National Museum of Denmark (Nationalmuseet)

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The National Museum of Denmark is considered one of Europe's best museums. It presents the broad spectrum of the country's history – from the days of the Vikings to the Danish Renaissance to the welfare state of the late 20th century. The museum's immense collection also includes artifacts from Danish pre-history, Egyptian mummies and coin exhibits from ancient Greece and Rome. It also features a separate children's museum that offers interactive exhibits for little ones, plus other sights throughout Denmark, including the Danish Music Museum and a former prison camp.

Past travelers described this museum as well-organized and informative, although a few felt that some of the collections were out of place here. Some also bemoaned the lack of audio guides but appreciated the English translations on signage.

You'll find the National Museum of Denmark two blocks away from Tivoli Gardens and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Indre By. Parking is not available on-site, but the property sits near a car park, multiple bus stops and the Kongens Nytorv metro station. The museum's exhibits, cafe and gift shop are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the children's museum closes at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for adults cost 85 Danish kroner ($14) per person. Visitors with Copenhagen Cards and children 17 and younger get in for free. For more information, visit the National Museum of Denmark's website.

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Situated in the central Indre By neighborhood, this bustling area once served as Copenhagen's commercial port. Today, the region features a variety of eateries inside its restored homes, some of which were built in the late 1600s. In fact, a few famous artists and writers formerly lived in Nyhavn, including Heinrich Gustav Ferdinand Holm (a painter and engraver best known for his Copenhagen depictions) and Hans Christian Andersen (who penned fairy tales like "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling."

Previous visitors loved grabbing a drink or bite to eat in Nyhavn, although some cautioned that prices here are high. Additionally, several raved about the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, which takes place in Nyhavn every July. Many past travelers also recommended signing up for one of the area's canal tours with Stromma Denmark or Netto-Badene. Both operators' tours are available in English, last about an hour and depart daily from Nyhavn. Stromma Danmark's tours cost 80 Danish kroner (roughly $13) for adults and 40 kroner (approximately $6.50) for kids ages 6 to 15, while Netto-Badene's tours will set you back 8 euros (about $10) per adult and 3 euros (less than $4) for each child.

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