Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Denmark - Copenhagen

Formerly something of an off-the-beaten-track capital, Copenhagen has spent the last few years clamoring its way up the European tourist spot ladder, and winning over many a travel critic on the way. A blend of ancient and modern architecture has stormed the city center, turning it into a classy  place to be, while locals are slowly losing their ‘stay in’ habits and taking to the enviable cafes and restaurants.

UNESCO World Heritage
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Projects sponsored by UNESCO include, among others, international cooperation agreements to secure the world cultural and natural heritage (World Heritage Sites). As of 2009, 890 sites are listed: 689 cultural, 176 natural, and 25 mixed properties, in 148 states.

The goddess Gefjun fountain
Located in the grounds of of the kastelet fortress.  It is one of the landmarks in copenhagen thats not to be missed because it tells a special history (mythological in sense).The fountain was constructed in the beginning of the 20th century. In norse mythology, gefjun is the goddess of ploughing and one night, she decided to plow a part of scandinavia with her oxes (her sons) and in turn separated denmark from sweden.
Rundetårn (The Round Tower)
In the heart of Copenhagen centre, and is a great, cheap tourist trap to visit. Its a tower which is connected at one end of a church, and is a spiral ramp inside which spirals all the way to the top (there is 15 steps to get up at the top mind you). You get dizzy if you run down fast. The tower is 35m high and 15m in diameter and once at the top, is one of the best vantage points to get great views of the city.


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