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Copenhagen is an appealing and stylish city, with handsome cobbled squares and copper-roofed townhouses complemented by elegant modern architecture. Numerous fine restaurants — the city usually boasts around a dozen with Michelin stars — serve delicious cuisine employing superb local fish and produce. 

Copenhagen is famously pedestrian-friendly and has several classic attractions to commend it, including Amalienborg Palace and the Strøget promenade. The latest design addition to the famous Tivoli Gardens is a striking sculpture titled “Little Sun Light Swarm” by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. 

My two favorite museums are the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (for sculpture and painting) and Designmuseum Danmark (for decorative art and design). The summer Copenhagen Jazz Festival is one of the best such events in the world. Copenhagen connects to southern Sweden via the 5-mile Øresund Bridge.

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Private Dining Events

If you have your heart set on dining at hot spots such as Geranium, one way to do so without booking years in advance is to join a private event arranged by gastronomic entrepreneur Kristian Brask Thomsen. A former maître d’hôtel, Thomsen regularly stages small dinner parties at these Lucullan establishments.

Elegant Modern Museum

Within easy reach of Copenhagen by car or train, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Gl. Strandvej 13, Humlebæk) is housed within an elegant modern structure that stands amid landscaped grounds overlooking the Øresund sound. Helsingør, where Shakespeare set “Hamlet,” is 5 miles farther north.

Amusement Park Exhibitions

At the Tivoli Gardens (Vesterbrogade 3), the famous amusement park that opened in 1843, the latest addition is a striking series of hanging lamps, a bronze-and-colored-glass sculpture titled “Little Sun Light Swarm” by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The designer is also responsible for the Cirkelbroen, the iconic bridge in Copenhagen harbor.