Let's create the perfect city. We'll build it on a pretty yet functional
harbor and start with a vast network of streets boasting great stores and
cafes; add bicycle lanes to span the city encouraging quiet nonpolluting
transport; and generously spread about royal palaces and rich museums. Right
in the center we'll put an amusement park, making carnival rides and concerts
accessible to all. Finally, we'll govern with a socially minded philosophy
that virtually eliminates poverty, crime and begging. This is no fantasy ---
it's COPENHAGEN. And without a doubt, this very real city's richest gift is
its quality of life.
[From Frommer's guide to Europe by Nikolaus Lorey]
More pictures of Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is situated on the island Zealand. It is told that the
goddess Gefion by the Swedish King Gylfe was allowed to plow an area
in Sweden, and the land she managed to plow within one day and one
night, she could use in any way she wanted. In order to get the most
out of the opportunity she turned her four sons into oxen and put them
in front of a great plough, and off they went. After that one day and
one night was over, they had managed to get the earth needed to create
Zealand in its present size. Where the earth was taken, the lake
Vänern lies today. (Its shape is somewhat like that of Zealand.) All
the earth Gefion put into Øresund, and lo and behold: Zealand rose out
of the sound.
Brief history of Copenhagen
1167 Bishop Absalon receives the town of Havn (means harbour in english) from
the king and builds a castle.
1248 The town is conquered by forces from the German town Lübeck and in rage
over Copenhagen's status as a trading town, they burn the town
to the ground.
1343 Valdemar IV Make Copenhagen the capital of Denmark.
1659 The assault on Copenhagen. The Copenhageners strike back on the tenth
Swedish army of Karl X.
1711 The plague hits Copenhagen and kills one third of the population.
1801 The British marine sinks the Danish marine, which lays in Copenhagen.
1807 The British bomb Copenhagen and most of the house are burned down.
1847 The first railway between Copenhagen and Roskilde is established.
1853 An epidemic of cholera kills thousends of people in the town.
1887 It is no longer allowed to keep pigs in Copenhagen.
1896 The first living pictures are shown in the Panorama cinema.
1901 The town has 400.000 inhabitants and is becoming a city.
1930s Copenhagen experience an economic depression like the rest of
western world. Cultural critics appear, among them the future
famous designer Poul Henningsen.
1940 Five years of nazi occupation begins. Bombing and sabotage destroy many
1971 A group of hippies occupie an old military area and the freetown of
Christiania is founded.
1993 Heavy fighting between demonstrators and police after the Danish
yes to the European Union.
1996 Copenhagen is Cultural Capitol of Europe.