Canal & Harbour Tours, Copenhagen
One of the most interesting parts of my stay in Copenhagen was the tour in the noumerous canals of the city. One can get on a boat in Nyhavn and have an excellent tour of the city from inside the canals. The trips usually take about an hour and are sure worth the time spent. There are 2 companies offering canal touring services. One of them is private - which means more expensive ticket but better boats - whereas the other one belongs to the city of Copenhagen - which means cheaper ticket but a bit older boats. Personally i chose the second one -the tour was great and the tour guide spoke 3 languages simultaneously, including Japanese.
We chose a one day (blue) ticket costing 50 DKK per person (about £5) enabling you to hop on and hop off at whatever stop you require. The route we took travelled along Nyhavn out into open water toward the Opera House. Here we stopped to enjoy a few beers and champagnes before carrying along the route, past the Fortress and the Little Mermaid to the Copenhagen Beach Club where we relaxed for the rest of the day drinking Sol from an ice bucket in the sun. Luckily we just managed to catch the last boat back, otherwise it would have been a cab back to the Centre of Copenhagen!
A nice way to see a new city is hop on hop off tours, you get to see the main attractions in an easy way. Copenhagen has several options: Three different routes with double deck London buses, and the canal and harbour tours by boat. We had too little info before we started looking for the bus tour: According to our map there were several stops downtown Copenhagen, and we walked from one to the other without finding them. Not an easy task with a four year old with shorter legs than us! Finally we agreed to take a taxi to the Little Mermaid, and once there we found one of the buses! We entered it, and bought part paid tickets at a cost of DKK 100 each. The little one and the moose went for free. This way we got to see the mermaid twice, cause we took it all the way round :-) In fact we saw her four times, cause it was a stop on the harbour tour by boat, too, that we took with the whole VT group the next day, both to and from the beach club (see TLs).
Backpackermoose has a TL with pictures from the bus tour on his Copenhagen page.
- A two day ticket costs DKK 150 and is valid on all three routes.
- All three routes start from Town Hall Square, the easiest place to find them.
As part of our well organised VT meet we all took a hop on hop off canal tour
The first stop was champagne at the Opera house which is a cool piece of architecture also you get stunning views of the palace across the water.
A short stop at the very little mermaid
Then onto Copenhagen's Beach club which seems to be a very trendy spot, we induldged in some sun & sol
The cost was DKK 50
You have to watch out for your boat back otherwise you may be stranded & have to call a cab
We were very fortunate to get the last boat back
A 50 minute tour of the harbour and canals of Copenhagen. During the trip you will see typical sights like the Christiansborg Castle and the Little Mermaid but also more unusual parts of the city such as the old naval areas where people today live on barges or in luxury flats along the water front. You also follow the canals of Christianshavn. Very informative guides too. Remember to keep your head down under the sometimes very low bridges :-) 50 DKK per person is good value for money. Not far away, Netto boats do an even cheaper tour but I haven't tried them. You can also put together you very own harbour tour with the help of the water buses - see transport tip below.
The boats have 3 different routes and a number of stops. There are no guides, but the great things about these boats are that they allow you to get off and explore the places and get back on when you are done.
The prices are 30 kr for one trip and 50 kr for a day-ticket. On the homepage you can see the different routes, but here I will point out that the green route allows you to get of at Trekroner Fortress just outside the harbour. It is a nice place and it shows how Copenhagen used to defence itself against enemies arriving from the sea. You can also get off at The Little Mermaid or the opera house.
The orange route is more or less the same route as the guided canal tours, here you can get of at Christianshavn and explore the many cafés, Nyhavn or Gl. Strand, where you can see Chritiansborg Castle.
The blue route also takes you to Nyhavn and Gl. Strand, but also to Islands Brygge, where there is a swimming area in the harbour or to Fisketorvet, which is a shopping centre.
The routes are open from 25. May – 3 Sep. 2006 and runs from around 10 – 17 with a stop once an hour at each location.
In Copenhagen two companies makes canal tours of the canals and harbour. The trips are very similar, they take 1 hour and the guides tell the same about the places in Danish, English, German and sometimes French.
Nettobådene have the cheapest trip. The price is 30 kr. You can get on the boat either at Holmens Kirke (Holmens Church) opposite Børsen (Stock Exchange) or at Nyhavn (At Heibergsgade, walk up 100 meters on the right side of the canal, opposite the colourfull houses). No matter where you get on, the trip is the same. The qualities of the boats are good, but the plastic of the seats is a little sticky to sit on, on warm days.
DFDS Canaltours have the most expensive trips. The price is 60 kr. You can get on at Gl. Strand (opposite Christiansborg Slot – Christiansborg Castle) or at Nyhavn (Where the canal begins). The two trips differ a little. The one from Gl. Strand goes around the island where the opera house is located, the one from Nyhavn just passes by the opera house. The one from Gl. Strand goes to The Little Mermaid and the returns, the one from Nyhavn sails on further to Langelinje, where it turns around.
The quality of the boat is a little better that nettobådene and they also have boats with roofs to rainy days.
One day when walking the Stroget we took a little detour from that interesting street and wandered around and down until we came upon a canal. We were very weary at this point and longed to sit down for awhile when we saw the departure point for the DFDS Canal Cruises. Our tour was given by a nice young woman in English, Danish and German. She pointed out the Little Mermaid statue, Amalienborg Slot, the National Bank and Maersk Shipping Headquarters, the Stock Exchange and other notable buildings while giving us a little history or fact about each.
The skies were sunny when we departed on our cruise/tour lasted which was supposed to last about 50 minutes. Close to the end and just when we were entering the Nyhavn Canal, the skies burst forth in a drenching, cold rain! Of course, we didn't have one of the covered tour boats!! The 4 of us tried to stay dry under the one, lone umbrella I had brought but that was impossible! We were all soaked!! ADVICE: Always carry an umbrella in Copenhagen!! You never know when the weather will change!
We had planned at some point to take one of these canal tours, but with a less expensive company than DFDS. While it was nice to see some of Copenhagen from the water, we felt this canal tour was overpriced. Tickets for adults were DKK 50; Children DKK 20. The first boat from Gammel Strand leaves about 10:00 am with departures every half hour during the summer. Check the DFDS sight for Winter timetables.
I did a special canal tour with the cruise ship I was on which meant that we did all the sights but there were no stop offs. Like the hop and off tours. However I found this trip that I did very interesting as copenhagen is also beautiful from the canals. The website link below takes u to a website of a company who do canal tours.
The canals of Copenhagen are charming and offers a rich history and a variety of architechture. Take a canal tour from Nyhavn and see the city from a different angle. You'll see the Little Mermaid, the new opera house, the royal Amalienborg Castle and "the Black Diamond", to mention a few sights. The cost is about DKK50 pp and the tour lasts 1 hour.
Suits all ages.
In the spring and summer months you can take a boat tour of the canals around Copenhagen. The cruise takes you past all the major sights such as the Opera House, Amalienborg Palace, Little Mermaid, Christianshavn, etc. It lasts about an hour and costs a mere 30dkk - definitely a steal. It gives a nice overview of the city and a little history as well.
Although Copenhagen is unique and has it own nature and sights, there are times when it is reminiscent of Amsterdam. One of these is when you tour the beautiful canals. There are several canal cruises available. I would suggest you check them out and take the least expensive. They all seem to follow a similiar tour. You go up into Nyhavn, then out into the harbor to see the new opera house, and eventually up the coast to the Little Mermaid. Its a pleasant way to spend an hour on a sunny day.
Of course there are more tours: the TOURIST OFFICE can provide you with all info you will need, so go there first!
1.GAMMEL STRAND TOUR
2. WATERBUS HOP ON AND OFF TOURS
3. DINNER CRUISE in JUNE - AUGUST
This tip will probably break the travel purist's code for sight-seeing, but I would recommend taking the DFDS Canal Tour of Copenhagen.
The boat sets out from Nyhavn near Kongens Nytorv and cost approx 50 DKK. The one hour guided tour cruises the canals around Slotsholmen, Christianshavn and also takes you out for a sea view of the Little Mermaid.
I went on the second day of my trip and found it useful for getting an idea of places that I wanted to get a closer look at later on my own.
Not only were the views great and the information interesting, the fact that they allow you (encourage really) to bring your beer on board, makes this tour a must for any travel rookie! (or veteran, I think)
This is a great way to see Cpoenhagen. Our cruise cost about ?10 and lasted about an hour . We started at Kongens Nytorv then through Copenhagen harbour, past the Little Mermaid and along some beautiful canals.