It may be one of Scandinavia’s largest cities, but there’s an inclusive charm to Copenhagen with its cosy cafes, canal-side promenades and greenery. This chic seaside capital sits on Denmark’s east coast, offering fresh seafood and a picturesque harbour dotted with colourful ships and public art like the famous Little Mermaid sculpture. Learn more about its Viking heritage in well-organised museums, or take a side trip to experience all the magic of Tivoli Gardens amusement park. The Old Town is easy to navigate with its pedestrian streets and central squares, inviting you to have a wander!
In addition to the Little Mermaid statue dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen, you should also make time for a trip to the National Gallery of Denmark if you want to be wowed by its inspiring art collection. Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park that has been delighting visitors since 1843, said to be the inspiration for Disneyland! It offers more than just rides – expect thousands of flowers, dozens of restaurants and fireworks in the evening. Palaces abound in Copenhagen, from the French Rococo style of Amalienborg to the stately seat of Parliament at Christiansborg – don’t miss out on seeing the Royal Stables here with their well-trained horses in formation.
There are three main ports in Copenhagen. The one you’ll enter depends on the size of your ship – larger ships use Ocean Quay in the North Harbour zone, while smaller ferries will enter at Langelinie Pier. Langelinie is within walking distance of the town centre, while Ocean Quay is accessible via tour bus or taxi. The third port is right next to attractions like the Little Mermaid and Kastellet, with public transportation easy to access. The city’s a good one to explore on foot, though public buses are frequent and well-organised. There are also white ‘City Bikes’ available for hire – Copenhagen is extremely bike-friendly.
For those touring around Copenhagen and Denmark by car, you’ll find major rental companies like Europcar and Budget in the city centre and airport. Parking is on hand throughout the city, with prices determined by a colour-coded zone system. The red zone is most expensive, followed by the green zone in the middle and blue zone for cheapest hourly rates. Within the city centre, you can expect to pay with coin-operated metres. Are you planning to park and cruise? You’ll find that longer-term rates are available at all three of the ports as well as the airport.
A very modern city with a whole load of history to go with it. Its a city that a lot of cruises go from and it really is an amazing place.
The Little Mermaid is probably one of the most well-known landmarks in Copenhagen and has been a major tourist attraction since 1913. The bronze sculpture is displayed at the Langeline Promenade.
The heart of Copenhagen that we define as city centre is the area within the Lakes (Sortedam Lake, Peblinge Lake and Skt Jørgens Lake) and includes both the medieval city and Christianshavn.
In the summer months, you can embark on a day trip from Copenhagen to the North Zealand beaches just a few miles outside of town. This region not only boasts sandy beaches like Liseleje, but also more castles than any other part of Denmark. Kronborg is one not to miss, being the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and boasting a fabulously grand ballroom.
Copenhagen has undergone a culinary renaissance in recent years, now home to over a dozen Michelin-starred restaurants and a global reputation as the headquarters of New Nordic cuisine. For an epic meal, see what all the homegrown farm-to-table fuss is about at Noma, or chow down on smorrebrod open-face sandwiches at the Street Food Market.
The National Museum of Denmark is filled to the rafters with cool artefacts, ranging from Viking helmets to some of Europe’s oldest musical instruments – the Lur horns date back 3,000 years! You’re sure to discover something new and interesting here. For open air treasures, visit the reconstructed 18th-century village at Lyngby.
Beer fans won’t want to skip the Carlsberg Brewery, where this famous Danish brew is crafted. There’s more than just Carlsberg on top, however; you can expect horses, a sculpture garden and the world’s largest beer bottle collection.