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Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark Information
Updated by Nancy Norris
Language and Currency
What is Copenhagen Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
A valid passport is required for entry but no visa is necessary for stays of less than 90 days.
The official language of Copenhagen is Danish, but you will find that many Danes speak English. The official currency is the Danish Krone (DKK), but Euros and credit cards are widely accepted. (Some tourist locations will also accept US currency)
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is the cultural, financial and political center of the country. The 1.5 million Danes that inhabit Copenhagen enjoy the highest standards of living in the world. This very cosmopolitan city still manages to maintain a small village charm. This is a city that doesn’t overwhelm you, but at the same time makes you feel comfortable and content. Bicycles glide alongside motorized vehicles in an unhurried fashion, pedestrians stroll the expansive streets and outdoor cafés abound. The pace of life seems unhurried and the activity along the canals maintains a leisure tempo. As you walk the streets in the early morning, the smell of fresh baked pastries and bread waft in the air as street musicians entertain. It is easy to embrace the city and linger amongst the friendly residents.
Copenhagen enjoys a consistently mild climate for most of the year, with average temperatures usually in the range of 48°F - 59°F. Summer temperatures fall in the 50°-66°F range, but can often reach into the upper 70’s. Grey skies are commonplace in Copenhagen as are occasional rain showers and breezy conditions.
Docked in Copenhagen
The ship docks at Langelinie Pier about 1 mile from the center of town. A taxi downtown will cost about 100 DKK and a public bus (No. 26) departs from the port every 20 minutes at a cost of 15.00 DKK (about $2.50 US). Many ships will offer a complimentary shuttle service that will deliver you to King’s Square. Of course, walking is also an option.
Shopping in the Stroget
There is some shopping available right at the cruise ship terminal; however, the main shops are located along Østergade, Amagertorv, Vimmelskaftet, Nygade and Fredericksberggade, which are actually all one street in an area known as Strøget (about 1 mile from the pier). It is the oldest and longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe and is an array of colorful and eclectic upscale stores, boutiques, cafés, restaurants, bars and ice cream, souvenir and specialty shops
Shopping for Everything Under the Sun
You name it and you can probably find it here. Denmark produces quality crystal, porcelain plates and collectibles, pewter, amber jewelry, furs, silverware and other silver items. Danish furniture, although quite expensive, is of exceptionally high quality, attractive and functional. Miniature mermaids, costumed dolls, candles and wooden carvings make for good souvenirs.
Copenhagen's Beautiful Parks
Exploring Copenhagen is a great adventure and can be easily done on foot or by bicycle. You can rent bicycles for $8 a day at the pier or locate one of the free city bike racks (known as Red Bikes). Just slip a 20 DKK coin into the handlebar to unlock the bike. When you return the bike to any bike rack in the city, your coin will be returned. So whether you choose to walk or pedal your way through the city, here is our favorite route that will bring you to most of Copenhagen's sights within a few hours.
Little Mermaid Bronze Statute
Leave the ship and walk towards town past the many shops and restaurants along the Langelinie Promenade. When you come to the small marina, simply skirt it following the water's edge. When you hit the harbor's walkway follow it again towards town. The first thing you will see will be the "Little Mermaid" statute. Although perhaps one of the most famous landmarks in Copenhagen, it is very small and somewhat unimpressive when seen first-hand. As you continue along the ocean front walk, you will pass more statutes and memorials until you come upon a large bridge spanning a lake. Cross the bridge to Kastellet, a 300 year old fortress (worthy of exploring if you have lots of time). In the surrounding park (Churchillparkin) you can see the spectacular Gefion Fountain, take a peek at the English Church and visit the Resistance Museum. Continue on your left as you exit the fort and park grounds back onto the ocean front walkway.
Before long you will cross the entrance to Amalienborg Palace and its fabulous square, encircled by 4 rococo palaces.
Amalienborg Palace Guard
Residence of the Danish Royal Family since 1749, if the queen is in residence, the changing of the guard takes place in the square at noon. The museum is also worthy of inspection, if you have the time, as you can explore one of the four palaces that is open to the public. Past the palace, you will continue along the ocean front until you come to the last road on which you can turn inland. Turn inland one block and then turn left on the first street until you hit the channel where the road terminates.
This is the fabulous Nyhavn district. Once the red light district of Copenhagen, it is now a fashionable area of restaurants, outdoor cafés and bars. This is a great place to stop for an excellent lunch or beverage break while enjoying the canal traffic and people-watch. This is also the location of Kongens Nytorv where you can catch one of the many canal/harbor tours. For about 50 DKK you are treated to a one hour scenic guided tour that offers the opportunity to see a great deal of the city in a short time. (By the way, they even encourage you to bring your own beer aboard.)
The Entrance to Stroget Street
After having taken the time to refuel, turn to the right (inland) and follow the canal until you come to a large square. Cross the square to the foot of a large pedestrian street (Strøget, look for the large Rolex sign). Stop along the way to window shop or make a purchase. Make a point of sampling the ice cream as you stroll along this pedestrian shopping street (Order a soft ice in a fresh waffle cone. It is definitely a guilty pleasure!), and then make your way up the street until it terminates at another large square. This is City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen), the busy heart of the city. Inside City Hall are the busts of Copenhagen’s three most famous residents: storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, physicist Niels Bohr and sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. Across the square and next to City Hall is the entrance to Tivoli Gardens, one of the main attractions in Copenhagen and said to be where Walt Disney got the idea to create Disneyland. Be sure to allow at least a couple of hours to explore Tivoli. (We once went at night and felt it was better in the evening.) However, if you go in the evening, plan to dine outside the park as food can be quite expensive inside the grounds. Carlsberg Sculpture Museum, housing an exceptional collection of Danish, French, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman art, is on Hans Christian Boulevard near Tivoli and is free on Wednesday and Sunday.
There are still more museums, castles and cathedrals to visit, but the above sights are the main attractions that you can take in on foot from the ship. Note that there is also a red double-decker bus that will take you all around Copenhagen (get on/off wherever you like) for a reasonable amount of money, which would offer you a more thorough orientation of this wonderful city. Or you can elect to hire one of the rickshaws from Copenhagen Central for a unique tour of the downtown area.
A bit off the beaten path, but definitely of interest is a visit to Christiania, across the harbor from the city. If you have chosen to pedal your way through the city, it is very easy to visit this colorful community by crossing the harbor bridge. Originally an abandoned military barracks, it was taken over by a group of hippy squatters in the 70’s. They declared themselves a “free state” and have established their own government and system of rules within the confines of their community. This community is still a haven for alternative lifestyles, but has become a rather eclectic mix of restaurants, shops and makeshift homes.
Yes, if you are a Disney buff or enjoy amusement parks, do not miss the opportunity to visit Tivoli (preferably at night, if you have that option). A visit to Nyhavn and the canal area is also recommended.
Yes, about mid-way amongst the numerous bars and restaurants on Nyhavn is a tiny restaurant that can easily be overlooked amidst its surroundings. But, Hyrregardo is definitely worth seeking out. For an excellent traditional Danish meal, order the hot dish that consists of 2 local fish fillets and shrimp topped with caviar and asparagus. Outstanding!
Nyhavns Faergekro on Nyhavn
"MISSED THE MARK AWARD"
Note: We would also like to share with you a definite “miss” on this particular visit. A group of us had perhaps the worst steak, as well as exceptionally bad service, any of us have ever experienced at Nyhavns Faergekro on Nyhavn. Add to that the exorbitant cost of our meals, and this restaurant definitely makes Port Reviews “Missed the Mark” List.
Monica J. Pileggi, Two Days in Copenhagen, On Yo,
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