaice with crabs. End your meal with a strong Akvavit, Denmark’s aqua vitae. Perhaps that’s what makes the Danes so happy? Eurowings wishes you lots of fun in Copenhagen!