The Duchess of Cambridge is spending a few days in Copenhagen, as part of a study trip to find out how Denmark has become a world leader in early childhood development.
This is decidedly a working visit – she is traveling on behalf of her Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood, which was launched in June. Kate tweeted about her visit: “I look forward to hearing from experts, parents and practitioners about Denmark’s approach to early childhood later this month.
“Denmark is a model of good practice in its approach to early childhood, with a culture that prioritizes the best start in life.”
However, we can only hope that Kate finds some time between her meetings to explore the city. If she had the chance to see the sights of Copenhagen, this is what we would recommend…
1. Take photos near the harbor
If there’s one image that defines Copenhagen, it’s Nyhavn, a 17th-century harbor lined with colorful houses and wooden boats. One of Denmark’s most famous exports, Hans Christian Andersen, lived here in the 1800s – giving Kate the perfect excuse to tell her stories to her children when she returns home.
Plus, Nyhavn is full of cafes tucked away along the harbor – great places to soak up the ‘hygge’ atmosphere with a Danish pastry.
2. Ski in the middle of town
City breaks are all well and good, but what if you miss a shot of adrenaline? Kate is a keen skier and there happens to be a man-made mountain in the middle of town, CopenHill (copenhill.dk) – where you can ski and snowboard while admiring the Copenhagen skyline.
There’s also a climbing wall if you’re looking for a bit more physical exertion – but otherwise there’s always apres ski.
3. Visit a fairytale castle
It doesn’t get much more picturesque than Rosenborg Castle. The Renaissance building is an intricate piece of Danish history and has lavish rooms to walk around inside, as well as the Danish Crown Jewels. It is worth spending some time at Rosenborg Castle, as it is surrounded by serene royal gardens.
4. Savor gourmet delights at a food market
If you, like Kate, don’t have much time in a city, one of the best ways to try out as much cuisine as possible is to head to a food market. And in Copenhagen, Torvehallerne is a must visit.
The bustling food hall is in the center of town and is full of fresh seafood, fruit and vegetables, as well as vendors selling Danish specialties like open sandwiches called smørrebrød.
5. Soak up the art on the scenic coast
Copenhagen is home to world-class art galleries, and few are as memorable as the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (louisiana.dk/en). Located on the coast north of Copenhagen, it is only 35 minutes by train from the city’s central station.
Opened in 1958, the museum was originally intended to be dedicated to Danish art, but now houses works by artists from all over the world and you can easily spend hours there. One of the modern pavilions houses the Giacometti Gallery – with statues by the Swiss sculptor – there’s an Instagrammable installation by Yayoi Kusama, and one of the highlights is definitely the sculpture park, where pieces of art are displayed. ‘Alexander Calder, Henry Moore and others. in nature, leading to the sea.
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