Copenhagen, Denmark

Location:

 

The port consists of the main passenger landing at the pier of Langelinie (as shown on the map below), situated at only a pleasant 30 minute walk to the city center, and the Copenhagen Freeport Cruise Terminal, further to the north. You can take a short walk from Langelinie Pier (and a bit longer from Freeport) to see the Little Mermaid statue or Amalienborg Palace. Langelinie’s promenade is lined with plenty of shops, casual cafes and more. The Freeport terminal is used for cruises that take on new passengers and the Langelinie for ships that are just making a sightseeing stop.

 

From the Freeport terminal you can follow the blue line painted on the street surface to the bus stop (line 26) 5 minutes away or to the train station which is 10 minutes away, trains to Copenhagen Central every 5 minutes.

Sightseeing:

Copenhagen is a charming city of 17th- and 18th-century buildings, beautiful parks and gardens, pretty promenades along canals, and ancient winding streets made for walking and biking. Add to that the longer days and warmer weather in the summer.

 

The city’s architecture soars from medieval to rococo, and style varies from eclecticism to the cool designs of Arne Jacobsen. The impact Danes have had on the world of contemporary interiors is second only to their expertise in fairy tales.

 

On forehand you may purchase online via the tourist office the Copenhagen Card which entitles you to free entry to 60 museums and attractions as well as free transport by train, bus and Metro (also to and from the airport), discounts on restaurants, car hire, and many attractions and includes a comprehensive guide.

 

Note: Some museums have free admission anyway and most don’t charge entry fees on Wednesdays.

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

One way to make sure that you do not miss any of Copenhagen’s major sights and landmarks is to take one of the numerous organized tours of the city, either by bus, bike or boat. Caution: Most canal tours are on open-air vessels, and therefore are not recommended by inclement weather.`

 

In a hurry: Take the harbour water bus (901/902) from either The Royal Library also called the black diamond for its sun/water reflections to Nordre Tloldbod, close to the Little Mermaid or vice versa for the price of a regular bus ticket. Every 20 minutes: a 15 minute tour of all waterfront highlights!

 

 

Rent a City Bike for free: just deposit a coin of 20 Kroner, take your bike, and drop it off after you are finished at any point and get your money back.

Nearby Places:

Just to the north, along the Øresund coast, stretch a series of well-heeled suburbs: a visit to their attractions – the Danish Aquarium, Experimentarium and Bakken amusement park among them – can be followed up by lazing on the adjacent beaches.

 

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is situated 35 km north of Copenhagen on the North Zealand coast in a spacious, old park with a fine view across the sound of Sweden.

 

Malmo Sweden: Take a 35 minute train trip over the spectacular Oresund Brige.

Shopping and Food:

In the old center the Strøget area is actually a collection of pedestrian streets, filled with shops, cafes and restaurants, that spread out from this central thoroughfare. These streets are between the large squares, east in Kogens Nytorv and west in Radhuspladsen (The City Hall Square). You won’t find the name Stroget on the street signs or on city maps, but if you ask a Copenhagener where to find Stroget, you will probably get a clear answer.

 

Eating and drinking out is quite expensive, but the possibilities are endless: from red hot Thai curries to traditional ‘frikadeller’ (Danish meat balls), from sushi to the typical smørrebrød, which are served at lunch: these open sandwiches have all kinds of savoury toppings, typically including boiled egg and dill, beetroot, mackerel, roast onions, cold meats and goose or pork dripping. There are also takeaway smørredbrød kiosks throughout the city center.

 

Denmark has the highest Tax (VAT) rate in Europe: 25% on everything!

Currency:

The Danish kroner (DKK) which is divided into 100 øre. The current rates are at this link from The Danmarks Nationalbank.
Denmark is not part of the EURO-monetary system, but major shops will probably give prices both in Danish kroner and in EURO (€). Most major international credit cards are accepted in Denmark.

Communication:

Danish, english is widely spoken.

 

There is a free WiFi spot at the Freeport terminal and can be received from your cabin at dockside or on the open decks, depending on which side of the pier you are docked.

 

There are many internet cafes, mostly around the main railway station.

 

Emergency number: 112

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Mon-Fri: 10 am-7 pm, Sat: 10 am-4 pm. On Sundays shops are normally closed but during the cruise season some department stores and malls are open.

 

Shops are allowed to open on the first Sunday of every month, as well as on all Sundays in December, preceding Christmas Eve. However, if the first Sunday in a month falls on a holiday or on Constitution Day, shops will stay closed.

Please note that ordinary shops are closed on public holidays including Constitution Day, 5 June, and Christmas Eve, December 24. Kiosks, bakeries, station shops etc. are usually open on Saturdays after 5 p.m. and Sundays.

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