Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

 Name: Copenhagen Malmö Port AB
Address: Langeliniekaj 2, 2100


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Copenhagen is the gateway to the Baltic. Officials estimate that 368 cruise ships with 770,000 passengers visited Copenhagen in 2011 with 182 turnarounds. Copenhagen Malmö Port is by far the biggest cruise destination in Scandinavia and one of the leading cruise destinations in Europe.


Cruise ships docks at either Langelinie Pier or Frihavnen Pier, both about one mile from the center of town. A taxi downtown will cost about 100 DKK ($17 USD) and a public bus (No. 26) departs to/from the port every 20 minutes. Many ships will offer a complimentary shuttle service that will deliver you to King’s Square, the heart of the city.

Copenhagen International Airport is the primary hub for SAS Scandinavian Airlines, the flagship carrier to Scandinavia. SAS, its Star Alliance partners and many other air carriers provide daily non-stop and direct service to Copenhagen from gateway cities throughout the world which is why it is such a convenient home port.

Taxis can drop off passengers outside Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 and pick them up outside all arrivals areas (Terminal 1 and Terminal 3) and the fare – which includes VAT tax and tip – can be paid by credit card. There is a taxi stand reserved for taxis to Sweden outside Terminal 3. Danish taxis also accept journeys to Sweden.

The Metro station is located at the end of Terminal 3 and is covered by the roof of the terminal. The Metro operates at five-minute intervals during the day and evening hours and every 15 minutes during the night. The Metro operates from 5 a.m. until midnight Monday-Wednesday and 24 hours Thursday – Sunday. The travel time from Nørreport Station in central Copenhagen to the airport is 15 minutes.

At the Cruise Information Center on Langelinie Pier you can find free tourist information, buy phone cards and gifts, book taxis and obtain assistance and advice for your stay. The Cruise Information Center is open whenever cruise vessels dock at the pier. Also at Langelinie Pier are shops and cafés, and a Global Refund tax refund counter.


There’s a long list of international brands such as the Radisson SAS, located downtown which was fully renovated in 2002 and retains the spirit of Modernism  – the original design in the 1950s – in its guest rooms.

The 395-room, 5-star Copenhagen Marriott Hotel overlooks the harbor and has one of the city’s best rated restaurants, Terraneo. Located next to Copenhagen Airport and 12 minutes from the city center, the 382-room, 5-star Hilton Copenhagen Airport is easily accessible by plane, train or car.

There are also Danish-based hotels that are exceptional, including those of the Arp-Hansen Hotels. This group of 10 privately owned hotels in and around Copenhagen includes the 150-room, 4-star 71 Nyhavn Hotel, a charmer, housed in a beautifully renovated historic warehouse in Copenhagen’s Nyhavn district, where Hans Christian Andersen once lived.

A nicely-located, locally-owned boutique hotel is the Hotel Kong Arthur which is low-key and very personal. It offers bikes for exploring on your own and a tiny electric car. This hotel is made up of several former homes and all of the rooms are different. Adjacent to it is Ibsens Hotel (which it owns) which is a newly decorated budget hotel that is well worth a try. To learn more, click here.

The 214-room, 4-star Imperial Hotel is newly renovated and superbly located in the city center. The stylish 3-star Square Hotel on Copenhagen’s Town Hall Square and the 3-star Copenhagen Strand, a lovely spot on the waterside, both are ideal for an economical stay in Copenhagen.

The Skovshoved Hotel is located 110 yards from the sea and four miles from Copenhagen center. Rated by Condé Nast as one of the top in the world, the 22 rooms offer lavish comfort and the in-house restaurant is one of Copenhagen’s most popular, serving French, Italian and Spanish inspired menus.


The Little Mermaid, located in Copenhagen Harbor, may continue to the most popular tourist attraction in Denmark and one of the most photographed statues in the world, but it’s far from the city’s primary attraction.

The Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen first published the fairy tale of The Little Mermaid in 1837 and it has since been made into a Disney movie, thus giving it international fame. It is the story of the Little Mermaid who saves the life of a shipwrecked prince and sets off on a perilous quest to win his love.

Once you’ve take the obligatory photo, you’ll find a city that’s designed for walkers with a myriad of streets that are guaranteed to hold your attention for days. With its rich history full of historical buildings, ancient streets, outstanding museums and galleries, uniquely enchanting Tivoli Gardens and a resident monarchy that is the oldest in the world, the Danish capital has a host of attractions to suit all tastes.

Yet, Copenhagen is more than just a history lesson. It’s modern city whose fascinating past coexists with the very latest trends in architecture, design and fashion. This is, after all, one of the world’s great design capitals, where you’ll find contemporary design in its newest buildings and stunning shops.

Copenhagen is a royal city, home of the world’s oldest monarchy. King Erik set up permanent residence here in 1417 and Copenhagen is still the scene of pageantry and frequent royal events. The present Queen, Margrethe II, lives in the royal Amalienborg Palace in the heart of Copenhagen. It consists of four identical manors consisting of a central building and two wings finished off by corner pavilions. Tours are available.

The Nyhavn district, once the red light district of Copenhagen, is now a fashionable area of restaurants, outdoor cafés and bars. The historic Nyhavn Canal that gives it its name, was built in the late 17th Century to connect the city of Copenhagen with the sea. The frequent boat tours departing from the canal are a great (and inexpensive) orientation to the city.

Bars, cafes, restaurants, and rowhouses painted in bright colors line the canal, where old wooden sailboats are anchored. Built in the early to mid-18th Century, the rowhouses were once owned by wealthy merchants. Cobblestone streets complete the picturesque look of the area.

Nearby is City Hall Square, the busy heart of the city and next to it 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 several hours to explore Tivoli. This century-old amusement park is one of Copenhagen’s most popular attractions and with its thousands of flowers and dazzling bejeweled lights it is a real-life wonderland of rides, restaurants, and entertainment for young and old alike.

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.

Sample the live classical music at Tivoli Concert Hall or stumble across free outdoor performances at one of the many city parks and squares. You can lose yourself along Stroget, the world’s longest pedestrian street, the home of many cafes and restaurants, hundreds of small shops and boutiques, and scores of many street performers. You name it and you can probably find it here – crystal, porcelain plates and collectibles, pewter, amber jewelry, furs, silverware and other silver items.

International shops like Prada, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, Cerutti, Mulberry, Chanel, Marlboro, Karen Millen, Hermès and Boss are represented in the area. But if you are shopping on a budget, head further down the pedestrian street, where you will find excellent value clothes in shops like Hennes & Mauritz.

If you have the chance to attend a concert at the Copenhagen Opera House, across the harbor, you’ll be in one of the world’s most modern opera houses.  Several hundred square meters of 24 carat gold leaf covers the ceiling and the walls and balconies are clad in shining maple wood. From the top floor of the Opera there is a breathtaking view overlooking Copenhagen, and across the harbor in a straight line you see the Amaliehaven fountain and park, the Amalienborg Palace and in the background the dome of the Marble Church.

Things to do:

Danes were Vikings so it would be amiss if you didn’t visit the Viking Ship Museum, located at the foot of Roskilde Fjord beside the Roskilde harbor, approximately 18 miles from Copenhagen.

In 1962, five Viking ships were rescued and resurrected from the harbor. The Museum was built to house and reconstruct these vessels. All five ships are vastly different. They were built for different purposes, different waters and by different Viking builders and they all highlight the scope of Viking shipbuilding.

The museum has outgrown its initial role, and there are now other Nordic boats housed here. There is an artificial island next to the museum which houses archaeological workshops and educational institutions.

Special Places

Located in the city of Helsingør, 30 miles north of Copenhagen, Kronborg Slot (Slot is the Danish name for Castle) was the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet. But, before the playwright made it famous in 1601, its main purpose was to extract tolls from the ships that passed through the narrow Øresund straight.

It was originally built in a smaller version in the 1420’s, but revenues collected enabled the enlargement in the 1570’s to the present structure.  It is surrounded by a moat and a high wall. The castle retains the king’s and queen’s chambers and a spooky bat-filled dungeon.

Helsingor can be traced back to 70 AD, but it wasn’t until the 12th century that settlers arrived. Prior to the Middle Ages it was a marketplace where people sold goods. In 1200 St. Olai Church wasbuilt; it can be seen on St.Olai Street, a minute’s walk from the center of town.

— Ray Chatelin

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