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Kastellet, Copenhagen

Walk or jog on the ramparts of Kastellet, Europe's oldest military bastion and a favorite park area in the city. Danish King Christian IV founded this typical Renaissance fortification with five bastions in 1626. The citadel features the original windmill from 1847, three 18th century bronze cannons on the Princesses bastion, the National Monument of Remembrance, an 18th century church, and a prison. The site also is home to the new National Memorial for all fallen Danish soldiers. A prominent prisoner at the citadel prison was a German count and the royal physician, whose affair with Queen Matilda led to his beheading by the schizophrenic King Christian VII. Today, the buildings inside the citadel serve as military barracks and offices of the Danish Defense Intelligence. To visit Kastellet on your holiday in Copenhagen, and find out what else Copenhagen has to offer, use our Copenhagen trip itinerary planner.
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  • The Citadel is a super cosy place to stroll and enjoy another part of the city. Here is green and good space.
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  • This place was awesome, its is a historic while simultaneously active military base. It is a great place to walk through and look around, don't miss it if you're going to see The Little Mermaid statue...  more »
  • ... but nothing more. As it is next to the Little Mermaid a hike, you can give that Yes do not step on the lawn!
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  • Great place to visit for a walk or run. Plenty of tree cover and well maintained track. I'd definitely go here again. Great to combine it with a visit to the little mermaid
  • A very picturesque historic site with great views over the city. Easy to reach from lots of the central attentions and perfect for a walk or run about.
  • Nice place to run early in the morning before the tourist buses arrive. Took wife their closer to 11 on a Sunday and it was packed like a storage unit after a divorce.
  • A nice and beautiflul old historic site. Perfect for strolling around in nice weather if you have the time
  • I went there at nightfall. Beautifull sight and lights from the top of the wall.

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Most of the hotels in Copenhagen are located in the central Vesterbro or hip Indre By areas, though there are many more adventurous (and somewhat more affordable) places to stay during your vacation. As in the rest of Denmark, accommodations in Copenhagen are quite expensive. If you're traveling on a tight budget, consider camping along the Mølleå River or staying in one of the city's many backpacker hostels. If you prefer an inexpensive hotel, explore options in the Helgolandsgade and Colbjørnsensgade neighborhoods. For a taste of Denmark's art scene, head to the up-and-coming Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn areas. Travelers who like to stay outside of the main tourist areas should set their sights on one of the city's suburbs, like the northern section where you can stay at a beachfront hotel or on a houseboat.
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