It's not surprising that Denmark has been rated as the world's happiest country, time and again. When you experience peace, warmth, history, cobbled stones, fairytale like castles, colourful, toy like townships and the warmest of people, you are bound to find out why the Danish are such a happy people. The capital city of Copenhagen is one of the most charming ones you'll encounter. It's location, overlooking the Øresund strait with Sweden just minutes away, makes it a cultural and geographic link between mainland Europe and Scandinavia, so you get the best of both worlds. What else can one ask for? A short and comfortable journey? Well that's granted too! Air India's non-stop flights from India to Copenhagen takes you to the country in under eight hours. The direct flight gives you an additional day of fun by reducing travel time. So fasten your seatbelt and fly into this little paradise, to explore and indulge in one-of-a-kind experiences, unique to Copenhagen.
Experience the surviving hippie culture
You'll feel like you're back in the age of the 'flower power' when you're in Freetown Christiania. Back in the day, 'flower power' was a slogan used in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a symbol of passive resistance, non-violence ideology and the concept of 'free living'. Not much trace is left of that time. In Freetown Christiania, however, this culture still thrives. In 1971, a group of hippies made some abandoned military barracks here, their home. Till date, this green and car-free neighbourhood in Copenhagen has autonomous rules, completely independent of the Danish government. For instance even cannabis were sold here openly until 2004. The space is also popular for its interesting graffiti.
A thrilling roller-coaster in the world's oldest amusement park
If you like roller coasters, ferris wheels, drop towers, and other extreme rides, just head north of Copenhagen to Dyrehavsbakken. This is the world's oldest amusement park, offering more rides than any other park in Scandinavia and is set amidst the woodlands of Jægersborg Dyrehave, home to 400-year-old trees and almost 2,000 deer. When you are done with the crazy coasters, you can bring your heartbeat back to normal by taking a ride through the woods in a horse carriage or eat and drink at a number of places, including an old London bus converted into a pub. If you're looking to make a night of it, check out the good old-fashioned (132-year-old!) cabaret at Bakkens Hvile.
Visit the oldest functioning observatory in Europe
Copenhagen is also home to the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. The 17th century tower and observatory, Rundetaarn, or the round tower, is a place that will leave you awestruck. Amateur astronomers still use this observatory which boasts of a cool spiral walk. It's quirky because you walk around 209 metres to get to the top even though the tower is only 36 metres tall. The observatory offers a spectacular view of the old part of Copenhagen. The coolest bit is that you can now see the tower's core by standing on an all glass floor. The glass is more than 50mm thick and can carry up to 900kg per square metre.
Check out artefacts in the one of the biggest open air museum in the world
The Open Air Museum, Frilandsmuseet, is one of the oldest and biggest open air museums in the world. It's spread across 86 acres of land and houses more than 50 farms, mills and homes from the period 1650 to 1940. These buildings were recreated here to offer an insight into how country life was once upon a time. This museum actually gives you the quickest tour of Denmark that you can possibly imagine. How? Every region in Denmark and the Faeroe Islands, as well as the former Danish provinces of southern Sweden and northern Germany are represented here.