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What to See in Scandinavia

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The thick forest and misty fjords of Scandinavia provide the backdrop to a rich tradition of food, culture, and design. Centuries of seafaring Nordic people have left behind burgeoning seafood markets and a fascinating maritime history. From Copenhagen to Stockholm and beyond, there is much to unpack here, and it can be hard to decide what to see while you’re in Scandinavia. Let this list be your starting point for a trip to this unique part of the world!
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Jægersborggade, 45, 2200 København, Denmark
Nørrebro is one of Copenhagen's hottest neighborhoods of the moment, an area where entrepreneurs are opening restaurants serving local fare and cafes sell coffee and home-baked breads and pastries. One of the epicenters of the Nørrebro scene is...
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Ny Kronborgvej 1, 3000 Helsingør, Denmark
The most famous attraction in Helsignør (in English, Elsinore) is Kronburg, the Renaissance castle that overlooks the Øresund which separates Denmark and Sweden. It was here that Shakespeare's Hamlet wandered the windswept ramparts at night. Even...
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Øster Voldgade 4A, 1350 København, Denmark
There are many parks and green spaces in Copenhagen. From the Botanical Garden to Kongens Have (King’s Garden) where Rosenborg Castle is located, there are so many places around the city to walk, workout, or just chill. Copenhagen is a city where...
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Östermalmsgatan 20, 114 26 Stockholm, Sweden
At the turn of the 20th century, the school of architecture commonly referred to as the National Romantic style flourished in the Nordic countries. Faced with societies that had changed dramatically with industrialization, architects and others...
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Sockenvägen, 122 33 Stockholm, Sweden
As soon as I heard that a cemetery was one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Stockholm – I had to go visit. Really? A cemetery as a UNESCO World Heritage site – what in the world could make it so special? As soon as I walked into the cemetery...
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Frederiksborggade 21, 1362 København, Denmark
Erected on a cobblestone square amongst the tall residences built in the Haussmanian style so associated with Europe is the Torvehallerne market. There you can stroll through well-lit, glass-enclosed aisles and try fresh breads (Lauras Bakery); a...
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Ravnsborggade is one of the livelier streets in one of Copenhagen's livelier neighborhoods, Nørrebro. Running parallel to the lakes, the speciality here is antique and vintage stores and you'll find a half dozen of them lining the street north of...
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Kapelvej 4, 2200 København N, Denmark
The Assistens Cemetery (or Assistens Kirkegård in Danish) in Nørrebro was first established in 1760 and is somewhat like a combination of Paris's Père Lachaise cemetery and New York's Central Park. More than a quarter million people are buried...
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Humlegårdsgatan 1, 114 46 Stockholm, Sweden
The Saluhall food market, in the Östermalm neighborhood of Stockholm, is such a deliciously enticing spot. Gorgeous fresh fish, produce, and delicacies are for sale, and the stalls sit alongside several great places to sit down for a bite, notably...
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På Bjerget 14B, 2400 København, Denmark
To the northwest of central Copenhagen, much-photographed (though less frequently visited) Grundtvigs Kirke is notable as a rare example of a church constructed in the expressionist style. Architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint won a design...