Have you been to Copenhagen? Are you heading to Scandinavia but are skipping this great city? Then, you are missing out. Many cruise lines leave Copenhagen for their Scandinavian or Baltic cruises, and people are not spending time in Copenhagen. This is a great mistake! Make sure that you spend at least a day in my favorite European capital.
1. Walk Around
Copenhagen is very manageable to walk around and also is very bike friendly, and even has a free bike program for tourists. On their website, Frommers gives two excellent self walking tours that you can do and they even provide walking maps. On your walks you can see most of the central area of Copenhagen and enjoy the sights, buildings and people. If you want to take a guided walking tour, there are many available including some free ones.
2. Take a boat cruise
Copenhagen is a city surrounded by water and what better way to see it then from a boat. I would recommend doing a boat cruise before walking around so that you can get an overview of the city. You can either take the cruise from Gammal Strand or Nyhavn. It also goes by Christiania which is a free city inside of Copenhagen. There are many companies that do it, the big ones are Stromma which calls its tour “Copenhagen Canal Tours” or “DFDS Canal Tours” or the Netto-Baden canal tours. Either one of them is good. Depends on when you want to go and what time you want to leave.
3. See the sights
There are many top sights in Copenhagen. The biggest one is Tivoli Gardens. Open in 1843, Tivoli Gardens is the second oldest amusement park in the world. While there are tons are roller coasters and rides, if this is not your thing, the gardens and concerts are still worth a visit. The park is especially beautiful at night. Amalienborg Palace, where the royal family lives, is a square that has four identical palaces. You can stand right in the middle of it and go into a museum and a tour. I am always amazed how close you can get to the palaces when I visited.
Copenhagen is crazy about Hans Christian Andersen and no where is it more evident than at the Little Mermaid Statue. The Little Mermaid Statue is a small statue in displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade and is only about 4 ft tall. For whatever reason, people expect something more than this and are disappointed by this statue. But if you go and expect what I just described, a small statue of a mermaid, then there is no reason to be disappointed and it is an enjoyable sight.
4. Listen to street musicians.
In all of my travels that has so far taken me to four continents and 30+ countries, I have never experienced street musicians than what is in Copenhagen. The musicians are really high quality and are really grand in scope. I have seen full grand pianos, ethnic musicians and amazing modern singers and bands. You can see them at the Strøget which is one of the largest pedestrian malls in Europe as well at many squares. I like to walk around town and find them, make sure you either tip them or buy a cd if you really like the music.
5. Hang out at the Nyhavn
Nyhavn, the “New Harbor” is a man made harbor that was started in 1671. Once home for beer, sailors, and prostitution, it is now a really nice place to hang out. There are many restaurants here as well as events in the summer. It is a great place to catch a canal tour. But my favorite thing to do is get a Carsberg beer at the many stands, sit down by the water and watch the people walk by. It is my favorite place in all of Copenhagen.
Hope you have a great day in Copenhagen, you will not regret coming here.