I really think a CANAL CRUISE IS A MUST DO in Copenhagen
We went on the first one of the day which wasn't very full at all. This was great!
We grabbed a seat and sat back and listened to the information on Copenhagen presented by our hostess. She was very informative and was pleased to answer questions.
We did a lot of walking in Copenhagen and saw heaps, but this showed more than what we had seen walking. The boat took us up Canals where we hadn't been, under low Bridges, plus the views from the Boat over Copenhagen were fabulous.
The company does many different tours, so check out the website for one that suits you. The tour we chose, was the 1 hour "The Grand Tour from Gammel Stand."
Cost in 2012.....70 dkk.
FREE WITH COPENHAGEN CARD
There is even a hop -on -off Boat which only costs 70dkk.
The usual hop on hop off buses will take you around. It costs 125DKK(child for 50DKK) starting from the City Hall square or Axel Torv and passes through the main sites (Rosenborg Castle, Gefion Fountain, Amalienborg Palace, Stroget, Nyhaven etc). The ticket is valid for one day and you can hop on hop off wherever you like.
A much better alternative is to take a boat tour! There are 2 companies(DFDS and Netto boats) that will give us a great view of the city from the waterside.
The main difference between the 2 companies is the price, DFDS is more expensive but if you just want to tour the canals (they do more or less the same route) take Netto which is cheaper. The advantage of Canal tour is that you get hop on/hop off ticket which means you can split your tour and check the area around. They also have better feedback for the guides.
DFDS Tours prices are: for the Grand Tour 70DKK for the single journey or 85DKK for the day pass. For the Waterbus 40DKK for single journey or 70DKK for 24h ticket. departing from Nyhavn and Gammel Strand (from 9.30am to 20.00 in summer). They also have Jazz Cruise(140DKK) and Dinner Cruise(448DKK)
Netto tours cost 40DKK departing from Nyhavn and Holmens Church.
Check the following links for details:
It was recommended to me that I take this boat tour rather than the bus tour of Copenhagen. And I would really have liked to do so. But our plane got in late, we were jet lagged and I didn't get out to start touring until after the last boat left. Plus the whole time we were in Copenhagen it was really cold and rainy.
Like the Hop on Hop off bus, there are three routes all without a guide
The Green tour boat sails from the centre of Copenhagen (Nyhavn) via the Opera and Battery Sixtus. Then there is the Little Mermaid, Langelinie/the cruise ship harbour, The Trekroner Fortress, Halvandet/Copenhagen´s beach club and then Amaliehaven/The Royal residence on the way back to Nyhavn
The Orange line leaves from Nyhavn, and the route includes Homen, the North Atlantic Cultural House, Christianshavns Torv, The Black Diamant, Gammel Strand/the old fishermen´s village.
The Blue Route includes Islands Brygge/outdoor swimming facility, the Hotel Marriott, and Fisketorvet
There are three possibile payment rates for boat trips
Adult DKK 60,-
Waterbus hop-on hop-off without a guide - One day ticket, (All waterbusses) Adult DKK 60,-
2 Days ticket, Freedom ticket, (all waterbusses, guided tours and Open Top Busses)
Adult DKK 220,-
The best and most entertaining way to see Copenhagen is by waterbus. There are stops all over the city or you can stay on board and sail the entire route, enjoying the varying scenes along the way. Sailing under the very low bridges is fun and navigation of some of the sharp turns is very skillful.
You can buy 'Hop On, Hop Off' tickets at any stop and they entitle you to unlimited travel. Guided tours are also available.
Full information for all routes, tours and prices can be found on the excellent DFDS website.
Copenhagen is a harbour city. So the best way to see much of the place is probably by boat. The boat that starts at Nyhavn has stops at:
- The Opera House
- The little mermaid (and Kastellet)
- Fortress in front of the harbour
- The city beach
A great way to hop around the waterfront to see it your own way is by the harbour bus looking like a canal boat and leaving from the same place in Nyhavn. Go to the DFDS ticket office and ask for a hop on/hop off ticket instead of a sightseeing one, and then chose between different colour coded tours to take you where you want to go (see page below).
This guided tour takes you through the harbour and the idyllic canals of Copenhagen. You will receive information about the most beautiful churches, castles, the picturesque old houses and some of the architechtually interesting new building and other exceptional sights like Little Mermaid, the Opera & Holmen Island. I have a very memorable tour of the canal as our lady tour guide was articulate and have given clear description in Danish, German, & English. She was very professional and has pleasant personality.
I highly recommend this tour for a memorable holiday. You may also make reservation through Tourist Information Office in the centre of Copenhagen
Tour schedule is from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and departs every 1/2 hour.
Duration : Approximately 50 minutes non-stop
Price : Children DKK 20 Adult: DKK 50
Enjoyable and pleasant views of the city and the canals. Watch out for the bridges! generally you will get a good tour guide, and you will learn much of the city's history from Nyhavn to the Little Mermaid (who you only see from the rear).
DKK 60:- per adult, DKK 40.- (children 3-11 years), Familyprice: DKK 160:- (2 adults, max 3 children).
A wonderful way to get to know the town from the water.
A good adventure to 'discover' Copenhagen from the water. You'll boat through the canals from where you can see most of Copenhagens historical and geogeus places.