After a little rhyming, it’s time to go back to a normal writing style. In case you didn’t yet read my lovely poem about Nyhavn in Copenhagen, now it’s a good time to do it. And afterwards, please let me know what did you think. Should I maybe start a new career as a poet, or rather stick with more traditional style of writing!? 😉
Nyhavn is relevant to this topic as well, as I’m going to present you the best ways to get the best out of lovely Copenhagen, with costs that are pleasing all fellow budget travelers.
To be honest, as a traveler I’m not much of a tour person. Normally I’m doing my sightseeing tour with these two limbs hanging from my body, some might call them legs. But in Copenhagen we took a whole new approach to sightseeing – and it turned out to be a perfect kind.
Leaving Nyhavn. The tour boat can be seen in the bottom right corner. You can sit outside or choose your spot inside in case of rain.
We took a bit over an hour long boat tour from Nyhavn. These boat tours are amazingly cheap, and you can get a perfect picture of the whole city from a different point of view – from the sea.
An adult ticket costs 40 DKK at the cheapest (5,35 euros) and a child ticket is worth 15 DKK (2 euros). The Irish coffees that we had for breakfast actually cost more than tickets to the boat tour. I can honestly say that the boat tour was definitely a better way to spend that money. If we had tried to make our coffees last for an hour, we would have ended up with ice coffee with a touch of whiskey.
Right after leaving Nyhavn we passed by a local beach party. Actually, we have absolutely no idea what was the occasion here, but I like to think it as a traditional Danish gathering by the sea.
After the beach party we saw some SUP boarders. Too bad I took the picture a little bit too early, as right after shooting one of the boarders fell down. That was fun to watch (for us who stayed dry on the boat).
The best option is to take a boat tour right at the start of your holiday. This way you can get an idea of the most interesting and important attractions in Copenhagen, and it will be so much easier to plan the rest of your holiday, based on the points of interest that you are fascinated by.
Beautiful Georg Stage was built in 1934. The ship is doing one sailing tour a year, from April to September, and has done so since the first tour in 1935 (excluding World War II).
During the boat trip you’ll also get a better understanding of where each attraction is located. We spotted the areas that are most interesting to us, and we got to know them better during the rest of our trip. Oh you want to know what they were? Well, then you just need to keep following the blog!
Holmen is the naval station of the Royal Danish Navy.
The Little Mermaid statue is one of the most famous attractions in Copenhagen. Don’t worry, we did go to greet this lovely lady face to face as well.
Back to the boat. In case there’s no headphones available, you might want to choose your place rather in front than back, as we did. On the slow parts of the tour you can hear the tour guide perfectly, but when the boat is going a little faster, the sound of the motor is disturbing quite badly. In case of rainy weather, it’s fine to sit inside, you can open the windows whenever needed.
“Please keep your head down and arms inside the boat at all times”, the guide tour often reminds. And for a reason! The old bridges in Copenhagen are beautiful but narrow.
I hate to repeat myself, but the old bridges in Copenhagen are beautiful. And narrow.
This is how the newer bridges raise when a bigger boat is approaching.
In case you rather completely skip the boat tour and visit the miracles of Copenhagen by foot, there are “free” walking tours as well. The word free is in quotes, because obviously the tour guides are expecting you to tip them. Free or not, you can always get close to a guided group when accidentally viewing the same attraction. Old tricks often work out the best, in case you want to learn some new, interesting facts of the city you’re visiting.
More well-known attractions in Copenhagen. From the sea.
In case you are not a fan of walking, there are obviously other options to visit the attractions you like the best. Like the city train and hop on/off buses. Actually, the companies organizing the boat tours are also selling combined boat tour and bus tickets, which are definitely the ultimate option for those who don’t fancy the idea of walking.
Oh, and as an extra tip for female walkers: be prepared with flat and comfortable shoes when travelling to Copenhagen. The cobblestone streets are not a huge friend of heels (or feet). After all, the shopping street of Copenhagen, Strøget, is the longest pedestrian street in Europe – you’ll find out more about this topic later as well!
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