Discover Copenhagen by boat

Discover Copenhagen by boat


Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, is a liveable and lovable city. The port city, located on the islands of Zealand and Amager, has many attractions: castles, churches, busy streets and squares, almost small-town idylls, monuments and much more. It takes a few days to visit and appreciate most of the sights of Copenhagen. The one-hour boat trips offered on attractive waterways allow visitors with a tight time account to take a quick look at important attractions in the metropolis. What is special about the boat trips is the unusual perspective from which the passengers perceive the sights.

Start in Nyhavn

Boat trips start at Holmens Kirke and Nyhavn. We recommend starting the boat trip in the Nyhavn pub area. The quarter is located on a 400-meter-long, artificial canal. On both sides of the port arm, which was completed in 1673, there are colorful buildings with bars, pubs and restaurants. There are a few dozen boats in the harbor basin. Nyhavn is a promenade and trendy area rolled into one.

Copenhagen - Nyhavn pub district


Copenhagen - Nyhavn pub district


Copenhagen - Nyhavn pub district


Copenhagen - Nyhavn pub district 


Past Frederiksholm

The Nyhavn Canal is followed by the Skuespilhuset, the New Royal Playhouse, on the left. And before the flat boat passes the New Royal Danish Opera on the right side of the waterway, the skipper turns into a canal. The surrounding Holmen region served as Copenhagen's naval base for more than 300 years. Nowadays, Holmen is a mixture of old, repurposed warehouses, modern commercial buildings and diverse educational institutions. In addition to the New Royal Danish Opera, the Danish Film School, the State Theater School, the Conservatory for Rhythmic Music and the Architecture School reside on the island of Frederiksholm.   

Copenhagen - Holmen


Copenhagen - Holmen


Copenhagen - houseboats in front of Fredens Havn


Copenhagen - houseboats in front of Fredens Havn 


The next destination is a body of water on which the Frederiks Bastion and parts of the free city of Christiania are located. This is followed by the houseboats from Fredens Havn, behind which the waste incineration plant towers. Those in the know speak of the fact that the 400-meter-long, year-round artificial turf ski slope "Copen Hill" leads down from the modern structure.

Museum harbor Skibene på Holmen

The museum harbor Skibene på Holmen is attached to Fredens Havn, which it says is “the floating museum of the Cold War on Holmen”. Museum items include several warships, command and radio stations and the fire control center. The mast crane belongs to the museum harbor. The crane system built in 1748 lifted the masts onto the ships of the line. The area also includes the cannons of the Sixtus battery. Cannon salutes are fired from the old fortress in the morning and evening in honor of the Danish flag.

Skibene på Holmen - museum ships and mast cranes


Skibene på Holmen - museum ships and mast cranes


Royal yacht Dannebrog in front of Holmen


Royal yacht Dannebrog in front of Holmen 


Den Lille Havfrue - the Little Mermaid

After the museum harbor, the ship heads for the long line opposite. In the background the Langeliniekaj stretches out with the cruise ship landing stage, in the foreground onlookers surround Den Lille Havfrue, the Little Mermaid.

Copenhagen - Langeliniekaj cruise terminal


Copenhagen - Langeliniekaj cruise terminal


Copenhagen - the little mermaid


Copenhagen - the little mermaid 


The return trip

The return trip towards the center leads through the Hønsebroløbet Canal. After the Little Mermaid, the ship passes the old customs station Nordre Toldbod, the Royal Cast Collection, Amalienborg Palace and the playhouse of the Royal Theater.

Copenhagen - Nordre Toldbod
Copenhagen - the royal cast collection
Amalienborg Palace with Frederiks Kirke
Copenhagen - Playhouse of the Royal Theater

Opposite the playhouse is the New Royal Danish Opera on the island of Frederiksholm. With the current work on the neighboring island, a spacious public park and underground parking spaces for 300 vehicles are being created in the immediate vicinity of the opera.

New Royal Danish Opera

New Royal Danish Opera


After a short detour to the trendy “Freistadt Christiania” district, passengers see the National Library, the “Black Diamond”. The library is followed by the Royal Danish Armory Museum (Krigsmuseet) and Christian IV Bryghus, a brewery from 1608.

Copenhagen - houseboat in the free city of Christiania
Copenhagen - National Library
Copenhagen - the Royal Danish Armory Museum
Copenhagen - Christian IV Bryghus

Between the brewery and the ultra-modern, glass ensemble of the BLOX opposite, the boat turns into a canal that runs alongside Christiansborg Palace. Behind the Stormbroen the captain makes a sharp right turn. To the left is Gammel Strand, the popular photo motif with the colorful houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Thorvaldsen's Museum is on the right side of the Slotsholmen Canal.

Copenhagen - the BLOX
Copenhagen - Christiansborg Palace - back side
Copenhagen - Gammel Strand
Copenhagen - Thorvaldsens Museum

There is still time to take a quick look at the Nikolaj Kunsthal. The former church shows contemporary art. The boat then drives past Holmens Kirke and the glass building of the Danish National Bank. On the other side of the canal is Børsen, the former trading exchange. A few hundred meters later the journey ends in the Nyhavn Canal. The distance between the canal boat stop and the traffic junction of Kongens Nytorv is only a few meters.

Copenhagen - Nikolaj Kunsthal
Copenhagen - Holmens Kirke and the Danish National Bank
Copenhagen - Børsen
Copenhagen - Kongens Nytorv

useful hints

The canal cruises start at the head of the Nyhavn Canal.

Nyhavn - Stromma Danmark boats mooring


Nyhavn - Stromma Danmark boats mooring


Nyhavn - mooring for Nettobådene boats


Nyhavn - mooring for Nettobådene boats 


Stromma Danmark offers the one-hour boat trip for adults for 99 Danish kroner, which is about 13,50 euros. It is cheaper to take the boats on the Nettobådene. The company is asking for 50 crowns for a comparable tour. 

September 2021

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