Exploring Copenhagen, Denmark
Updated: Feb 14, 2020
When you arrive at the port by cruiseship, the city of Copenhagen is not within walking distance. So to see something of the city you need transportation. We choose to book an hop on hop off bus/coach. This bus is waiting at the cruiseport, so that is very convenient. We booked this coach in advance at get your guide.
We have been to Copenhagen twice with the MSC Fantasia and the MSC Meraviglia and both times we have opted for the hop on hop off bus. Especially with a family, 2 adults and 2 children, this is the cheapest way to explore the city.
When you explore a city for the first time, just sit on the bus for the first time (if the journey is not too long). You already have a nice overview of the city and you can decide what you would like to discover further.
What to do in Copenhagen?
1. See the Little Mermaid
Of course you must see the statue the little mermaid, the symbol of Copenhagen.
The little mermaid (Danish: Den lille Havfrue) is a world-famous statue in the Danish capital Copenhagen. It presents the main character from the eponymous fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.The image of the mermaid was made by Edward Eriksen (1876-1959), commissioned by Carl Jacobsen, from the Carlsberg brewery. It is 1.25 meters tall and was put on a rock in the harbor on August 23, 1913. It has become one of the most important tourist attractions in Copenhagen.This mermaid has two clearly distinguishable legs up to the ankles and has two tails. (source:wikipedia)
2. Eat a Danish Hot dog
You have to try a Danish hot dog called "red polster" You will find several stalls in the center.
The sausage is grilled and usually extends over the edges of the hot dog sandwich. Typically it is topped with raw onions, fried onions, sliced pickles, mustard, ketchup and Danish remoulade (a type of sauce).
3. Do a promenade at Nyhavn
A quay with beautiful colored restaurants, a typical photo moment. From here you can also take a nice boat trip. Consider beforehand if you would like to do this, because then you can book a hop on hop off bus including boat trip. This saves costs.
Finally, if you want to go back to your ship. You will always be brought to the point "the little mermaid" from there you can take the shuttle bus from the Hop on hop off bus back to your cruise ship.
We found Copenhagen a great city. Clean, quiet, pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Really worth it. If you like to see more of Copenhagen, go see our Exploring Gallery
Have fun if you visit Copenhagen and please let us know what you liked about this city!
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