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Squares in Copenhagen

Copenhagen, the Danish capital, is one of the most amazing cities in Denmark. The city has much to offer and there are lots of things to see. Since Copenhagen is not a very large city people usually take public transport or even better, rent a car to be the ones deciding where to go, when to go and where to stop. But the city’s being large does not mean that visitors should not walk as Copenhagen is worth daytime and nighttime strolls.

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Whether your purpose is to explore royal palaces of Copenhagen or simply the green Copenhagen, you will beyond a shadow of doubt appear in the squares of the Danish capital. All the squares you will come across or visit in Copenhagen will stun you with their beauty, decoration and of course history and architecture.

Rådhuspladsen – Rådhuspladsen (The City Hall Square) is the largest in Copenhagen. This square is capable of accommodating up to 50 000 people. It’s the most “densely populated” one during major events. What they do is they lift a large screen in the square and people gather there to watch, say, major football events, such as the World Cup or the Olympics.

Rådhuspladsen 1
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The history of the square dates back to 1894. With the first foundation stone being laid in that year the construction of the square completed in 1905. Presently, all visitors of the square will encounter the following statues proudly rising there – the Dragon Fountain (depicting a bull and a dragon in combat), the Weather Girl telling the weather, the 20-meter tall Lur Blowers  and the sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen.  Especially interesting and immensely creative is the sculpture of the Weather Girl which in reality appears in a group in which each sculpture rotates in a different direction depending on the weather.

Kongens Nytorv – The name of this square is translated from Danish as the King’s New Square. It’s a colorful square at the sight of which the mood raises and the spirits get high. The idea of building this square was put forward by Christian IV. He purchased the land and the works on t were continued by Christian V. The latter allowed noble Danish Families of the time to build their palaces around the square and it was a good decision for the upcoming generations who still admire the beauty of the square which is partly due to buildings around it.

Kongens Nytorv
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The Royal Academy of Art and the New Royal Theater are located close by. Visitors of this square will see a statue of man on a horse. The statue depicts King Christian V. Those visiting Denmark in winter are welcome to the square to skate.

Gammeltorv – Gammeltorv is the oldest square in Copenhagen. The most notable part of this square is the golden bronze fountain dating back to early 17th century. It should be said that this fountain is deemed as one of the masterpieces of Renaissance. The fountain appeared in the square by the donation of King Christian IV and in reality it was a donation to the city and it pursued a certain goal. It was to serve as the water supply of local people.

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Gråbrødretorv – Gråbrødretorv more resembles a pedestrian street ideal for idle talks. There is hardly any person who has been to Copenhagen and has missed this square dating back to 1238. The square is surrounded by large trees and some spirit of tranquility and peacefulness soars there. The square is also famed for being a wonderful place to have dinner as some of the nicest Copenhagen restaurants are located in here. You will be offered both Danish cuisine and international cuisine but it is highly recommended that you try the Danish foods since it is not that likely you will come across Danish cuisine at every step of your home country.

Also, if you need to do some shopping and buy souvenirs or clothes, you can simply walk to the streets around the square where you will find many stores ready to serve you.


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