Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen was the adopted home of Hans Christian Andersen – commemorated in the waterfront sculpture of his Little Mermaid. And, true to the spirit of its most famous resident, Copenhagen has a fairy tale magic all of its own.
Copenhagen has four cruise terminals, Langelinie Quay, Nordre Toldbod, Freeport (Frihavnen) and Ocean Quay (Oceankaj). Most cruise ships use Langelinie about 30 mins walk to the centre.
Discover the beauty of the Copenhagen cruises while visiting the delightful Tivoli Gardens, where you can soar above the city in a hot air balloon suspended from a Ferris Wheel. Stroll down leafy byways as dusk falls and hundreds of lights twinkle through the trees or in the shops and cafés of Stroget, Europes longest pedestrianised shopping street.
With a variety of destinations to explore, cruises to Copenhagen have plenty to offer. Enjoy another stroll along the Nyhavn Canal, browsing the market stalls and looking at the fine old sailing ships moored near its banks. You will find more history at the magnificent Christiansborg Palace, the National Museum – home to fascinating Viking relics – and at Kronberg Castle – the former Elsinore of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’.
A beautiful clean city and well worth a visit. There is no need to book a tour it is so easy to self-explore,
Depending on how you want to get to town there are many ways:
The shuttle bus drops you off at the city centre. A HOHO bus operates from the dockside, a tour cost €27pp (2016), it does take credit cards. It is quite an interesting, informative trip. There is an all-day the water taxi from the pier; this is good value for a first trip.
Finally a stroll into Copenhagen will take half an hour or so. If you do decided to walk then some of the sights (including little mermaid) are on the way into town. When you get to the main canal at the centre there are canal cruises which last about an hour and are very good.
Try and visit the Amalienborg which is where the Royal Palace is and you may get to see the changing of the guard.
For a very enjoyable trip try one of the canal boat trips. A ticket which is Kr80 (2016), just over €12 for a trip lasting an hour. If you can get on first then sit at the back, this way there is no one behind you or to your right, perfect.
Top tip for Copenhagen. Use the Netto boat for 1 hr trip round Copenhagen’s canals. Same commentary than the other boat company but its half the price.
It is a brilliant tour, you go under a number of bridges and some of them are extremely low that you can touch the ceiling of the bridge as you go through. They do warn you in plenty of time to make saw you are seated when approaching the bridge.
The Tivoli Gardens is about a mile walk through the shopping area. Although more of an amusement park with a DK100pp (2013), entry fee, it is a must see for families and those without. Many places to eat and to suit all budgets.
By Peter Dagnall
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