Port of Call Copenhagen, Denmark
Most cruise ships making day calls to Copenhagen dock at the Langelinie Pier, a short walk from the major sights. Though some cruise ships may use the alternative docking facility at the busy Freeport Terminal, which is a bus shuttle ride away from the city.
Copenhagen Shore Excursions
The small iconic Copenhagen Little Mermaid statue sits on a rock by the Langelinie shoreline. The sculpture, based on a character in a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, was created by Edvard Eriksen in 1913. Since then she’s been damaged by vandals several times, including decapitation, amputation and being blasted off her rock by dynamite, but the original mold still exists, and repairs are painstakingly made.
Amalienborg Palace is made up of four almost identical rococo palaces arranged around an octagonal courtyard. The palaces were originally owned by different branches of the nobility, but were all purchased by the royal family after a great fire razed the royal Christiansborg Palace. If the royal family is in residence, see the changing of the guard ceremony at 12 noon.
Nyhavn (or ‘New port’) is a beautiful harbourfront lined by colorfully-painted 17th an 18th century townhouses. Walk along the quays enjoying the lovely views, then stop at one of the many cafes, bars or restaurants for refreshment. Nyhavn is also the starting point for popular Canal Boat Tours, which are great fun and offer a unique view of the city.
Rosenborg Castle is a picture-perfect fairytale castle, with a rich history reflected by its opulent and stylish interiors. Visit the treasury to see some of Denmark’s greatest treasures, including the Crown Jewels. After your tour of the castle be sure to walk around the superb Rose Gardens.
Statens Museum for Kunst
The Statens Museum for Kunst (also called Danish National Gallery/Public Museum of Art/Royal Museum of Fine Arts) is the largest art museum in Denmark, and contains a remarkable collection of artworks. See paintings by Titian, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, Lorck, Francken, Degas , Toulouse-Lautrec and Matisse (and works by lots of other superb artists).
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