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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
The 17th-century castle in the middle of modern Copenhagen is one of those things that gives the city its fairy-tale quality, along with the famous Little Mermaid and the dragons that adorn many buildings. Rosenborg Castle sits, however, in...
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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
Even though it is included on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites (one of three such sites in or near Stockholm), Skogskyrkogården is not at the top of many visitors' lists. Perhaps that is because it sits outside of the center of the city,...
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Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København, Denmark
Foodies, rejoice. Torvehallerne is a one-stop shop for several meals, snacks, and gourmet groceries or gastronomical gifts. It's an airy, light-filled building with all kinds of purveyors, from fantastic coffee shops, chefs cooking fresh pasta and...
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Ravnsborggade 7, 2200 København, Denmark
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
This huge cemetery is the biggest green space in the increasingly fashionable Nørrebro area. It’s the final resting place of some of the greatest Danes of all time, including Nobel Prize–winning physicist Niels Bohr, philosopher...
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Östermalmstorg, 114 42 Stockholm, Sweden
Östermalms Saluhall is one of Stockholm's most famous markets. While the prices aren't cheap, since 1888 the market has been where those looking for the very best fish, meat, and produce shop. For most travelers in Stockholm, it provides a good...
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På Bjerget 14B, 2400 København NV, 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...