Originally a small fishing village, Copenhagen gained prominence in the 12th century as the site of Bishop Absalon’s castle. Later, with the decline of the Hanseatic ports, Copenhagen thrived as the Baltic’s primary harbor. It was named the capital of Denmark in 1443, and today it’s the country’s political, financial and cultural center.
The compact yet cosmopolitan capital has more than 1000 years of history and plenty of sights and museums to keep visitors happily exploring for days. The center of town is crisscrossed by pedestrian streets, with funky shops and kebab stands interspersed with centuries-old cathedrals, towers and palaces.