The city’s historic centre is remarkable with culture, great restaurants, attractions and fun things to do. To enjoy Copenhagen consider visiting Tivoli Gardens, exploring Nyhavn, checking out the Little Mermaid statue, visit Christiansborg Palace, and take a canal tour.
The heart of this city is Copenhagen Central Station, bordering the trendy Vesterbro. It is a gateway to all public transportation in and around Copenhagen. There you will find buses, taxis, local S-trains as well as regional trains which will take you to the airport. Copenhagen Central Station is home to a post office, supermarket, bakery, food service, a pharmarcy, shopping center, baby changing facilities, bathrooms, showers and luggage storage.
Where Your Ship Docks
Copenhagen has three cruise terminals: Langelinie, Nordre Toldbod and Ocean Quay. Both Langelinie and Nordre Toldbod are near to the city center and offer good walking routes along the waterfront. If your ship is docked at Langelinie don’t miss taking a short walk along the water passing right by the famous Little Mermaid statue.
Copenhagen has an efficient public transportation system that includes buses, trains, and metro. You can buy tickets at ticket machines located at train stations, metro stations, and many bus stops. It’s also possible to purchase tickets through the DOT web site HERE or with the DOT Mobilbilletter app. Visitors interested in using public transportation should purchase a City Pass which includes unlimited travel on buses, trains, and metro for a set number of days, starting at DKK 80 (approximately US$13) per day. It’s worth noting that children under the age of 12 travel for free when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. It’s very important to remember to validate your ticket before boarding. For more information or to buy tickets click HERE.
To get from Langelinie to the city center take bus route 26 that runs from Langelinie to the city center and takes approximately 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a train from Østerport Station, which is about a 15-minute walk from Langelinie,
To get from Ocean Quay into the city center, take the metro from the nearby stop called “DR Byen” and get off at “Kongens Nytorv” station. From there, you can easily walk to many of the city’s attractions or transfer to other public transportation options.
From Nordre Toldbod take a bus, which has regular schedules and stops at various locations in the city center.
Disembarking – Depending on where your ship docks disembarking varies by the individual ships gangway designs. For passengers using wheelchairs there can be a moderate ramp incline to deal with in all locations. Generally Copenhagen has a well developed wheelchair friendly infrastructure. The port area is flat or has few inclines. Intersection crosswalks have few issues with curbs or other wheelchair obstacles.
The local currency is the Danish Krone with 1 Krone is equal to $0.15 US Dollar. Credit cards are welcome and ATMs are plentiful. Of special note is the Danish use of digital paying. Even vending machines only accept tap and pay usually from cell phones.
First Copenhagen has many sights to see and activities with many of them free:
- Visit the Little Mermaid statue, which is one of the most famous landmarks in Copenhagen and is free to see.
- Check out the colorful houses of Nyhavn, which is a picturesque harbor area with plenty of photo opportunities.
- Take a stroll in the beautiful Botanical Garden, which is home to over 13,000 species of plants.
- Explore the historic district of Frederiksstaden, which is filled with beautiful architecture and landmarks such as Amalienborg Palace and the Marble Church.
- Visit the National Museum of Denmark, which has free admission and showcases Danish history and culture.
- Christiansborg Palace
- Amalienborg Palace – visit for the changing of the guard each day at noon.
- Experience 800 years of royal history at the awe-inspiring Christiansborg Palace.
- Walk along the Strøget, which is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe and is perfect for people watching.
Visit 6 museums on 1 ticket at Parkmuseerne museum district
Parkmuseerne is Copenhagen’s green museum district with six museums situated in and around three historical parks in the city center.
- Tivoli Gardens – Magical Tivoli Gardens is Copenhagen’s central theme park. And one of the oldest in the world.
- The David Collection Copenhagen – The largest collection of Islamic art in Scandinavia.
- The Hirschsprung Collection – This glorious gallery showcases Danish art from the 19th and early 20th century, including the best of the Danish Golden Age.
- Natural History Museum of Denmark – Marvel at meteorites, fossils and a piece of the moon at this natural history museum.
- SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark – Denmark’s largest art gallery, SMK has an outstanding collection of Danish and international art.
- Rosenborg Castle – A royal hermitage set in the King’s Garden in the heart of Copenhagen.
- Take a bike ride along the many bike paths throughout the city, which is a great way to see Copenhagen like a local.
Copenhagen is known for its diverse food scene, blending traditional Danish cuisine with international flavors. Here are some popular food and drink options to try in Copenhagen:
- Smørrebrød: This traditional Danish open-faced sandwich typically consists of rye bread topped with various toppings such as pickled herring, smoked salmon, or roast beef.
- Danish pastries: Copenhagen is home to some of the best bakeries in the world, offering a wide variety of delicious pastries such as cinnamon rolls, danishes, and kringle.
- Hot dogs: Copenhagen has a long-standing love affair with hot dogs, which can be found at street vendors throughout the city.
- Craft beer: Denmark is known for its craft beer scene, and Copenhagen has a wide variety of breweries and beer bars to choose from.
- Aquavit: This traditional Scandinavian spirit is often served as an aperitif or digestif and pairs well with many Danish dishes.
- Coffee: Copenhagen takes its coffee seriously, and there are many cafes throughout the city serving up high-quality coffee and pastries.