Copenhagen Canals: The Water Route through Denmark’s Capital

Copenhagen is a great walking city – after all, it’s home to Strøget, the longest pedestrian shopping area in Europe, as well as countless squares, parks, and other places to wander. But you’ll be missing out if you keep your feet on solid ground for your whole visit. One of the best ways to get a feel for this dynamic city is to take a cruise along Copenhagen’s canals.

The hour-long tour departs from either Nyhavn or Gammel Strand and loops through various canals and the harbor area to take in many of Copenhagen’s main sights, including the Opera House, the Little Mermaid, Amalienborg Palace, the Church of Our Savior (Vor Frelsers Kirke), the Royal Library (known as the Black Diamond), the National Museum, Christiansborg Palace, the Holmen Church (Holmens Kirke), the Stock Exchange, and the National Bank. In between, you’ll pass through quiet residential neighborhoods where locals relax along the canal banks or on the many boats tied up alongside.

As you travel through the waterways, multilingual guides share stories about Copenhagen’s history and quirks. You may have to listen closely to avoid missing information since the guides switch frequently between languages – often, it seems, without pausing for breath. They also issue frequent warnings as the boat passes beneath low bridges spanning the canals, so make sure you’re paying attention and keep your head down when cautioned.

Ticket Prices (starting April 2013)
Adults: 75 DKK (70 DKK until April)
Children (6-11): 35 DKk
Children under 5: Free
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children): 190 DKK (180 DKK until April)

Visit the Canal Tours Copenhagen website for departure times from Nyhavn and Gammel Strand.

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