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If Copenhagen is a fairytale city for
most of the year, visitors in Decem-
ber will experience a veritable winter
wonderland. The Tivoli Gardens, the
Danish capital's social and ecological heart,
hosts an annual Christmas market open from
mid-November until New Year's Eve.
The Christmas market tradition began only
in 1994 with a few stalls set up between the
Vesterbrogade main entrance and the Glas-
salen i Tivoli (Glass Hall Theatre). Since then
the city has embraced the Tivoli market, which
attracted nearly 800,000 visitors in 2011 and
offers more than 50 stalls selling Danish cui-
sine, handicrafts, decorations and other gifts.
Copenhagen is a medieval city. People
started building houses around a natural har-
bour near what is now Gammelstrand (Old
Beach) more than 1,000 years ago. During the
course of the 11th century, a marketplace for
the herring fishery emerged.
Despite its status as the largest city in Scan-
dinavia, Copenhagen has a small town feel
and is chock full of stunning landmarks and
historical buildings. The oldest buildings in
the city date back more than 700 years. The
Helligåndshuset (Holy Ghost House) opened in
1492 as a priory and is now an exhibition space.
Amalienborg Palace, the 17th century
Queen's residence, is considered one of the fin-
est examples of Danish Rococo architecture.
Another stately pile from the 1600s, Rosen-
borg Castle, exhibits the Royal Treasure, fea-
turing some of the Danish monarchy's greatest
Modern Copenhagen is no less stunning.
The neo-Baroque Christiansborg Palace, built
in the early 20th century, is home to the Dan-
ish parliament, the prime minister's office and
the Supreme Court of Denmark.
Copenhagen is not a high-rise city. In-
deed, the tallest building is just 88 metres (the
22-storey Carlsberg Hovedkontor) and one
world-famous city icon is no more than 1.25
metres tall. It is the Little Mermaid, the bronze
Institute member and Travelzoo Asia-Pacific CFO Honnus Cheung takes
a stroll through the chilly but charming streets of the Danish capital
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